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John W. Gahan, III Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

Boston
Email: jgahan@murthalaw.com
Phone: 617-457-4036
Fax: 617-482-3868

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1973)
  • Yale University (B.A., 1970)

John W. Gahan, III


For over 40 years John Gahan has concentrated his practice in the area of real estate acquisition, financing, management and development, principally involving the development and management of multi-family housing, including housing for the families of military personnel. The financing of many of these developments have involved tax credits (state and federal low-income housing tax credits, state and federal historic credits, "Brownfields" credits and other state credits).

In addition, John is an experienced litigator of eminent domain and other matters involving real estate values, employment discrimination and termination matters, as well as all aspects of commercial transactions. John has represented developers and property owners in matters relating to land use, ranging from permitting a site for a sanitar y landfill to trials and appeals of zoning cases.

For twenty-five years, John was a member of the Board of Appeals in the Town of Belmont and served as the Board Chairman during most of those years. In that capacity, he drafted a landmark decision allowing a Mormon temple to be built in Belmont, Massachusetts, a decision upheld in a unanimous ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

In recent years, John has served on the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and has assisted in the drafting of laws and regulations dealing with affordable housing properties, including the housing preservation law, enacted in 2009, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Chapter 40T – An Act Preserving Publicly-Assisted Affordable Housing). John served on the advisory committee which provided advice and recommendations relative to the implementation of Chapter 40T.

John also serves, or has served, on the boards of a number of local banks, hospitals and other social organizations.

John has been with Murtha Cullina (formerly Roche, Carens & DeGiacomo) since 1971 and formerly served on the Firm’s Executive Committee.

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Massachusetts Association of Bank Counsel

 Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts, 2013

Overview

For over 40 years John Gahan has concentrated his practice in the area of real estate acquisition, financing, management and development, principally involving the development and management of multi-family housing, including housing for the families of military personnel. The financing of many of these developments have involved tax credits (state and federal low-income housing tax credits, state and federal historic credits, "Brownfields" credits and other state credits).

In addition, John is an experienced litigator of eminent domain and other matters involving real estate values, employment discrimination and termination matters, as well as all aspects of commercial transactions. John has represented developers and property owners in matters relating to land use, ranging from permitting a site for a sanitar y landfill to trials and appeals of zoning cases.

For twenty-five years, John was a member of the Board of Appeals in the Town of Belmont and served as the Board Chairman during most of those years. In that capacity, he drafted a landmark decision allowing a Mormon temple to be built in Belmont, Massachusetts, a decision upheld in a unanimous ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

In recent years, John has served on the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and has assisted in the drafting of laws and regulations dealing with affordable housing properties, including the housing preservation law, enacted in 2009, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Chapter 40T – An Act Preserving Publicly-Assisted Affordable Housing). John served on the advisory committee which provided advice and recommendations relative to the implementation of Chapter 40T.

John also serves, or has served, on the boards of a number of local banks, hospitals and other social organizations.

John has been with Murtha Cullina (formerly Roche, Carens & DeGiacomo) since 1971 and formerly served on the Firm’s Executive Committee.

Memberships
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Massachusetts Association of Bank Counsel
Recognition

 Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts, 2013

Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1973)
  • Yale University (B.A., 1970)
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