Stephen J. Buchbinder

Stephen J. Buchbinder: Attorney with Schlesinger and Buchbinder LLP AV stamp icon


Practice Areas: Real estate and business transactions; zoning, permitting and licensing matters; purchase, sale, leasing and financing of real estate; and purchase and sale of businesses.

Representative Clients: Steve recently obtained approval on behalf of Garden Remedies, Inc. for Newton’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Previously, he secured approval for Normandy Real Estate Partners for a mixed use development of 580,000 square feet at the Riverside MBTA site, which will include offices, apartments, retail space and a community center.

Steve also recently obtained zoning approvals for the renovation of the historic Charles Riley House and for attached dwellings with the novel concept of live/work units, both in Newton. Zoning approvals were also granted for the Charles River Country Club, the Woodland Golf Club, The Capital Grille, Milton’s Store for Men, The Carroll Center for the Blind, the Nathaniel Allen House, Riverside Children’s Center, Hess Express, Sovereign Bank, Bank of America, Fay School, the Russian School of Mathematics and Exxcel Gymnastics and Climbing.

Steve has also guided several local food and beverage establishments through the municipal approval process, including Panera Bread, the Hotel Indigo, Dunn Gaherin’s, Fiorella’s, O’Hara’s, vino di vino, The Local, The Rox Cafe, Cook, Tartufo, The Biltmore, Bill’s Pizzeria, Peet’s Coffee, Baza and Comedore.

Additionally, Steve has represented institutional lenders including The Village Bank, Century Bank and Boston Private Bank and Trust Company, and developers of multi-family housing, including Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, Criterion Development Partners and Carabetta Enterprises, Inc. He has drafted condominium documents for both large and small condominiums. Steve also serves as general counsel to a number of small businesses and local counsel to the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Real Estate
  • Business Law
  • Zoning and Permitting
  • Land Use
  • Leasing
  • Financing

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
617-340-7806  Phone
(617) 965-6824  Fax
University Attended:
Bowdoin College, A.B., cum laude, 1970
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1974
Year of First Admission:
1975, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1974, Massachusetts; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court
Massachusetts and American Bar Associations; Massachusetts Conveyancers Association.
Birth Information:
New York, New York, July 5, 1948

Peer Reviews

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