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John J. Griffin, Jr.

John J. Griffin, Jr.

Practice Group Attorney

John J. Griffin, Jr. focuses his practice on real estate matters, where he represents developers, lending institutions and educational institutions.


  • Development
  • Permitting
  • Educational institutions
  • Education



  • Represented a major U.S. software company in connection with the permitting, development and sale-leaseback of its new corporate headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts.°
  • Supervised, strategized and argued before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts the case which secured the development permits for the quarry site on Route 128 in Weston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Broken Stone Company v. Weston, Mass. (2000).°
  • Represented a Boston college in connection with the permitting, construction and land use litigation related to the expansion of its football stadium.°
  • Represented Homart (a subsidiary of Sears) in connection with the acquisition, permitting, financing and redevelopment of Natick Mall and Shoppers World.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Griffin prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2021 (All Editions)
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2013, 2017-2018, and 2022
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Co-Chair, Urban Edge, Fundraising Committee
  • Executive Committee Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Former Board Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Former Chairman, Greater Boston Board of Catholic Charities
  • Former Chairman, ULI Development Council
  • Former Trustee, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston
  • Former Vice President/President Elect, Boston College Alumni Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Former Development Committee of the New England Province of the Jesuits
  • Member, Investment Committee of Catholic Charities
  • Member, Lambda Alpha International, Boston Executive Committee
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Program Chair, Urban Land Institute (ULI) District Council for Boston
  • Trustee, Matignon High School


  • LL.B., Harvard Law School, 0
  • A.B., Boston College
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts