J. Gavin Cockfield


Practice Focus and Experience

J. Gavin Cockfield is a commercial litigator. He also advises developers and individuals with respect to the permitting of development projects including zoning, subdivision, and related work at the municipal, trial and appellate levels. Gavin regularly assists clients to resolve issues concerning commercial, business, property rights, property use and acquisition, landlord/tenant, and condominium matters before reaching litigation. When litigation is unavoidable, he represents clients throughout the litigation process and before the appropriate forums. Gavin has significant successful appellate experience.

Gavin has represented clients before municipal boards, the various trial courts of the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Housing Appeals Committee, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained judgment of Superior Court allowing continued operation of an aerial park after challenge from abutter.
  • Obtained zoning approval for conversion of a historical school into a five-star hotel in downtown Great Barrington and assisted client in resolving contentious dispute with seller of same property.
  • Successfully represented client in zoning appeal brought by neighbors appealing granting special permit that authorized client to convert a historical cottage era estate into a spa resort.

Representative Reported Cases


  • Distinctions: Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2019; Peer Review AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest bestowed rating; Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2013-2018.
  • Admitted: Massachusetts.
  • Member: Boston Bar Association; Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (Member, Zoning and Land Use Committee).

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer with the Boston Bar Association's Lawyer for the Day Program at the Boston Housing Court.

Publications and Speaking Engagements


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