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Lisa C. Goodheart

(617) 227-3030


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (cum laude), 1985
  • B.A., Williams College (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1982

Practice Areas:

Lisa Goodheart concentrates in environmental, real estate and general business litigation.  Before joining SRBC, she was a partner in the Boston office of DLA Piper US LLP, and before that a partner at Hill & Barlow, P.C.  She has extensive experience in cost recovery cases, permitting appeals, land use disputes, enforcement actions, insurance coverage disputes, design and construction matters, and a broad range of business litigation matters.

An active supporter of the arts community, Lisa has served as a director and officer of several nonprofit corporations operating modern and jazz dance companies, including DanceFusion, Inc., Backyard Dance Theatre, Inc., Impulse Dance Company, Inc., and, currently, Rainbow Tribe, Inc., of which she is also a former assistant artistic director.  From 2001 to 2008, she was a member of the Board of Overseers of Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc., the major presenting organization for the performing arts in New England.

Public Service:

  • Member and Chair, Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB), by appointment of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Member since 2013; Chair as of 2016)
  • Member, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct (2012-2015)
  • Chair, Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, by appointment of Governor Deval L. Patrick (2007-2010)
  • Member, Massachusetts DEP Wetlands Appeals Streamlining Task Force (2007)


  • Environmental Justice Award Recipient, Alternatives for Community & Environment, Inc. (ACE) (2014)
  • Leadership Award Recipient, New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE, now known as CREW Boston) (2014)
  • Lelia J. Robinson Award Recipient, Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (2010)
  • American College of Environmental Lawyers - Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (Environmental Law, Litigation: General Commercial), 2003-2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental), 2006-2015
  • Best Lawyers Boston Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year for 2014
  • Best Lawyers Boston Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year for 2012
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Environmental), Boston magazine, 2004-2015; Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2007-2015; Top 100 Lawyers in New England, 2007-2015; Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2004-2016; Top 50 Female Lawyers in New England, 2007-2015
  • Who’s Who Legal USA: Environment, 2006-2015; The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers, 2011
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation (2014) and Appellate Law (2013) by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2010, 2007, 2006
  • Named to "The Power List - Lawyers Weekly's roster of the state's most influential attorneys" (Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, December 2009)
  • One of 10 “Lawyers of the Year” for 1997 (Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly)

Selected Reported Decisions:

  • City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd., 469 Mass. 196 (2014) (presented state environmental justice policy issue of first impression to Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of affected residents, with support from civil rights and environmental amici curiae)
  • Brockton Power Co. LLC v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd., 469 Mass. 215 (2014) (successful defense of board decision disallowing use of potable municipal water supply as source of cooling water for electricity generating facility)
  • New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Hawley, 468 Mass. 138 (2014) (amicus brief for conservation organization discussed at length in court’s decision, in landmark tax case confirming land conservation as charitable purpose and establishing legal standard for “occupancy” of conservation land sufficient to establish tax exemption)
  • Regis College v. Town of Weston, 462 Mass. 280 (2012) (landmark Dover Amendment decision, establishing standard sought by clients for determining whether a non-profit educational corporation's proposed real estate development is exempt from local zoning laws as a land use “for educational purposes”)
  • Ware Real Estate, LLC v. Town of Ware, 2012 WL 751739 (Mass. App. Ct. 2012) (successful pursuit of declaratory and injunctive relief against municipality that sought to revoke a special permit for operation of construction and demolition waste recycling facility)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 28 Mass. L. Rptr. 113 (2011) (successful pursuit of summary judgment for policyholder on CGL insurer’s duty to defend environmental response action claim arising from ownership of property first acquired after expiration of pertinent policy periods)
  • Bank v. Thermo Elemental, Inc., 451 Mass. 638 (2008) (successful pursuit of contractual indemnity claim and claims for environmental response costs and attorneys’ fees)
  • Friends and Fishers of Edgartown Great Pond, Inc. v. Department of Environmental Protection, 446 Mass. 830 (2006) (successful defense of MassDEP groundwater discharge permit for wastewater treatment plant)
  • Weston Forest and Trail Ass’n v. Fishman, 66 Mass. App. Ct. 654 (2006) (successful enforcement of conservation restriction, establishing that laches and estoppel are not available as defenses to actions by private entities to protect the public interest in conservation restrictions)
  • Emmons v. White, 58 Mass. App. Ct. 54 (2003) (successful enforcement of unrecorded release of easement, based on buyer’s actual knowledge of release agreement)
  • Merit Oil of Massachusetts, Inc. v. Baer, 12 Mass. L. Rptr. 249 (2000) (successful defense of bank against claim for breach of contract for environmental response cost reimbursement, and recovery of defense attorneys’ fee award under G.L. c. 21E, § 4A(f))
  • Hanson Housing Authority v. Dryvit System, Inc., 29 Mass. App. Ct. 440 (1990) (successful defense against claims for alleged design defects, breach of warranties and misrepresentations, on statute of limitations grounds; litigated under the name Lisa D. Campolo)


  • Boston Bar Association (President, 2011-2012; President-Elect, 2010-2011; Vice-President, 2009-2010; Treasurer, 2008-2009; Executive Committee and Council Member, 2005-2012; Co-Chair, Environmental Law Section, 2002-2004)
  • Boston Bar Foundation (President, 2014-; President-Elect, 2013-2014; Trustee, 2010-; Grants Committee, 2012-2014; Society of Fellows Committee, 2012-2014) 
  • New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE, n/k/a CREW Boston) (President, 2007-2008; President-Elect, 2006-2007; Steering Committee Member, 2004-2008; Co-Chair, Programs and Seminars Committee, 2003-2006)
  • American Constitution Society, Boston Lawyer Chapter (Member, Board of Advisors, 2011-)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Standing Committee on Environmental Law, 2005-2008; Co-Chair, 2007 National Law and Policy Conference on Global Warming)
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) (Member, Civil Litigation Curriculum Advisory Committee, 1998-2010)


  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Pennsylvania (retired)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Related News:

May 01, 2016 -
100% of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen Female Partners Named “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts"
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen is proud to announce that all of their female partners have been named “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts," by Super Lawyers® and were featured in the April issue of Boston magazine.

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January 28, 2016 -
SRBC Supports “Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid”
SRBC proudly supports the Equal Justice Coalition’s 17th Annual “Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid” on January 28. The walk is one of the largest lobby days at the Massachusetts State House, with a goal to urge lawmakers to approve a budget of $27 million for programs that provide civil legal aid to ...
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November 06, 2015 -
20 SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Twenty lawyers from SRBC have been included in this year’s edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers annually publishes the results of a peer-survey and independent-research study designed to identify leading lawyers by state. In this year’s listings, SRBC ...
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August 21, 2015 -
Thirteen SRBC Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 List
Thirteen partners from the Boston-based civil litigation firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. received top rankings in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their skills and expertise in their respective practice areas. 

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January 12, 2015 -
Lisa Goodheart Speaks at BBA Program "Learning From City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Board"
SRBC Partner Lisa Goodheart and Gene Benson will share their perspective on the SJC’s decision in City of Brockton v. EFSB, at the Boston Bar Association lunch program on January 16.

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August 18, 2014 -
Fourteen Partners Earned Title "2015 Best Lawyers" and One Partner Named "Lawyer of the Year"
Fourteen SRBC partners have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. In addition, David Barry earned special recognition as "Boston Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. ...
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July 16, 2014 -
Lisa Goodheart Elected to American College of Environmental Lawyers
Lisa Goodheart, co-chair of SRBC's Environmental Law and Real Estate Litigation practice groups, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). ACOEL is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental ...
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Related Publications:

February 03, 2016 -
Four Takeaways from the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program’s Discussion on Charitable Board Services
On January 20, 2016, Lisa C. Goodheart, SRBC Partner and President of the Boston Bar Foundation, along with Allison Bauer, Senior Director of Health and Wellness for the Boston Foundation; and Stacy Malone, Executive Director of ...
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