Who We Are

Richard A. Laraja

Mr. Laraja has practiced real estate law for over 40 years, with residential and commercial experience throughout the Boston area and Cape Cod.   He has represented   buyers, sellers, and lenders in over 2,500 real estate transactions. He also maintains a zoning and land use practice, representing property owners before local zoning boards of appeal and other municipal regulatory agencies.

Mr. Laraja represents executors/personal representatives in the settlement and administration of estates and maintains an active probate law practice.

From 1995 to 2010, he chaired the Capital Campaign for a $20 million construction project for a church and related monastery buildings. A member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Barnstable County Bar Association, and the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, Mr. Laraja is an authorized agent for Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company.

He is presently serving on the board of directors of the Homeless Prevention Council (formerly Interfaith Council for the Homeless). He is a past president of the Orleans Taxpayers Association and has also served as Chairman of the Town of Orleans Search Committee, and on the Orleans Codification Committee.

Mr. Laraja was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, graduated from the University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1972, magna cum laude), and Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1975). He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1975, and to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1978.

Mr. Laraja lives in Orleans with JoAnne, his wife of 43 years. He has three grown children and three grandchildren.

Christopher W. Kanaga

Mr. Kanaga received a Masters of Law degree (LLM) in taxation from Boston University School of Law in 1980, and has an active estate planning practice, preparing wills, trusts and related wealth transfer instruments. He represents numerous corporations and partnerships, for regulatory, securities, contractual, and tax matters. Mr. Kanaga also has extensive experience in the area of corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions and in the organization of banks and bank holding companies throughout the country. The firm represents businesses in structuring “start-up” business organizations (corporations,partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships), in the acquisition and disposition of assets, succession planning, and in commercial transactions such as leasing, financing, and related planning.

Through his representation of local publishers, authors, composers, musicians and artists, Mr. Kanaga has an active intellectual property practice, including copyrights, and contracts for authors and performing artists.

Mr. Kanaga continues to represent numerous charities, service organizations, and   clubs. From 1994 through 2010, he served as project manager for a $20,000,000 construction project for a church and related monastery buildings, including management of installations of stone and bronze sculpture, mosaic, and fresco with artists from the U.S., Italy, France, Ireland and Germany. Over the past five years he has managed four art exhibitions in Tuscany, Italy, and in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Florence, has organized three international sacred art symposia in Europe.

Mr. Kanaga was born in New York and raised in Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Denver (B.A., 1976 and J.D., 1979) and Boston University School of Law (LL.M. in taxation, 1980), and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1979 and the Massachusetts Bar in  1980.

Serving as Town of Orleans’ representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates since January, 2009, Mr. Kanaga is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. He is a past Chairman of the Town of Orleans Finance Committee, and the Barnstable County Bar Association Finance Committee.

He is active in performing arts groups and serves as Assistant Director of Elements Theatre Company. He lives in Orleans with his wife Susie, and has two children (both attorneys).

John C. Kanaga

JohnCKanaga2_02Mr. Kanaga has practiced Bankruptcy law, corporate law, and civil and commercial litigation for the past 6 years. In addition to Massachusetts, he is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri. Mr. Kanaga also maintains a zoning and land use practice, and a commercial law practice focused on representing corporations, partnerships and other business entities, and on resolving commercial  disputes.

Mr. Kanaga was raised in Orleans, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Nauset Regional High School.  He attended the University of Kansas (B.G.S. Economics and Geography   2005), and The University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 2010). He was admitted to the Kansas bar, the Federal District Court of Kansas and Western Division of Missouri in 2010, the Missouri Bar in 2011 and the Massachusetts Bar in 2016.

Mr. Kanaga is an avid platform tennis player, a poor golfer, and the head brewer of Orleans’ own Hog Island Beer Co. He lives in Orleans with Stacy, his wife of 9 years, and they have a daughter Reagan who loves the beach as much as he and Stacy do.