Cornelius "Con" Chapman



Con Chapman represents financial institutions and credit users in lending, leasing and workout matters, including tax-exempt bond transactions. He also represents financial institutions in regulatory matters and deposit, interest rate and other products, for-profit and non-profit corporations in governance and financing matters, and businesses in commercial transactions and trade and consumer regulatory matters, including privacy and data security.


J.D., cum laude, Boston College Law School, 1979

A.B., with honors, University of Chicago, 1973



honors & awards

The Best Lawyers in America© Best Lawyer, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2013-2024)

New England’s Best Lawyers

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2005)

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel


  • Secured $20 million revolving line of credit to multi-state health care provider by Medicare/Medicaid receivables.
  • Secured successful workout of $18 million credit by multiple fishing vessels and scallop permits.
  • Obtained Surface Transportation Board exemption from state and local regulations for passenger rail service.
  • Provided antitrust counseling to competitors considering joint production facility.
  • Secured $100 million in tax-exempt financing for affordable housing, assisted living and other non-profit uses in 2015-2016 as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel and/or lender’s counsel.
  • Represented parent of Fortune 500 companies in business aviation matters.



“The Law of Bank Setoff in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Law Review Volume 97, No. 4, July 2016

“How We’re Different: Partner-Level Attention,” Burns & Levinson Finance Law Update, Winter 2015

“Low-Cost Borrowing Opportunities for Nonprofits,” Burns & Levinson Focus Newsletter, Winter 2014

“What’s Happening in Business Aviation?” Burns & Levinson Client Update, May 2013

“Managing Nonprofits in Troubled Times: New Tools in Trustees’ Toolbox,” Burns & Levinson Client Update, April 2013


“Weston Attorneys Named to ‘The Best Lawyers in America,'” Wicked Local Weston, September 2013

speaking engagements

“Facing the Future of Cord-Cutting: Alternative Revenue Diversification for Public, Educational and Government TV Stations,” Speaker, MassAccess, October 2018

“Banking & Finance 2014,” Panelist, Corporate LiveWire Virtual Round Table, May 2014

“Law of School Choice,” Speaker, New England School Law School Education Law & Policy Center Seminar, April 2012

“Commercial Loan Workouts,” Speaker, ExecSense Webinar, September 2010

“What Banking Lawyers Need to Know,” Speaker, Legal Issues, Landmines, and Client Strategies for e-Banking, June 2010