Marilyn Newman

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  • Harvard Law School (JD)
  • Harvard University (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania

Marilyn's legal practice encompasses a full range of environmental permitting, compliance, cleanup, and transactional issues, with a focus on public and private development and improvement projects. Marilyn works with clients to develop effective permitting, site assessment, and compliance strategies and to secure local, state, and federal environmental approvals for a wide range of activities.

Marilyn is a part of the firm's Environmental Law Practice, which was recognized in 2011, 2012, and 2013 with the Acquisition International Legal Award for “US Environmental Law Firm of the Year.” These awards celebrate excellence and reward firms, teams, and individuals for their contribution to client service, innovation, and commitment to quality.

Marilyn's major project experience has included numerous transit-oriented and mixed-income residential communities throughout Greater Boston, construction and improvement of regional electric and gas service corridors, waterfront development in and around Boston Harbor, educational and medical campus improvements, major retail and life science facilities, waste disposal and transportation infrastructure, and a natural gas pipeline under Massachusetts Bay. Marilyn led the firm's representation of Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project regarding environmental impact review and permitting matters, including its major state and federal environmental approvals and related litigation.

She has served as vice president of government affairs for NAIOP Massachusetts, the region’s leading commercial real estate industry organization, and as an appointed member of the National Transportation Research Board's Environmental Law Committee. Marilyn is active in agency and industry advisory groups regarding key environmental regulatory initiatives, including proposals for new state storm water management regulations, vapor intrusion policy guidance, and waterfront public activity requirements.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Marilyn served as chief counsel to the Massachusetts Highway Department, and in other senior public sector legal positions with transportation and housing agencies.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law (2013 – 2018)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, NAIOP Massachusetts Government Affairs Committee
  • Member, Boston Bar Association Environmental Committee
  • Member, Town of Brookline Economic Development Advisory Board 
  • Past member, National Transportation Research Board Environmental Law Committee