It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert J. Galvin, a cherished colleague and trailblazer in condominium law. Bob practiced at Davis Malm for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2015.

“Bob was an excellent and accomplished attorney, pioneering the condominium laws in Massachusetts,” said Davis Malm President Amy Fracassini. “He will forever be remembered for his patience, kindness and eagerness to assist clients and colleagues, and for mentoring attorneys in real estate law.”

Bob, who earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1967, devoted his career to real estate practice, specializing in condominiums, cooperatives and commercial landlord-tenant law. A highly regarded trailblazer in the field, Bob was instrumental in creating numerous and significant commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use condominiums throughout Massachusetts. His expertise made him a popular lecturer on the subject and a valued contributor to leading Massachusetts legal treatises. Bob was the editor and co-author of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s (MCLE) guide, Massachusetts Condominium Law for 27 years, and the author of the condominium chapter in Crocker’s Notes on Common Forms for 21 years.

Bob was also active in industry organizations such as the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, serving as Chair of the Condominium Committee for 12 years, The Abstract Club, and the New England Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, serving on its Attorneys’ Committee.

Upon Bob’s retirement, shareholder Sandy Moskowitz assumed his role as editor of the MCLE guide, maintaining the firm’s strong presence in condominium legal scholarship.

“I had the immense pleasure of working closely with Bob in his practice, and the honor of continuing his legacy,” Sandy said. “Bob was a scholar and a gentleman who set high standards for himself and the firm, making him a cherished advisor to both his clients and his colleagues.”

For more information contact: Joanne Thorud; (617) 589-3894;

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