Focus Area

Bob advises clients on all aspects of estate planning, including designing trust structures that are customized to address specific dynamics within families, determining appropriate beneficiary designations for retirement accounts and insurance policies, minimizing income and transfer taxes, and planning for contingencies such as incapacity. He also provides financial planning advice, with a particular emphasis on retirement planning. Bob serves on the firm’s Trust Committee and has served as a Director on Fiduciary Trust’s Board since 1998.


Bob joined Fiduciary Trust in 1995. Previously he was an Associate and Partner at the law firm of Palmer & Dodge, a Law Clerk to Hon. Hugh H. Bownes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and was a CPA with Price Waterhouse.

Thought Leadership

Building an All-Weather Plan for Retirement
Choosing the Right Trustee
“Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits,” Chapter 9 in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts (MCLE 3rd Ed. 2015)
“Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits,” Chapter 7 in Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts (MCLE 4th Ed. 2015)
“Will and Trust Drafting Techniques,” MCLE annual seminar on the generation-skipping tax and related planning, and alternatives for making gifts to minors (1995 – present)

Community Involvement

Judge Baker Children’s Center – Board member and Chair


Bob has been an avid runner for decades. In 2012, he was named a Medtronic Global Hero in a program that recognizes medical device patients who are active distance runners. He and his wife, Elin, have two daughters, Ali (who has followed her parents’ footsteps into law practice) and Laura (who is a pediatric nurse).