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  • Clients say she is “brilliant – a wonderful negotiator who really knows her business. She is very dedicated, of very high intelligence, and understands the business side more than the typical attorney.” - Chambers USA


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1984
  • A.B., University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981

    Georgetown University Law School, Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire

Memberships & Affiliations

Bunker Hill Community College, Board of Trustees

Sophia Snow House, Board of Directors, (2004 - Present)

Boston Young Women's Christian Association, Board of Directors, (2007-2015)

President, New England Chapter, CoreNet Global (2015-2018)

New England Chapter, CoreNet Global, Board of Directors, (2007-Present)

Boston Industrial Development Finance Agency, Board of Directors, (2003-2016)

New England Women in Real Estate, past president

Boston Bar Association

New Hampshire Bar Association

Co-Chari, McCarter & English Women’s Initiative Steering Committee


NEWIRE Networking Award (2014)

Women of FIRE Award, Banker & Tradesman (2014)
Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2013)

NEWIRE Leadership Award (2008)

CoreNet Global Top Rated Faculty Award for Master of Corporate Real Estate (2008, 2011-2019)

CoreNet Global Legal Professional of the Year Award (2007)

Cynthia B. Keliher

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  • T: 617.449.6527
    F: 617.326.3083

Public and private real estate developers, owners, and landlords and tenants seek out Cynthia Keliher for her leadership in the commercial real estate market. Whether assisting clients with leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, or other real estate needs, Cynthia finds ways to close the transaction while meeting the clients’ business objectives. She helps clients address a full range of commercial real estate matters, including those concerning leasing, financing, zoning, development, permitting, tax abatement, foreclosures and loan workouts and commercial and residential condominiums.

Co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees, Cynthia focuses a great deal of her practice on leasing, representing landlords and tenants in complex ground, retail, office and data center leases. Significant representations include: (a) representing a public authority concerning a Boston convention center hotel development project; (b) representing a large technology company in negotiating its Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters lease and in advising on its global leasing portfolio; and (c) representing a university regarding a ground lease and the permitting and construction of a state of the art boathouse.

Cynthia is very active in the commercial real estate sector. She currently serves as the immediate past President of the New England Chapter of CoreNet Global, an association of corporate real estate professionals with more than 10,000 members around the world managing more than $1.2 trillion in real estate and workplace assets across five continents. She is also past president of New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE), a non-profit organization created by a group of professional women to promote the advancement of women within the commercial real estate industry, consisting of over 400 members. Cynthia was appointed by Governor Cellucci in July of 1998 to serve as a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel for Open Space Protection to help set the priorities of the Commonwealth's Land Protection Program. In 1998, she was appointed by Mayor Menino, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to serve on the Strategic Development Study Committee for the Boston Extension Portion of the Turnpike Air Rights Development. In 2019, Cynthia was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of Bunker Hill Community College.

Cynthia is co-chair of McCarter’s Women’s Initiative Steering Committee, which presides over the policies that have led to McCarter receiving Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for seven consecutive years.

Awards & Accolades

  • Named a Woman of FIRE in 2014 by Banker & Tradesman, an annual award that recognizes the key female players in the local FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) sector
  • Recognized in Chambers USA from 2011-2019

  • Listed in the 2008-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America

  • Recognized in Massachusetts Super Lawyers from 2005–2018

  • Named one of “2013 Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Awards Methodology.


July 2012
Advanced Lease Analysis MCR Course
CoreNet Global
November 2011
Green Leasing: Navigating Through Pitfalls to Success
CoreNet Global Summit
When a CRE becomes a Landlord
CoreNet Global, New England Chapter
May 2011
Green Leasing: Tenant, Landlord and Broker Perspective
CoreNet Global/New England Seminar Series