Practice Areas: General Municipal, Real Estate
Attorney Katharine Lord Klein works primarily with cities and towns on their real estate needs, bringing to her practice nearly ten years of experience with the particularized laws that govern these transactions. Attorney Klein represents municipalities in acquisitions, dispositions, leasing of properties, eminent domain proceedings and procurement issues and advises on the protection of land, including conservation and historic preservation restrictions and on the creation of affordable housing. She drafts purchase and sale agreements, requests for proposals, warrant articles, leases, land development agreements, easements, restrictions and covenants. Her practice also includes advising cities and towns on general municipal law, including town meeting, municipal finance, public records and open meeting law. She works closely with cities and towns to implement their objectives, in a reasonable, efficient and timely manner.
Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Klein practiced with a private law firm in New Hampshire, where she was a director and shareholder, and represented governmental bodies, lenders and developers in a broad range of matters.
- Represented the Towns of Great Barrington, Westhampton, Royalston, Dalton and Pelham, among others, in the acquisition of the rights of way for Massachusetts Department of Transportation road and bridge projects.
- Assisted the City of Boston in acquiring the property interests for the Connect Historic Boston project, linking historic National Park Service sites in Boston and Charlestown for pedestrian and bicycle travel, a project partially funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.
- Represented the Towns of North Andover, Montague and Swampscott in the negotiation of agreements for the creation of residential and commercial developments.
- Advised the Towns of Upton, Westford and Phillipston on the acquisition of conservation lands, working with private land trusts in each transaction
- Represented the Town of Weston in the creation of two affordable housing developments.
- Represented the Groton Housing Authority in the acquisition of 9 affordable housing rental units, financed by the Massachusetts Partnership Fund Board and the Department of Housing and Community Development.
- Represented the Town of Winchendon in the acquisition of two parcels of Chapter 61 land, comprising approximately 70 acres, including negotiation of a Conservation Preservation Agreement with the Department of Fish and Game.
- Represented the City of Leominster in the acquisition of approximately 300 acres of water supply protection and conservation land in coordination with The Trust for Public Land.
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (REBA)
- American Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar
- New Hampshire Bar
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Duke Law School
Juris Doctor, with Honors, 1984
Bachelor of Arts, 1980