Chayla White

Associate

Practice Areas

Industries

Chayla White is an Associate in Prince Lobel’s Real Estate practice group.

Prior to Prince Lobel, Chayla held several positions within the City of Boston.  Most recently, she was Director of Equity in Emerging Industries within the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.  In that role she led the development and implementation of the Boston Cannabis Equity Program and Cannabis Equity Fund/  She also advised the Boston Cannabis Board (BCB) regarding its rules and regulations and the ongoing development of the rules and regulations.  She worked in conjunction with the Boston Cannabis Board to assist equity applicants throughout the municipal and state application processes including licensure, zoning, and permitting; conducted due diligence and certification of equity applicants, prepared certification memoranda, and testified before the BCB regarding the same.  Chayla also worked to ensure continuing compliance with equity ordinances; advised the mayor, City Council, and senior administration officials regarding the implementation of the Equity Program.  She was responsible for budgeting, management, and fund disbursement and oversaw development and implementation of the Technical Assistance Program for equity applicants and licensees.

As Deputy Director and Legal Advisor to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing for the City of Boston, she led professional and administrative staff within the office; provided legal advice for transactional and disciplinary entertainment licensing hearings including drafting decisions; and served as the formal hearing officer for transactional and disciplinary hearings including facilitating testimony from licensees, applicants, Boston Police Department, and members of the public.  Chayla also collaborated with the Attorney General’s Office on consumer affairs cases, awareness campaigns, and events.

As Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, Chayla represented the department in all civil and criminal litigation to enforce the Boston Zoning Code, Building and Sanitary Codes, and Municipal Ordinances.  She also represented the department at arraignments, pre-trial conferences, status hearings, trials, depositions, and evidentiary hearings; drafted trial pleadings, motions, and legal memoranda; negotiated agreements between the City and defendants to achieve efficient and favorable resolution of legal matters; and worked directly with the Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners, and General Counsel regarding legal and enforcement matters.

She was also In-House Counsel for the City of Boston Animal Care and Control Division .  While there she revised the City’s subsequently enacted and now current Animal Care and Control Ordinance; provided legal advice to the Commissioner and Director in all regulatory and legislative matters pertaining to animal control; and represented the Division in District Court regarding appeals of nuisance/dangerous dog hearings.

She also served as a Legislative Aide in the Office of State Representative Martin J. Walsh.

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, B.A., history

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
  • Animal Care and Control Commission
  • Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys Association
  • Ward 4 Democratic Committee