Ropes & Gray LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Ropes & Gray is "operating at the highest level in Boston" and viewed as "absolutely top of the market," with a "fantastic reputation forever in this area," say sources. The firm provides wealthy clients with the full gamut of private client services, from sophisticated tax minimisation to complex trust and estate planning.

The strength of the private client team derives from the quality of its individual attorneys, indicate sources. "All the people I've ever met there have all been really high-quality," says an interviewee.

Notable practitioners

Cameron Casey focuses on charitable giving, while maintaining the capabilities of a broad trust and estates general practice. A market expert says: "I worked with Cameron and she was spectacular in her command of the technical aspects and also in her pragmatic advice. She's just somebody who's no-nonsense and looking to get stuff done."

Kimberly Cohen "is really great, particularly in the private equity space," observes a market expert. "She's done some estate planning work for clients who have interests in private equity firms and other types of investment companies," says an interviewee. Cohen also has expertise in working with family foundations and philanthropic giving. One wealth manager reveals that "she's very engaging and has a dynamic personality. She's hilarious and has a very witty sense of humour but has a good grounding in the law, too."

Marc Bloostein is highly thought of by a number of interviewees. "He stands out for me," says a leading lawyer; "he's got a great touch with clients and is unbelievably smart. He works with a lot of high net worth entrepreneurs, helping them structure their money, their succession planning and he does sophisticated tax planning. He also serves as a trustee." Bloostein is commended for his contributions to the legal profession, with one source saying that "he has been instrumental in developing laws in Massachusetts." A professional adviser comments: "He is absolutely brilliant, has extraordinary judgement and common sense, understands the law, is intellectually strong and offers great counsel."

Martin Hall is "a big figure in Boston," says a local lawyer. Hall is regarded as a national leader for sophisticated wealth transfer strategies and in advising tax-exempt organisations. "Martin's specialty is in dealing with charitable organisations. As far as I know he's one of the leaders in the country at that," says one interviewee. "He's terrific," remarks another source; "he's super strong in charitable planning and very well known nationally for his charity work. He's really top of the heap." A professional adviser says: "Everybody looks like a star when they do one thing. Yet when you see someone service clients year after year, when they're involved in caring to get the right thing done, that's super - and Martin's got that."