Marilyn Newman

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

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania

Marilyn is part of the firm’s Environmental Law Section and its Real Estate Development Practice.  Her practice focuses on environmental permitting, remediation and transactional issues related to major public and private development projects. Marilyn assists clients to develop effective permitting, site cleanup, and compliance strategies and to secure local, state, and federal environmental approvals for a wide range of activities.

Marilyn has extensive experience with development projects throughout Massachusetts, including mixed-income multi-family housing, waterfront commercial and industrial development, educational and medical campus improvements, regional retail and life science facilities, and transportation, utility, and waste disposal infrastructure. Marilyn led the firm's representation of Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project with respect to state and federal environmental impact review and permitting and related litigation.

Marilyn 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. She is active in advisory groups regarding key state environmental regulatory initiatives and serves on her town’s economic development board.

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.

Representative Matters

  • Representing numerous housing developers with respect to residential and mixed-use developments throughout Greater Boston
  • Representing national development company in connection with permitting of a range of mixed-use commercial and industrial facilities in South Boston and East Boston
  • Representing a major resort company regarding environmental approvals to redevelop a contaminated waterfront site for luxury hotel, retail, and public open space uses
  • Represented manufacturing landowner with respect to master planning and state approvals for waterfront land along historic Fort Point Channel
  • Represented national pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with acquisition and development of a portion of a former military base for construction of a large-scale biologics manufacturing facility
  • Representing owner of former regional rail yard regarding environmental remediation to facilitate future redevelopment

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Former Vice-Chair and Current 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

Recognitions & Awards

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