Charles N. Le Ray is a founding partner of Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C. His practice focuses on representing real estate developers and property owners with complex land use, development, regulatory compliance, and environmental matters. His areas of concentration include zoning, wetlands, MEPA, and site remediation. He also maintains an administrative law and land use litigation practice, and is experienced in negotiating project agreements and settlement agreements with municipalities, neighbors, project opponents, and regulators. Before co-founding this firm Mr. Le Ray was an attorney with Goodwin Procter, LLP for over eleven years, most recently in its Real Estate Development and Permitting Practice Group. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.
Recent Representative Matters:
Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, Cambridge, MA
Currently representing CC&F in permitting a 334-apartment, mixed-use project in Needham. Previously, successfully moved for summary judgment on standing grounds against appeal of special permits for 429 unit residential complex in the Quadrangle area of Cambridge. (2011)
ADD Inc., 311 Summer Street LLC, Boston
Permitting counsel for redevelopment and expansion of circa 1904 mercantile building into worldwide headquarters of award-winning architecture firm with street level retail spaces. Drafted and obtained Boston Redevelopment Authority and Zoning Commission approval for PDA Development Plan to rehabilitate and expand. (2007 – 2008)
The Bulfinch Companies, Inc., Cambridge Discovery Park
Permitting counsel for multi-phase redevelopment of former Arthur D. Little campus in Cambridge. Obtained a variety of approvals, including fifteen-year master plan special permit, multiple orders of conditions, demolition delay, and MEPA review (with Phase I Waiver to allow construction of new facility for the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory to proceed in advance of full project review). Recent work includes permitting for 150-room hotel, 2 spec office/lab buildings and 200,000 sf new headquarters building for Forrester Research. (2003 – Present)
Rush Street Gaming/Mass Gaming & Entertainment
Massachusetts counsel for proposed Category 1 casino project in Brockton, including drafting of Host Community Agreement and proposed rezoning for project.
Assisting with redevelopment of athenhealth’s campus, including drafting rezoning to create master plan special permit process and various leasing matters.
Congress Street Hotel, South Boston, MA: Permitting counsel on the development of the 500-room, 535,000 square foot hotel proposed for the “sausage parcel” opposite the Boston Convention & Exposition Center in the South Boston Waterfront; obtained MEPA waiver of mandatory Environmental Impact Report. (2006 – 2007)
Worcester Crossing, Worcester, MA: Advise clients on environmental matters relating to redevelopment of former U.S. Steel site into retail plaza. (2008 – present)
New Seabury Properties/Icon Enterprises LP – Mashpee, MA
Represented premier Cape Cod resort developer in range of land use and permitting matters including obtaining Land Court approval of subdivision and other plans; drafting village declarations and homeowners association bylaws, easements and related documents; private way realignment; wetlands protective act compliance; and MEPA. (2006 – 2011)
Pine Brook Country Club, Weston, MA
Obtained site plan reviews, orders of conditions, and other approvals for replacement/renovation of 10th Hole Snack Shack, pump house, club house pool area and irrigation ponds, and negotiated MWRA easements. (2013-2014)
Obtained site plan approval, special permit, and order of conditions for project to redevelop support buildings and upgrade stormwater management systems. (2006)
Mr. Le Ray has written and lectured in the areas of land use permitting and environmental topics. His publications include:
- Contributing author to Drafting Commercial Real Estate Documents, MCLE, Inc. (2004, 2015)
- “Sewer improvements pose taxing problem for developers”, Real Estate Bar Association News (May, 2011)
- “Special permits are still special – the impact of the Lobisser decision”, Real Estate Bar Association News (co-author, Winter, 2010)
- “DEP seeks control over stormwater discharges”, Real Estate Bar Association News (Spring 2009)
- “State Wetlands Regulations Recently Amended”, Real Estate Bar Association News (Spring 2005)
- Contributing author to Massachusetts Zoning Manual, MCLE, Inc., (1999, 2002, and 2005 supplements)
- Contributing author to Massachusetts Environmental Law Handbook, Government Institutes, 3rd ed.(1999)
- “Implications of DNA Technology on Posthumous Paternity Determination: Deciding the Facts when Daddy Can’t Give His Opinion”, 35 Boston College Law Review 747 (1994)
Professional Activities and Honors:
- Former Member of Board of Director of Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (REBA)
- Co-Chair and a founding member of REBA’s Land Use and Zoning Committee
- Each year from 2006 through 2016, Charles has been named one of the top lawyers in New England in the Land Use/Zoning category by Super Lawyers, a joint publication of Boston Magazine and Law & Politics. The Super Lawyers comprise the top 5% of lawyers in the state.
- Member of the Boston Bar Association
- Member of City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association
- Member of Massachusetts Restaurant Association
Bar and Court Admissions:
Mr. Le Ray is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
J.D., Boston College Law School, 1994 (summa cum laude)
- Managing Editor of Boston College Law Review (1993-1994)
M.B.A., Northeastern University (1987)
- Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society
B.S., Computer Science, University of New Hampshire (1981)