Lisa C. Goodheart

Top rated Environmental attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

Fitch Law Partners LLP
Lisa C. Goodheart
Fitch Law Partners LLP

Practice Areas: Environmental, Business Litigation, Real Estate; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1989

Education: University of Pennsylvania Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Fitch Law Partners LLP

84 State Street
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02109 Visit website


Lisa C. Goodheart is an attorney based in Boston, Massachusetts, who practices law at Fitch Law Partners LLP, a firm with additional offices in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. Lisa's services extend to clients throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She provides legal representation in a broad range of matters, including:

· Business litigation 

· Construction litigation 

· Land use/zoning

· Environmental and energy law

· Real estate 

Ms. Goodheart joined Fitch Law Partners LLP in 2023, after 18 years as a partner at the Boston litigation firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. She represents private and public sector clients in contested matters before state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. She also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings and regulatory compliance negotiations. 

Ms. Goodheart's clients include owners and operators of commercial, industrial, and residential properties; real estate developers; state and municipal government bodies; nonprofit organizations; and citizen groups. Pro bono work, especially concerning environmental justice issues, is an integral part of her practice. She also takes on leadership roles to improve the justice system, particularly in the Massachusetts state courts. Presently, she serves as co-chair of the Racial Equity and Justice Committee of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, to which she was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court.  She is a former Chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission and the Court Management Advisory Board, and she has served as President of both the Boston Bar Association and the Boston Bar Foundation.

Ms. Goodheart has received several awards and distinctions in her career, including the Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Leadership Award from CREW Boston, and the Environmental Justice Award from Alternatives for Community and Environment. She has been recognized as a Top Women of Law Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and has achieved Band 1 rankings in Chambers USA for both environmental law and litigation. 

Furthermore, Best Lawyers in America has named Ms. Goodheart a Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year in environmental law and litigation, and she has been listed in the Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Environmental and Energy Lawyers. She has also been rated AV Preeminent* through the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and she maintains a “Superb” rating on Avvo.

Actively involved in professional associations, Ms. Goodheart is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and the International Academy of Trial Attorneys.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Environmental, Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business, Construction Litigation: Business, Energy & Natural Resources, Land Use/Zoning

Focus areas

Energy Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law

  • 30% Environmental
  • 20% Business Litigation
  • 20% Real Estate: Business
  • 10% Construction Litigation: Business
  • 10% Energy & Natural Resources
  • 10% Land Use/Zoning

First Admitted: 1985, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

  • Environmental Law; Litigation-General Commercial, Band 1 Ranking, Chambers USA
  • Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental, Listed , Best Lawyers in America
  • Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law, Lawdragon
  • Global Leader, Who's Who Legal: Environment
  • Top 10 Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
  • Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • , Environmental Justice Award, Alternatives for Community & Environment, Inc., 2014
  • , Leadership Award , CREW Boston (New England Women in Real Estate), 2014
  • "Power List", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2009
  • Lelia J. Robinson Award, Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, 2008
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • President of the Boston Bar Association, 2011
  • President of the Boston Bar Foundation, 2014
  • President of CREW-Boston (New England Women in Real Estate), 2007
Educational Background:
  • Williams College, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Bartok v. Hometown America Mgt., LLC, Case 4:21-cv-10790-LTS (D. Mass.) (ECF Doc. 83, March 30, 2022), 2022
  • Craw v. Hometown America, LLC, Case 1:18-cv-12149-LTS (D. Mass.) (ECF Doc. 216, Sept. 23, 2021), 2021
  • Nordic Fisheries, Inc. v. City of New Bedford, 2021 WL 4471404 (Mass. Super.), 2021
  • Alenci v. Hometown America Management, LLC, 2020 WL 25159872 (D. Mass.), 2020
  • Thomas & Betts v. New Albertson’s, Inc., 915 F.3d 39 (1st Cir. 2019), 2019
  • Boston Taxi Owners Association, Inc. v. Baker, 2017 WL 354010 (D. Mass.), 2017
  • City of New Bedford / Settlement of PCB Response Cost Recovery Litigation, 2017
  • Thomas & Betts v. New Albertson’s, Inc., Case 10-CV-11947-WGY (D. Mass.), 2015
  • City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd., 469 Mass. 196 (2014), 2014
  • Brockton Power Co. LLC v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd., 469 Mass. 215 (2014), 2014
  • New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Hawley, 468 Mass. 138 (2014), 2014
  • Regis College v. Town of Weston, 462 Mass. 280 (2012), 2012
  • Ware Real Estate, LLC v. Town of Ware, 2012 WL 751739 (Mass. App. Ct. 2012), 2012
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 28 Mass. L. Rptr. 113 (2011), 2011
  • Bank v. Thermo Elemental, Inc., 451 Mass. 638 (2008), 2008
  • Friends and Fishers of Edgartown Great Pond, Inc. v. Department of Environmental Protection, 446 Mass. 830 (2006), 2006
  • Weston Forest and Trail Ass’n v. Fishman, 66 Mass. App. Ct. 654 (2006), 2006
  • Emmons v. White, 58 Mass. App. Ct. 54 (2003), 2003
  • Merit Oil of Massachusetts, Inc. v. Baer, 12 Mass. L. Rptr. 249 (2000), 2000
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Long-term pro bono representation of residents of an underserved environmental justice community in a series of challenges to the permitting of a proposed new power plant in the City of Brockton. , 2023
  • Member, Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, 2023
  • Member of Strategic Planning Committee, Flaschner Judicial Institute, 2020
  • Co-Chair, Judicial Independence Working Group of the Boston Bar Association, 2019
  • Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers' Bar Counsel Search Committee, 2018
  • Chair (2016-2019) and Member (2013-2019), Court Management Advisory Board, 2016
  • Member, Supreme Judicial Court Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct, 2015
  • President of the Boston Bar Foundation, 2014
  • President of the Boston Bar Association, 2012
  • Chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, 2007

Office location for Lisa C. Goodheart

84 State Street
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 617-542-5542


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

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Certificates and credentials

The Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

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