The American Bar Association has published an article by Kelly L. Frey, an attorney in the Litigation Section of Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., in its fifth annual collection of the best writing on land use law, At the Cutting Edge 2012: Land Use Law from The Urban Lawyer.
The Cutting Edge collection is culled from the pages of The Urban Lawyer, a leading law review specializing in matters relevant to state and local governments, including land use planning, zoning, and real estate development. Mr. Frey’s article, which appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of The Urban Lawyer, is entitled “A ‘Gateway Plan’ to Unhindered Development: Recent Cases Addressing Municipal Estoppel.” In the article, Mr. Frey draws from examples of recent cases to illustrate which municipal actions are likely to result in municipal estoppel and uses those examples to guide developers on the extent to which they should rely on representations from a municipality.
Mr. Frey focuses his practice on land use and real estate litigation. His work in this area includes representing subsidized housing developers in litigation brought under the Massachusetts statute known as Chapter 40B, representing a wide range of clients in industrial permitting disputes involving zoning and wetland issues, and representing landlords in commercial lease disputes. Mr. Frey was recently invited to speak at the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law in Washington, DC, where he discussed recent judicial decisions analyzing “municipal estoppel” in the context of land use.
Mr. Frey received his BA from Bowdoin College and his JD from Emory University, where he received the National College of Trial Lawyers Medal for Excellence in Advocacy and was named to the Order of the Barristers.