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Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Private Wealth Law

5 ranked individualsBand 2MassachusettsHigh Net Worth 2021 View ranking table

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Nutter McClennen & Fish is noted for its "significant presence in Boston." The firm advises wealthy clients on matters including philanthropic planning, trusts and tax planning.

An interviewee notes: "I continue to think very, very highly of Nutter, its team, and especially the attorneys who work with me." Another interviewee describes the team as "responsive, experienced and efficient."

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Roberts chairs the firm's private client department. He advises high net worth clients on matters including estate planning, charitable giving and prenuptial agreements. One source enthuses: "He is truly fantastic. He has a real ability to communicate extremely well with clients and other advisers. He really cuts to the chase and is very clear and concise in his advice. He helps clients figure out what their goals are and then implements the legal solutions seamlessly."

Natalie Choate "is nationally the go-to person for advising on retirement planning," states a source. She is widely admired for having written two leading practitioner texts on estate planning for retirement benefits, with one source observing: "Natalie has written the bible of retirement planning that every lawyer in the country consults." An impressed commentator enthuses:"Natalie Choate is possibly the most brilliant lawyer ever. She is an expert on the intersection of estate planning and retirement planning, which is intellectually the most challenging element in the field. She is easily the number-one expert in the entire country for pension planning. She has a phenomenal book. If Natalie turns right, you turn right. She is in a class of her own."

Peter Brown "is a very good lawyer," says a source, and another comments: "He is an excellent lawyer, I like him a lot. He is real smart." He often assists high net worth individuals and families in estate planning, trust administration and tax issues.

Thomas Jalkut focuses his practice on advising wealthy clients in estate and trust planning and administration. "Tom has a very fine reputation" and is "a tough negotiator," according to a source, who adds: "He is someone you want on a case when you know it's going to be contentious. He is a top choice." Another interviewee observes: "He is very responsive, efficient and he correctly analyses and solves problems."

William Kirchick is considered by sources to be"a very well-known and knowledgeable practitioner." He often advises high net worth clients on estate planning, wealth transfers and tax planning. "He is a really good guy, he has great expertise and is very personable," says a source, while another comments: "Bill is very down to earth, he is great at relating to clients and incredibly hard-working."

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Massachusetts

Private Wealth Law


Jeffrey Roberts
Band 4
Natalie Choate
Senior Statespeople
Peter R Brown
Band 4
Thomas P Jalkut
Band 3
William Kirchick
Band 2