Ira H. Zaleznik
Described by his clients as sharp, creative, and zealous, Ira Zaleznik is a civil litigator and appellate advocate with over forty years of experience. A litigation specialist for his entire career, Ira has successfully brought and defended cases and appeals in all courts and administrative agencies, from local district courts all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
The breadth of his experience is shown by his diverse clientele. Ira has represented individuals, corporations, non-profit organizations, and municipalities in a variety of settings. His areas of focus include general litigation, municipal law, administrative law, civil rights, discrimination, and zoning and planning. With over sixty reported cases in the federal and state courts, few lawyers can boast more experience and knowledge than Ira.
A lifelong resident of the Boston area, Ira is a Boston sports fan and an avid golfer.
"Select Civil Rights Issues Pertaining to Licensing and Permitting." 12th Annual Municipal Law Conference, MCLE, March 12, 2014. Lecture and assembly of materials for publication.
"When is a Fee an Illegal Tax?" 15th Annual Real Estate Conference, MCLE, April 11, 2013. Lecture and assembly of materials for publication.
"Legality of Federal, State, & Local Laws & Regulations: Challenges & Defenses." 8th Annual Municipal Law Conference, MCLE, March 18, 2010. Lecture and assembly of materials for publication.
"Federal Non-Intervention: Areas Where the Federal Constitution Will Not Preempt Local Business Regulation." Lecture at City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, October 14, 2000 and assembly of written materials.
"Appeals Court Procedure, Single Justice Appeals and Appeals to the Supreme Judicial Court." Lecture at City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, April 26, 2000 and assembly of written materials.
"Regulation of Adult Entertainment - An Overview of the Law." Lecture at the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, February 28, 1996 and assembly of written materials.
"SJC Allows Municipalities to Create Sewer Banks" Massachusetts Municipal Association Advocate Magazine, Volume 28, No. 1, p. 30.
"Stays of Money Judgments Pending Appeal in Federal Court: A Particular Problem for Municipal Defendants," Vol. 3, Number 2, Governmental Liability Reporter, September 1989.
Awards & Recognition
AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyer 2013-2020
City of Revere v. Massachusetts General Hosp., 103 S. Ct. 2979 (U.S. 1983)
Marshfield Family Skateland, Inc. v. Town of Marshfield, 450 N.E.2d 605 (Mass. 1983)
Bordanaro v. McLeod, 871 F.2d 1151 (C.A.1 (Mass.) 1989)
Fox v. Planning Bd. of Milton, 511 N.E.2d 30 (Mass.App.Ct. 1987)
Herwins v. City of Revere, 163 F.3d 15 (1st Cir. 1998)
Revere Retirement Board v. Contributory Retirement Appeal Board, 36 Mass.App.Ct. 99 (Mass.App.Ct. 1991)
Mayor of Revere v. Civil Service Commission, 31 Mass.App.Ct. 315 (Mass.App.Ct. 1991)
Cinnelli v. Revere, 820 F.2d 474 (1st Cir. 1987)
Gennari v. City of Revere, 23 Mass.App.Ct. 979 (Mass.App.Ct. 1987)
Gans Tire Sale v. City of Chelsea, 16 Mass.App.Ct. 947 (Mass.App.Ct. 1983)
Shell Oil Co. v. City of Revere, 383 Mass. 682 (1981)
Park Drive Towing v. City of Revere, 60 Mass. App. Ct 173 (2003), s.c. 442 Mass. 80 (2004)
Bellin v. Kelley, 48 Mass. App. Ct. 573 (2000), s.c. 435 Mass. 261 (2001)
T&D Video v. City of Revere, 62 Mass. App. Ct. 461 (2006), s.c. 450 Mass. 107 (2007)
Denver Street LLC v. Town of Saugus, 462 Mass. 651 (2012)
Town of Barnstable v. O’Connor, 786 F.3d 130 (1st Cir. 2015)
King v. Town Clerk of Townsend, 480 Mass. 7 (2018)
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Cornell Law School, JD, 1977
Harvard University, BA, magna cum laude, 1974
Massachusetts (state and federal)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
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