Overview

Public and private clients, including airports, towns, and commercial property owners turn to Mina for his expertise in local government, administrative law, environmental clean-up, and policy.

His areas of emphasis include:

  • Representing airports around the country on the negotiation of complex lease transactions with airlines, including airline use and lease agreements and agreements with airline fuel consortia.
  • Serving as Town Counsel to the towns of Concord, Lexington, and Winchester, Massachusetts, and regularly advising these and other towns on governance, procurement, land use, environmental and other matters.
  • Serving as counsel to several clients on hazardous waste matters, including CERCLA and the Massachusetts Hazardous Material Release Prevention Act (Chapter 21E). Mina advises clients on environmental due diligence and federal and state regulatory compliance, litigation, and insurance coverage, and works with A&K’s real estate practice in crafting solutions to environmental issues for real estate transactions.
  • Drafting legislation based on policy goals and regulatory needs. He worked to draft the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s regulations and revise the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics regulations. He also works with the Department’s Aeronautics Division on matters regarding the use and regulation of drones.

Mina works hard to listen to clients. His solutions not only address legal issues for clients but also provide the legal framework to address business and strategic goals. Mina recently advised a commercial service airport in Massachusetts on the handling of PFAS contamination at the airport. His advice addressed the legal and community needs of the client, including neighborhood relations, creative problem-solving for municipal and airport finance and procurement challenges, and insurance coverage to pay for the legal work.

In addition to representing his clients, Mina has been selected by his peers to serve in the Airports Council International-North America’s (ACI-NA) Legal Affairs Steering Group and is a former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) Environmental and Energy Section.

BEYOND THE OFFICE

Mina lives in Cambridge with his wife, a teacher, and their two young daughters, and bikes to work whenever possible. Mina is an avid baseball fan, and his proudest accomplishment remains convincing his college to allow him to write his senior thesis on the Cape Cod Baseball League.

He is actively involved with the Phillips Brooks House Association, a nonprofit serving youth and families throughout Boston and Cambridge.

 

Credentials

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D. 2009 cum laude
Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review

Harvard College, B.A. 2006 magna cum laude

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Languages

Arabic

Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America©, Environmental Law, 2021-2022

Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015-2021

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Excellence in the Law - Up & Coming Lawyer, 2019

Massachusetts Bar Association, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2015

National Law Journal’s Boston Rising Stars, 40 Under 40, 2014

Affiliations

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former Rules Advisory Committee 
Boston Bar Association Environmental Law Section, Chair
Phillips Brooks House AssociationBoard of Trustees

Experience

  • Represents several major hub airports, including O’Hare International, Charlotte Douglas International, Salt Lake City International, and San Diego International, in negotiating airline use agreements and fuel facility leases.
  • Represented a medium-hub airport in negotiations regarding the development of one of the nation’s largest hubs.
  • Assisted the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division in updating its regulations, and is working with the division to comprehensively address the use and regulation of drones.
  • Work for airport clients has also included providing counsel on complex federal regulatory compliance, security, and constitutional law issues and assisting with drafting and submitting an amicus brief on behalf of the ACI-NA on airport security.
  • Resolving millions of dollars worth of environmental liability claims associated with historic contamination at a Superfund site.
  • Working with members of A&K’s real estate department, obtained several dozen temporary and permanent easement rights for a road improvement project in Lexington, Massachusetts, and a multi-use rail trail bike path project for Concord, Massachusetts, including drafting and negotiating easement agreements and eminent domain takings documents, and working to meet tight grant funding deadlines.
  • Represented a startup nonprofit in negotiating lease and construction documents for a youth homeless shelter.
  • Assisted the Massachusetts Gaming Commission with governance and startup issues and with drafting regulations regarding public records management and permitting, and served as Special Assistant Attorney General representing the commission in high-profile litigation regarding licensing issues.
  • Represented public and private clients in zoning and urban redevelopment litigation under Chapter 121A, including successfully defending a project to support homeless healthcare and housing.

Insights

  • Panelist, "Climate Change and 21E Sites - How Attorneys Should Prepare", BBA (March 2022)
  • Panelist, “Local Government and the Regulation of Speech – How the First Amendment Affects Regulation of Political Signs, Political Speech by Employees, and Government Speech,” Strafford Webinar (April 2020).
  • Panelist, “Realities of Doing Business as a Public Entity,” Massachusetts Airport Managers Association (MAMA) (October 2019).
  • Panelist, “The Status of Drone Tests and Policies,” ACI-NA Spring Legal Affairs Conference (May 2019).
  • Panelist, “Legal Issues in Addressing Proposals by 3rd-Party Developers,” ACI-NA Annual Conference (September 2018).
  • Panelist, “Airport Commissioner’s Roundtable,” MAMA (September 2018).
  • Moderator, panel on environmental issues, MAMA (September 2018).
  • Panelist, “Developing with Drones: Tips & Traps,” BBA (May 2018).
  • Panelist, “Airport Fuel Leases,” ACI-NA (September 2017).
  • Speaker, “Airport Leasing,” MAMA (September 2017).
  • Panelist, “Drones: Municipal Regulation and Use,” Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA) (September 2016).
  • Panelist, “Designation and Use of Public Streets, Sidewalks and Places, 2014,” MMLA seminar, discussed McCullan v. Coakley, a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case about the rights to free speech and assembly on public sidewalks outside reproductive health clinics.

Public and private clients, including airports, towns, and commercial property owners turn to Mina for his expertise in local government, administrative law, environmental clean-up, and policy.

His areas of emphasis include:

  • Representing airports around the country on the negotiation of complex lease transactions with airlines, including airline use and lease agreements and agreements with airline fuel consortia.
  • Serving as Town Counsel to the towns of Concord, Lexington, and Winchester, Massachusetts, and regularly advising these and other towns on governance, procurement, land use, environmental and other matters.
  • Serving as counsel to several clients on hazardous waste matters, including CERCLA and the Massachusetts Hazardous Material Release Prevention Act (Chapter 21E). Mina advises clients on environmental due diligence and federal and state regulatory compliance, litigation, and insurance coverage, and works with A&K’s real estate practice in crafting solutions to environmental issues for real estate transactions.
  • Drafting legislation based on policy goals and regulatory needs. He worked to draft the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s regulations and revise the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics regulations. He also works with the Department’s Aeronautics Division on matters regarding the use and regulation of drones.

Mina works hard to listen to clients. His solutions not only address legal issues for clients but also provide the legal framework to address business and strategic goals. Mina recently advised a commercial service airport in Massachusetts on the handling of PFAS contamination at the airport. His advice addressed the legal and community needs of the client, including neighborhood relations, creative problem-solving for municipal and airport finance and procurement challenges, and insurance coverage to pay for the legal work.

In addition to representing his clients, Mina has been selected by his peers to serve in the Airports Council International-North America’s (ACI-NA) Legal Affairs Steering Group and is a former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) Environmental and Energy Section.

BEYOND THE OFFICE

Mina lives in Cambridge with his wife, a teacher, and their two young daughters, and bikes to work whenever possible. Mina is an avid baseball fan, and his proudest accomplishment remains convincing his college to allow him to write his senior thesis on the Cape Cod Baseball League.

He is actively involved with the Phillips Brooks House Association, a nonprofit serving youth and families throughout Boston and Cambridge.

 

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D. 2009 cum laude
Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review

Harvard College, B.A. 2006 magna cum laude

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Languages

Arabic

The Best Lawyers in America©, Environmental Law, 2021-2022

Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015-2021

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Excellence in the Law - Up & Coming Lawyer, 2019

Massachusetts Bar Association, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2015

National Law Journal’s Boston Rising Stars, 40 Under 40, 2014

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former Rules Advisory Committee 
Boston Bar Association Environmental Law Section, Chair
Phillips Brooks House AssociationBoard of Trustees

  • Represents several major hub airports, including O’Hare International, Charlotte Douglas International, Salt Lake City International, and San Diego International, in negotiating airline use agreements and fuel facility leases.
  • Represented a medium-hub airport in negotiations regarding the development of one of the nation’s largest hubs.
  • Assisted the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division in updating its regulations, and is working with the division to comprehensively address the use and regulation of drones.
  • Work for airport clients has also included providing counsel on complex federal regulatory compliance, security, and constitutional law issues and assisting with drafting and submitting an amicus brief on behalf of the ACI-NA on airport security.
  • Resolving millions of dollars worth of environmental liability claims associated with historic contamination at a Superfund site.
  • Working with members of A&K’s real estate department, obtained several dozen temporary and permanent easement rights for a road improvement project in Lexington, Massachusetts, and a multi-use rail trail bike path project for Concord, Massachusetts, including drafting and negotiating easement agreements and eminent domain takings documents, and working to meet tight grant funding deadlines.
  • Represented a startup nonprofit in negotiating lease and construction documents for a youth homeless shelter.
  • Assisted the Massachusetts Gaming Commission with governance and startup issues and with drafting regulations regarding public records management and permitting, and served as Special Assistant Attorney General representing the commission in high-profile litigation regarding licensing issues.
  • Represented public and private clients in zoning and urban redevelopment litigation under Chapter 121A, including successfully defending a project to support homeless healthcare and housing.

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Climate Change and 21E Sites - How Attorneys Should Prepare", BBA (March 2022)
  • Panelist, “Local Government and the Regulation of Speech – How the First Amendment Affects Regulation of Political Signs, Political Speech by Employees, and Government Speech,” Strafford Webinar (April 2020).
  • Panelist, “Realities of Doing Business as a Public Entity,” Massachusetts Airport Managers Association (MAMA) (October 2019).
  • Panelist, “The Status of Drone Tests and Policies,” ACI-NA Spring Legal Affairs Conference (May 2019).
  • Panelist, “Legal Issues in Addressing Proposals by 3rd-Party Developers,” ACI-NA Annual Conference (September 2018).
  • Panelist, “Airport Commissioner’s Roundtable,” MAMA (September 2018).
  • Moderator, panel on environmental issues, MAMA (September 2018).
  • Panelist, “Developing with Drones: Tips & Traps,” BBA (May 2018).
  • Panelist, “Airport Fuel Leases,” ACI-NA (September 2017).
  • Speaker, “Airport Leasing,” MAMA (September 2017).
  • Panelist, “Drones: Municipal Regulation and Use,” Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA) (September 2016).
  • Panelist, “Designation and Use of Public Streets, Sidewalks and Places, 2014,” MMLA seminar, discussed McCullan v. Coakley, a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case about the rights to free speech and assembly on public sidewalks outside reproductive health clinics.