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Richard A. Nylen, Jr. (“Chip”) provides legal services in identifying, securing and defending permits for a wide range of residential, commercial, public and private development activities that are proposed on a daily basis. Statutes and regulations require local, state and federal approvals for construction of homes, commercial structures, golf courses, transfer stations and recycling facilities, municipal buildings, as well as for the operation of commercial and industrial businesses. He has been in private practice for thirty years appearing in front of local boards as well as a litigator before administrative agencies, state and federal courts.

Environmental law has grown over the years with the enactment of land use regulations designed to protect resources. Passage of environmental laws protecting wetlands, inland and coastal waterways and Riverfront Areas, has resulted in enormous changes in the level of expertise necessary in these matters. It is critical that owners and interested individuals select a firm with knowledge and familiarity with the statutes and that the firm include highly regarded real estate professionals. Lynch, DeSimone & Nylen, LLP is unique in that each of the principals is a problem solver and litigator in distinct areas of land use litigation. Attorney Nylen has represented residential owners, commercial owners, municipalities, golf course owners, landfill operators as well as abutters to projects before local, state and federal agencies and courts. It is never too early to retain counsel in an environmental law matter since gathering information early in the process is critical. Experienced counsel should advise parties prior to the filing for a local or state approval.

He has had success representing the MBTA in the $400 million dollar reconstruction of the Greenbush Commuter Rail Line running from Braintree to Scituate, as well as siting commercial buildings and residential subdivisions. He has also represented individuals targeted by local, state or federal agencies for violations of environmental statutes in enforcement proceedings.

Prior to entering private practice in 1982, Chip was the General Counsel to the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, reporting to the Secretary and the Governor on environmental policies and decisions. He was later appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission (“MDC”) in 1981 which oversaw the metropolitan services of parks, sewer, water and police and 2000 employees. His expertise in the field has been recognized by inclusion in Chambers USA as a top environmental attorney; as a former Chairman of the Boston Bar Association’s Wetlands and Waterways Committee and as a frequent lecturer for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”) environmental programs for attorneys.