Christopher Pitt

Christopher S. Pitt

Senior Associate

Christopher S. Pitt

Senior Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Chris Pitt concentrates his practice in local and national commercial and residential real estate matters, focusing primarily on title and title insurance issues. In addition to representing institutional and private lenders, and commercial and residential real estate developers, purchasers, and sellers, he has broad experience in land use aspects of Massachusetts municipal law and has acted as local counsel on a variety of development issues, including zoning, subdivision control, and construction permitting; multifamily housing; and condominium development. He has appeared as an expert witness on Massachusetts real estate title law in the Massachusetts Trial Court.

    Mr. Pitt is past president of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, director emeritus of its Board of Directors, and co-chair of its Title Standards Committee. He has spoken on real estate topics for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education since 1995 and has regularly chaired a seminar on resolving complex real estate title issues. He is a member of the Abstract Club. He is an issuing agent for most major title insurance companies. Mr. Pitt has been included in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list in the area of Real Estate in 2009, and 2011 to 2015 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). 

     
  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Retained to complete a complex due diligence process and to structure and close a transaction involving the acquisition of existing purchase by various entities, and closing a $20 million-plus loan transaction for Southport on Cape Cod.
      • Representation of a market and butcher shop in opening of its fourth store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Store is 36,000 square feet in an approximately 150,000-square-foot shopping center. Representation involved lease negotiation, corporate formation of new entity, and construction financing through DanversBank and a Small Business Administration loan for tenant improvements and new equipment.
      • Advised transportation authority on title and transactional matters related to acquiring certain temporary and permanent interests in real estate with certain municipalities in eastern Massachusetts for accessibility improvements, including new elevators, in connection with the authority's settlement of a disabled patron accessibility class lawsuit. Work has included extensive title research, preparation of a title report delineating the authority’s current and proposed interests at the stations, and successful completion of contract negotiations through memorandums of agreement with each municipality.
      • Advised transportation authority regarding title and transactional aspects of acquisition of real estate rights from public and private owners for construction of new elevators and station renovations regarding selected station accessibility program. This project included negotiation of memorandums of agreement and preparation of in-depth title reports on the statutory and record title basis for authority's interests at the stations.
      • Undertook extensive title research and prepared title reports regarding acquisition of real estate rights for transportation authority station improvements.
      • Advised water authority regarding title and transactional aspects of the acquisition of property in eastern Massachusetts for the development of a new water storage facility. Researched title information, advised authority's in-house counsel on drafting and negotiation of purchase and sale agreement, drafted and negotiated title clearing instruments, and provided extensive closing assistance for property acquisition.
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
      Title Standards Committee, 1998 to present; Chair (2004 - 2011), Co-Chair (2016)
      Board of Directors (2000 - 2015)
      Continuing Legal Education Committee, Co-chair (2000 - 2003)
      President (2012)

      Boston Bar Association
      Real Estate Section, Co-chair of Title and Conveyancing Committee (2000 - 2002)

      Massachusetts Bar Association

      Real Estate Finance Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the area of Real Estate (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.)

      Listed in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® in the area of Real Estate Law for 2009 and 2011 to 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Real Estate Law since 2015 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Massachusetts Foreclosure and Title Practice Viewed through the Lenses of Bevilaqua and Ibanez," at Massachesetts Continuing Legal Education (11/30/2011)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • April 30, 2015

        Chris Pitt Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

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      • August 13, 2012

        Christopher Pitt Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Story About Response to Lawsuit Filed by Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts

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      • May 25, 2012

        Christopher Pitt Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on Lawsuit Filed by Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts

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      • February 23, 2012

        Attorneys Discuss Bevilaqua and Ibanez Cases at Seminar

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      • February 22, 2012

        Attorneys Work to Encourage More Funding for Civil Legal Aid

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      • January 26, 2012

        Two News Publications Quote Senior Real Estate Associate Christopher Pitt

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      • September 9, 2011

        Attorney Quoted in Story about Housing Court’s Jurisdiction in Foreclosure Case

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      • March 14, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Walk to the Hill in Boston

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      • January 28, 2011

        Christopher Pitt Weighs in on Revisions to Foreclosure Practice in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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