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Mark Bobrowski


Mark Bobrowski, a partner in the firm, has been a land use lawyer for thirty years. He graduated from the New England School of Law in 1985, with honors. His practice focuses on assisting clients in the public and private sectors with permitting strategy and decision making, litigation, and appellate argument.

His land use practice is statewide. He has worked in one capacity or another in half of our communities, including the recodification of the ordinances and by-laws of at least 100 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. He has also recodified general (code) by-laws, subdivision regulations, and administrative regulations in dozens of municipalities.

He is the author of the Handbook of Massachusetts Law of Land Use and Planning Law, supplemented annually, now in its third edition (2012, Aspen Publishers). The Handbook is frequently cited by the courts of the Commonwealth. Mr. Bobrowski has also authored a dozen law review articles on topics encountered in his work.

From 1986-2014, Mark Bobrowski was a tenured Professor of Law at the New England School of Law, where he taught Property, Land Use Law, Local Government Law, and Administrative Law, along with various seminars and clinics. He remains a professor emeritus with the law school.

Mr. Bobrowski is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA) Panel of Neutrals and has served as a mediator for the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (MODR). His mediation practice focuses on issues related to Property, Land Use Law, and Affordable Housing.

He was appointed to the Task Forces for 40B Reform and Zoning Reform by Governors Romney and Patrick, respectively. He is a frequent speaker at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA), and other organizations. He is a member of the Abstract Club.


  • B.A., Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York)
  • M.A., University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)

  • J.D., New England School of Law (Boston, Massachusetts)

Selected Publications:

  • Handbook of Massachusetts Land Use and Planning Law, 3rd Edition, Aspen Law & Business (2012). Supplemented annually.

  • “The Regulation of Formula Businesses and the Dormant Commerce Clause Doctrine,” Urban Lawyer, Winter 2012, Vol. 44, Issue 1.

  • “The Massachusetts ‘Smart Growth’ Experiment: Chapter 40R”, 92 Mass. L. Rev. 1.

  • “Affordable Housing v. Open Space: A Proposal for Reconciliation,” 30 Boston College Env. Affairs L. Rev. 487 (2003).

  • “Reform of the Zoning Act: An Open Letter to the Legislature,” 33 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 19 (2000).

  • “The Zoning Act’s ‘Person Aggrieved’ Standard: From Barvenik to Marashlian,” 18 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 385 (1996).

  • “Local Protection of the Scenic Landscape,” 22 B.C. Envt’l. Aff. L. Rev. 697 (1995). This article was included in Boardman’s Handbook of Planning and Zoning Law (1996), an annual compilation of noteworthy articles.

  • “Planners and Lawyers: Toward a Division of Labor,” Urban Lawyer (Summer 1990). Reprinted as “Planners and Lawyers: Toward a Division of Labor,” Land Use Law and Zoning Digest, Vol. 43, Issue 3 (1991) and “Planners and Lawyers: Toward a Division of Labor,” Boardman’s Handbook of Planning and Zoning Law (1991 & 2000 Supplement).

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