Sandra Shapiro

Retired Partner - Boston

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Sandra Shapiro was the first woman to be elected to partnership in Foley Hoag. Sandra counseled clients on real estate financing, leasing and zoning matters, with particular emphasis on development issues. She has been recognized for her professional and personal accomplishments by inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women.

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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.B., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Bryn Mawr College, A.B., magna cum laude

Representative Experience

  • Serves as counsel to Cambridge Redevelopment Authority for the Cambridge Center mixed-use project at MIT in Kendall Square with responsibility for the rezoning of 24 acres, developer selection, land dispositions and development or more than 2,000,000 square feet of office, hotel and retail space.
  • Property Tax Exemptions, MASSACHUSETTS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS - MCLE (1992; revised 2007)
  • Local Property Taxes: A New Look, Representing Your Clients in the New World of Tax Abatement Proceedings, MCLE (1997) (Chair)
  • Representing Partnerships and Their Partners: Conflicts of Duty, Conflicts of Interest and Malpractice Liability, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: REPRESENTING BUSINESS CLIENTS -MCLE (1994)
  • The Property Tax Exemption and Abatements for Non-Profit Organizations, HOW TO INCORPORATE AND COUNSEL A NONPROFIT CORPORATION - MCLE (1990)
  • Zoning Opinions in Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Legal Opinion Writing for Commercial Real Estate Transactions - MBA (1989)


  • Listed as Massachusetts Real Estate Expert by the EXPERT GUIDES TO THE WORLD'S LEADING REAL ESTATE LAWYERS, published by the Legal Media Group (2005)
  • Recognized in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women


  • Lex Mundi: Former Member, Board of Directors; Former Chair, Real Estate Practice Group 
  • Massachusetts Government Land Bank, now Mass Development Finance Agency: Former Director 
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court: Former Member, Board of Bar Overseers 
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court: Gender Bias Study Committee, Former Co-Chair, Gender and Economics Subcommittee; Former Member, Coordinating Committee 
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts: Past President; Past Member, Board of Directors 
  • Massachusetts Bar Association: Former Member, Professional Ethics Committee; Past Chair, Property Law Section Council; Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Life Fellow 
  • Boston Bar Association: Former Council Member 
  • New England Women in Real Estate, Member 
  • National Women’s Law Center Network, Boston Chair 
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School: Former Member, Alumni Society Board of Managers 
  • Celebrity Series of Boston: Chair, Board of Overseers 
  • New England Conservatory: Former Overseer 
  • Boston Lyric Opera: Former Overseer 
  • The Boston Club: Former Chair, Awards Committee; Member, Corporate Board Resource Committee; Member, Nominating Committee 
  • Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council, Inc.: Former Director
  • Frequent lecturer at programs sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Massachusetts Bar Association, ALI/ABA, and various trade associations
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States