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Paul F. Alphen, ESQ.


  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, New England Law/Boston, Boston, MA

  • Master of Public Administration, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

  • Master of Arts, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

  • Bachelor of Arts, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA



  • Joined Hall, Balas & Finnegan, P.C. in May, 1985.  Became Hall, Balas, Finnegan & Alphen, P.C.

  • Formed Balas, Alphen & Santos, P.C. in 1996, name changed to Alphen & Santos, P.C. in 2013.

  • For almost 29 years have concentrated in residential and commercial real estate development and land use regulation, real estate transactional practice, financing and title examination. Representation of  national corporations, major regional developers and a wide variety of local concerns through all stages of development from initial purchase agreement negotiation,  development strategies and the application of land use laws and regulations, representation before land use boards, purchase and financing transactions, construction, sales and leasing.



  • Chair, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Annual Real Estate Law Conference (MCLE Boston)

  • Co-Author of Amicus Brief submitted to Supreme Judicial Court, in Lobisser Bld. Corp v. Planning Board of Bellingham, 454 Mass. 123, 907 NE2d 1102 (2009) 

  • Regular contributor to REBA News.



  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts

    • President, 2008

    • Board of Directors since 2001

    • Director Emeritus 

    • Founding Chair of the Zoning and Land Use Committee

    • Co-Chair Strategic Planning Committee

    • Panelist for Continuing Legal Education Programs

  • Abstract Club (a statewide honorary association of real estate attorneys and judges)

  • New England Super Lawyer

    • Land Use/Zoning, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

  • Massachusetts Bar Association

    • Member



  • Executive Secretary to the Westford, Mass. Board of Selectmen (Chief Administrative Officer of the Office of Board of Selectmen)

  • Performance Auditor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of State Auditor

  • Criminal Court Mediator, Massachusetts Trial Court of the Commonwealth

  • Permanent Intermittent Police Officer, Town of Wayland, Massachusetts



  • Chairman, Westford Highway Garage Building Committee

  • Chairman, Westford Arts and Technology Fund Committee 

  • Member, Westford Master Plan Implementation Committee 

  • Member, Westford Stony Brook Center Master Plan Committee

  • One 5-year term on Town of Westford Permanent School Building Committee

  • Law Officer, Minuteman Power Squadron

  • St. Catherine’s Parish Building Committee

  • Ten years as Corporator of Emerson Hospital, Concord,Massachusetts

  • Charter Member and Member of Board of Directors of Westford Against Substance Abuse    

  • Past President and active member of Westford Rotary Club

  • Active member of various ad hoc Westford Zoning By Law Review Sub Committees

  • Westford School Building Needs Committee

  • Westford Fair Housing Committee

  • Westford Town Management Study Committee

  • Elected to Wayland School Committee at age 21, for three year term.

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