Tad Heuer

Partner - Boston

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Tad Heuer’s administrative law practice focuses on advising both private and public sector clients in two main areas: the development of government strategies at the federal, state, and local levels, and on matters pertaining to real estate, permitting, and land use development.

In the field of government strategies, Tad provides advice and guidance to a diverse array of clients - including life sciences companies, educational institutions and companies, and health care providers - on a wide range of federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory matters.

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  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2006
  • London School of Economics, Ph.D. in Social Policy & Administration, 2003
  • Brown University, M.A., 1999
  • Brown University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1999

Representative Experience

Life Sciences

  • Provided strategic advice to several Fortune 500 life sciences companies regarding implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act and the Massachusetts health reform acts, including compliance with “sunshine” laws governing public disclosures of gifts to physicians.
  • Assisted a consortium of medical device imaging societies in obtaining expanded Medicare coverage for the use of PET imaging in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Advised a major life sciences company in its efforts to encourage state legislatures to adopt statutes expanding CDC-endorsed routine HIV testing.
  • Assisted a coalition of medical device companies in achieving optimal Medicare payment arrangements for their genetic testing products.

Real Estate & Development

  • Obtained judgment of dismissal in the Superior Court after a seven-day bench trial, on behalf of a wind turbine developer whose scientific acoustic study and building permit were challenged by neighborhood opponents.
  • Obtained favorable decisions from both the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Superior Court on behalf of an energy-from-waste facility whose environmental permits were challenged by a competitor. 
  • Represented a non-profit community group in obtaining the zoning relief necessary to redevelop a 12,000 square foot industrial structure into a new community teen center.


  • Provided general counsel to a new urban charter school, including assistance in lease negotiation, contracting, procurement, and drafting of school policies, and advice on governance and state regulatory compliance.
  • Assisted an online higher education provider in developing its strategy for negotiations with the federal Department of Education over major proposed changes to federal funding regulations and student aid regulations.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Superior Court on behalf of a charter school whose state-granted charter was challenged by local opponents. Successfully defended the legality of the charter before the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Advised an innovative education start-up regarding compliance with state education laws on proprietary school licensing and state labor laws governing independent contractors.

Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Margaret H. Marshall, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2006-2007
  • Guest Lecturer, Education Law, Yale Law School
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Public Policy, Brown University
  • Teaching Assistant, Urbanism & Change in the American City, Yale University
  • Teaching Assistant, Terrorism: Past, Present, & Future, Yale University

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  • British Marshall Scholar, 1999
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar, 1998
  • Yale Law School, YALE LAW JOURNAL, Notes Editor
  • Yale Law School, YALE LAW & POLICY REVIEW, Executive Editor


  • City of Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeal, Associate Member, 2008-2012
  • Town of Wellesley, Elected Town Meeting Member
  • Wellesley Historical Commission, Member
  • Wellesley Community Preservation Committee, Member 
  • MassBio, Law & Policy Committee Co-Chair, 2008-2013
  • Boston Bar Association, Health Law Steering Committee Member
  • MassINC, Associate Board Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Real Estate Bar Association, Member
  • Panelist, "Bringing or Defending Chapter 30A Appeals of Administrative Agency Decisions," Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Practice Section, April 2014
  • Speaker, "Health Care Reform (ACA) - The Supreme Court and Beyond," AOPA Policy Forum, April 2012
  • Panelist, "Health Reform’s Biggest Test: The Supreme Court Hearings on the Affordable Care Act," NEHI On Call Series, March 2012
  • Speaker, "LAW & POLICY: Massachusetts' New Lobbying Laws: A Primer," MassBio, March 2010
  • Speaker, "Health Reform Outlook for the 111th Congress," Boston Bar Association, Health Law Section, November 2008
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit