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  • Boston University School of Law, JD, 1984, magna cum laude
  • Northeastern University, BA, 1981, Highest Honors

Jo-Ann M. Marzullo

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Jo-Ann is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department.  Her practice involves leasing, sales and acquisitions, development, construction and design professional contracts, construction loans and permanent loans, and title reviews.

Representative Experience

  • Represented retailers in acquisition (including land assemblages), leasing development and construction of big box locations and landlords in strip centers and regional malls.
  • Represented nursing home operators in the sale and financing, including HUD loans.
  • Represented corporation in acquisition, development and sale and leaseback of headquarters campus including office building and distribution center.
  • Avoided lender’s liability for an over $2 million unfunded construction overage by rewriting estoppel letter requested by general contractor.


  • American Bar Association - Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, Real Property Vice Chair
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Editorial Board of Retail Law Strategist and Planning Committee for US Law Conference
  • CREW Boston, Co-Chair of Sustainability Group and former Board of Directors member
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association


  • Co-author, “Winter Storm Damage: Insurance Coverage and Lessons Learned,” published by Retail Law Strategist, Summer 2015.
  • Author,  “How Can  I Possibly be Liable for a Non-Recover Loan?” published by Retail Law Strategist, Fall 2014.
  • Co-author, “Keep Mortgage Loan Promises – Or Else,” published by Retail Law Strategist, Winter 2013.
  • Co-author, “Beyond Bankruptcy Basics – Practical Advice Regarding Tenant Bankruptcies,” published by Retail Law Strategist, Summer 2012.

Jo-Ann writes and speaks frequently on the topics of leasing, the interplay of insurance and telecommunications with real estate and construction.  Venues have included:

  • American Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • CLE International
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Law Institute

Jo-Ann’s speaking engagements include: 

  • Co-presenter, “Ten Biggest Gaps and Status With Insurance and Indemnification in Developing, Operating and Leasing Retail Properties,” ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference, October 2014.
  • Co-presenter, “Insurance Basics for Landlords and Tenants”, ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference, November 2010.
  • Co-author, “Negotiating and Drafting Lease Insurance Clauses: Top 10 Questions for Practitioners”, Retail Law Strategist, June 2010.
  • Presenter, “Commercial Real Estate Leases: Selected Issues in Drafting and Negotiating in Current Markets” seminar, ALI-ABA, May 2009.
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