Day Pitney LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Day Pitney offers a wide array of services to wealthy individuals and families, from traditional trust and estate planning and administration to the creation and operation of family offices.

One contributor says that "the quality of the people at the firm and the exemplary work they do in the trust and estates practice is, for us, their key strength." A wealth management professional says: "They're really top-notch people. We're proud to associate with them and help them help their clients."

Notable practitioners

Barbara Freedman Wand "is fantastic, she's top-tier in every conceivable way. She's unbelievable - her knowledge, delicacy, I couldn't say enough good things about Barbara," enthuses a Boston lawyer. Another source adds that "she's superb. She has the entire package: superb people skills, analytical skills and judgement." Wand is active as a professional trustee and estate planner. She applies her expertise to assisting clients with philanthropic and charitable gifting. One interviewee says: "She has a wonderful ability to develop relationships with clients, many of whom have become her friends."

David Silvian is considered to be a "fantastic lawyer" who is "technically very sound," according to one interviewee. Silvian is recognised for his technical expertise on complex structuring. "He's a very able person, low-key, and he never gives up and finds a solution in a way that I appreciate," says a satisfied client.

Leiha Macauley is very highly regarded by her contemporaries and market peers. Macauley assists clients with complex estate planning, fiduciary litigation and wealth transfers, as well as other private client services. "She just has a ton of energy and seems to be everywhere," says one interviewee; "I think Leiha is among the leaders of her generation in the city." A professional adviser regards Macauley as "a complete rock star," continuing: "She is incredibly thoughtful, compassionate and totally dedicated to her clients. She has absolutely no ego, her work is never about herself. She is very smart, diligent and thorough."

Leila Hixon advises private clients in matters regarding trust administration, business succession planning and philanthropic giving. She also acts as a professional trustee. "She's wonderful," says a market insider; "she's a very good drafter and I've worked with her on a few very significant families." One interviewee remarks that "she's an excellent lawyer. She develops a strong relationship with clients, has very good instincts about people and can bore right in on the important issues. Clients take to her."

Stephen Ziobrowski has particular expertise in taxation for high net worth clients. A source says: "He's really knowledgeable about estate, gift and income tax laws." "Steve has unbelievable technical skills," says a wealth management professional; "he's the best problem solver guy. He's so good with the tax code."