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Barbara Landau specializes in environmental, land use, and construction law. Barbara joined Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP in 2008, bringing an urban planning background to her law practice. She has more than twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors and as in-house counsel to a brownfields real estate developer.
Barbara represents businesses, property owners, real estate developers, non profit organizations and serves as outside counsel to towns and redevelopment authorities, assisting them with compliance and permitting at sites with hazardous waste, wetlands and other environmental concerns. She helps clients obtain and maintain liability protection and negotiates resolution of disputes involving hazardous waste cleanup and other land use and environmental issues. Barbara also assists clients with construction and real estate matters at brownfields sites; and she assists with permitting and development of renewable energy projects.
Design and Construction Practice:
Barbara represents architectural firms in the United States and abroad in contract negotiations, regulatory compliance, and corporate life-cycle matters. Her experience as in-house counsel to a real estate developer gives Barbara an ability to balance and negotiate owner, design, and construction concerns and provides a broad understanding of corporate growth and transition issues.
Prior Professional Experience:
Brownfields Recovery Corp. (1999-2003). General Counsel for brownfields developer. Managed environmental liability and remediation concerns, negotiated real estate and business agreements.
Public Sector: MA Department of Environmental Protection (1996-1999), Designed and implemented the Massachusetts Brownfields Act, provided technical assistance to municipalities, community development corporations and businesses, assisted in policy development and revision of regulations.
MA Executive Office of Economic Affairs, Assistant General Counsel (1993–1999). Drafted regulations, coordinated permit streamlining study, developed Covenant Not to Sue pilot project, represented agency on Clean Air Act SIP Steering Committee and advised agency on general legal matters.
Private law practice: Environmental lawyer at the Boston law firms, Foley Hoag (1990-1993) and BCK Law (2004-2008). Represented businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit entities in environmental, land use, energy and real estate matters.
Urban Planning Experience: Abt Associates (1985-1987): Analyzed affordable housing programs and municipal land use policies; provided technical assistance for HUD housing programs. At the Cambridge Housing Authority (1982-1985), assisted in planning modernization of public housing developments.
Professional Registrations, Activities, and Memberships:
Admitted to Massachusetts bar
Member: Boston Bar Association, ABA, NEWIRE, Environmental Business Council
Speaker at local and national conferences on environmental, land use and real estate matters.
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D, 1990,
Harvard University, Masters in City and Regional Planning, 1982;
Oberlin College, B.A. 1978.