Martin Healy, of Counsel in Goodwin’s Real Estate Industry group and leads its Real Estate Development & Permitting group. Mr. Healy also serves as co-leader of the firm’s Real Estate Transaction Services practice. He focuses primarily on acquisition, due diligence and permitting advice for complex development projects. He is described as “simply a fantastic development guy” in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which recognized him in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use. Best Lawyers recognized Mr. Healy as Boston’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Land Use and Zoning in 2018.
Mr. Healy’s permitting experience includes the following major developments:
- Logan Airport Capital Improvement Plan (Boston, MA)
Mr. Healy has acted as lead outside counsel on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), federal Clean Air Act (CAA), State Implementation Plan (SIP), federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and permitting compliance for a billion dollar international airport capital plan. Components of the plan included a new international terminal, new domestic terminals, new cargo buildings, new parking garages, roadway and utility improvements, power plant modifications, a new fuel distribution system, a new fuel storage facility and a new hotel as well as other capital improvements. The capital plan was challenged by several lawsuits which were successfully resolved.
- Millennium Place (Boston, MA)
Mr. Healy represented the developers of a $400 million mixed-use 1,300,000-square-foot development on Boston Common which includes a hotel, two high-rise residential towers, retail stores and a movie complex, among other uses. With Goodwin’s assistance the project moved through a complex approval process, including Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review, city environmental review, Planned Development Area approval and a rezoning, within an eight month period. The project was successfully defended against legal challenges.
- Central Artery/Tunnel Project (Boston and Cambridge, MA)
Mr. Healy acted as a legal advisor to the permitting team for the $12 billion Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel (CA/T) project, dealing with diverse regulatory requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), among others. Mr. Healy assisted with the legal process on a number of permit issues before the Boston Conservation Commission, DEP Wetlands and Waterways and ACOE, and with the preparation of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Statement. He was a negotiator for the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction (EOTC) in the attempt to reach a settlement agreement among EOTC, the Massachusetts Highway Department (MHD) and the City of Cambridge, regarding the Charles River Crossing. Mr. Healy worked with the ACOE to develop factual and legal support allowing the ACOE to make jurisdictional determinations on aspects of the CA/T project. In addition, he represented MHD in a wetlands adjudicatory proceeding challenging construction of the Third Harbor Tunnel, a proceeding that was resolved successfully in record time. He assisted the Office of the Attorney General with the defense of litigation instituted by the Conservation Law Foundation of New England and others attempting to enjoin the CA/T project for alleged violations of NEPA, parkland protection statutes, historic preservation requirements, the CAA and MEPA. Mr. Healy also delivered legal opinions supporting the disposal of dredged and fill materials on Governors Island in connection with the construction of the Third Harbor Tunnel.
- Cisco Systems, Inc. New England Campus (Boxborough and Littleton, MA).
Mr. Healy represented Cisco Systems, Inc. in connection with land acquisition, tax incentives, resolution of land use litigation, and permitting for proposed development of over 2,000,000 s.f. on three sites.
- Boston Development
Mr. Healy has been counsel for acquisition and development of Two Financial Center (252,500 s.f.); the pre-development acquisition of 10 St. James (830,000 s.f.); development of the Park Square/One Charles Street Condominiums (400,000 s.f.); redevelopment of 25 New Chardon (96,000 s.f.); redevelopment of 170 Tremont Street (30,000 s.f.); redevelopment of the Ritz-Carlton on Newbury Street; permitting of 33 Arch Street for Frank King Associates (600,000 s.f.); redevelopment of Constitution Quarters in Charlestown Navy Yard as “Parris Landing” condominiums (678,000 s.f.); permitting for Building 114 and the Garage within the Boston Marine Industrial Park; master planning for a 30-acre, 3,000,000 s.f., mixed-use development in South Boston known as “Commonwealth Flats;” permitting the 1,100,000 s.f. mixed-use “Core Block” located within Commonwealth Flats; permitting of a new 82,500 s.f. intermodal cargo facility at 480 McClellan Highway, East Boston; permitting of the (305,200 s.f.) intermodal cargo facility in Boston Marine Industrial Park; permitting of a 415-foot 37-story, 551,733 s.f. residential tower at One Nashua Street next to the Garden; permitting for the redevelopment of 185 Franklin Street (716,200 s.f.); permitting for the 17-story Grand/Marc dormitory at Northeastern, permitting for the Boston Garden Expansion Project (1,870,000 s.f.).
- Affordable Housing
Mr. Healy has worked on several significant housing projects including affordable housing elements and approvals under M.G.L.c. 40B.
Mr. Healy served on the Board of Editors of the Boston Bar Journal, and taught Land Use Planning and Development Law at Boston College Law School from 1984 to 1986.
Boston College Law School
(summa cum laude)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Recognition & Awards
Mr. Healy has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law 2022-2023.
Mr. Healy has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, U.S. News-Best Lawyers and The Legal 500 U.S. Mr. Healy is also the recipient of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Scholar Mentor Award.
Mr. Healy is the editor of, and a contributing author to, the Massachusetts Zoning Manual (MCLE, 1989, revised 1992, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2017). In addition, he is a frequent lecturer and author for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.