Robert A. GelinasPartner
Bob Gelinas is a member of the firm’s Litigation/ADR Department and also works with the firm’s Government Strategies, Health Law and Employment Law Practice Groups.
Bob focuses his practice in resolving disputes through advice, litigation or alternative dispute resolution in such areas as health care, employment, land use, taxation and construction. He has long represented the major medical providers in western Massachusetts before various agencies and courts. He has represented nearly all of the major educational institutions in the region regarding issues including labor relations, construction, real estate, and professional and personal conduct. Bob is well known for his expertise in securing federal, state and local permits, obtaining equitable tax treatment, and otherwise securing the cooperation of government agencies in developing novel or complex projects. These have included large-scale real estate developments, wireless communication expansions and various types of energy generation and transmission contracts.
Most recently, Bob has represented a variety of clients, including non-profit organizations and utilities, on complex real estate tax issues. He has successfully tried cases at the Appellate Tax Board for clients claiming tax exemption based upon charitable use of property and overvaluation resulting from the improper attribution of property to a project.
Bob has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for the past 24 years in the area of personal injury litigation (defendants). He was also selected for inclusion in the 2004 and 2005 Massachusetts Super Lawyers lists published in New England Super Lawyers magazine.
Before commencing his practice in 1957, Bob graduated from Naval Officer Candidate School and served as a U.S. Naval Air Intelligence Officer.
He has been an active member of his professional and local communities. He has served as a trustee and chairman of the board of trustees of Holyoke Community College, as president of the Chicopee Community Center, as chairman of the United Way Professional Campaign Unit, and as a board member of Heritage Savings Bank. Bob has been honored for his service by several civic organizations. He is a member of a number of professional associations, and has been a faculty member on numerous continuing legal education programs.
Related Professional Experience
Bob has served as a special assistant Massachusetts attorney general, as a master for the U.S. District Court, and on various industry committees for the U.S. Department of Labor, including the Federal Wage and Hour Industry Committees – Puerto Rico.