Knowledge, Experience, Integrity.

headshot of Attorney Paul F. Alphen

Paul F. Alphen

Contact Me:

Practice Areas:

  • Land Use / Zoning
  • Commercial Property & Development
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Business Law


Paul F. Alphen is a respected and experienced attorney who for over thirty-six years has concentrated in the areas of residential and commercial real estate development and land use regulation, administrative law, real estate transactional practice and title examination.  
He represents national corporations, major regional developers and a wide variety of local concerns. Active in the Westford community, he has served on numerous town and community committees. Depending upon the needs of the particular client, he has experience at every step in the development process from the initial offer to purchase land, through contract negotiations, development strategy, resolution of title issues, drafting zoning opinions, representation before government boards, assistance to litigation counsel, construction lending, licensing, compliance issues and the leasing or sale of competed units.  
National and regional developers, as well as family owned businesses and individuals, have entrusted Paul with wide ranging responsibilities pertaining to zoning and land use development strategy.


  • New England Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1984
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Master in Public Administration - 1980
  • Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts
    • M.A. Sociology - 1977
  • Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.A. Sociology - 1976

Bar Admission

  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1985

Representative Clients

  • Colonial Automotive Group
  • Enterprise Bank
  • Granites of America
  • Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.
  • R.D. Kanniard Homes, Inc.

Professional Associations

  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, President, 2008
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Director, 2001 - Present
  • Abstract Club, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Abstract Club, Director, 2019 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, 1985 - Present

Representative Cases

  • Lobisser Bld. Corp v. Planning Board of Bellingham, 454 Mass. 123 (2009), MA SJC


  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Abstract Club Member, 2011 - Present
  • Abstract Club Board of Directors, 2011 - Present

Classes & Seminars

  • Real Estate Law Conference, Chairman, MCLE, 2009 to 2014
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, REBA Conferences

Past Positions

  • Town of Westford, MA, Town Administrator, 1982 to 1985
  • Department of the State Auditor, MA, Performance Auditor, 1980 to 1982
  • Trial Court of the Commonwealth of MA, Mediator, 1978 to 1980
  • Town of Wayland, MA, Police Officer, 1976 to 1980