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Dylan Sanders

(617) 227-3030


  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., Amherst College (cum laude), 1987

Practice Areas:

Dylan concentrates in real estate, land use, environmental and business litigation and administrative law.  His experience includes representing developers and property owners in zoning, permitting and land use litigation, including litigation under the state zoning act (Chapter 40A), state hazardous waste laws (Chapter 21E and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan), wetlands laws, waterways laws (Chapter 91) and other environmental statutes and regulations, as well as handling a wide range of general business litigation matters.  He also has experience in product liability matters, including consumer product safety and mass product liability torts, as well professional malpractice defense.

Dylan has extensive experience practicing in federal and state courts, including the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the Land Court and Superior Court departments of the trial court, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Judicial Court.  Dylan has participated in the oral arguments of two landmark environmental cases before the Supreme Judicial Court:  Bank v. Thermo Elemental, 451 Mass. 638 (2008) and Moot v. Golledge, 448 Mass. 340 (2007).

Before joining SRBC, Dylan was a partner in the Boston office of DLA Piper US LLP, and prior to that an associate at Hill & Barlow.


  • The Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law & Litigation - Environmental), 2013-2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Environmental Law), Boston magazine, 2013-2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers "Rising Star,” Boston magazine (2005, 2006)
  • Founder’s Award, Alternatives for the Community and the Environment, in recognition of pro bono work in the environmental field, 2005

Selected Decisions:

  • Thomas & Betts Corporation v. New Albertson’s, Inc., et al., D.Mass. CA-10-11947 (Following six week multi-party federal jury trial, successful recovery of $ 3.7 million in response costs  incurred by one client in assessing and cleaning up a release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and a finding of no liability for response costs for three other clients)
  • Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection, 474 Mass. 278 (2016) (In a landmark climate change case decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, successfully pursued a claim that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection violated the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act by failing to adopt mandatory declining emissions limits for greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Ware Realty Trust v. Town of Ware , -- Mass. App. Ct. -- (2012) (successful defense of a construction and demolition recycling facility against attempts by town to shut it down)
  • Eldamar Development Company v. Sweeney, 27 Mass. L. Rptr. 63 (2010) (won $1.7 million judgment for subdivision developer after property owner reneged on agreement to convey easement necessary for subdivision road)
  • Bank v. Thermo Elemental, Inc., 451 Mass. 638 (2008) (successful pursuit of contractual indemnity claim and environmental response cost recovery action under Chapter 21E)
  • Moot v. Department of Environmental Protection, 448 Mass. 340 (2007) (a/k/a Moot I) (argued landmark Chapter 91 case; obtained temporary stay of the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision to allow Legislature to act, and successfully defended the new Landlocked Tidelands Act which was subsequently enacted)
  • Devine & Devine Food Brokers, Inc. v. Wampler Foods, Inc., 313 F.3d 616 (2002) (successful defense of food producer to broker’s claim for a severance penalty)


  • Boston Bar Association (Member, Environmental Sustainability Task Force, 2011-; former Co-Chair, Wetlands and Waterways Committee; former Steering Committee member, Environmental Law Section)
  • Board of Editors, Boston Bar Journal  (Member, 2013-)
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (Member, Environmental Committee, 2012-; Member, Litigation Committee, 2012-)
  • Environmental Business Council of New England
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) (frequently serves as a faculty member)
  • The Food Project (Board of Trustees, Chairman, 2014; Board of Trustees, Treasurer and Executive Committee member, 2008-)
  • Former counsel to the Professional Conduct Committee of the National Council of Architect Registrations Boards (NCARB), which reviews disciplinary actions taken by Member Boards or courts of law against NCARB certificate holders and recommends whether NCARB should continue to provide certificates that enable architects to enjoy reciprocity among Member Boards


  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Related News:

October 24, 2016 -
Sugarman Rogers Makes the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's "Pro Bono Honor Roll"
As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week and Massachusetts Pro Bono Month, we are pleased to announce that Sugarman Rogers has qualified for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's (SJC) 2015 "Pro Bono Honor Roll."

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October 21, 2016 -
Nineteen Sugarman Rogers Attorneys Recognized as "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars"

Nineteen lawyers from Sugarman Rogers have been included in this year’s edition of the Massachusetts "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" lists. 
Sixteen attorneys have been named to the 2016 "Super Lawyers" list, an honor based on peer review and professional ...
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August 15, 2016 -
Twelve Sugarman Rogers Partners Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America
Sugarman Rogers is pleased to announce that twelve of its attorneys – over 70 percent of the firm’s partners – have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of  ...
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May 18, 2016 -
In Landmark Decision, Massachusetts’ Highest Court Upholds Climate Law Mandate
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court released its decision in Kain et al. v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), affirming the State’s obligations under the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) and ordering the Commonwealth to create and ...
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January 28, 2016 -
SRBC Supports “Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid”
SRBC proudly supports the Equal Justice Coalition’s 17th Annual “Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid” on January 28. The walk is one of the largest lobby days at the Massachusetts State House, with a goal to urge lawmakers to approve a budget of $27 million for programs that provide civil legal aid to ...
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November 06, 2015 -
SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Twenty lawyers from SRBC have been included in this year’s edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers annually publishes the results of a peer-survey and independent-research study designed to identify leading lawyers by state. In this year’s listings, SRBC ...
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August 21, 2015 -
Thirteen SRBC Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 List
Thirteen partners from the Boston-based civil litigation firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. received top rankings in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their skills and expertise in their respective practice areas. 

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