Robert E. Brien, J.D.Senior Solutions Partner
Areas of Expertise
Architecture & Civil Engineering
State & Local Government
- B.S., Urban & Environmental Planning, Roger Williams University
- M.S., Coastal & Community Planning, University of Rhode Island
- J.D., Juris Doctor, Southern New England School of Law
Since 1978, Robert “Doc” Brien has become well-versed with private businesses and public communities in areas such as real estate, land planning, energy sales & rehab, finances, marketing, and regulatory law. He is an accomplished Executive Director for state and local government planning—such as with highway renovations (Rte 146 widening, Worcester, MA) and large scale retail merchants (Rte 6 “Golden Mile,” Seekonk, MA)–as well as representing prime developments for approval before regional boards (BRAC study, NAS South Weymouth, MA; Washington Park Redevelopment, Providence, RI; Master Plans for both Braintree & Seekonk, MA).
These also include casinos (Foxwoods, CT Master Plan); large-scale retail (2 million s.f., Braintree & Taunton Malls, MA); environmental impact studies (MBTA Boston & environs); financial pro-formas ($2.1 million Star Theater Redevelopment; $2 million condo development, Montville, CT); and eminent domain proceedings (Municipal Light Plant), among others.
Having traveled the world as an officer with the Navy for over 27 years in intelligence, he brings a breadth of leadership, cultural experience, and wisdom to any business negotiation. Doc is a vociferous reader & writer; and as a student of the law, as well as in architecture & civil engineering, he fosters reasonable and practical solutions to all projects (several Redevelopment Authorities, State & City Planning agencies). He travels globally to assist business and government resolve their specific problems.
Doc has obtained numerous degrees and certifications in real estate (licenses with CT & RI); land planning (B.S., Urban Planning, Roger Williams; Master Degree educ, Univ. of RI; Community Planning, Harvard Univ.; Surveyor/Appraiser, National College of GA), offshore tax strategies (Nestmann Group); business planning & marketing (B2B AWAI Group; TICE Group); forensic accounting (NAMU—Mortgage Underwriters); and law (Juris Doctor, S. New England at Dartmouth).
Additionally, Doc is schooled in, and personally practices the Japanese tenets of “kaisan” (business efficiencies) and “TQM” (or total quality management, the “Art of Listening,” with the US Navy), which can aid businesses and organizations to derive economies-of-scale in their operations and external dealings.
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