Cornelius "Con" J. Chapman


Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3838

"Inefficiency is good for law firms, but not for clients. I try to deliver legal product in the most cost-effective manner possible."


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.



  • 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.

Education & Admissions
Bar Admissions



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

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

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America© - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2013-2022)

New England's Best Lawyers

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2005)

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel



Community Involvement

Community Involvement

New England College of Optometry

  • Board of Trustees

Friends of Josiah Smith Tavern

  • President & Director

Fiddlehead Theatre Company

  • Director
Speaking Engagements

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

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications


"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

  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Middle-Market M&A and Private Equity
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships
  • Nonprofit Law & Governance
  • Privacy & Data Security

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

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



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