Craig J. Ziady leads Cummings Properties' in-house legal team and oversees all of the company's real estate, litigation, compliance, regulatory, and environmental matters. He joined the Company in 2007.
A long-time Winchester resident, Ziady was born and raised in Andover and graduated from Bates College with honors in English. He had apprenticeships with the United States Attorney's Office and the United States Army Corps of Engineers and taught public speaking and rhetoric at New College, Oxford University before receiving his law degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School. Ziady first practiced in a small Boston law firm, and then joined Riemer & Braunstein as a senior partner, specializing in real estate and environmental matters. There he was counsel in numerous reported decisions, including a five-week jury trial, resulting in a $16.5 million verdict (the second highest reported verdict that year, as reported in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly).
Ziady is a member of the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, as well as the Licensed Site Professional Association, and serves on the Massachusetts Advisory Council of the New England Legal Foundation. His bar admissions include Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He is past president of the Alumni Association and current Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Brooks School in North Andover. Ziady has coached baseball, softball, and boys' and girls' ice hockey. He and his wife, Joan, also an attorney, remain actively involved with their four children's activities.