Mr. Blaesser represents real estate owners, investors, and developers in analyzing and securing requisite land use and development approvals from local governments, in negotiating and drafting development agreements, and in handling development projects that involve a wide range of environmental transactional and regulatory permitting matters with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Blaesser formerly served as special assistant attorney general for eminent domain actions brought by the Illinois departments of Transportation and Conservation and has extensive experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts in real estate and land use litigation, including the takings issue, vested rights, condemnation, U.S. EPA enforcement actions, and violations of Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act. In his current practice, he handles condemnation matters for landowners and developers.
As another dimension of his real estate development practice, Mr. Blaesser structures public/private partnerships with state and local governments on behalf of developer clients and is experienced in utilizing public financing mechanisms, such as special assessment districts and tax increment financing, to achieve economic development objectives.
Mr. Blaesser has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list in the areas of Real Estate, Land Use, and Environmental since 2004 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
|—||J.D., Boston College Law School, Law Review|
|—||M.C.P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, City Planning|
|—||B.A., cum laude, Brown University, History|
|—||Urban Land Institute, 1990 to present|
|—||Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), 1996 to present, Appointed Member of NAIOP National Urban Redevelopment Forum|
|—||International Council of Shopping Centers, 1996 to present, appointed in 2008 to State Alliance; Cochair for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont|
|—||U.S. Green Building Council, 2010 to present, Massachusetts Chapter|
|—||International Council of Shopping Centers, 2009 to 2010, Member of National Environmental Subcommittee|
|—||Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Lecturer|
|—||Lambda Alpha International, Elected Member|
|—||Kennedy School of Government, Appointment|
|—||Harvard Graduate School of Design, Lecturer|
|—||Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the area of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use for 2013|
|—||Listed in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® in the area of Real Estate Law since 2004 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)|
|—||Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Real Estate Law since 2010 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)|