Daniel Perry is the managing attorney of Perry Hicks. He has been employed by the firm since 1983. He graduated from Pomona College in 1973 and Boston University School of Law in 1978, cum laude, where he was Note and Case Editor of the Boston University Law Review. Before joining Perry Hicks, Mr. Perry was an associate at the Boston law firm, Foley, Hoag & Eliot for five years. Mr. Perry concentrates in land use law, business law, estate planning and wealth management.
Mr. Perry has successfully represented the proponents in many private and public development projects throughout southeastern Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Mr. Perry’s responsibility for these projects included securing necessary approvals from local and state boards and agencies, as well as defending and prosecuting litigation in state and federal courts. Among these projects have been schools, shopping centers, television and cellular telephone towers, manufacturing facilities, solar energy facilities, and numerous residential developments, including condominiums. He was responsible for all the legal work in the permitting, financing and construction of the Crapo Hill landfill, a 152 acre regional waste disposal and recycling facility operated by the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District. He has tried over eighty cases in the zoning, environmental and land use fields, and has argued numerous land use cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. He was a member of the Property Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association from 1996 – 2000, and chaired its land use subcommittee, where he authored proposed amendments to the Massachusetts Zoning Act sponsored by that Association. He has published a number of articles on zoning and subdivision law; he chaired seminars on these topics for the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1998 and 2000, and presented the zoning curriculum for a seminar on commercial buildings for MCLE in 2003. He was named as a “super lawyer” by Boston Magazine in the field of environmental and land use law in 2004. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Perry has been active in the historic preservation and land preservation fields. He was the past president of Waterfront Historic Area League of New Bedford (WHALE), and acted as their attorney for many years. He was responsible for the legal work in connection with many of their projects, including the acquisition and preservation of the Corson Building, which was restored after a devastating fire in 1997. It is now the visitor and education center for the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park. He was also involved in the restoration of the Joseph Grinnell Mansion built in 1831, now a congregate living facility for the elderly. He is currently Vice President of the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust, played a prominent role in the restoration of the 1762 Elihu Akin House and was principally responsible for establishing that organizations program for holding historic preservation restrictions. He served on the board of directors and as Vice President of Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust and acted as their counsel in connection with the acquisition of numerous parcels for permanent conservation, totaling over a thousand acres. He authored an article on conservation restrictions for the Massachusetts Bar Association, and has drafted and secured approval of numerous private restrictions for individual landowners throughout southeastern Massachusetts.
Mr. Perry has an active estate planning practice. He is particularly experienced in addressing estate planning issues related to family land holdings.
Mr. Perry acts as general counsel to a number of prominent businesses located in the New Bedford area.