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

Lisa C. Goodheart

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Lisa Goodheart
Chair, Environmental Law Group
Co-Chair, Real Estate Litigation Group
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Lisa works with clients in the private and public sectors on environmental, energy, real estate, and general business disputes. She has extensive experience in environmental cost-recovery litigation, in siting, permitting, and land use disputes, in regulatory-enforcement actions, in insurance-coverage cases, and in a broad range of business-litigation matters.

Lisa has served in a number of leadership positions in the legal community. She is a former president of the Boston Bar Association and the Boston Bar Foundation. She currently serves as chair of the Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board, to which she was appointed by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court in 2013. From 2012 to 2015, she served on the SJC’s appointed committee to study the code of judicial ethics. And from 2007 to 2010, she was chair of the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission, to which she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick.

Lisa is an active supporter of the arts community, having served as director and officer for numerous nonprofit organizations involved in modern and jazz dance, including Rainbow Tribe, Inc., of which she is a former assistant artistic director.

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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 since 2016)
  • 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)
  • New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE, n/k/a CREW Boston) (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)
Honors
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  • 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 rose of the state’s most influential attorneys,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, December 2009
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (Environmental Law, Litigation: General Commercial) 2003-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental) 2006-2017
  • Best Lawyers Boston Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” 2014, 2017
  • Best Lawyers Boston Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” 2012
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Environmental) Boston magazine, 2004-2016; Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2007-2016; Top 100 Lawyers in New England, 2007-2016; Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2004-2016; Top 50 Female Lawyers in New England, 2007-2016
  • Who’s Who Legal: Environment, 2014-2016
  • 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
  • Top Rated Lawyer, Litigation (2014) and Appellate Law (2013) by American Lawyers Media and Martindale-Hubbell