Real Estate & Development

Our Real Estate practice is our “bread and butter”, where we represent major national, regional, and local developers of properties of all kinds – including office, industrial, retail, residential, and mixed-use.

We are trained in all aspects of real estate, handling matters that include letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, leasing, real estate development, permitting, environmental and administrative issues, real estate finance, corporate real estate, zoning, historic preservation and land use litigation.  We represent clients throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Currently, we are handling some of the largest developments in Providence, Lincoln, South Kingstown, Coventry, Johnston, Smithfield, Cranston, Exeter, and Hopkinton.  Such projects include solar arrays, wind turbines, self-storage facilities, office parks, residential condominiums, apartments, subdivisions, restaurants and retail space.

Please explore our site, see our projects and what our clients have to say about their experience with Mancini Carter.

Click on the sections below to learn more about Mancini Carter’s expertise in key areas of real estate law.

Development and Permitting

Our Real Estate team manages and handles issues associated with zoning, subdivision, and other land use matters, including historic preservation, special permits, use and dimensional variances, zoning appeals and governmental grants and subsidies.

We also handle construction permitting, construction and architectural contract negotiations, financing negotiations, condominium creation and conversions, and other related matters on behalf of our clients, for whom the entitlements are necessary for real estate development and permitting.

Moreover, we represent our clients with the acquisition or sale of Real Estate from the Letter of Intent to the financing; and, along the way we assist with development, permitting, construction and management.

John Mancini and Nicholas Goodier, working together for a decade, are well known for their extensive experience dealing with municipalities in and around Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  They routinely appear before state, local, and federal governmental regulatory bodies – including zoning boards and planning boards – with the goal of obtaining land development approvals, special use permits, use variances, dimensional variances and conditional use permits for our clients.

Land Use Litigation

Mancini Carter’s Real Estate practice also includes land use law and litigation – a combination of real estate, administrative, and environmental law.  Our Land Use practice focuses primarily on clients’ plans for the development or redevelopment of real estate – from new construction and alterations to commercial occupancy changes, property line changes, and site development activity, including land preservation and landscaping.

Further, we frequently pursue and receive approvals before city and town councils to obtain zone changes, amendments to comprehensive plans, road abandonment and zoning ordinance amendments, having recently obtained a zone change in Cranston for a mixed-use development anchored by “Cube Smart” Self-Storage.  We also represent and counsel clients throughout the various stages of appeals of municipal decisions before the courts.

Environmental Law

Mancini Carter’s Environmental Law practice covers the spectrum of environmental issues facing businesses and land developers. We apply our considerable experience and practical insight to resolve a broad array of environmental, health, and safety issues faced by our clients.

Specifically, we represent clients across a wide range of matters – including development of compliance strategies, environmental permitting of large industrial and residential projects, hazardous waste liability, and clean-up – and provide strategic consulting on environmental issues.

Our practice includes agency negotiation and advocacy for our clients at federal, state, and local levels, while simultaneously supporting our clients’ strategic and budgetary objectives.  We counsel, advise, and negotiate for our public and private clients in connection with business and asset acquisitions, financing, and dispositions.

Administrative Law

ManciniCarter represents clients in all aspects of federal and state regulation, including administrative appeals and litigation before the Courts.  Our Administrative Law practice aims to help clients achieve their business and personal goals while balancing the requirements of federal and state regulatory policies.

Specifically, our Administrative Law practice specializes in business and economic regulation, industry restructuring and deregulation, contracting and project development, and trade regulation – as well as legislative consultation and lobbying registration and reporting requirements.

The firm’s attorneys are well versed in the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which governs the way in which federal administrative agencies can propose and establish regulations.  Our experience with the APA spans administrative hearings and adjudication, administrative investigations, administrative officers and agents, administrative rule making, licensing, and regulatory enforcement.

Real Estate & Development Clients

“When we have a concern or an issue, we know that John will be responsive, hardworking and capable to immediately address our concern; his responsive and fast-moving team enables us to quickly and efficiently address complicated situations.  Responsiveness is important to me, because a slow deal is a dead deal.”

Joseph R. Paolino, Jr.
Owner, Paolino Properties


Founded in 1900, Paolino Properties is one of the oldest family-owned and operated real estate companies in Rhode Island.  A full-service real estate firm, Paolino Properties offers commercial and residential sales and leasing, development and property management throughout Rhode Island and beyond.

Paolino Properties oversees more than one million square feet of commercial office property and retail space, and also manages multiple parking facilities, multi-family dwelling units, waterfront timeshares, hotels, industrial parks and residential subdivisions.


John Mancini assists Paolino Properties in its property tax and assessment matters, lease agreements, evictions, property acquisitions, and re-financing.  Most recently, John has facilitated Paolino Properties acquisition of the former Cherry & Webb building on Westminster Street, The Halsey Building on Prospect Street, Tilden Thurber Building on Westminster Street, and the refinancing of the Narragansett Brewery Parkade, as well as the 444 Westminster Street office park.

“We are constantly looking for the next promising venture and when we find it, we need to act fast. Mancini Carter is the perfect partner for our business. John Mancini’s sensible and creative thinking gives us an advantage in a competitive business environment. In addition, Mancini Carter’s incredible responsive actions are attributes, which are key to our success in the fast-paced and dynamic real estate market.” 

Sean Marchionte and Richard Tasca, Esq.
Founders and Partners of Bluedog Capital Partners, LLC


Founded in 2001 by Sean Marchionte and Richard Tasca, Esq., Bluedog Capital Partners, LLC is a boutique real estate investment firm located in the financial district of Providence, Rhode Island.

Bluedog Capital Partners has built its portfolio of business through commercial real estate debt and equity investments ranging from single-family to large-scale commercial development.

The members of Bluedog Capital Partners have a combined 57 years of experience in the real estate industry as capital investors, property owners, and managers, and together they control a portfolio of assets valued in excess of $100 million dollars.


Mancini Carter structures Bluedog Capital Partners’ complex loan transactions, ensuring they are properly documented and securely collateralized so as to provide the lender with direct access to the collateral.

Moreover, Mancini Carter handles Bluedog Capital Partners’ real estate development by obtaining the necessary state and local approvals for construction and development of its projects, which include office, retail, residential and self-storage.

Currently, Mancini Carter has worked with Bluedog to secure approvals for the construction of a self-storage facility in Cranston and South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

John and his team at Mancini Carter help us navigate complex and confusing regulations with ease in the world of permitting renewable energy, whether it be wind or solar power.

The Mancini Carter team are true professionals; they take the time to update us on the status and progress of their work at every stage. Importantly, John is easy to work with and quick to call you back.

Mark DePasquale
Owner of Green Development, LLC


Since 2009, Green Development (formerly “Wind Energy Development, LLC”) has developed renewable energy solutions across Rhode Island.  They work with Rhode Island communities, public entities, land owners, and farmers to plan and construct wind turbines and solar power systems that deliver reliable and inexpensive power.  Green Development is passionate about transforming and diversifying Rhode Island’s energy portfolio.  They have partnered their clients to provide renewable energy solutions that are best for each individual’s specific needs.  Their hands-on approach to each project allows them to meet the everchanging needs of their clients and partners throughout the process.

Their expertise in financial and legislative requirements, supply chain and logistics, and technical logistical advancements, along with efficient project management gives each party involved a piece of mind knowing that they have experts working with them to create a sustainable solution that meets their renewable energy needs.


Mancini Carter provides Green Development with day to day advice as needed with the governance and management of Wind Turbines and Solar Power systems throughout Rhode Island.  Specifically, Mancini Carter has assisted Green Development with its projects in Coventry, Richmond, Lincoln, Johnston, Exeter and North Smithfield.

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