Peter Puciloski is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1975 and Boston College, magna cum laude, 1969 with a major in Philosophy and minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. In Peter’s lengthy practice of law, he has developed specialties in the areas of marijuana and solar permitting, land conservation, affordable housing, and land use litigation, as well as commercial and residential closings.
Peter has been practicing law in the Southern Berkshires since 2003. He moved to the Berkshires to join David and Alex in founding our law firm. Prior to that, Peter lived in Hingham, Massachusetts for more than three decades.
Prior to attending Harvard, Peter enlisted in the United States Navy, achieving the rank of lieutenant as the navigator of the USS Nantahala (AO-60). After law school, Peter joined the Boston litigation firm of Sugarman Rogers Barshak & Cohen, PC, where he served as a Managing Partner and became one of the firm’s senior litigators. Peter then decided to focus his practice on real property law, and in 1999 he joined William Hovey and his firm of Hovey & Koenig LLP as the only partner who practiced litigation. When David and Alex discussed forming the firm in 2003, they invited Peter to join them, and he agreed.
Peter’s clients include individuals and businesses from Berkshire County to Martha’s Vineyard. Peter appears before municipal and state boards and commissions on the Federal, state and local level. Peter’s practice also involves all aspects of real estate and business transactions. Peter has represented numerous land conservation organizations, including the Stockbridge Land Trust, the Sheffield Land Trust and the Alford Land Trust. He handles land conservation, zoning, permitting, land use regulation, trust formation and estate planning, and litigation. Peter has served as an expert witness court on real estate issues. He is also a title agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company and a commissioner of the Land Court.
While Peter’s practice is now focused on transactional work, Peter is a thoughtful and experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients in both jury and bench trials throughout the Commonwealth and in Federal Court. Peter’s numerous reported decisions include: Duddy v. Mankewich, 75 Mass. App. Ct. 62 (2009); Bobick v. United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, 439 Mass. 652 (2003); Planning Board of Hingham v. Hingham Campus, LLC, 438 Mass. 364 (2003); Chandler v. FMC Corp., 35 Mass. App. Ct. 332 (1993); Manning v. Nobile, 411 Mass. 382 (1991); Sanford v. Vinal, 28 Mass. App. Ct. 476 (1990); Wheatley v. Planning Bd. of Hingham, 10 Mass. App. Ct. 884 (1980); Trustees of Stigmatine Fathers, Inc. v. Secretary of Administration and Finance, 369 Mass. 562 (1976).
Peter is an active and vital member of our community in the Berkshires, and was similarly involved in his prior hometown of Hingham, Massachusetts. Here, Peter is a Board Member of the Alford Land Trust and serves on the Select Board for the Town of Alford. Peter is a Member of the AlfordLink Commission that brought high-speed Internet to Alford when there was no other option. Peter has been recognized many times over for his service and dedication. He has achieved an AV Preeminent ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer-review award, is a past president of the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire, an affordable-housing organization, and the somewhat tongue-in-cheek award for Most Liberal Lawyer in the Southern Berkshires due to his early and extensive work in the field of cannabis permitting.
In Hingham, Peter was a Member of the Hingham Planning Board, 1980-1993, the Hingham Historic District Commission, 1995-2004, and the Hingham Water Supply Committee, 2002-2004.
Peter is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association, the Boston, and American Bar Associations, the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association (Massachusetts Chair 1997-2003) and the Defense Research Institute (Chair, Aerospace Committee 1992-1995). A former US Navy Lieutenant, he holds a commercial pilot’s license (Instrument Rating, SEL).
Peter resides in Southern Berkshire County with his family and his dogs, who are regularly at the office.
Alex is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, from which she received her J.D. in 1992. She received her undergraduate degree from Williams College in 1988, majoring in Russian, Soviet and East European Studies.
A founding partner, Alex is a civil litigator who also handles zoning, permitting and other land use matters. She has served as Managing Partner since LGP’s inception. Alex was formerly a partner in the respected Boston civil-litigation firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. In 2000, she moved with her family to Berkshire County and joined the real estate, tax and estate planning law firm of Hovey & Koenig, LLP as of counsel. At Hovey & Koenig, LLP, Alex primarily handled real estate and land use litigation. She worked as of counsel for Hovey & Koenig, LLP until August, 2003, when she, David and Peter formed LGP.
Alex is widely recognized as one of Berkshire County’s zoning and land use specialists. She combines strong advocacy for her clients with creative problem solving. One of the aspects of real property law that Alex emphasizes is that real property disputes are typically not zero-sum games. Many disputes can be resolved by asking the parties and their attorneys to take a step back and consider solutions that have not previously been suggested. Alex also brings this approach to her work as a mediator. She is certified as a mediator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has mediated numerous real property disputes, and has served as a court-appointed mediator.
Alex’s commitment to the community includes her service as a Member of the Planning Board of the Town of Alford; a Corporate Trustee of The Trustees of Reservations, a Director of the Sheffield Land Trust and as a Member of its Land Protection Committee, from 2004-2009; an Officer and Director of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, from 2004-2010; a Board Member of Berkshire Humane Society, and has been a volunteer member of the Foster Care Review Panel of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families since 2002.
Alex was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She moved from the Boston area to Berkshire County and now resides in Southern Berkshire County with her family and her dogs, who are regularly at the office.
Adrienne, a partner at LGP, joined the team in 2019. Adrienne specializes in residential and commercial real estate transactions, such as purchases, sales, refinances, transfers and nominee realty trust formations.
Before making the Berkshires her home, Adrienne was a native Texan. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where she served as Senior Articles Editor on the Houston Law Review. Adrienne authored the Case Note, The Supreme Court’s Evolving Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence, 6 HLR3 135 (Oct. 2015) and Comment, Magistrates and Misdemeanors, 54 HLR 209 (Sept. 2016). She has won various awards for her legal publications, including the prestigious Beck Redden LLP Award for Best Comment Addressing Complex Litigation. Adrienne received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in 2011, majoring in history and anthropology and graduating with Latin Honors.
Adrienne learned long ago how rewarding it is to help clients realize their goals. She views her role as a real estate transactional attorney as a skillful advocate whose representation of clients is strengthened by working constructively, wherever possible, with the attorney on the other side of the transaction, as well as the realtor and any lender, to close the deal. Adrienne utilizes her creativity, sound judgment, and analytical mind to provide effective legal solutions to a variety of clients in the Berkshires and regionally. Adrienne prides herself on her relationships with, and dedication to, her clients. Real estate transactions are always active, and so is Adrienne. She is available outside of business hours and on weekends to field questions, meet with clients, and resolve any issues that may arise.
Adrienne serves on the board of the executive committee of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, where she also chairs the organization’s membership and public relations committee. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible. Her personal interests include creative writing, tennis, and animals of all kinds.
David was a founding partner of LGP, which grew out of the law practice that David began in the Berkshires in 2001. He is of counsel to the firm. David is a graduate of Washington College of Law and the American University. He previously founded Lazan Trute and Robbins, a law firm located in Dade County, Florida, where he practiced law from 1969 until 1999. From 1974 until 1976, David was Municipal Judge for the Town of Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.
David principally handles real estate and corporate transactional matters, including real estate purchases, sales, leases, development and financing. David has represented purchasers and sellers of local ski resorts, industrial parks, restaurants, magazines, a children’s summer camp, commercial buildings, bed and breakfasts and a solar farm. David has represented most local and many national lenders as closing counsel, including Salisbury Bank and Trust, Lee Bank, Berkshire Bank, South Adams Savings Bank, Pittsfield Coop, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Sovereign Bank. He also serves as a title agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.
David is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Berkshire Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Florida Bar, and the Bar of the Supreme Court. He has served as a member of Great Barrington Rotary Club, a Trustee of BerkShares, as a Director and Treasurer of Community Health Associates, a visiting nurse association, and is a Director of Hudson Valley Fresh, a local dairy cooperative. David has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest level of professional excellence as determined by peer evaluations from members of the Bar.
David has authored A Tenant’s Guide to Leasing Business Property, Understanding the Basics (Septic Systems, Wells, Radon, Asbestos, Hazardous Wastes, Formaldehyde and Lead in Berkshire County, Massachusetts), and Buying, Selling, Financing and Building a Home in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. David was the principal author of Understanding the Basics, the e-book available on the LGP website.
In 1997 and 1999, David organized and led two successful sailing expeditions from Florida to Newfoundland aboard his ketch, Pathfinder. David was admitted to membership in the Ocean Cruising Club, a UK organization and was general counsel to the Seven Seas Cruising Association.
David and his wife, Judi, moved from Florida to the Berkshires in 1999, and now divide their time between the Berkshires and Florida, with Molly, their beloved Tibetan Terrier.
James B. McLindon
Jim is a former partner in Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts, where he practiced civil litigation. Jim is of counsel to LGP. He received his A.B from Washington University in St. Louis in 1980 where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986 where he graduated magna cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. From 1987-1989, he was law clerk to the Honorable William G. Young, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He also served as Special Assistant to the President of the American Bar Association from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, Jim became an associate at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., and he became a partner in 1998.
Jim is a civil litigator, practicing in the areas of real property, business, contract, insurance coverage, insurance defense, products liability defense, general tort defense and appellate practice. Jim has published numerous law review articles and recently served as reporter to the American Bar Association with respect to its Standards for the Custody, Placement and Care; Legal Representation; And Adjudication of Unaccompanied Alien Children in the United States. The Standards were adopted by the American Bar Association’s policy-making House of Delegate in 2004.
Jim is a member of the American Bar Association, a former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Services, and a former member of the ABA President’s Task Force on External Communications. He is presently the chair of the Standing Committee’s Program of Assistance and Review which provides technical support for state and local bar associations across the country. Jim is also an acclaimed and award-winning playwright, with numerous productions of his plays to his credit. Jim and his family reside in Northampton.