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Professional Profile: The Hon. Peter W. Kilborn (ret.)

Peter KilbornThe Hon. Peter W. Kilborn (ret.) served as Chief of Justice of the Land Court from 1996 until his retirement in February 2003.  He served as an Associate Justice of the court from 1989 to 1996.  While serving as a judge, he chaired the Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee to Review the Rules of Judicial Conduct and appeared many times as a faculty member on forums sponsored by bar associations and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education relating to zoning, subdivision and other real estate-related matters. 

Judge Kilborn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1955, served two years in the United States Army and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1960.  He was admitted to the bar in 1960.  He practiced law at the Boston firms of Tyler & Reynolds and Mintz, Levin & Cohn, and then from 1968, until appointed to the Land Court, at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in Boston.

He became a partner in that firm in 1972 and served for many years as its Managing Director.  His practice as a lawyer was concentrated in all aspects of real estate law, including title-related issues, leasing, mortgage and bond financing, subdivision, zoning, environmental, and other regulatory matters, including work for major educational and medical institutions in the Boston area.

Judge Kilborn has been a member of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts and The Abstract Club for many years.  He has served as a member of the Association’s Title Standards Committee.  He received mediation training in 2003 at Mediation Works Incorporated, Boston.


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