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Paralegal: Ellen Melvin

An Amesbury, MA native, Bob joined the firm in 2011.  Bob was a partner with Asoian & Tully in Andover prior to its merger in 1996 with Devine Millimet, a 75 member Northern New England regional law firm headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Bob was a shareholder at Devine Millimet’s Andover office until its closing in 2011, when he left to join Johnson & Borenstein, LLC in order to remain available to his Andover and Merrimack Valley area clients. Bob represents commercial real estate developers, owners and buyers in land development and land-use permitting matters, including Brownfields and MGL Chapter 40B affordable housing, as well as representation in connection with complex real estate title matters and commercial, industrial and real estate lending for both borrowers and lenders.  Bob represents a variety of banks, lending institutions, and MassDevelopment, as well as businesses, real estate developers and nonprofit organizations in connection with their real estate and lending activities.  An avid skier and sports fan, Bob is also actively involved in local politics and scouting.

Practice Areas: 

  • Commercial and Real Estate Lending
  • Zoning and Other Land-Use Permitting
  • Environmental and Brownfields Law
  • Economic Development and Municipal Law


  • Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, A.B. (Cum Laude), 1976
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., 1979

Bar Admissions: 

  • Massachusetts, 1979
  • New Hampshire, 1987

Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • American Bar Assoiciation - Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association - Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association – Member
  • Lawrence Bar Association - Member
  • Merrimack Valley Conveyancers Association – Member
  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions – Associate Member

Published Works: 

NE Real estate Journal Articles on Brownfields Act, Shopping Center Development, and Affordable HousingBankers and Tradesman Article on Chapter 40R - Smart Growth

Community Activities: 

  • Amesbury Municipal Council, 2010/2011 Council President
  • District 4 Councilor 2006-present
  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission-Chairman 2005-2011; Vice-Chairman 2011-present
  • Merrimack Valley Legal Services – Treasurer, Board of Directors 1979-present
  • Neighborhood Legal Services – Treasurer, Board of Directors 2005-present
  • Andover Rotary Club – Member, Executive Committee Member and 2013 President-Elect
  • Andover Chamber of Commerce, 2011-12 President, Board of Directors 2001-present
  • Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors, Assistant Clerk
  • Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council – Board of Directors
  • Community Day Care Center of Lawrence – Board of Directors
  • Boy Scouts of America – Area Committee Vice President 2002-present
  • Yankee Clipper Council – Boy Scouts of America Past Council President and current Member-at-Large
  • Massachusetts Municipal Association – Member; Nominating Committee Member

Schools/Universities/Alumni Organizations:

  • Harvard College Alumni Association - Member
  • Harvard Club of Andover – Member
  • Harvard Club of the North Shore – Member
  • BU School of Law Alumni Association – Member

Award and Distinctions: 

  • 2002 Outstanding Service Award presented by Merrimack Valley Legal Services
  • 2004 Distinguished Citizen Award by Yankee Clipper Council – Boy Scouts of America
  • 2005-2010 Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission – SJC Appointment
  • 2011 Enterprise Bank Celebration of Excellence Community Service Award Nominee