Fran has extensive experience both in real estate development and in real estate finance and investment. On the development side, Fran’s experience includes entity structuring and formation, acquisitions, zoning, title, land use and permitting, construction and permanent financing, joint ventures and partnerships, leases, dispositions and tax deferred exchanges in connection with shopping centers, office buildings, mixed-use and industrial projects, multi-family properties, hotels and resorts, and assisted living facilities. His finance and investment work includes a wide range of large and complex debt and equity transactions on behalf of investors and sponsors involving institutional grade properties and development projects throughout the country.
Prior to founding Trilogy Law LLC, Fran served as Assistant General Counsel at RMR Group in Newton, MA, a private, affiliated manager of four publicly traded real estate investment trusts with a combined asset value of over $19 billion. Before his time in-house, he was an attorney for over ten years in the real estate practice at Goodwin Procter LLP and Goulston & Storrs LLP. In addition, Fran was a principal and co‑founder of Samuels Property Group LLC in Boston, MA where he served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. While at Samuels Property Group, Fran acquired and redeveloped over $50,000,000 worth of real estate, leasing the projects to tenants that included Harvard University, Pfizer, Walgreens, The Gap, and Boston Sports Club.
During law school, Fran served as a law clerk in the Harvard University Office of the General Counsel working on various University real estate matters.
Fran is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School. He is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.
Fran has counseled commercial real estate developers, real estate private equity funds, commercial landlords and tenants, family offices, hospitality companies, institutional investors and lenders, pension fund advisors, commercial banks, and other owners, operators and managers of commercial real estate. He also represents high net worth individuals in select luxury residential real estate matters.
Fran is a member of the Real Estate Finance Association of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.
Fran is a former member of the Town of Acton, MA and the City of Watertown, MA Zoning Boards of Appeals, and the City of Cambridge, MA Green Ribbon Open Space Committee.
Fran is the former President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Charitable Friends of Digamma Building, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving historically significant landmarks in the Harvard Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He currently is a Director.
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