Gregg J. Corbo


Phone: 617.556.0007
Practice Areas: General Municipal, Litigation, Land Use

Attorney Gregg Corbo’s practice focuses on general municipal law, local code enforcement, licensing, and civil rights and tort litigation. He represents municipal clients in proceedings before the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts trial courts, and numerous administrative agencies, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, the Architectural Access Board, and the Appellate Tax Board. Attorney Corbo counsels clients on the development and implementation of policy, drafting by-laws and regulations, contract review, and consultation on day-to-day operations. Attorney Corbo also has extensive experience in land use litigation, including the defense of permit appeals and the prosecution of enforcement actions.

Attorney Corbo also advises clients on municipal law issues, including residency challenges, public health issues, town meetings, municipal charters and by-laws, conflict of interest, public records, the Open Meeting Law, procurement, and municipal finance.

Representative Matters

  • Represent clients before State and Federal Courts and administrative agencies to prosecute enforcement actions, to defend decisions of local boards, to defend allegations of misconduct by public officials, and to advance client interests in real estate, contract and other matters.
  • Negotiate and draft intermunicipal agreements, including a complex agreement between the City of Melrose and the Town of Essex to regionalize information technology services.
  • Featured speaker at the annual meetings of Tri-County Clerks, Worcester County Clerks, and Middlesex Town and City Clerks Associations on the topic of recent changes in the law regarding the regulation of animals.
  • Counsel clients with respect to residency challenges and assist clients in conducting residency hearings, including assisting a seaside community in proceedings to challenge the residency of a large group of part-time occupants.
  • Provide formal trainings and seminars to clients on a wide range of topics including: public records, open meeting law and conflict of interest law.

Representative Decisions

  • Pratt v. Town of Essex, Essex Superior Court, C.A. No. 2012-00936 (2013)
    Superior Court ruled in favor of Town in rejecting claim for compensation based on allegations that Town officials fraudulently induced tenants to build cottages on Town-owned land pursuant to long-term leases.
  • Walker v. Town of Essex, Essex Superior Court, C.A. No. 2012-02221 (2013)
    Superior Court ruled in favor of Town in class action lawsuit brought by a group of tenants on Town-owned land who objected to rent increases.
  • Town of Boxford v. Massachusetts Highway Department, 458 Mass. 596 (2010). Supreme Judicial Court held that state agencies are not exempt from regulations and orders issued by local boards of health when such regulations and orders do not interfere with the agency’s essential governmental function.
  • Water Department of Fairhaven v. Department of Environmental Protection, 455 Mass. 740 (2010). Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of numerous municipalities to limit the authority of the Department of Environmental Protection to impose restrictions on public water supplies.
  • David W. Eisenberg v. Edmund Wall (Town of Burlington Board of Health), 607 F.Supp.2d 248 (D. Mass. 2009). United States District Court ruled in favor of the Town and Board of Health finding that administrative inspections and enforcement of the State Sanitary Code did not violate the property owner’s Constitutional rights.
  • Charles F. McCoy, Jr. v. Town of Kingston, 68 Mass.App.Ct. 819 (2007).       Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld Superior Court’s ruling in favor of Town on indemnification dispute.
  • Thore v. Howe, 466 F.3d 173 (1st Cir. 2006). First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld District Court decision granting police officer’s motion for summary judgment on excessive force claim arising out of officer’s decision to shoot at a moving vehicle to prevent imminent bodily harm to himself and others.
  • Padden v. Town of West Boylston, 64 Mass.App.Ct. 120 (2004). Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed a Superior Court finding that a Board of Health mandatory sewer connection regulation was invalid and entered judgment upholding Board of Health regulations.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts Bar
  • U.S. District Court (Mass.)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Boston University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1998

Long Island University
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1995