Ken Gould, a partner with Lawson & Weitzen since 1997, has been practicing in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, affordable housing transactions, and financing transactions since 1980. He combines a deep knowledge of the legal issues with his four decades of perspective and judgment on the business implications involved in negotiating terms of real estate transactions. To his clients, Ken is an invaluable guide through the most complex closings and has a unique ability to explain complicated legal issues while working to achieve their goals. He is a creative thinker and problem solver whose work is always client focused.
Ken has broad experience in all aspects of the acquisition, sale or other disposition, financing, construction, leasing and development of multi-family, office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use properties. He has particular expertise in affordable housing finance, having served as outside counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as various municipalities and other public agencies, in affordable housing transactions since 1993.
Commercial Real Estate Transactions: Ken represents buyers, sellers, lenders, and tenants in connection with the acquisition, sale, financing, ground leases, construction, leasing, and development of all types of properties. He is well-versed in both rental and condominium projects and is recognized as one of the State’s leading experts in cooperative housing. Ken also serves as agent for multiple national title insurance companies. He is also familiar with the formation, operation, and transfers of interests in limited partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts, corporations, and other entities for the ownership of real estate.
Financing Transactions: Ken represents both borrowers and lenders in a wide variety of real estate and commercial loan transactions, including construction and permanent loans, non-profit loans, conduit loans, affordable housing/economic development financings, and work-outs and loan restructurings. In particular, he regularly represents borrowers in financings insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Affordable Housing Transactions: Ken has extensive experience representing public and quasi-public agencies, including the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, in connection with financing transactions under state and federal programs now included under the MassDocs umbrella. He is skilled in both rental and homeownership affordable housing projects, as well as limited equity housing cooperatives and Low Income Housing Tax Credit syndications. He regularly works with MHIC, CEDAC, MHP, MassHousing, MassDevelopment, HUD, and other public and quasi-public agencies, as well as various municipalities.
Ken’s clients include government agencies, real estate developers and owners, commercial landlords and tenants (both retail and office), financial institutions, universities, and labor organizations (as special counsel for real estate matters).
Representation of Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and three additional quasi-public agencies as well as City in connection with financing of 48-unit affordable housing project in a Gateway City, including additional financing by bank construction lender, MassHousing, and federal and state low income housing tax credits
Representation of owner of 250-unit multi-building apartment complex in $60M refinance with national lender insured by HUD under Section 223(f) program
Representation of commercial bank in financing of a portfolio of share loans, as well as in financing of cooperative corporation blanket mortgage
Representation of owner of suburban shopping center in 23,000 square foot anchor lease to national retailer
Representation of seller of 90-unit townhouse apartment community
Representation of Union in connection with Downtown Boston office lease
Representation of General Partner in restructuring of ownership of a real estate limited partnership and acquisition of limited partner interests
Title Counsel in connection with refinancing of Downtown Boston hotel
Former co-chair of the Affordable Housing Committee and the Real Estate Public Policy and Legislation Committee of the Boston Bar Association
Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts
Abstract Club (an organization of the top 100 real estate attorneys in Massachusetts)
American Bar Association, Real Property Section; Member, Forum on Affordable Housing
Citizens Housing and Planning Association
Co-Author, "Cooperative Housing," Massachusetts Condominium Law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., March, 1989; most recently revised 2019
Program Chair and Panelist, Seminar on “Affordable Housing Deals: What Makes Them Unique”, Boston Bar Association, February 1, 2006 Author, "Due Diligence Issues in Affordable Housing Transactions", Affordable Housing Deals: What Makes Them Unique (Boston Bar Association, February, 2006) Author and Seminar Panelist, "State and Federal Financing Sources", Affordable Housing in Massachusetts, Lorman, November, 2004 Co-Author and Seminar Panelist, Condos and Co-ops for Paralegals, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., April, 2001 Author and Seminar Panelist, "Fundamentals of Commercial Loan Documentation", Commercial Lending in Massachusetts, National Business Institute, Inc., December, 1996 Author and Seminar Panelist, "The Lender's Perspective," Pitfalls for Real Estate Professionals, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., April, 1992 Author, "Cooperative Housing: An Opportunity for Creativity," NELTA News, Vol. XVII, No. 2, New England Land Title Association, Fall 1985 Co-Author, Industrial and Mixed Use Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Time-Shares, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education - New England Law Institute, Inc., March 1985 Co-Author, "And Now For A Word About Cooperatives," Condominium Buyers Guide, Vanguard Press, Vol. IV, 1983
AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyer 2004, 2012-2014, 2017-2022