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Special Counsel

Special Counsel for Massachusetts Communities

Attorneys at Louison, Costello, Condon & Pfaff, LLP in Boston act as special counsel to municipal officers, counties, boards, commissions and committees. In that capacity, we interact with Massachusetts state regulatory agencies, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Revenue, the Division of Capital Asset Management and various branches of the Office of the Attorney General. Each attorney at our firm has extensive knowledge in select areas of our practice, allowing us to provide valuable focused representation that complements the services of a municipality's town counsel and city solicitor.

Our lawyers serve as special counsel to over 100 municipalities, providing them with advice and representation in matters, including the following:

  • Town bylaws and state statues
  • Defense of civil rights, employment, complex negligence, general negligence, property damage and contract claims
  • Public construction law and contracts
  • Eminent domain and land use
  • Assessment and Appellate Tax Board issues
  • Collection of delinquent real estate taxes
  • Contract negotiations and bidding
  • Tax title foreclosure actions
  • Civil rights defense

Our partners' experience includes service as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Boston, representing the city in a wide range of administrative and judicial proceedings and engaging in the preparation of contracts, litigation documents and real estate instruments. Attorney Patrick Costello has extensive experience with the town meeting form of local government, has provided hundreds of opinions to city and town boards, commissions and officers on a wide range of municipal legal issues, serves as town counsel for the towns of Mashpee, Blackstone, Chatham and Foxborough. In addition to serving cities, towns and counties as special counsel, our firm serves as special assistant attorney general of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Our special counsel services can be billed on an hourly fee basis or we can discuss alternative arrangements including a flat-rate/retainer agreement or a split-fee/retainer agreement.

If you would like to speak with a member of the firm or if you have any other question, please contact our Boston offices. Our practice serves communities throughout Massachusetts.


BLDS | Baystate Legal Defense Service
Office Location

Louison, Costello, Condon &
Pfaff, LLP

10 Post Office Square
Suite 1330

Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 617-439-0305
Fax: 617-439-0325