OVERVIEW

Lydia has earned a reputation for being a thought-innovator in real estate and business law. Her experience includes advising on real estate acquisitions, sales and financings, leasing of retail and office space and all aspects of the hospitality industry. Steadfastly committed to cultivating an understanding of each client’s day-to-day legal and business needs, she focuses on solutions that provide tangible results. Lydia consistently garners loyalty and respect, building and maintaining long-term client relationships.

Her broad client base includes large and small businesses and individuals. Her practice also includes multi-generational families and family-owned and privately-held businesses. Lydia advises on all facets of asset and wealth preservation and business succession planning. She is viewed as a trusted resource, frequently serving as general counsel for her clients and prides herself on procuring the right team to meet her client’s needs.

Lydia is dedicated to going the extra mile when it comes to the quality of her work and responsiveness to clients. Known for asking the right questions, Lydia is skilled at leveraging resources and expertise to provide the “value add” in everything she does.

Notably, Lydia serves as one of only ten advisors on the Real Estate and Timber Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, which sets pension fund investment policy for the state’s real estate portfolio. She is also a member of 2Life Communities, which develops, builds, and provides housing for low and moderate-income seniors. Lydia is committed to pro bono work and actively engages in non-profit fundraising.


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Credentials

Education

  • Boston University, J.D., 1980
  • Northwestern University (1973-75) and University of California, Berkeley, B.A., high honors, 1977

Bar Admission

Massachusetts, 1980

Recognition

  • Recognized by Connect Media one of the Top 10 Women in Boston Commercial Real Estate, 2019
  • Honored as one of the 2018 Women of F.I.R.E., Banker & Tradesman
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2017-2022
  • Named to the list of Top 50 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, Super Lawyers 2016 – 2021
  • Selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2010-2021
  • 2015 Top Women of Law, Mass Lawyers Weekly
  • AV Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • Selected for Inclusion in ALM Women Leaders in the Law 2015

Matters & Transactions

  • $100 million dollar multiple hotel sale and associated 1031 acquisitions of several properties
  • Representation of mid-sized Massachusetts University in connection with significant real estate acquisition and development of multi parcel assemblage
  • Representation of international clients as principal United States counsel in a variety of business and real estate related matters
  • $90 million dollar portfolio loan financing of 1200 plus apartment units in the Greater Boston Area
  • Served as Massachusetts counsel to out-of-state lender in connection with construction and permanent financing of significant hotel and residential Boston waterfront project
  • Representation of companies and individuals in varying facets of business and real estate matters in relation to the purchase, development, management, financing and sale of commercial properties and businesses, including hotels, office buildings, multi-unit residential buildings and retail properties
  • Structured and closed multimillion-dollar financings collateralized by fine art collections and significant security portfolio

Memberships & Activities

Legal Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Committee Member, 2Life Communities
  • Founding Member of the NE500/501 Giving Circle
  • Board Member, Real Estate and Timber Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board
  • The Boston Club
  • Barry L. Price Rehabilitation Center – Angel
  • Women’s Executive Group, Boston, Massachusetts
  • USA 500 Club

Firm Activities
Bernkopf Goodman LLP Executive Committee, Member

NEWS

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

    • Provided Tenant Workshop for CWE (Center for Women & Enterprise)

Lydia has earned a reputation for being a thought-innovator in real estate and business law. Her experience includes advising on real estate acquisitions, sales and financings, leasing of retail and office space and all aspects of the hospitality industry. Steadfastly committed to cultivating an understanding of each client’s day-to-day legal and business needs, she focuses on solutions that provide tangible results. Lydia consistently garners loyalty and respect, building and maintaining long-term client relationships.

Her broad client base includes large and small businesses and individuals. Her practice also includes multi-generational families and family-owned and privately-held businesses. Lydia advises on all facets of asset and wealth preservation and business succession planning. She is viewed as a trusted resource, frequently serving as general counsel for her clients and prides herself on procuring the right team to meet her client’s needs.

Lydia is dedicated to going the extra mile when it comes to the quality of her work and responsiveness to clients. Known for asking the right questions, Lydia is skilled at leveraging resources and expertise to provide the “value add” in everything she does.

Notably, Lydia serves as one of only ten advisors on the Real Estate and Timber Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, which sets pension fund investment policy for the state’s real estate portfolio. She is also a member of 2Life Communities, which develops, builds, and provides housing for low and moderate-income seniors. Lydia is committed to pro bono work and actively engages in non-profit fundraising.


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Education

  • Boston University, J.D., 1980
  • Northwestern University (1973-75) and University of California, Berkeley, B.A., high honors, 1977

Bar Admission

Massachusetts, 1980

  • $100 million dollar multiple hotel sale and associated 1031 acquisitions of several properties
  • Representation of mid-sized Massachusetts University in connection with significant real estate acquisition and development of multi parcel assemblage
  • Representation of international clients as principal United States counsel in a variety of business and real estate related matters
  • $90 million dollar portfolio loan financing of 1200 plus apartment units in the Greater Boston Area
  • Served as Massachusetts counsel to out-of-state lender in connection with construction and permanent financing of significant hotel and residential Boston waterfront project
  • Representation of companies and individuals in varying facets of business and real estate matters in relation to the purchase, development, management, financing and sale of commercial properties and businesses, including hotels, office buildings, multi-unit residential buildings and retail properties
  • Structured and closed multimillion-dollar financings collateralized by fine art collections and significant security portfolio

Legal Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Committee Member, 2Life Communities
  • Founding Member of the NE500/501 Giving Circle
  • Board Member, Real Estate and Timber Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board
  • The Boston Club
  • Barry L. Price Rehabilitation Center – Angel
  • Women’s Executive Group, Boston, Massachusetts
  • USA 500 Club

Firm Activities
Bernkopf Goodman LLP Executive Committee, Member

NEWS

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

    • Provided Tenant Workshop for CWE (Center for Women & Enterprise)