Phone: (617) 342-8600

Robert C. Dunkless ( has a wide range of experience addressing the legal needs of  emerging and established businesses and their owners. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business organization, equity and debt financing transactions, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate partnering. He serves as corporate counsel to many clients, working with management on a regular basis. He also represents clients in real estate acquisition, sale and leasing transactions and provides services to individuals in estate planning, tax and estate administration matters.

His clients include businesses engaged in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, technology, electronics, product distribution, food service, real estate development and marketing, fuel oil distribution, restaurant and hospitality services.

Mr. Dunkless graduated from Boston University in 1977 (BS, cum laude) and from Suffolk University Law School in 1980 (JD, cum laude). He also received a Masters in the Law of Taxation from Boston University Law School. He was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1980 and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.

A brief summary of some of the transactions Mr. Dunkless has recently handled are described below.

Acquisition and Divestiture

Represented numerous private companies in the acquisition of regionally and nationally recognized businesses and product lines from both public and private companies

Represented several private companies in the sale of their entire business operations and individual product lines to public corporations

Corporate Partnership

Represented numerous local companies in the formation of joint ventures with local and out of state corporations for the operation of regional and multi-state businesses and real estate developments

Represented companies in the formation and dissolution of regional and national distribution relationships

Corporate Financing

Represented private companies in private placement of equity securities to private and institutional investors

Represented clients in a variety of bank loan transactions, including business acquisition financing transactions, the establishment of complex credit facilities and loan modifications.

Business Organization

Formation and structure of numerous corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Draft and negotiate the terms of stockholder agreements, limited liability company operating agreements and partnership agreements.


Represented landlords in various commerical and office lease transactions.

Represented tenants in lease transactions for a variety of business uses, including restaurants, industrial uses, manufacturing uses, food processing plants and distribution facilities.

Licensing and Zoning

Represented clients in connection with the purchase and transfer of alcoholic beverage licenses at state and local levels.

Represented clients in obtaining various business licenses and permits, including restaurant licenses, entertainment licenses and special permits.


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