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Dylan Sanders
Co-Chair, Real Estate Litigation Group
Co-Chair, Environmental & Energy Law Group

Dylan Sanders


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Dylan Sanders
Co-Chair, Real Estate Litigation Group
Co-Chair, Environmental & Energy Law Group
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Dylan concentrates in disputes involving real estate, land use, environmental issues, and administrative law. His experience includes representing developers and property owners in zoning, permitting and land-use litigation, including litigation under the state zoning act (chapter 40A), state hazardous-waste laws (chapter 21E and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan), wetlands laws, waterways laws (chapter 91) and other environmental statutes and regulations, as well as handling a wide range of general business litigation. Dylan also has experience in product-liability matters, including cases involving consumer products “mass torts,” as well as professional-malpractice defense.

Dylan has extensive experience practicing in federal and state courts, including the Massachusetts federal courts, the state’s Land Court and superior courts, and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court. Dylan has participated in three landmark environmental cases before the Supreme Judicial Court: Bank v. Thermo Elemental, 451 Mass. 638 (2008), Moot v. Golledge, 448 Mass. 340 (2007), and Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection, 474 Mass. 278 (2016).

Before joining Sugarman Rogers, Dylan was a partner in the Boston office of DLA Piper, and before that was an associate at Hill & Barlow.

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  • Thomas & Betts v. New Albertson’s, Inc., et al., 915 F.3d 36 (1st Circuit 2019). (in a multi-party a cost recovery action for response costs incurred under Chapter 21E, successfully obtained and then preserved on appeal a jury award of $3.7 million and an attorneys’ fee award of $1.7 million, and obtained an additional $275,000 award of appellate fees)
  • Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection, 474 Mass. 278 (2016) (In a landmark climate change case decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, successfully pursued a claim that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection violated the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act by failing to adopt mandatory declining emissions limits for greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Ware Realty Trust v. Town of Ware , 81 Mass. App. Ct. 1120 (2012) (successful defense of a construction and demolition recycling facility against attempts by town to shut it down)
  • Eldamar Development Company v. Sweeney, 27 Mass. L. Rptr. 63 (2010) (won $1.7 million judgment for subdivision developer after property owner reneged on agreement to convey easement necessary for subdivision road)
  • Bank v. Thermo Elemental, Inc., 451 Mass. 638 (2008) (successful pursuit of contractual indemnity claim and environmental response cost recovery action under Chapter 21E)
  • Moot v. Department of Environmental Protection, 448 Mass. 340 (2007) (a/k/a Moot I) (argued landmark Chapter 91 case; obtained temporary stay of the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision to allow Legislature to act, and successfully defended the new Landlocked Tidelands Act which was subsequently enacted)
  • Devine & Devine Food Brokers, Inc. v. Wampler Foods, Inc., 313 F.3d 616 (2002) (successful defense of food producer to broker’s claim for a severance penalty)
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  • Boston Bar Association (Member, Environmental Sustainability Task Force, 2011-; former Co-Chair, Wetlands and Waterways Committee; former Steering Committee member, Environmental Law Section)
  • Board of Editors, Boston Bar Journal (Member, 2013-2015)
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (Member, Environmental Committee, 2012-; Member, Litigation Committee, 2012-)
  • Environmental Business Council of New England
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) (frequently serves as a faculty member)
  • The Food Project (Board of Trustees, Chairman, 2014; Board of Trustees, Treasurer and Executive Committee member, 2008-2016)
  • Former counsel to the Professional Conduct Committee of the National Council of Architect Registrations Boards (NCARB), which reviews disciplinary actions taken by Member Boards or courts of law against NCARB certificate holders and recommends whether NCARB should continue to provide certificates that enable architects to enjoy reciprocity among Member Boards
  • American Bar Association (Member, Environment, Energy and Resources Section; Environmental and Toxic Torts Committee; Environment and Energy Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section)
Professional Recognition
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  • The Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law & Litigation – Environmental), 2013-Present
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Environmental Law), 2013-Present
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2005, 2006
  • Chambers USA, Environmental Law, 2019-Present
  • Founder’s Award, Alternatives for the Community and the Environment, in recognition of pro bono work in the environmental field, 2005