Attorney Tony Dos Santos focuses on all facets of commercial real estate, commercial finance and general business law. He has significant experience representing developers, investors and lenders regarding complex commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing, zoning and permitting. Additionally, Tony represents many closely held businesses regarding entity formation, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions and financing. Tony currently serves as General Counsel for a local non-profit organization providing advice for all of the non-profit’s day-to-day operations including its development of affordable housing in Massachusetts and throughout the United States. These properties often include financing from multiple sources including federal and state tax credits, soft debt and subsidies from federal and state sources. He regularly serves as local counsel for large developers proposing developments in and around the greater Springfield area. Recently Tony served as local counsel for a proposed $800,000,000 casino project in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
Attorney Dos Santos has been recognized for his expertise and has won numerous awards including designation by Lawyer’s Weekly as a 2007 Up & Coming Young Lawyer; designation by the publishers of Boston Magazine as a Super Lawyers Rising Star attorney for 2005-2015; and designation by BusinessWest as a “Forty under 40” award winner in its inaugural class of 2007. Tony has obtained a “BV Distinguished” rating from Lexis Nexis/Martindale Hubbell Peer Review.
Tony received a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law where he was an associate editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law.
From 2002 through April of 2012 Attorney Dos Santos was initially an associate and subsequently a partner at a large Springfield, Massachusetts law firm. Prior to his departure and the formation of what is now Crear, Chadwell, Dos Santos & Devlin, P.C. he served as the department head for his previous firm’s business law department.
Tony has served the greater Springfield community in many capacities including two years on the Town of Ludlow Finance Committee; six years on its Board of Selectmen and one year as Chairman of the Board; and as Town Moderator. He currently serves on the Westmass Area Development Corporation Board of Directors and as a corporator of the Mason Wright Foundation. Tony has served as a judge for the Transactional Law Meet – New England Law School Region since the inception of the program.
Attorney Dos Santos was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2000 and the Massachusetts bar in 2003.