Christopher Pitt

Christopher S. Pitt

Senior Associate

Christopher S. Pitt

Senior Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Chris Pitt concentrates his practice in local and national commercial and residential real estate matters, and he most frequently handles title and title insurance issues. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate + Development Group.

    Title and Title Insurance

    Mr. Pitt examines abstracts of titles, leases, contracts, and other legal documents to determine land ownership and usage rights, and prepares comprehensive reports on his findings. He advises clients regarding title-related legal requirements, and assists with disputes over titles. He also provides advice regarding litigation and claims related to title insurance coverage.

    Mr. Pitt has conducted extensive title research and prepared numerous in-depth reports for clients. He did so for a transportation authority which sought to acquire real estate rights to make station accessibility improvements and pursue renovations. He also advised and assisted a water authority on title issues related to its acquisition of property for a new water storage facility.

    Mr. Pitt has appeared as an expert witness on Massachusetts real estate title law in the Massachusetts Trial Court. He is an issuing agent for most major title insurance companies. He has spoken on real estate topics for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education since 1995, and he has regularly chaired a seminar on resolving complex real estate title issues.

    Real Estate – Finance

    Mr. Pitt handles real estate financings on behalf of lenders and borrowers. He drafts and negotiates mortgage loan documents, advises clients regarding mortgage laws and financing opportunities, and conducts all necessary due diligence. Mr. Pitt has assisted lender and developer clients with large-scale, complex, multi-million dollar loan transactions.

    Real Estate - Development

    Mr. Pitt regularly represents commercial and residential real estate developers, and he has broad experience in land use aspects of Massachusetts municipal law. He has acted as local counsel on a variety of development issues, including zoning, subdivision control, and construction permitting; multifamily housing; and condominium development. Mr. Pitt also represents real estate purchasers and sellers, and assists clients with lease negotiations.

    Mr. Pitt is past president of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, director emeritus of its Board of Directors, and co-chair of its Title Standards Committee. He has been selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list in 2009, and from 2011 to 2017. He is a member of The Abstract Club, the membership of which has historically comprised the one hundred most prominent conveyancing attorneys within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Retained to complete title aspects for the acquisition of existing purchase by various entities, and closing a $20 million-plus loan transaction for Southport on Cape Cod.

      • Advised transportation authority regarding title and transactional aspects of acquisition of real estate rights from public and private owners for construction of new elevators and station renovations regarding selected station accessibility program. This project included negotiation of memorandums of agreement and preparation of in-depth title reports on the statutory and record title basis for authority's interests at the stations.
      • Undertook extensive title research and prepared title reports regarding acquisition of real estate rights for transportation authority station improvements.
      • Advised water authority regarding title and transactional aspects of the acquisition of property in eastern Massachusetts for the development of a new water storage facility. Researched title information, advised authority's in-house counsel on drafting and negotiation of purchase and sale agreement, drafted and negotiated title clearing instruments, and provided extensive closing assistance for property acquisition.
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
      Title Standards Committee, 1998 to present; Chair (2004 - 2011), Co-Chair (2016)
      Board of Directors (2000 - 2015)
      Continuing Legal Education Committee, Co-chair (2000 - 2003)
      President (2012)

      Boston Bar Association
      Real Estate Section, Co-chair of Title and Conveyancing Committee (2000 - 2002)

      Massachusetts Bar Association

      Real Estate Finance Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the area of Real Estate (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.)

      Selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list for 2009 and from 2011 to 2017.

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate Law since 2015

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Massachusetts Foreclosure and Title Practice Viewed through the Lenses of Bevilaqua and Ibanez," at Massachesetts Continuing Legal Education (11/30/2011)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • April 30, 2015

        Chris Pitt Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

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      • August 13, 2012

        Christopher Pitt Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Story About Response to Lawsuit Filed by Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts

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      • May 25, 2012

        Christopher Pitt Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on Lawsuit Filed by Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts

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      • February 23, 2012

        Attorneys Discuss Bevilaqua and Ibanez Cases at Seminar

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      • February 22, 2012

        Attorneys Work to Encourage More Funding for Civil Legal Aid

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      • January 26, 2012

        Two News Publications Quote Senior Real Estate Associate Christopher Pitt

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      • September 9, 2011

        Attorney Quoted in Story about Housing Court’s Jurisdiction in Foreclosure Case

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      • March 14, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Walk to the Hill in Boston

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      • January 28, 2011

        Christopher Pitt Weighs in on Revisions to Foreclosure Practice in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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