Leadership of Dain Torpy
I co-founded what is today Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, PC to be the premier boutique law firm for the commercial real estate industry in Massachusetts. I am the President and Chairman of the firm. I am proud of what we have achieved. We have the best clients in the region, work on the most interesting and challenging real estate matters, and have a brand and style of practice respected throughout the industry.
As President and Chairman of the firm, it is part of my job to set the firm’s priorities and values. First, we emphasize the importance of knowing our clients’ business. As a firm, we understand commercial real estate and we recognize that our job is to advance each client’s business, not just to close a particular deal or win a certain lawsuit. Legal strategy is dictated by business goals. Second, we aim to be perfect in everything that we do. Obviously, not everything can be perfect every time, but that is our ethos. Third, we strive to practice law the right way – to treat everyone with respect and to understand that the practice of law is not personal. Finally, we take ethics seriously and the firm will always back our attorneys to do what is ethically right and required in their practices.
Our clients like working with the lawyers here at Dain Torpy. We have been rewarded with great client loyalty. We appreciate it.
Head of the Litigation Department
I also head the firm’s litigation practice. We have three full-time trial lawyers in our group, as well as a number of other lawyers for whom litigation is part of their practices. We work collaboratively as a team and meet regularly to go over all of our cases. As a group, we work on disputes that arise for our clients in the commercial real estate industry. These disputes can arise in traditional land use (such as zoning and permitting) and real estate (purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, adverse possession and boundary disputes) fields, in tort and negligence cases (such as premises liability or nuisance cases), or in business settings (other breach of contract cases, commission disputes, corporate governance and fiduciary duty issues). We spend as much time with our clients discussing dispute or risk avoidance, management (such as through insurance coverage), and resolution as we do actively litigating and going to trial. Our aim, again, is to help our clients achieve their goals; litigation is really just business by other means.
A Leading and Widely-Respected Litigation Practice
I have been practicing for more than 20 years, the first 10 at the national law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where I chaired that firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Litigation practice group. Early in my career, I focused on commercial litigation, representing companies in disputes around the country. My honors and professional and civic activities include:
- I was recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in Massachusetts in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 as one of the top 100 lawyers in all of New England in 2013, 2015, and 2017, and as in the top 5% of all lawyers in New England each year since 2005 by the rating service The Super Lawyers.
- I was elected a Massachusetts Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a recognition limited to less than 1 percent of the lawyers in each state.
- I was appointed by the Boston Bar Association to co-chair its Land Use and Development Committee for the 2015-2017 term. The Boston Bar Association also appointed me as its representative to the Land Court Working Group, a group looking to increase efficiencies in the administration of justice at the Massachusetts Land Court.
- I am a regular lecturer on land use and litigation issues at Boston College Law School, MIT’s Center for Real Estate, Northeastern’ s School of Architecture, the Boston Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
- My writings on land use and litigation issues have been published by Banker & Tradesman, the Real Estate Bar Association News, CLE International, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, New England Law Review, and James Publishing (as past editor of a book on deposition practice).
- I am also active on land use issues in my hometown of Needham, Massachusetts, chairing the town’s Golf Club Advisory Committee, and serving as treasurer of the Needham Land Trust.
Perhaps my greatest professional honor has been the trust put in me by the clients with whom I’ve worked, including such outstanding commercial real estate companies and other institutions as:
Cabot, Cabot & Forbes
Congress Group, Inc.
The Davis Companies
The Drew Companies
The Flatley Company
Forest City Enterprises
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New Seabury Properties
Prudential Real Estate Investors
I am the co-founder of the Restaurant Investment Group, created to raise and manage a fund to provide equity to start-up buzz-worthy restaurants looking to open in the Boston area. We started RIG in response to concerns expressed by our landlord clients that new-economy tenants were demanding amenities in their buildings, particularly independent restaurants (no chains), but that such potential restaurant tenants lack credit and therefore are greater risks than national credit tenants (chains). Our landlords were open to the idea of taking on the risk of these local independent operators because it helps drive demand for the upper floors (people want to be in buildings with cool retail on the first floor). RIG helps manage that risk by vetting the operators, helping with the business plan, and providing access to capital. We have been featured in articles in Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, National Eater, and elsewhere. We currently have two restaurants under development in Boston.
As a result of my involvement in restaurant investment, I was asked to serve on the board of the Restaurant Discovery Project, a non-profit that seeks to identify and support young minority chefs who hope to open their own restaurants some day in underserved neighborhoods of Boston.
I graduated from Michigan Law School (cum laude) in 1995, and from Vassar College (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1993. I am also a graduate of Newton North High School.