Michael P. Ross

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Michael P. Ross brings his experience to solving complex problems and bringing disparate parties together in his focus on commercial real estate, and strategic advice.  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 commercial real estate projects throughout Boston and beyond.  He also has permitted numerous Cannabis Entities including Boston’s first adult-use retail establishment.  Together with the Cannabis Practice Group, which Mike co-chairs, the team also assisted in the opening of the state’s first retail store.  He regularly appears before government boards and agencies in order to advance the needs of his clients.

Mike is a regular speaker on panels and conferences, discussing the experiences he has gained as an attorney.  He recently presented to the Connecticut Bar Association, and is the co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s cannabis industry group.

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 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.  He writes opinion columns regularly for The Boston Globe and has had articles published in Boston magazine and Politico.  He lives in East Boston.

  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 2007
  • Boston University, MBA, 2001
  • Clark University, B.A., 1993
  • Massachusetts
  • 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
  • April 2018: “The River Needs Leadership. Let Massport Provide It,” The Boston Globe
  • 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
  • November 21, 2019:  Speaker, “Hot Topics in Cannabis Law,” Boston Bar Association Cannabis Law Conference
  • October 24, 2019, CWCBExpo, panelist
  • 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