Danielle Andrews Long handles litigation involving commercial, real estate, banking, and land use disputes. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Real Estate and Title Insurance and Appellate Practice Teams.
Commercial and Real Estate Litigation
Ms. Long represents landowners and lenders in real estate title issues. She also represents title insurance companies and their insureds on policy claims related to property ownership. She routinely litigates complex title issues involving quiet title claims, missing heirs, adverse possession, mortgage equitable subrogation, easement rights, and forged deeds. Ms. Long successfully defended a developer against a challenge to the title of a 20 acre parcel in Massachusetts, and her efforts ultimately preserved a $12 million subdivision project.
Ms. Long also has extensive experience handling general business litigation matters, such as matters involving contracts and construction disputes. She also has extensive experience handling property insurance coverage litigation.
Ms. Long represents banks, lenders, and others in banking-related litigation, including disputes involving fraudulent check claims, check scams, foreclosure challenges, indemnification claims, defalcations, and lending practices. Ms. Long successfully represented a law firm in a class action regarding the firm’s handling of over 9,000 foreclosures, in a case which potentially involved tens of millions of dollars of exposure. Ms. Long secured a denial of the class certification in U.S. District Court.
Land Use Litigation
Ms. Long assists developers, landowners, wireless communications providers, and utility companies with appeals if their projects have been denied by municipal land use boards or state environmental agencies or challenged by abutters. If a client’s zoning approval is the subject of an appeal, she works to uphold the approval in court. She also pursues appeals on behalf of her clients if the zoning relief they seek has been denied. Ms. Long has assisted numerous clients with zoning appeals in state and federal courts so they can achieve their land use objectives. She has successfully represented national telecommunications companies in prosecuting and defending appeals, allowing for the installation of numerous wireless telecommunications towers.
Ms. Long has significant trial experience in the Massachusetts Superior and Land Courts, and she has argued appeals before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court. She frequently practices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire Federal Courts as well. She also has experience practicing in front of Massachusetts regulatory agencies.
Ms. Long frequently does pro bono work, including assisting individuals through MassLegalServices’ Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR). She provides free legal assistance to individuals seeking asylum and immigrants who have been unjustly detained in Massachusetts.
Ms. Long has been included in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers® Rising Star list in the area of Civil Litigation Defense since 2005 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). She was selected for the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts list featured in the April 2013 issue of Boston Magazine. She is a member of The Abstract Club, an invitation-only organization limited to one hundred of the most prominent real estate attorneys in Massachusetts. Ms. Long writes regularly for the firm’s Massachusetts Appellate Blog.