Sara Schnorr, Of Counsel with the Firm, focuses her practice on complex real estate acquisition, development, land use, and financing matters, particularly for clients in the affordable housing, life sciences, and telecommunications industries.
She was appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and the State’s Working Group on Gender Equity in Disability Policies by Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker. Sara is also a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee and the Boston Office’s Diversity Committee.
Representative Experience :
- Represented a nonprofit community development company in connection with its negotiation of a Housing Creation Agreement with a commercial developer and the Boston Redevelopment Authority pursuant to which the commercial developer would provide substantial equity to help fund the nonprofits’ development of multiple units of affordable housing to satisfy the commercial developer’s obligations to provided a certain number of “Off-Site Affordable Units” under its Affordable Housing Agreement with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
- Representing a lender in connection with its providing of substantial financing to a nonprofit community development company acquiring and rehabilitating a large affordable housing project that will be obtaining its equity pursuant to a Housing Creation Agreement with the Boston Redevelopment Corporation and commercial developer obligated to provide “off-Site Affordable Housing.”
- Outside general counsel to Casa Esperanza, Inc. and its affiliate Nueva Vida, Inc. in connection with the development, acquisition, permitting and financing of their clinical and residential facilities for Spanish speakers who are recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.
- Represented Immune Disease Institute, Inc. (“IDI”) in negotiating a novel lease- sublease back transaction for the ultimate sale of its old facilities and negotiating IDI’s state of art life sciences research space in the Center For Life Sciences Boston I building in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.
- Represented AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. as it has sought zoning approvals for its network of wireless telecommunications facilities in the Greater Boston area. That work has involved appearing before approximately 50 hostile zoning and planning boards, as well as negotiating with municipalities to amend their zoning bylaws to accommodate the wireless industry.
Professional Affiliations :
- Fulbright Fellow, Munich, Germany (1970-71)
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1979
- M.A.T., Wesleyan University, 1972
- B.A., cum laude, Harvard University
Admissions : Massachusetts, 1979
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