Michael P. Ross’s experience solving complex problems and bringing disparate parties together as a legislator now extends to his practice as an attorney, where he focuses on commercial real estate, strategic advice, and government relations. Mike served for 14 years as a Boston City Councilor, and was President of the body from 2009 to 2010. In 2013, he entered the race for mayor, sharing a bold vision for the city’s future.
Mike’s legal practice has focused on the successful permitting of several commercial real estate projects throughout the downtown neighborhoods of Boston and beyond. He also successfully permitted Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary. He regularly appears before government boards and agencies in order to advance the needs of his clients.
While serving in elected office, Mike’s vision was positively pro-business, with the championing of new housing, mixed-use development, and construction throughout his district. He was also responsible for helping to create a new downtown school–the first in decades–to revitalize the Boston Common and to launch Boston’s food truck initiative.
Mike’s commitment to social and economic justice extends to his professional and personal life. A first-generation American, he learned early on about the importance of building a more just and equal society. His father survived 10 concentration camps during the Holocaust and was rescued by American soldiers at Dachau. Mike was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the council of the United States Holocaust Museum.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, an MBA from Boston University, and a law degree from Suffolk University. Mike writes opinion columns regularly for The Boston Globe, and had articles appearing in Boston magazine and Politico.
- Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 2007
- Boston University, MBA, 2001
- Clark University, B.A., 1993
- 2017: Chai in the Hub Honoree
- 2015: Executive Committee Member for the Commonwealth Housing Task Force for The Boston Foundation
- 2014: Appointed by Pres. Obama to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council
- September 2017: “To Get Revenue, Get Creative,” The Boston Globe
- September 2017: “Sell the State House,” Boston Magazine
- May 2017: “A World Class City Needs Dog Friendly Offices,” The Boston Globe
- December 2015: “Boston Turns Its Back on Millennials,” The Boston Globe
- November 2015: “Our Houses Don’t Fit Us Anymore,” The Boston Globe
- October 2015: “Let the Bubbly Flow on Boston Common,” The Boston Globe
- April 2018: Speaker, “Cannabis in the Commonwealth,” Boston Center for Adult Education
- March 2018: Speaker, “How to Win a Cannabis License in Massachusetts,” New England Cannabis Conference
- December 2017: Speaker, “Marijuana Regulatory Impacts on Zoning and Entitlements,” Commercial Real Estate and the Cannabis Industry, Boston Bar Association CLE
- June 2017: Panelist, “Reflections on Law, Justice, and the Holocaust,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Event at John Adams Courthouse
- April 2016: Speaker, “Boston Zoning and the BRA,” with Ian Urquhart, REBA’s New Lawyers Committee
- April 2015: Panel Moderator, “Defining Innovation,” Boston Society of Architects (BSA)’s Designing Boston Series
- March 2015: Panel Moderator, “Olympics 2024,” BSA’s Designing Boston Series
- December 2014: Panel Moderator, “The City and the Sea: Boston’s Evolving Dance With Water,” BSA’s Designing Boston Series
- October 2014: Moderator, “Craft Beer and Conversation: Brewing and the Law,” Prince Lobel Young Professionals Series
- September 2014: Panelist, “The Redevelopment of Boston,” Boston Globe Panel
- August 2014: Moderator, #HubisHome House Party
- June 2014: Panel Moderator, “Changemakers and Innovators,” Boston Idea Week
Michael P. Ross