Shirin Everett


Phone: 617.556.0007
Practice Areas: General Municipal, Real Estate

Attorney Shirin Everett represents cities and towns in all aspects of general municipal law, including procurement, municipal finance, public records, town meeting, and real estate law, and serves as chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Attorney Everett has over 20 years of experience in real estate law, including acquisitions, eminent domain proceedings, dispositions, protection of land, development of property, roadway and other title issues, and chapter lands. She has extensive experience with the Community Preservation Act and complex multi-party, public-private developments advancing municipal and public interests, such as economic development, affordable housing, and land conservation, and regularly negotiates with state agencies, including, without limitation, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Transportation, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.  Attorney Everett is experienced in purchase and sale agreements, leases, including renewable energy and telecommunications leases, pilot agreements, land development agreements, and affordable housing documents. She also advises on affordable housing trusts, regional transit authorities, and municipal light plans, and other public entities. Additionally, Attorney Everett drafts requests for proposals, warrant articles, and conducts real estate closings.

Attorney Everett’s prior experience includes both private and public sector practice, representing lenders, borrowers, developers, and governmental bodies.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Towns of Amherst, Provincetown, Burlington and other municipalities in selling and leasing land to national and regional non-profit organizations for the development of affordable housing in participation with state and private lenders
  • Negotiated extension of solid waste disposal services and host community fee payments for the Town of Westminster, including land acquisitions, Article 97 approval and other special legislation, and land dispositions
  • Negotiated the Belmont Municipal Light Plant in the sale of real estate and other assets for $45 million, including acquisition of property rights from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the disposition of assets to a public utility company
  • Represented regional transit authorities in acquiring and developing real estate, including a public-private Transit-Oriented Development for the Lowell Regional Transit Authority, and the construction of transit facilities by the Pioneer Valley transit Authority.
  • Assisted many municipalities in rail-trail projects, including, without limitation, the City of Haverhill and the Town of Salisbury
  • Advised the Towns of Amherst, Groton, Walpole, and Belchertown, among others, in acquiring and permanently preserving land for open space, recreation, and watershed protection purposes
  • Represented the Towns of West Boylston and Shirley, among others, in leasing land for the installation and operation of solar voltaic systems
  • Represented a municipality in the lease, acquisition, and closure of a mobile-home park devastated by tropical storm
  • Represented the Town of Salisbury in protecting sand dunes and preventing floods and costal damage
  • Obtained a favorable decision from the Supreme Judicial Court on the land registration system, affirming the ability of the Land Court judges to invalidate defective certificates of title.
  • General municipal law services as primary contact attorney for towns. Responsible to Boards of Selectmen and Town Administrators and Managers for providing efficient and cost effective Town Counsel services

Prior Experience
Boston Housing Authority, Boston, MA
Associate, General Counsel’s Office (1998-2000)
Researched and analyzed contract, construction, and real estate law issues. Responsible for two large construction law cases.
Professional Memberships

  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (REBA)
  • Past co-chair and chair, Boston Bar Association, Title and Coveyancing Committee

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts Bar


Boston University School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1997
Paul J. Liacos Scholar
Member, Public Interest Law Journal

Lawrence University
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1993
Phi Beta Kappa