Brian Hochleutner

Brian Hochleutner


Brian Hochleutner is a partner in DLA Piper’s real estate group and serves as counsel to developers and investors in the acquisition, development, sale and leasing of large-scale real estate projects, with a focus on complex joint venture matters. 

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Brian's experience includes representing:

  • The developer and owner in all aspects of the approximately 161 acre Suffolk Downs project in East Boston and Revere, Massachusetts, which is planned as a 16 million square foot mixed-use transit-oriented development
  • The developer of a the Union Square Redevelopment Project, a US$1.5 billion mixed-use transit-oriented development of 2.4 million square feet in Union Square in Somerville, Massachusetts, including negotiating with City agencies, rezoning and obtaining special permits and site plan review approvals, completing the state environmental review process, obtaining other state and local permits, negotiating joint venture agreements, and drafting reciprocal easement agreements and CC&R documents
  • The developer/owner in the redevelopment and sale of NorthPoint, a 45-acre former rail yard in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston, Massachusetts that will consist of a 20-building mixed-use project with more than 5 million square feet of residential and commercial space, including handling of all land-use matters
  • US subsidiaries of one of China’s largest real estate developers in the formation and structuring of joint ventures for the acquisition, development and financing of major US real estate projects, including the US$1 billion Oyster Point development in South San Francisco and the US$5 billion Pacific Park development (formerly known as Atlantic Yards) in Brooklyn, New York
  • The developer of the Mass + Maine / Market Central project in the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge, including a zoning amendment and special permit for a 19-story mixed-use project
  • A real estate fund in the acquisition of a significant joint venture stake in One New York Plaza, a US$1.4 billion trophy office building located at the southern tip of Manhattan
  • An institutional real estate investor in the formation of multiple joint venture investment vehicles for the acquisition, development and financing of ownership of trophy and class A office buildings in Washington, D.C., including a new trophy 620,000 office building, a new trophy 400,000 office building, and an existing 535,000 SF class A office building
  • A global real estate investment company in the acquisition of a recently-developed Class A office building and parking garage in Boston’s Seaport District.
  • A real estate investment fund in the acquisition of a mixed-use project that includes a 212-room hotel with related conference space, a separate operating restaurant business, and an office building
  • An institutional real estate investor in the sale of six REITS owning large apartment projects in five different states for more than US$100 million
  • A real estate investment fund acting as mezzanine lender on several large portfolios of industrial and hotel properties located throughout the country
  • Various landlords and tenants in connection with leases for office, retail and industrial properties in major metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston and Los Angeles
  • J.D., New York University School of Law 2002
    Order of the Coif
    Articles Editor, New York University Law Review
    magna cum laude
  • B.A., History, Yale University 1995


Brian has been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star, and is a recipient of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’s Visionary Award.  


Brian has published a number of articles regarding real estate law and business matters.  His recent article regarding joint ventures and fiduciary obligations was published in the May 2016 edition of Commercial Property Executive ( Brian was also one of the principal authors of Real Estate Investment in the US, the Legal Perspective (, a guide for non-US investors addressed to the most relevant features of investing in US real estate, including the process of buying, selling, development, leasing, and financing real property in the US.

Clerk Experience

After graduating from law school, Brian clerked for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the Second Circuit US Court of Appeals, in New York City.

Civic, Charitable and Pro Bono

Brian’s has served in various leadership positions with civic organizations and bar association groups.  He has served as an elected town meeting member and as a member of several committees charged with advising on zoning and land use matters in his home town of Brookline, Massachusetts.