Goulston & Storrs

Private Wealth Law Department

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Goulston & Storrs provides guidance to high net worth clients in all manner of trust and estate matters. "They have a number of really good lawyers there," says one source; "they are top." Other interviewees describe the private client team as "one of the top for trust and estate planning," "a strong group" and a "top-tier firm."

The firm is particularly well regarded for its contentious expertise, as sources highlight the stellar support given to clients in estate litigation matters. "We consider them a great place to refer stuff to," says a leading Boston lawyer. "We're happy to send estate litigation work there. I think they've got a great estate planning group there."

Notable practitioners

Mark Christopher is "technically very sound," according to a market insider. "He has a sub-speciality representing partners, principals and heads of venture capital funds. He has a good grasp of those unique rules. He also serves as a trustee." Christopher is also known for the international nature of his practice. A source describes him as "top-tier" and "absolutely top at a national or international level." "He knows the Massachusetts trust code in and out," remarks an interviewee; "he has a really practical and efficient approach to quite complex problems. He's a stellar practitioner."

Mark Balk is a long-standing Boston lawyer who acts for high net worth clients as both a professional trustee and administrator of trusts. A source considers Balk to be a "top lawyer" who is "very knowledgeable and strong with clients."

Mark Swirbalus is a probate litigator, acting on behalf of affluent individuals, families, trust companies, banks and charitable organisations. "I would rate him as the best probate litigator in Boston," praises a local lawyer; "he would be my first choice." Another source concurs, adding: "I loved working with Mark, he's outstanding. He's my number one choice." A leading Boston attorney says: "Mark is super sensible and super helpful, so we look to him in the city. He gets great results."

Suma Nair assists private clients in all manner of trust and estate planning and administration. "She's a real up-and-comer," reveals a market peer; "I think there's a lot of people talking about her for good reason." Nair is considered "very strong technically" by one source, who thinks "she's building a nice business."