At Miyares and Harrington LLP our lawyers work collaboratively and meet regularly to discuss pending matters, update each other on progress, and discuss strategic options.
We take the time to review our clients’ situations so that we can appreciate why issues have arisen and what response is being sought. We then shape our advice carefully so as to offer well-crafted guidance to our clients.
All lawyers in our firm keep themselves and each other current with new developments in the law that pertain to municipal practice. We encourage our attorneys to serve on public boards and committees to develop specialized expertise and to avail themselves of continuing education opportunities.
J. RAYMOND MIYARES holds a degree in Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in addition to his law degree from the University of Virginia. Ray heads our environmental and energy practices, and also serves as lead Town Counsel for several of our client Towns. He regularly assists all our client municipalities with government structure, operational and municipal finance issues.
THOMAS J. HARRINGTON has been advising municipal and other public sector clients in a variety of settings for over 25 years. He serves as lead Town Counsel for several of our client Towns, and provides guidance and counsel to Boards of Selectmen and administrative leadership. He also represents various municipal light plants and departments.
CHRISTOPHER H. HEEP leads our land use and planning practice and devotes a significant portion of his practice to working with municipal permitting boards, planning departments, and inspection and enforcement officials on matters relating to zoning, Chapter 40B, subdivision control, and wetlands.
DONNA M. BREWER heads the firm's litigation and employment practice groups. Donna's 20+ years as a lead Town Counsel provide the firm's clients with depth of knowledge in the full range of matters of particular concern to municipal government, such as Town Meeting, municipal finance, personnel issues, and local board practice and procedure, to name just a few.
JENNIE M. MERRILL's practice is focused on representing municipal interests in construction contracting, public works construction, public procurement, municipal real estate transactions, energy management contracts with a particular focus on photovoltaic facilities, cell tower leases and small cell wireless attachment agreements. She also represents municipalities and private clients in wetlands protection permitting and appeals, and advises our municipal clients with their administration of the Community Preservation Act.
REBEKAH LACEY assists our municipal clients with a variety of legal matters including litigation, preparation for and conduct of Town Meeting, drafting of bylaws and regulations, and compliance with state and federal law. Rebekah also has special expertise in environmental and land use law. She regularly advises conservation commissions, boards of health, planning boards, and departments of public works on permitting and enforcement; she also assists municipalities and private-sector clients with matters involving water, wastewater, stormwater, hazardous waste sites, and other environmental issues.
BRYAN F. BERTRAM has over a decade of experience advocating for private and public entities. Prior to joining Miyares and Harrington, Bryan was an Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau where he represented State agencies and officials in a wide range of matters, including defending policies and programs, and other government decision-making against legal challenges, as well as in affirmative litigation.
IVRIA G. FRIED's practice is focused on general municipal law issues. She advises clients with respect to environmental law, administrative law, and municipal governance, including the Open Meeting Law, the Public Records Law, the Conflict of Interest Law. Ivria also assists clients with all aspects of licensing, ordinance/bylaw development, and Town Meeting.
ALEXANDRA B. RUBIN has more than a decade of experience advising public and private entities and their employees. Alex concentrates her practice on issues related to general municipal law, employment matters, state ethics and public records law, and boards of health.
ETHAN B. DIVELY is a graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law, and joins our firm after serving as the judicial law clerk to the Hon. Robert Foster, Justice of the Land Court. Ethan focuses his practice on land use, real estate, environmental and energy law, as well as other areas of municipal law.