Nicholas P. Shapiro

Nicholas P. Shapiro

Boston, Massachusetts

Nicholas P. Shapiro joined the firm as an associate in May, 2011. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. His areas of practice are Zoning, Land Use and Real Estate Litigation. Attorney Shapiro is a frequent presenter for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education programs on Real Estate Litigation topics, sits on the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Bar Association, is Co-Chair of the association's New Lawyers Section, and is an Editor for the American Bar Association's Real Estate Litigation and Condemnation Committee's Journal. He also is a regular contributor to Phillips & Angley's Massachusetts Zoning & Land Use Blog. In both 2015 and 2016, he was awarded the distinction of being named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in New England for Land Use and Zoning.

Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Shapiro was law clerk to the Hon. Joseph A. Trainor, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and, prior to that clerkship, was law clerk to the Hon. Harry M. Grossman, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Land Court. Mr. Shapiro received a J.D., cum laude, in 2008 from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts where he was a member of Suffolk's Transnational Law Review.

Areas of Practice

  • Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation
  • Real Estate Contract, Title and Boundary Disputes and Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions and Agreements
  • Real Estate Development and Permitting

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2008


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Jurisprudence Award for Antitrusts (2007)
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: English & Philosophy

Representative Cases

  • Successfully argued appeal before the Massachusetts Appeals Court in Clemmey v. Great Woods, Inc., 13-P-1817
  • Successfully argued motion for summary judgment before the Massachusetts Land Court in Roma III, LTD. v. Board of Appeals of Rockport, 15 MISC 000074 (RBF), decision reported at 24 LCR 649 (2016)
  • Successfully argued motion for summary judgment before the Plymouth District Court in Elite Metal Framing & Construction, Inc. v. Industrial Communications, LLC, 1559CV000138


  • "Real Estate Litigation: Real Estate & Environmental Professional Development Plan Unit 13," at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, panelist on “Pre-Litigation Strategy,” “Introduction to the Land Court,” “Overview of G. L. c. 40A, § 17,” and “Common Easement Issues” (2/25/15)
  • "Litigating Real Estate Disputes," at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education program, panelist on “Litigating in the Land Court" and "Easement Disputes Post-M.P.M. Builders" (2/5/2013)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, New England, Land Use/Zoning, 2015 & 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Real Estate Bar Association, Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Committee , 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Real Estate Bar Association, Board of Directors, Member, 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Editor for the Real Estate Litigation & Condemnation Committee’s Journal , 2016 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Massachusetts Appeals Court, Law Clerk, 2009 - 2010
  • Massachusetts Land Court, Law Clerk , 2008 - 2009