Katherine L. Murphy

Katherine L. Murphy

Partner Co Chair, Real Estate Transaction Services
Katherine L. Murphy

Katherine (Katie) Murphy, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Industry group and co-leader of its Real Estate Transaction Services practice, focuses her practice in the representation of landlords, tenants, lenders, investors and developers in commercial lease transactions. Ms. Murphy is a LEED Green Associate and has extensive experience negotiating all aspects of lease transactions, including large and small scale leases for office, retail, industrial, laboratory, build-to-suit headquarters locations, medical office, biotech and data center space throughout the United States. Ms. Murphy was awarded the prestigious Collaborating Professional of the Year Award (2012) by the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts.

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Ms. Murphy represents REITS, investors, developers and other owners of real estate as well as private equity companies and retailers in all varieties of lease transactions, including owners and tenants in buildings in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and California. Ms. Murphy’s experience includes:

  • Representation of the owners of the Hub on Causeway complex in a major lease of 445,000 rentable square feet as the anchor tenant of the transformative new office tower in that complex, which won the Boston office deal of the year award for 2018.
  • Representation of New Balance and its affiliates in office and retail leasing transactions at the Brighton Landing and Boston Landing Projects with multiple tenants, including Harvard School of Publishing, The Boston Celtics, The Boston Bruins, The Bose Corporation, Mass Innovation Labs, AEG Presents, Flatbread, Mainely Burgers, Kohi Coffee, Beauport Hospitality, Inc. and several others.
  • Represented Brookfield Properties in a major sale leaseback with McKesson Corporation of their headquarters building at One Post Street in San Francisco.
  • Representation of LaSalle Investment Management in a major lease with Medidata at 50 Post Office Square in Boston.
  • Representation of Bentall Kennedy in a major sale leaseback of multiple properties for hospital and medical office uses. 
  • Representation of Boston Properties in major headquarters leases with Wolverine Worldwide, Clarks Americas, Inc., Mimecast, Zoom Information, Inc. and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger.
  • Representation of Roche Bros. Supermarkets Co. in several important leases in Waltham, Kendall Square, Arsenal Yards (Watertown) and Duxbury, Massachusetts.
  • Representation of Goodwin Procter in its Boston headquarters lease at Fan Pier in the Seaport District of Boston, which lease transaction was awarded the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2013.
  • Representation of Skanska USA Commercial Development in a build-to-suit lease transaction with PricewaterhouseCoopers for its new Boston headquarters in Seaport Square in Boston which was nominated for the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2013.
  • Representation of Boston Properties as Buyer/Landlord in the acquisition and lease back of over 700,000 square feet of office and retail space with a major bank in Boston.
  • Representation of the landlord in a lease of over 400,000 square feet at 50 Post Office Square in Boston to Brown Brothers Harriman that was awarded the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2012.
  • Representation of the developer and landlord in a new build-to-suit lease of over 492,000 square feet with State Street Corporation in the Channel Center project in Boston which was nominated for the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2012.
  • Representation of Boston Properties in a 117,000-square-foot expansion lease with Constant Contact at Reservoir Place in Waltham, Massachusetts that was nominated for the Suburban Office Deal of the Year for 2012.
  • Representation of Brightcove as tenant in its new headquarters lease at Atlantic Wharf in Boston which was awarded the Boston Office Deal of the Year for 2011.
  • Representation of iRobot in its multi-building headquarters lease and future expansions in Bedford, Massachusetts.
  • Representation of Goodwin Procter in its two New York headquarters leases at the New York Times Building in New York City with the New York Times Company and Forest City and Goodwin’s new office lease in Silicon Valley.
  • Representation of RBS Citizens Bank in its in-store branch agreements with multiple supermarkets, including Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, Tops, and Giant Eagle. 
  • Representation of a major national drugstore in its license agreements for a national roll out of in-store health clinics.
  • Retail leases with Tatte Bakery, Gold’s Gym, Petco, Sprouts, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Oath Pizza, CAVA, CVS,TD Ameritrade, Pret, Hale & Hearty, Vapiano’s, Rebecca’s, Capriotti’s, Walgreens, Au Bon Pain, Cosi, Aeropostale, Baskin Robbins, Cinnabon, Express, Gamestop, FYE, Pro Sports, Pacific Sunware, Lids, The Picture People, The Children’s Place, Metro PCS, Things Remembered, Journeys, ULTA and U.S. Bank, among others. 
Professional Activities

Ms. Murphy is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts. She is a certified LEED Green Associate. She also served as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Real Estate Section Leasing Committee from 2009-2011 and currently serves on the Board of Directors as well as the Diversity and Education Committees of the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts.


Ms. Murphy has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for her work in Real Estate Law 2022. 

During law school, Ms. Murphy served as a staff member and comment editor of the Suffolk University Law Review. Ms. Murphy was a member of Goodwin’s Leasing Practice Group that was awarded the 2012 Collaborating Professional of the Year from the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts.

She was also recognized by Boston’s Business Journal for the historic renovation deal of the year featuring her work as owner’s counsel at Boston’s 50 Post Office Square and the deal of the year awarded to 101 Seaport for the Skanska USA – PricewaterhouseCoopers deal negotiated by Goodwin’s leasing team. Ms. Murphy has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in the field of real estate law.

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J.D., 1996
Suffolk University School of Law

(magna cum laude)

B.A., 1992
Boston College

(magna cum laude)



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