Jennifer Schultz, a counsel in the Real Estate Industry group, concentrates her practice on land-use permitting and development. She joined Goodwin in January 2010.

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Ms. Schultz focuses her work in real estate and land-use law on complex mixed-use development work, and specializes in Boston permitting. In Boston, she regularly appears before the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal and Zoning Commission, the Boston Air Pollution Control Commission, the Public Improvement Commission, and Boston Landmarks Commission. She also regularly advises on investments inside and outside Boston for development deals and conducts large-scale diligence of all permitting items including local, state and federal. In addition, Ms. Schultz advises on and negotiates land-use agreements including purchases and sales, development agreements, abutter agreements and reciprocal easement agreements. She previously also concentrated on land-use litigation including zoning disputes and contract disputes related to land-use. She represents developers, REITs, REIMs, universities/colleges, hospitals, hotel owners and managers, and land-centric nonprofits.

Highlights of recent permitting work in Boston include:

  • Ongoing permitting, land-use, and legislative advice for a 100+ acre future development site in Boston;
  • Ongoing permitting and project-management work for a new dormitory for a private college in Boston;
  • All permitting work for an international development and construction company of a 300,000+ square foot office building in the Seaport neighborhood of Boston including zoning relief, air pollution control approval, 40, 54a construction over former railroads land, and resolution of easement issues;
  • All permitting work for a publicly traded developer for an addition to a pre-existing nonconforming office-building in downtown Boston including zoning relief, air pollution control approval and public improvement commission approvals and agreements;
  • All permitting work for a private college in Boston for construction of a new academic building and amendment to institutional master plan;
  • Permitting work for a +1 million square foot, five-building development in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston including negotiation of article 80 agreements, PIC licenses, agreements and easements and zoning opinion for lender;
  • Permitting diligence during purchase and permitting work post-purchase for the redevelopment of a downtown Boston office building into a boutique hotel;
  • Zoning and development analysis and permitting work for a publicly traded developer of a wholesale redevelopment of 1.8 million square feet of mixed uses including office, hotel, residential, recreation and retail, including negotiation of Section 6 agreements under c. 121A for tax relief;
  • All permitting work and zoning and development analysis and advice for a private developer of over 360 units of workforce housing, 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space including space for a grocery store, and a parking structure for over 400 spaces on a five-acre site in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston; advice includes tax-incentive program availability and negotiation of sale and joint-venture/development agreement.

Highlights of recent permitting and development work outside of Boston include:

  • Ongoing permitting representation of a private developer/family office and successful negotiation of land disposition agreement with the city for redevelopment or urban renewal of a 2+ acre parcel in Quincy Center, MA, including the development of a 200,000+ square foot medical office building;
  • Ongoing permitting representation of a private developer/family office for redevelopment of 14+ acre former hospital site in Quincy, MA into nearly 500 units of multi-family housing mixed-use project;
  • Ongoing permitting and land-use representation of a private developer/family office for redevelopment of former historic Masonic Temple in Quincy Center, MA into multi-family housing mixed-use project;
  • Zoning and development analysis and permitting work for a private developer of mixed-use projects in Needham, Massachusetts, on multiple adjacent parcels for a 1.15 million square-foot development including Tripadvisor’s corporate headquarters, office/laboratory buildings, residential, hotel, parking structures and 40B (affordable housing);
  • Permitting diligence for a mixed-use development in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts including Wetlands Protection Act approvals and local zoning relief;
  • Permitting diligence for a 40B affordable housing project in Needham, Massachusetts on behalf of REIT;
  • Representation of a local real estate developer in various disputes regarding to-be-developed 550,000 square foot commuter-oriented mixed-use project in Newton, MA, and permitting work and zoning analysis for same.

Highlights of other land-use experience include:

  • Represented luxury hotel management companies in contract disputes with hotel owners;
  • Represented a local university client in successful defense of a challenge to its Institutional Master Plan;
  • Represented a land conservation nonprofit in various disputes including: defense of a Special Permit to construct a wind turbine in Cohasset, MA; advice relating to farm lease on Martha’s Vineyard; and advice relating to conservation restriction in Ashfield, MA;
  • Negotiation and drafting of operating agreements on behalf of a nonprofit client regarding an indoor public marketplace in downtown Boston.
Professional Activities

Ms. Schultz is on the Board and Steering Committee for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s chapter on Development & Construction Law and chairs the Education/MCLE committee. She is also a member of the Massachusetts chapter of NAIOP (the Commercial Real Estate Development Association), a member of CREW Boston (fka New England Women in Real Estate), a Board Member of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Product Council, a member of the Finance Committee for Cohasset Golf Club, a Board Member of the Friends of Holly Hill Farm (an organic farm), and formerly served as a Board Member on the Cohasset Zoning Board of Appeals.


In 2019, Ms. Schultz was named a Land Use/Zoning "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine

In 2017, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Ms. Schultz as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” in real estate development law by honoring her with a “Legal Excellence” award.

While attending law school, Ms. Schultz was the Executive Editor of Student Writing of Harvard’s Civil Rights – Civil Liberties journal.

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J.D., 2009
Harvard Law School
B.A., 2003
Middlebury College

(magna cum laude)





U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
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