Douglas Burton

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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Boston 02109 MA US

Douglas L. Burton is a well-regarded real estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience in private equity investment and joint ventures, development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing.

His clients include top pension fund advisors, Fortune 50 corporations, developers and nonprofit institutions, with a broad range of asset classes, including hospitality, multi-family, seniors housing, office, industrial, retail and life sciences.

Mr. Burton was the president of his alumni class at Amherst College from 2002-2012, and past member of the board of directors of the Mountain View Association.

Since 2001, Mr. Burton is a frequent lecturer and guest lecturer at the MIT Center for Real Estate, both conducing full-day professional development seminars and teaching graduate level courses.

Most recently, he was a guest lecturer speaking about distressed loans and capital arrangements at a joint MIT-NYU class in May 2017, and a guest lecturer speaking about loan workouts at MIT in April 2018.

Mr. Burton co-taught professional development seminars and spoke as a guest lecturer for various graduate level courses at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate from 2009 to 2011.

He is a regular guest lecturer at Columbia University’s MSRED Program since 2009, most recently speaking about distressed loans and capital arrangements in February 2019.

Mr. Burton is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association.

Experience : Representation of investment managers in billions of dollars of joint ventures, financings, acquisitions and dispositions, including the work-out of multiple troubled loans and joint venture arrangements, including:

  • Joint venture and acquisition of a trophy office tower in San Francisco for more than a quarter billion dollars
  • Acquisition of a $110 million lifestyle shopping center under redevelopment in Texas
  • Formation and financing of an $80 million partially seeded joint venture to acquire retail properties on a national platform
  • Disposition of a $110 million portfolio of industrial properties across multiple funds in three states, including the transfer of a municipal development authority bond arrangement


  • JD, Cornell Law School, 1996
  • BA, Amherst College, 1992

ADMISSIONS : Massachusetts, New York


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