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Joseph Vrabel

Adjunct Lecturer


Mr. Vrabel is General Counsel to BlaisCo, LLC.  He is currently the Secretary and a Trustee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc. (MCLE), where he served as its recent President, as well as the President of its Board of Overseers.  He is also a Past-President of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) and Past-President of the Massachusetts City Solicitor and Town Counsel Association.  He was a Senior Partner for 22 years at the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, where he founded their Framingham office of approximately 25 attorneys and served on its Management Committee.  His expertise has been primarily in commercial finance and commercial real estate, corporate governance, the formation of business entities and general corporate law.  He also has extensive experience in all varieties of commercial bank loans, bond financings, health care financings, private placements, workout situations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and all types of business transactions.  His other areas of practice have included general corporate representation, particularly situations including investment strategies, and business planning.
He serves on numerous not-for-profit Boards of Directors/Trustees, including Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (where he is the current President), the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (where he is the Past-President) he also served on the Framingham State College Board of Trustees for 10 years.  He was a Founding Trustee of Crossroads Community Foundation (now known as the Foundation for Metrowest) and is the former Massachusetts State Chair for the American Bar Foundation.  He serves on the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates; its Standing Committee for Continuing Legal Education and is also a member of the Boston College Law School Business Advisory Council.  Mr. Vrabel recently received a leadership award from Boston College Law School, where he recently taught a course in its Business Law Curriculum.  As an adjunct faculty member, Mr. Vrabel has taught the undergraduate course in business law at Babson College and also has taught the Business Law course in the Babson College MBA program.
Mr. Vrabel frequently is retained by law firms, lawyers and governmental agencies (FDIC; DEPCO of Rhode Island) as an expert witness on the ethical standards and legal duties of attorneys on corporate law, real estate and commercial finance issues and transactions.  He is a mediator and Arbitrator of business, real property, municipal and commercial disputes, including current service as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a mediator and arbitrator for the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts (REBA).


Harvard Law School, Mediator Certification, Program of Instruction for Lawyers, June 1997
Boston College Law School, Newton, MA, J.D., 1973
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, B.A., 1970

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