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Lisa Goodheart
Co-Chair, Environmental & Energy Law Group
Co-Chair, Real Estate Litigation Group

Lisa C. Goodheart


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Lisa Goodheart
Co-Chair, Environmental & Energy Law Group
Co-Chair, Real Estate Litigation Group
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Lisa’s litigation practice spans a broad range of complex environmental, energy, land use, real estate, insurance, and business matters.  On behalf of private and public sector clients, she has practiced for more than 30 years in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.  In addition, she handles contested administrative proceedings, alternative dispute resolution matters, and sensitive regulatory compliance negotiations.  She chairs the firm’s Environmental and Energy Law and Real Estate Litigation Practice Groups.

Lisa is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Environmental Lawyers and has been consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal, and Super Lawyers.  She is a past President of the Boston Bar Association and has served in a number of other leadership positions in the legal community.  She recently finished her term as the chair of the Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board, to which she was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court, and prior to that chaired the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission by appointment of Governor Deval Patrick.

Lisa is also an active supporter of the arts, having served for many years as a director, officer, and overseer of several Boston-based dance companies and performing arts organizations.

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  • City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd., 469 Mass. 196 (2014) (presented state environmental justice policy issue of first impression to Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of affected residents, with support from civil rights and environmental amici curiae)
  • Brockton Power Co. LLC v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd., 469 Mass. 215 (2014) (successful defense of board decision disallowing use of potable municipal water supply as source of cooling water for electricity generating facility)
  • New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Hawley, 468 Mass. 138 (2014) (amicus brief for conservation organization discussed at length in court’s decision, in landmark tax case confirming land conservation as charitable purpose and establishing legal standard for “occupancy” of conservation land sufficient to establish tax exemption)
  • Regis College v. Town of Weston, 462 Mass. 280 (2012) (landmark Dover Amendment decision, establishing standard sought by clients for determining whether a non-profit educational corporation’s proposed real estate development is exempt from local zoning laws as a land use “for educational purposes”)
  • Ware Real Estate, LLC v. Town of Ware, 2012 WL 751739 (Mass. App. Ct. 2012) (successful pursuit of declaratory and injunctive relief against municipality that sought to revoke a special permit for operation of construction and demolition waste recycling facility)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 28 Mass. L. Rptr. 113 (2011) (successful pursuit of summary judgment for policyholder on CGL insurer’s duty to defend environmental response action claim arising from ownership of property first acquired by insured after expiration of pertinent policy periods)
  • Bank v. Thermo Elemental, Inc., 451 Mass. 638 (2008) (successful pursuit of contractual indemnity claim and claims for environmental response costs and attorneys’ fees)
  • Friends and Fishers of Edgartown Great Pond, Inc. v. Department of Environmental Protection, 446 Mass. 830 (2006) (successful defense of MassDEP groundwater discharge permit for wastewater treatment plant)
  • Weston Forest and Trail Ass’n v. Fishman, 66 Mass. App. Ct. 654 (2006) (successful enforcement of conservation restriction, establishing that laches and estoppel are not available as defenses to actions by private entities to protect the public interest in conservation restrictions)
  • Emmons v. White, 58 Mass. App. Ct. 54 (2003) (successful enforcement of unrecorded release of easement, based on buyer’s actual knowledge of release agreement)
  • Merit Oil of Massachusetts, Inc. v. Baer, 12 Mass. L. Rptr. 249 (2000) (successful defense of bank against claim for breach of contract for environmental response cost reimbursement, and recovery of defense attorneys’ fee award under G.L. c. 21E, § 4A(f))
  • Hanson Housing Authority v. Dryvit System, Inc., 29 Mass. App. Ct. 440 (1990) (successful defense against claims for alleged design defects, breach of warranties and misrepresentations, on statute of limitations grounds; litigated under the name Lisa D. Campolo)
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  • Member and Chair, Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB), by appointment of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Member since 2013; Chair 2016-2019)
  • Member, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct (2012-2015)
  • Chair, Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, by appointment of Governor Deval L. Patrick (2007-2010)
  • Member, Massachusetts DEP Wetlands Appeals Streamlining Task Force (2007)
Professional Affiliations
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  • Boston Bar Association (President, 2011-2012; President-Elect, 2010-2011; Vice-President, 2009-2010; Treasurer, 2008-2009; Executive Committee and Council Member, 2005-2012; Co-Chair, Environmental Law Section, 2002-2004)
  • Boston Bar Foundation (President, 2014-2016; President-Elect, 2013-2014; Trustee, 2010-; Grants Committee, 2012-2014; Society of Fellows Committee, 2012-2014)
  • CREW Boston (formerly New England Women in Real Estate) (President, 2007-2008; President-Elect, 2006-2007; Steering Committee Member, 2004-2008; Co-Chair, Programs and Seminars Committee, 2003-2006)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Standing Committee on Environmental Law, 2005-2008; Co-Chair, 2007 National Law and Policy Conference on Global Warming)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) (Member, Civil Litigation Curriculum Advisory Committee, 1998-2010)
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  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Top Women of Law Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2016
  • Environmental Justice Award Recipient, Alternatives for Community & Environment, Inc. (ACE) 2014
  • Leadership Award Recipient, New England Women in Real Estate, now CREW Boston, 2014
  • Lelia J. Robinson Award Recipient, Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, 2010
  • Named to “The Power List – Lawyers Weekly’s roster of the state’s most influential attorneys,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, December 2009
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (Environmental Law, Litigation: General Commercial) 2003-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental) 2006-2020
  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” (Environmental Law) 2014, 2017, 2019
  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” (Litigation-Environmental) 2012
  • Super Lawyers (Environmental Litigation), 2004-2019; Top 10 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2019; Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2007-2019; Top 100 Lawyers in New England, 2007-2019; Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2004-2019; Top 50 Female Lawyers in New England, 2007-2019
  • Who’s Who Legal: Environment, 2014-2019
  • The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers, 2011-2013
  • Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2006, 2007, 2010
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell