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TEL: 617-479-5000
EMAIL: rmangiaratti@mhtl.com

Mr. Mangiaratti’s practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, municipal law, land use, and litigation in those areas.  He has served as City Solicitor for the City of Attleboro and as a Town Counsel to various municipalities.  In his capacity as general counsel to these municipalities he is often involved in complex land use and construction litigation.  Mr. Mangiaratti also provides advice and representation to public officials on a very wide range of legal matters including municipal finance, eminent domain, licensing, contracts, procurement, municipal utilities, ethics and zoning.  For private clients Mr. Mangiaratti handles complex real estate transactions, land use permitting, leasing and litigation involving interests in real estate.

Mr. Mangiaratti graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received his Juris Doctor in 1975 from Boston College Law School where he was President of the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau.  He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Board of Delegates and is immediate past-President of the Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association.

He has lectured on Real Estate and Municipal Law topics for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

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Supreme Judicial Court Issues Important Decision Protecting Employers – Back Pay Awards Do Not Constitute “Wages” Under the Wage Act and Thus Are Not Subject To Trebling

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