Douglas C. Deschenes

Associate Attorney

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Practice Areas:

  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Real Estate Conveyancing


Attorney Douglas C. Deschenes joined Finneran and Nicholson in 2021 and serves as the Managing Director of the firm's Land Use and Zoning Department. Attorney Deschenes has over 23 years of experience in a wide range of zoning matters, land use, municipal permitting, development law and real estate conveyancing. Prior to joining Finneran and Nicholson, Attorney Deschenes was the Managing Partner at Deschenes & Farrell, P.C.

As a resident of Newburyport, Attorney Deschenes holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Maine at Orono, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from New Hampshire College and a Juris Doctor from the Northeastern University School of Law. He focuses his practice in zoning and permitting, land use, municipal permitting, and develoment law.

Attorney Deschenes is co-founder and currently a Director of the Westford Land Preservation Foundation, a non-profit land preservation group and also currently a Director of Common Ground Development, the non-profit development group of Community Teamwork Inc. Attorney Deschenes was formerly a member and Chariman of the Westford Conservation Commission, The Master Plan Implementation Committee, The Westford Affordable Housing Committee and the Westford Water Commission.



  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1993
  • University of Maine at Orono, Orono, ME
    • B.S. - 1983
    • Major: Biology

Bar Admission

  • Massachusetts, 1993

Past Positions

  • Deschenes & Farrell, P.C., Managing Partner, 1998 to 2021
  • State Street Bank & Trust Co., Vice President , 1993 to 1998


  • English

Fraternities And Sororities

  • Sigma Chi

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member of Common Ground Development, Present
  • Founder and Board Member of Westford Land Preservation Foundation, Present