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DLA Piper LLP (US)
BOSTON MA 02110-1447
United States

Work Department

Real Estate


Partner; Co-Location Head, Boston Real Estate Practice


Cara Nelson has broad experience providing advice to commercial real estate investors and developers, real estate funds, investment advisors and pension plans in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States.

Cara’s clients invest in diverse asset classes, including multi-family, office, industrial, senior housing and retail properties, often through joint venture arrangements.  Her experience includes representing buyers, sellers and borrowers of multi-family and senior housing assets, office towers, development parcels, industrial  properties and retail centers.  Cara’s experience ranges from transactions involving single assets as well as large portfolios.


past president of CREW Boston;  serves on the Board of Directors of Heading Home, Inc.


J.D., Boston University School of Law; B.A., Brandeis University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

(Leading lawyers)

Cara Nelson DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for its expansive geographic coverage and its wide ranging real estate capabilities, ranging from high-value capital markets and fund formation, significant developments to zoning and construction work. The firm makes extensive use of its AI platform, Kira, to perform due diligence on leases, contracts and other agreements that need to be reviewed as part of a transaction. Boston-based John Sullivan and Barbara Trachtenberg co-vice chair the practice; both recognized for their expertise in equity, debt, hybrid and joint venture transactions. Cara Nelson spends a significant portion of her practice advising foreign pension funds in complex joint ventures, while Bryan Connolly and Thanos Matthai are sought after by leading developers and investors. All three at in the Boston office. In Washington DC, Frederick Klein, Amy Carbins and associate Lauren Rico represent a diverse client base in complex acquisitions, developments and financings.