Michael P. Ross is the co-chair of the Cannabis Practice Group and a member of the Real Estate Group. He brings years of experience as a commercial real estate attorney, and previously, as a former elected official, to solving complex problems for his clients.

Mike’s legal practice has focused on the successful permitting of commercial real estate projects throughout Boston and beyond. He has permitted residential and commercial project in all the neighborhoods of Boston, including historic neighborhoods and empowerment communities. He also has permitted numerous Cannabis Entities including Boston’s first adult-use retail establishment. Together with the Cannabis Practice Group, the team also assisted in the opening of the state’s first retail business, both in Massachusetts and in New York. 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 regularly presents to Bar Associations and CLE courses for fellow practitioners, as well as serves as a speaker at industry events. He has authored several guidance documents for the use of fellow attorneys.

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 holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, an MBA from Boston University, and a law degree from Suffolk University. He is a regular contributor to various publications including The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and Politico. He and his wife live in East Boston.


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 2007
  • Boston University, MBA, 2001
  • Clark University, B.A., 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts