KS&P Law’s recognized and highly respected Real Estate practice focuses on the representation of developers. Our clients include major national, regional, and local developers of properties of all kinds – including office, industrial, retail, residential, and mixed-use.

Kelly, Souza & Parmenter has a long history of successfully working with clients to achieve their development and land use goals.

Our lawyers have broad experience in all aspects of real estate: letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, leasing, real estate acquisition and disposition, environmental and administrative issues, development and permitting, and land use litigation.

Click on the sections below to learn more about KS&P Law’s expertise in key areas of real estate law.

Our Real Estate lawyers have extensive experience managing zoning, subdivision, and other land use matters, including historic preservation, special permits and variance requests, zoning appeals and governmental grants and subsidies.

We also handle all other aspects of entitlement and construction permitting, construction and architectural contract negotiations, financing negotiations, condominium creation and conversions, and other related matters on behalf of our developer clients.

KS&P Law also has comprehensive experience with the preparation and negotiation of documentation for construction. Notably, the firm’s founding partner, Michael A. Kelly is widely recognized for his expertise in permitting, development, and land use law. In his former position as general counsel for Cumberland Farm/Gulf Oil, Inc., Michael oversaw the permitting and construction process for several hundred gas stations and convenience stores from Maine to Florida.

A key part of KS&P Law’s Real Estate practice is land use law – a combination of real estate, administrative, and, environmental law, in addition to litigation. Our Land Use practice focuses primarily on clients’ plans for the development or redevelopment of real estate – from new construction and alterations to commercial occupancy changes, property line changes, and site development activity, including land preservation and landscaping.

KS&P Law is well known for its extensive experience dealing with municipalities in and around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Our attorneys routinely appear before state, local, and federal governmental regulatory bodies – including zoning boards and planning boards – with the goal of obtaining land development approvals, special use permits, use variance, dimensional variance, and conditional use permits for our clients.

In addition, we frequently pursue and receive approval before city and town councils to obtain zone changes, amendments to comprehensive plans, road abandonment, and zoning ordinance amendments.

KS&P Law’s Environmental Law practice covers the spectrum of environmental issues facing business, industry, and land developers. We apply our considerable experience and practical insight to resolve a broad array of environmental, health, and safety issues faced by our clients.

Specifically, we represent clients across a wide range of matters – including development of compliance strategies, environmental permitting of large industrial and residential projects, hazardous waste liability, and clean-up – and provide strategic consulting on environmental issues.

Our practice includes agency negotiation and advocacy for our clients at federal, state, and local levels, while simultaneously supporting our clients’ strategic and budgetary objectives. We counsel, advise, and negotiate for our public and private clients in connection with business and asset acquisitions, financing, and dispositions.

KS&P Law represents clients in all aspects of federal and state regulation, including administrative appeals and litigation before the courts. KS&P Law’s Administrative Law practice aims to help clients achieve their business and personal goals while balancing the requirements of federal and state regulatory policies.

Specifically, our Administrative Law practice specializes in business and economic regulation, industry restructuring and deregulation, contracting and project development, and trade regulation – as well as legislative consultation and lobbying registration and reporting requirements.

The firm’s attorneys are well versed in the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which governs the way in which federal administrative agencies can propose and establish regulations. Our experience with the APA spans administrative hearings and adjudication, administrative investigations, administrative officers and agents, administrative rule making, licensing, and regulatory enforcement.



“Michael has built a strong team whose tenacity and attention to detail have helped Paolino Properties gain advantage in a competitive real estate market. The KS&P Law team is responsive and fast-moving and their work enables us to quickly and efficiently advance very large and complicated agreements. This is very important in our business because, as we all know, time is money.”

Joseph R. Paolino, Jr.

Owner, Paolino Properties


Founded in 1900, Paolino Properties is one of the oldest family-owned and operated real estate companies in Rhode Island. A full-service real estate firm, Paolino Properties offers commercial and residential sales and leasing, development, and property management throughout Rhode Island and beyond.

Paolino Properties oversees more than one million square feet of commercial office property and retail space, and also manages multiple parking facilities, multi-family dwelling units, waterfront timeshares, hotels, industrial parks, and residential subdivisions.


Michael A. Kelly has been a trusted legal and business advisor to the Paolino family for more than 20 years.

In recent years, Michael, and the KS&P Law team have worked on many of Paolino Properties’ lease agreements—from drafting and negotiating lease terms to evictions and related litigation.

In total, KS&P Law has helped Paolino Properties secure favorable lease agreements for more than 250,000 square feet of commercial, retail, and office space for tenants including the State of Rhode Island Judiciary Records Center and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. Most recently, KS&P Law facilitated Paolino Properties’ $2.3 million purchase of the former Cherry & Webb building on Westminster Street in downtown Providence.



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