John E. McElhinney
real estate attorney in Winchester, Massachusetts
As Principal Attorney of his own law office in Winchester, Massachusetts, John E. McElhinney practices in the areas of real estate acquisition, development, and finance as well as in environmental and land use matters. Mr. McElhinney has developed expertise in several aspects of real estate and environmental law, including municipal zoning, transaction and financing due diligence, and the structure of joint ventures and multi-party partnerships.
Among his other work, John E. McElhinney works as in-house counsel for the family business of Paul and Phyllis Fireman. As the attorney for their real estate development projects, he led the development of a $1 billion residential and golf course development in New Jersey. The project spanned five years and involved land assembly and the negotiation of regulatory agreements with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. John McElhinney also serves as pro bono counsel for the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, which in conjunction with Home Funders Initiative has raised $20 million to subsidize affordable housing loans.
Prior to opening his private practice in 2003, John E. McElhinney served for five years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Newton, Massachusetts, company Willowbend Development, LLC. In this role, he oversaw all activities involved in the acquisition, financing, and development for $2 billion in commercial, hotel, and residential real estate in North America and the Caribbean. John McElhinney came to this role from an eight-year tenure as a Partner at Boston law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, where he oversaw the due diligence process for landowners of more than 100 Superfund and hazardous waste sites. His high-profile clientele included Harvard University, Eastern Enterprises, and Bain Capital.
John E. McElhinney earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1984. Prior to this, he attended Dartmouth College with a double major in economics and government, graduating magna cum laude in 1980. Mr. McElhinney holds licenses in Massachusetts as an attorney and as a Real Estate Broker. For details, call 1-617-816-4092.