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Francis A. Di Luna

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Frank Di Luna has devoted a significant portion of his practice to representing the agricultural community. His focus primarily being in connection with federal, state, and local regulation compliance concerning agriculture, land use, marketing, acquisition, and sale of agriculture facilities. A substantial part of Frank’s practice involves municipal land use permitting and environmental issues including, but not limited to: wetlands, hazardous materials, and the use of such materials. For the past 30 years, Frank has been in private legal practice with a large regional law firm and is also experienced in processing trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Frank’s municipal law experience includes: serving in the City Solicitor’s Office in Woburn, Massachusetts; later serving within the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs for the legal division of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife (now Department of Fish and Game) and also as counsel with the Department of Food and Agriculture of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (now Department of Agricultural Resources). Frank has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Southern New England School of Law (now University of Massachusetts School of Law) as well as at Boston College Law School.

Recent Agricultural Experience

Lecturing to agricultural trade groups
Siting small wind facilities
Wetland, land use, and zoning litigation
Working with legislature, redrafting MGL c. 61, 61A and 61B "Chapter Land” Statutes

Recent Litigation

Municipal liability in bringing frivolous action against a developer
Profit-à-prendre rights to sand
Rights to withdraw water
Solid waste management

Areas of Expertise

Agricultural Law
Administrative State Tax Appeals & Chapter Land Assessment
Affordable and Multifamily Housing
Land Use and Real Estate Development
Litigation
Municipal Law and permitting
State and Federal Environmental Law & Litigation

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts (All Courts)
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Franklin Pierce Law Center (J.D., 1985)
Salem State College (M. Ed., 1980)
Suffolk University (B.S., 1973)

Membership

Massachusetts Bar Association
American Bar Association
Agricultural Law Association
Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions
Massachusetts Farm Bureau – General Counsel
Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Committee Member

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  Smolak & Vaughan LLP
East Mill
21 High Street, Suite 301
North Andover, Massachusetts 01845

Phone:

  978.327.5220
978.327.5219 (fax)

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  bvaughan@smolakvaughan.com

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