David J. Tracy






David’s practice is New England-based and involves all areas and aspects of commercial real estate, with particular emphasis on big box retail developments, and retail and office leasing. For over 36 years, David has represented clients in shopping centers, ground leases, malls, and mixed-use developments, as well as condominiums (residential, commercial, and mixed-use including vertical condominiums). He also has extensive experience in representing developers in construction, and permanent financing transactions. He represents numerous developers in the acquisition, leasing, development, financing, and sale of various types of commercial real estate. David has also represented institutional investors in various New England and national real estate transactions, and has particular expertise in commercial lease transactions. David has been continuously recognized as a “Best Lawyer” since 1987.

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (1983-1992, 2006-Present)
    • Co-Chair, Retail Law Group
    • Associate (1981-1983)
  • Holland & Knight LLP
    • Partner and Assistant Practice Group Leader (1992-2006)
  • Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels
    • Associate (1977-1980)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (1987-2019) Recognized for Real Estate Law
  • Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for the category of Real Estate
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Recipient
  • Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, Top Real Estate Lawyer
  • Rhode Island Super Lawyers (2007-2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Committee on Current Literature; Real Estate Financing Committee; Construction Loan Committee; Committee on Construction Contracts; Committee on Commercial Leasing
  • Aurora Civic Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Kirkbrae Country Club
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, NAIOP
  • Rhode Island Bar Association: Committee on Specialization; Committee on Corporations; Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island, 1978
  • Massachusetts, 1977
Firm News

51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition…

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Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 3, 2018

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2018 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the…

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In the midst of the so-called "retail R.E. apocalypse," what is the role of the retail real estate attorney?

July 28, 2017

Retailers today are both redefining the role of physical stores as well as changing how they interact…


A Contemporary View of Shopping Center Use Restrictions

July 11, 2017

It is almost impossible to read a newspaper or publication without seeing an article about the challenges…

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Hinckley Allen Guides Major Urban Mixed-Use Redevelopment: Arsenal Yards

Hinckley Allen provided strategic counsel to Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies, who recently…

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Middletown Plaza Shopping Center, Middletown, Rhode Island

Hinckley Allen has represented this developer client in connection with the redevelopment of a large…

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Past Event

Key Issues on Commercial Lease Negotiations

October 13, 2016

"This topic is intended to provide an extensive and sophisticated analysis of the major lease provisions…

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ICSC New England Idea Exchange

July 19, 2016

We hope to see you at the Boston ICSC New England Idea Exchange The one-stop for education, networking…

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