About The Author

Richard D. Vetstein, Esq.

Founding Partner, The Vetstein Law Group, P.C. and TitleHub Closing Services, LLC

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Email: rvetstein@vetsteinlawgroup.com
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Rich is a nationally recognized real estate attorney. He has been quoted or featured in the Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney.com, Bloomberg News, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Boston Globe, Realty Times, NuWire Investor, the American Bar Association Journal, Lawyers Weekly USA, and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Rich was recently selected as one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential in Real Estate, and is on the Expert Legal Consultant Panel for the prestigious Wall Street research firm, Gerson-Lehman Group.

After practicing in downtown Boston law firms for 12 years, Rich founded the Vetstein Law Group and TitleHub Closing Services LLC in 2009.

Experienced Real Estate and Business Counsel

Mr. Vetstein has represented clients in hundreds of lawsuits and disputes involving business, real estate, construction, condominium, zoning, environmental, banking and financial services, employment, and personal injury law.

In real estate matters, Mr. Vetstein handles residential and commercial transactions and closings. In land use, zoning, and licensing matters, Mr. Vetstein offers his clients an inside perspective as a former board member of the Sudbury Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Vetstein has an active real estate litigation practice, and was a former outside claims counsel for a national title company.

Drawing on his own business degree and experience, Mr. Vetstein assists his business clients with new business start ups, acquisitions, sales, contract, employment issues, trademarks, and succession planning. Mr. Vetstein also litigates, arbitrates and mediates a wide variety of commercial disputes.

Education

Suffolk University Law School, J.D.

  • Top 10% class rank
  • Law Review
  • Clerk, Federal District Court Judge William G. Young.

Miami (Ohio) University in Oxford, OH, B.S. in Mass Communication/Media Management with a minor in Marketing.

  • Account Executive, Laws, Hall & Associates, Molson Breweries in Toronto, Canada.
  • Sigma Alpha Mu. Fraternity
  • Men’s Volleyball Team

Community

Rich is active in his community, local philanthropies and bar associations, which provides him with the opportunity to give back, volunteer and connect with his colleagues and peers.

Publications/Speaking Engagements

Errors Made By Lender Invalidate Foreclosure, Mass. Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 31, 2013)

SJC Rules Bank Had No Right To Take Home, Boston Globe (Jan. 14, 2013)

State’s Highest Court Rules for Lender in Foreclosure Affidavit Case, Boston Globe (Oct. 26, 2012)

Unsigned P&S Enforceable In Wake of Emails, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 5, 2012)

Lenders Must Have Proper Paperwork to Foreclose, SJC Says, Boston Globe, June 22, 2012

Landlord Liable for Tenant’s Drunken Tumble, American Apartments Owner’s Association (March 15, 2012)

Seizures Threatened In Massachusetts With Naked Loans Challenge: Mortgages, Bloomberg News (Feb. 21, 2012)

New Trends Emerging In Short Sale Legal Transactions, Special to Banker & Tradesman (Feb. 6, 2012)

Homeowner Can Sue Lender Under HAMP, Mass. Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 29, 2011)

Realtor Held Liable For Incorrect Information In MLS, AG Beat (Nov. 23, 2011)

Can You Get A House For Free? MSN Real Estate, (Nov. 22, 2011)

Mass. Bankruptcy Judge Voids Foreclosure of MERS Mortgage, Wall Street Journal Online, Aug. 24, 2011

Speaker on Legal Blogging, Social E Conference, The Warren Group, Newport, RI, June 24, 2011

State Court Rules Attorneys Must Participate In Home Closings, Boston Globe, April 26, 2011

New Rules Make Condos Harder To Sell, Inman News (March 18, 2011)

Apocalypse Now? Will The Ibanez Decision Reveal Widespread Irregularities In the Securitized Mortgage Industry?, The Big Picture, Jan. 10. 2011

Court Ruling Could Create Foreclosure Crisis, Metrowest (MA) Daily News, Jan. 8, 2011

US Foreclosure Decision To Reverberate, Financial Times, Jan. 7, 2011

Foreclosures May Be Undone By State Ruling On Mortgage Transfer, Bloomberg News, Jan. 6, 2011

Homestead Act Updated For 2011, Banker & Tradesman, Dec. 27, 2010

Property Owners Advised To Clear Snow After Storm, Metrowest Daily News, Dec.. 28, 2010

Featured Speaker, Social Not Working? Tips for Social Marketing In Real Estate, 200+ Realtors, Newton Marriott, Dec. 7, 2010

Speaker, Technology For The Conveyancing Attorney, Real Estate Bar Conference Annual Meeting, Nov. 8, 2010

How To Navigate The Foreclosure Freeze, Wall St. Journal Smartermoney.com, Oct. 13, 2010

Borrowers: Beware The Second Credit Report, Wall St. Journal Smartermoney.com, June 7, 2010

Local Agents Raise Questions Over New Fannie Rules, Banker & Tradesman, June 6, 2010.

Federal Aid & Tax Extension Available For Massachusetts Flood Victims, Boston.com, April 14, 2010

The HO-6 Condo Insurance Policy: A Lot More Than You Think, Boston.com, April 7, 2010

Legal Analysis Of Mezuzah Condo Case, Boston.com, March 31, 2010

Impending SJC Ibanez Title Ruling May Invalidate Thousands Of Foreclosures, Banker & Tradesman, March 29, 2010

How A Salamander Raised A Rights Issue, Boston Globe, March 24, 2009

House Call: To Buy Or Not To Buy, SmarterMoney.com (Wall Street Journal Online) March 22, 2010

Social Media and Blogging For Realtors 101, Seminar–Hallmark Sotheby’s, Hopkinton, MA; Prudential Page Real Estate, Medway, MA

New Rules Help Borrowers At Closing, SmarterMoney.com (Wall Street Journal), Jan. 11, 2010

Facebook: Friend or Client? Lawyers Weekly USA, Dec. 21, 2009

Condo Rules Could Shut Out Buyers, Hit Builders, Associated Press, Dec. 8, 2009

Federal Housing Administration’s Condo Financing Rules Already Scuttling Projects, Los Angeles Times/Associated Press, Dec. 7, 2009

Creating A Memorable Blog For Your Law Practice (Webinar), Presenter, Nov. 20, 2009.

FHA Eases Condominium Lending Guidelines, Boston.com, Nov. 11, 2009

When Are Condo Owners Liable?, Boston.com, Oct. 28, 2009

The Long and Short Of It: A Short Sale Primer, Boston.com, Oct. 21, 2009

Ibanez Decision: Round 2, Boston.com, Oct. 15, 2009

New FHA Condominium Guidelines, A Chill In The Air, Boston.com, Oct. 13, 2009

Landlord-Tenant Hell: Drinking Guests and Faulty Railings, Boston.com, Oct. 7, 2009

Offer to Purchase Is A Binding Contract, Boston.com, Sept. 30, 2009

Thousands of Foreclosures Invalid, Ibanez Decision, Boston.com, Sept. 2, 2009

Marketing With Social Media, What’s Your Plan? Lawyers Weekly USA, Sept. 5, 2009

How A Solo Gained More Than 600 Facebook Fans, American Bar Association Journal, Sept. 9, 2009

A Legal Refresher Course For Landlords, Boston.com Real Estate Now, July 29, 2009

An Attorney Thinks About Construction, Boston.com Real Estate Now, July 23, 2009

New Fannie Mae Condo Regulations Could Stifle Condo Demand, NuWire Investor, July 27, 2009

Holland Land Case Back Before A Judge, Sturbridge Villager, (Jan. 23, 2009).

Twitter, Facebook As Marketing Tools?, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 9, 2009)

Banker Gets $1M Verdict For National Origin Bias, Employment Case Nets $600,000 In Punitives, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 5, 2006).

SJC Ruling Hurts Affordable Housing Foes, Boston Globe, June 20, 2006.

Trust Wins Battle Over Waterfront, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 2, 2001).

Speaker, Legal Professionals Panel, Suffolk Law School.

LinkedIn Seminar Series, 2008-09.

Reported Cases

North American Expositions Co. v. Corcoran, 452 Mass. 852 (2009) and 70 Mass. App. Ct. 411 (2007) (leading case on the anti-SLAPP Act in the business and political lobbying context; upholding dismissal of claims and $80,000 award of attorneys fee in client’s favor).

Hadfield v. McDonough, 407 F.3d 11 (1st Cir. 2005), cert. denied by U.S. Supreme Court (employment termination and violation of procedural due process for political affiliation of deputy sheriff)

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System v. 19.2 Acres of Land, 318 F.3d 279 (1st Cir. 2003)(eminent domain taking involving natural gas pipeline)

Private Lending & Purchasing Inc. v. First American Title Ins. Co., 54 Mass. App. Ct. 532 (2002)(leading Mass. case on title insurance policies).

South Boston Betterment Trust Corp. v. Boston Redev. Auth., 438 Mass. 57 (2002)(landmark case on the validity of community benefits negotiated by South Boston elected officials for mitigation of Seaport District development

• Iffland v. City of Cambridge, 49 Mass. App. Ct. 1108 (2000) (issues of legal standing to challenge permits for commercial development)

Ben v. Shultz, 47 Mass. App. Ct. 808 (1999)(civil procedure)

• Fields v. Revolution Trust Corp., 49 Mass. App. Ct. 1116 (1999)(defeating challenge to corporate deed alleged to have been forgery).