Kathryn Cochrane Murphy has extensive experience in every aspect of commercial real estate transactions. She represents developers, business and nonprofit owners, governmental agencies and institutional lenders in acquisitions, dispositions, permitting, financings, design and construction contracts, procurement matters, leasing, ground leases, and condominium matters. She has frequently structured and carried out the legal aspects of complex, mixed-use developments, including the drafting and negotiation of development agreements and land disposition agreements on behalf of institutional and governmental land owners. She represents banks and other lenders in connection with construction and permanent financings and has handled foreclosures, workouts and note purchases and sales for a national bank.
Kathy has a special interest and experience in representing educational institutions in connection with real estate, permitting and procurement matters. She has advised governmental agencies on development projects and design and construction contracts, and has drafted new ordinances and statutory provisions for governmental units and businesses.
Kathy graduated from Yale College, cum laude, and Boston College Law School, magna cum laude. She is a member of the Order of the Coif. She is a Past President and Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a member and former steering committee member of New England Women in Real Estate (now, CREW Boston) and a member of the Urban Land Institute. She is a former director of the Yale Alumni Fund, a former director of the YWCA Boston and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and an Honorary Trustee of the Boston Children’s Museum. Other memberships include the ABA, BBA, REBA, Abstract Club and Lambda Alpha International. She has served as a panelist on the ALI/CLE Modern Real Estate Transactions and Commercial Leasing courses and has contributed to the ABA Mortgage Foreclosure book and the State-by-State Guide to Commercial Real Estate Leases.
Kathy is a “Best Lawyer in America”, awarded by U.S. News & World Report in Real Estate Law since 2014 and also named “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in Real Estate by Thomson Reuter and Boston Magazine since 2006. She received the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) Leadership Award in 2011, and the 2013 NEWiRE Network Impact Award. She has received the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Networking Award in 2013, 2017 and in 2018. Kathy is listed in “Who’s Who Legal,” as a Real Estate Attorney from 2012 to 2018. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association.