Barbara J. Saint André, Principal
BARBARA J. SAINT ANDRÉ’s practice focuses on municipal law, land use and zoning, housing, and civil litigation. Prior to joining Petrini & Associates, Ms. Saint André was a principal at Kopelman and Paige, P.C., where she practiced for 21 years as counsel to numerous cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Ms. Saint André has extensive experience in all areas of municipal law, particularly in land use areas such as subdivision control, zoning, comprehensive permits, public health, wetlands protection, Chapter 40R, enforcement and permitting. She has represented dozens of communities across the state as town counsel, providing advice in all aspects of municipal law including town meetings, licensing, appellate tax board, municipal finance, open meeting law, contracts, conflict of interest, real estate, and general municipal law. She has represented cities and towns in every court of the Commonwealth, including arguing cases before the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court, as well as the federal courts.
Ms. Saint André has served as a speaker on both land use and general municipal topics at forums sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Municipal Management Association, Massachusetts Health Officers Association, Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors, Massachusetts Chapter of The National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, and regional planning agencies. She has taught a number of land use courses for the Massachusetts Citizen Planner Training Collaborative on zoning and subdivision issues. Many of these speaking engagements were in relation to the comprehensive permit law, Chapter 40B, an area in which she has been representing cities and towns for over 20 years.
Prior to working at Kopelman and Paige, Ms. Saint André worked at Murphy, Lamere, and Murphy for three years in the areas of municipal law, litigation, and labor law. She graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 1981, and received her B.S. in Government summa cum laude from Suffolk University in 1979. Upon graduation from law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. She was an elected Town Meeting Member in her hometown for 20 years, a member of the Housing Authority for nine years, and served on other town committees, including the Finance Committee.
Ms. Saint André is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit and the District of Columbia.