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Burns & Levinson LLP


Massachusetts, United States
http://www.burnslev.com
(P) 617.345.3000
(F) 617.345.3299
drosenblatt@burnslev.com


At Burns & Levinson, we practice law differently.  While our attorneys agree that results drive our business, building relationships with our clients and providing value added service is the key to our success.  We work hard to provide the legal experience and industry knowledge you need, as well as the personal attention you deserve – adding value to your life and the life of your business.  At Burns & Levinson, your personal and business success is our top priority – so whatever your legal need, consider it done. 

Our 125 attorneys are located in Boston, MA and Providence, RI. We also have attorneys and offices conveniently located in the South Shore and Metro West areas of Massachusetts.  Burns & Levinson has two wholly owned subsidiaries which are located in Boston, MA and one in Montreal, Quebec.

Our lawyers are experienced and extremely motivated. They’re willing to go beyond their traditional role and do whatever it takes to get results. No matter what your legal need, we’ve got you covered.

Our Practices

Our core areas of practice are Business/Corporate, Real Estate, Business Litigation, Intellectual Property and Private Client legal services, which include all related services from general corporate, intellectual property (including patents), employment, finance, securities, private equity, venture capital, real estate  to tax, mediation, litigation, divorce, family law, trusts and estate planning and administration.

Our Method and Culture

Burns & Levinson LLP understands that each client has unique needs. We provide a team approach by utilizing all the talent available within our firm and partnering with others to meet our clients' needs. Our attorneys are client-centered and focused on more than just the matter at hand - they are business advisors, thinking globally - They want to know about your business and legal matter and how they can best support it. This is how they add extra value beyond the legal work.

Our entrepreneurial culture provides a sense of independence, while offering a team approach to support our attorneys' efforts and our clients' endeavors.

Our Clients

We represent dynamic, growth-oriented businesses, privately and publicly held companies, universities, institutions and individuals primarily located in the northeast. 

Our clients are in various industries from traditional New England manufacturing and service businesses, high-technology and life sciences companies, and emerging companies to scientists, entrepreneurs and Canadian, Chinese and Israeli and India-based companies.

Our Commitment to Service

We pride ourselves on service. The firm has two subsidiaries to provide additional service to our clients. They are:

Burns & Levinson Asset Management (B&L Asset Management LLC d/b/a Burns & Levinson Asset Management) provides investment advisory and portfolio management services.

Our History

Thomas Burns and Larry Levinson, our Founders, along with William Clancy and Robert Weinstein established Burns & Levinson LLP in 1960 on the principles of being accessible to our clients and being responsive to their needs and ultimately providing the highest quality legal services. These principles have served our clients well. Our continued commitment to the founding principles of the Firm results in an entrepreneurial approach to providing services.

In January 2006, thirty-five attorneys from the Boston-based law firm of Perkins Smith & Cohen LLP joined the firm.  The addition of these attorneys from Perkins Smith & Cohen, highly known for its Patent and Intellectual Property practices with a focus on the Science and Technology sector, adds depth and enables us to fully service the Science and Technology industries.


Contact(s)
Shep Davidson
Partner
617.345.3336
sdavidson@burnslev.com

Renee Inomata
Partner
617.345.3340
rinomata@burnslev.com

Kristen Weller
Director of Marketing & Communications
kweller@burnslev.com

David P. Rosenblatt
Managing Partner
617.345.3000
drosenblatt@burnslev.com

Address(es)
125 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110

One Citizens Plaza, Suite 1100, Providence, RI 02903

Practices
Antitrust
Banking and finance
Acquisitions and mergers
Commercial loans
Convertible and hybrid securities
Credit enhancements for bond financing
Electronic funds transfer
Enforcement of loan documentation
Equipment finance
Equity line of credit financing
Hedging transactions
High yield debt
Lease financing
Lender liability and consumer credit
Letters of credit
Loan documentation
Mezzanine lending
Mortgage banking
Participation agreements
Private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions
Rate management transactions
REIT financing
SBA Section 504 lending
Securitizations
Syndicated revolving and term credit facilities
Technology and intellectual property financing
Bankruptcy/creditor's rights/insolvency
Accounts receivable collections
Chapter 11 reorganizations
Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases
Collections
Contested plan confirmations
Creditor representation
Creditor's litigation
Debtor in Possession Financing (DIP)
Debtor representation
Foreclosures
Liquidation
Mechanics liens
Receiverships
Refinancing
Representation of purchasers of assets in bankruptcy
Workouts
Construction
Corporate/business
1940 Act
Angel investments
Asset acquisitions and divestitures
Asset-based and cash flow lending transactions
Capitalization transactions
Convertible and hybrid securities
Corporate governance
D & O responsibilities
Debt and equity financings
Divestitures
E-commerce
Entity formation/governance
Equity line of credit financings
ESOPS and reverse ESOPS
Exit strategies
Family businesses
Franchise
Fund formation
General corporate counsel
Going-private transactions
Government contracts
Import/export
Investment company act issues
Investor relations
IPO's/private offerings
Joint ventures and strategic alliances
Leveraged buyouts
Licensing, distribution and general contract matters
Liquidations
Mergers and acquisitions
Mezzanine financing
Preferred and common stock placements
Private equity/venture capital
Private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions
Proxy contests/annual shareholder meetings
Public finance
Public offerings
Recapitalizations
Registration exemptions
Rescission offers
Section 13(d) reports
Securities
Seed capital transactions
Shareholder agreements
Software licensing
Spinoffs of subsidiaries and divisions
Start-up and emerging growth companies
Stock agreements
Stock option plans and restricted stock agreements
Stockholder/partner/LLC disputes
Strategic planning
Succession issues
Syndications
Taxable and tax-free exchanges, mergers and consolidations
Technology/life sciences
Tender offers
Venture capital
Education
Entertainment
Book publishing
Literary rights acquisition
Publishing agreements
Contracts
Copyright protection and transfer matters
Counseling
Film & television
Licensing
Management
Media
Music
Subsidiary rights and multi-media development
Environmental
Air pollution
Asbestos
Brownfields
Chapter 21E
Clean Air Act
Clean up and remediation
Conservation easements
Development entitlements
Drainage issues
Due diligence
Ground and surface water
Hazardous waste
Landfill permitting, regulation and operation
Litigation
Permitting & compliance
Regulatory
Superfund
Water pollution
Wetlands
Accumulation, preservation and distribution of wealth
Administration of probate estates, trusts and foundations
Charitable giving strategies
Estate and wealth preservation planning and administration
Estate, gift, generation skipping tax
Federal income tax/Estate/Gift tax in business
Income tax planning
Life insurance planning
Private foundations
Succession planning - family owned/closely held businesses
Family law
Adoption
Agreements for articifical insemination
Appeals
Child custody and support
Claims to interests in trusts, pension and profit-sharing accounts
Complex asset division
Complex business valuation
Custody
De facto parenthood actions
Dissolution of and planning for same-sex relationships
Divorce and separation
Enforcement and modification of decrees entered in other states
Guardianship of minors
Health insurance and medical coverage
Invitro fertilization and surrogacy
Litigation
Paternity
Pension and profit-sharing entitlements
Post dissolution and modifications
Prenuptial agreements
Trust and various investments
Franchise
Government relations
Bond counsel
Economic development, planning and finance
Health care
Mergers, sales, acquisitions and reorganizations
Tax-exempt organization qualification and preservation
Life, health and disability claims
Intellectual property
Acquisition due diligence
Advertising
Anti-piracy litigation
Business methods and e-commerce
Clearance review
Confidentiality/ non-disclosure agreements
Copyright - advice, registration and litigation
Data ownership
Development agreements
Information technology
Infringement
Internet and e-commerce
Internet privacy and information use policies and counseling
IP issues in business transactions
Lanham Act litigation
Licensing and technology, distribution agreements
Litigation (patent, trademark, trade secret litigation)
Maintenance/support agreements
Network hardware and software purchase and installation agreements
Non-compete covenants
Opinions
Patent infringement defense
Piracy claims
Privacy
Retransmission consent agreements
Software agreements
Technology transactions
Trade dress
Trade secrets
Transfer and assignment
USPTO inter partes
Warranty claims
Web-related contracts
International/International trade
Acquisitions
Financing
Joint ventures
Technology
Transfers
Labor, employment & employee benefits
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Class actions
COBRA & HIPAA Compliance
Compliance advice
Constitutional claims
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Defamation
Disability Discrimination & Accommodation (ADA)
Discipline and discharge
Discrimination claims (Title VII, ADEA, Section 1981)
DOL compliance
Downsizing and layoffs
Drug and alcohol testing
Employee stock ownership plans
Employment contracts & independent contractors
ERISA compliance
Fiduciary duty claims
Plan mergers and terminations
Executive compensation
Family and Medical Leave (FLMA)
FLSA issues
Handbooks and policies
Hiring procedures
Hirings, separations, layoffs and terminations
Insurance coverage and disputes
Internal investigations
IRS compliance
Litigation
Mediation
Military leave (USERRA)
Non-competition, confidentiality, and trade secrets
Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA)
Pension and benefits
Privacy
Public employers' special concerns
Recordkeeping
Reduction in force compliance and defense
Retaliation and whistleblower claims
Sexual harassment
Training programs
Unemployment compensation hearings
Unemployment tax and benefits
Unfair labor practice defense
Union relations
Wage and hour
Worker Adjustment and Retaining Notification Act
Workers compensation
Workplace violence
Wrongful termination
Litigation
Alternative dispute resolution
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Conspiracy
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Lender liability claims
Mediation
Securities arbitration and compliance
Shareholder derivative actions
Will contests
Workers' compensation
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Automotive
Business and corporate disputes
Defense of M&A and JV agreements
Eminent domain
Fiduciary duty
First amendment
Franchise
Government contracts and competitive bidding
Governmental entities
Hazardous waste site proceedings
Healthcare
Internet
Land use
Media and telecommunications
Minority stockholders
Non-compete litigation
Probate & trust litigation
RICO
Securities
Technology
White collar criminal defense
Antitrust, environmental, and RICO crimes
Business and financial fraud
Criminal, civil or administrative laws and regulations
Defense procurement fraud
Federal criminal defense
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Government investigations/White collar crime
Healthcare, securities and tax fraud
International crime
Public corruption
Will contests
Wrongful death
Maritime law
Media & communications
Public finance
Real estate
Affordable and multifamily housing
Condemnation
Design/Build joint ventures
Developer representation
Disposition
Eminent domain
Energy issues
Entitlements
Finance
Financing
Commercial
Industrial
Land use
Leasing
Commercial
Lending
Real estate
Multiproperty financings
Multistate financings
Permitting
Property valuation
REIT's
Sale/Lease-back transactions
Syndications
Synthetic lease financings
Tax
Appeals
Planning
Title
Workouts, foreclosures, bankruptcies
Zoning
Sports
Tax issues
Tax
Bank shares
Business acquisition planning
Charitable giving strategies
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Corporate/business tax disputes
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Employee benefits
ERISA
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IRS administrative examinations and appeals
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Ad valorem
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Incentives
Sales
Use
Tax deferred real estate exchanges
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Civil tax controversies
Commercial loans, leases and workouts
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Structuring of business transactions
Transportation
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