Stefan focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate matters, including buyer and seller representation in the sale and/or acquisition of real estate, condominium conversions, and lender financing transactions. Stefan often advises banks, lenders and real estate firms regarding regulatory compliance with state and federal laws and regulations involving residential transactions and lending. This includes the Truth in Lending and RESPA Integrated Discourse Rule (commonly known as TRID or “Know Before You Owe”), the American Land Title Association’s Best Practices, and other relevant industry challenges and changes. Stefan is also an approved closing attorney for some of the country’s largest mortgage lenders and some of Massachusetts’ largest mortgage brokers and banks.
Outside the Office
Stefan enjoys travelling to off-the-beaten-path places. He has spent a great amount of time in Central and South America where he has eaten things that “normal” Americans would never try (termites, grubs, snake). He is an avid Boston sports fan – any team, but especially the Pats!
J.D., Vermont Law School 1991
B.S. Political Science, Northeastern University 1988 cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
United States Federal Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States Appeals Court
Before joining Ligris in 2010, Stefan served as Of Counsel to the Newton law firm of Barr and Cole for fifteen years where he specialized in commercial and residential real estate transactions and asset-secured transactions. Active in several charitable and community organizations, Stefan is the founder and president of the Room to Dream Foundation, a Boston-based charity that creates healing environments in the homes of children with chronic illnesses. For his work with the Room to Dream Foundation, he was awarded the Heroes Among Us Award by the Boston Celtics in 2007. He has served on the Boards of the Matty Eappen Foundation, the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, the Newton Human Rights Commission, NewTV, and Newton Mustangs Youth Football. He has also served as an assistant coach for Newton Mustangs Youth Football.
Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, published in Boston Magazine, 2008-2011
Named a National Super Lawyer, published in Super Lawyers National Business Edition, 2011-2012
Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, Present Member
Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, Present Member of the Ethics Committee
Real Estate Broker, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure
Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, Member Board of Directors, 2006-2007
Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, Co-Chair Residential Real Estate Conveyancing Committee, 2006-2007
Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, Member Standards and Practices Committee 1998-2005
Representing both individuals and companies throughout Massachusetts, Stefan places a priority on taking the time to understand the unique goals of each client, big or small, so as to best assist them in their endeavors. With more than 25 years of experience, Stefan has the background and experience to provide his clients with succinct and timely analysis of the issues, helping them to calmly navigate the particular matter they face.
Super Lawyers 2008–2011
Learn from Stef
Stefan is often asked to lecture before sales agents and brokers on current topics. He has presented on the effects of changes promulgated by the Truth in Lending and RESPA Integrated Discourse Rule (commonly known as TRID or “Know Before You Owe”). Stefan has also presented for the Real Estate Bar Association on topics including “Traps for the Unwary and Current Issues that Should Make You Wary.” Stefan has been a presenter at continuing education seminars for MCLE and is the co-author of “Practice Tips for Residential Real Estate Paralegals” and is an occasional guest lecturer at Boston College Law School.