Jonathan M. Bockian

Jonathan represents clients whose goal is to protect special, irreplaceable places and structures. He represents non-profit organizations that accept or purchase property or easements on historic, natural or farm places, as well as individuals donating fee title or a preservation easement, conservation easement or agricultural easement.  Clients have included New England’s largest regional heritage organization, local historic entities and open space preservation organizations. His work in this area is informed not only by substantial experience in preservation law, but also by many years of structuring and documenting commercial real estate relationships and by nonprofit board and public service experience in both new and established mission-driven organizations.

Jonathan Bockian is a member of the Massachusetts Bar representing clients with transactions in commercial leasing, purchase and sales, and financing, or involving preservation of historic, natural or farm places. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and received his BA cum laude from New York University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to opening the Law Office of Jonathan M. Bockian in 2001, he was a partner in the firm of Lane Altman & Owens LLP (which ceased operations at that time), and for two years served as chairman of its real estate department. Before joining Lane Altman, he was an associate at the firms of Herrick & Smith and Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Hale). He also served as Legislative Counsel to the Massachusetts Special Commission on State and County Buildings (the “Ward Commission”) and as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Social and Economic Opportunity Council.

Jonathan Bockian writes the blog Preservation Law Digest.


Contact Jonathan M. Bockian

Law Office of Jonathan M. Bockian
165 Irving Street
Watertown, Massachusetts  02472
Phone: 617-926-7801
Fax: 617-926-7804


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