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Attorneys Lahti, Lahti & O’Neill Join Fletcher Tilton

JULY 1, 2017 - Join us in welcoming attorneys Michael T. Lahti, Mia H. Lahti, and Stephen T. O’Neill.  We are delighted that Michael, Mia and Steve have joined the Fletcher Tilton team, adding more capability to our robust Trust & Estate department. Their offices in Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA will become additional Fletcher Tilton offices as of July 1, 2017. Check back for more news and updates.

Fletcher Tilton Boosts Elder Law Division

As seen in Worcester Business Journal, June 2017:

As Worcester law firm Fletcher Tilton nears its 200th year of serving clients, the business has gotten increasingly complex in order to serve its clients throughout their entire lives. The latest move came in April when it brought the two-person Medfield practice of Jack McNicholas and Mary Proulx into the firm, to augment Fletcher's already robust elder law division.  

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Atty. Joseph Bartulis Speaks With Tim Murray

Watch Tim Murray, President and CEO of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce interviewing Chair of Fletcher Tilton’s Employment & Labor practice group, Joseph T. Bartulis, Jr., Esq. regarding how new marijuana legislation affects the workplace. On June 1, 2017.

The Metrowest YMCA presents Community Champion Award to Fletcher Tilton PC

Flanking Fletcher Tilton attorney/partner and honoree Faith Easter (holding the plaque) are (from left): Rick MacPherson, President and CEO of the MetroWest YMCA, Fletcher Tilton real estate attorneys Adamantia Giannakis, Nelson Santos and Sarah Tricot, and Celia MacPherson. To Faith’s right are: Fletcher Tilton commercial real estate attorney and honoree Peter Barbieri, along with immigration attorney Mary Attia and Fletcher Tilton partner/chair of the Immigration practice, Kirk Carter.

The MetroWest YMCA held its Annual Dinner Wednesday, May 17 where Fletcher Tilton received the Community Champion Award. This award is presented to businesses or organizations who have actively partnered with the Y to improve the lives of children and families in the MetroWest community through philanthropic and volunteer support. Community Champions lead by example, demonstrating the power of collaboration and the desire to give back. Their investments of time, talent and treasure improve the quality of life in our community.

YMCA Board Chair Rev. Emmett Price III, presented the award and shared that, for decades, Fletcher Tilton has been a part of the MetroWest Y family providing key leadership on their Board of Directors and various committees. “Passionate, well-respected and caring leaders like attorneys Faith Easter and Peter Barbieri have helped make our Y what it is today by generously giving of their personal time, talent and treasure.”

He shared that Fletcher Tilton has been with the Y from the beginning in support of their Annual Charity Auction leading the way as a Presenting Sponsor and as a recognized community leader. This sponsorship raises critical dollars to support their LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program for Cancer survivors and their High Flight program for at risk teens.

“The Y has truly come to depend on the Fletcher Tilton team. Regardless of the situation we know that when we reach out to Faith or Peter they will always be there to provide the support the Y needs or connect us to the right person at the firm who will provide counsel and expertise in any area to make sure our YMCA effectively and efficiently serves our community”.

Attorneys Faith Easter and Peter Barbieri work out of the Fletcher Tilton Framingham office located at The Meadows.

The YMCA of Central Massachusetts presents Strengthening Foundations of Community Award to Fletcher Tilton PC

From left: Sumner B. “Tony” Tilton, Esq. of Fletcher Tilton PC; Paula Green, Chair of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts; Kathryn Hunter, President and CEO of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts; Mark L. Donahue, Esq. partner at Fletcher Tilton PC (holding award plaque). The YMCA of Central MA honored Fletcher Tilton PC with the “Strengthening Foundations of Community” award at its 153rd Annual Meeting on April 26, 2017. Photography by John Lenis Photography of Worcester, MA.

At its 153rd Annual Meeting on April 26, 2017, Paula Green, Chair of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, presented the Strengthening Foundations of Community Award to Fletcher Tilton PC.

The commemorative plaque prepared by the YMCA states “We are so fortunate to live in a community with a legal institution that employs men and women committed to strengthening the foundations of our community for all who live here. …… That [legal] institution, and honored Mission Partner, is Fletcher Tilton PC Attorneys at law…..”

Accepting the award were Fletcher Tilton partners Sumner B. “Tony” Tilton and Mark L. Donahue. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Tilton reminisced about his happy times at Camp Morgan, saying “the people and the fellowship” there remain among his most formative memories.

Attorney Donahue says “It is truly an honor to be held in high regard by Paula Green and Kathy Hunter,” President and CEO at the Y. “Their intelligence, compassion and drive are the true inspirations here.”

Fletcher Tilton has served as counsel to the YMCA of Central MA since 1979.

Jess Oyer Joins the Advisory Board of The Venture Forum

Congratulations to attorney Jess Oyer who recently joined the Advisory Board of the Venture Forum. To see more:

Atty. Mark Donahue Moderates C9 Legislative Breakfast

Fletcher Tilton attorney Mark Donahue moderates the Corridor 9 Chamber's annual Legislative Breakfast on January 26, 2017. Legislators include, from left to right: State Senators Harriet Chandler and James Eldridge, State Representatives Carolyn Dykema, Hannah Kane, (Harold Naughton--missing), Danielle Gregoire, and David Muradian, Jr.

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Attorney Ruran Elected Officer of the Firm

Trust & estate attorney Dani Ruran has been elected officer of Fletcher Tilton PC.

After working at large firms in and around Boston for nearly 20 years, Mr. Ruran joined Fletcher Tilton in July, 2016.

The firm's trust and estate department has over $450 million of trust assets under management. The firm provides fiduciary services to estates, trusts and individuals with portfolios of every size.

Mr. Ruran received his law degree from Boston University School of Law, his bachelor's degree in math and music from Amherst College, and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Florida. He works from the firm's Framingham and Worcester offices.

Congratulations, Dani!

Congratulations to The 2016 Super Lawyers

Six attorneys from Fletcher Tilton PC made this year’s Super Lawyers list. Richard C. Barry, Jr., Estate & Probate; Mark L. Donahue, Real Estate; Robert Dore, Jr., Business & Corporate; Marisa W. Higgins (Rising Star), Family Law; William D. Jalkut, General Litigation; and Samantha P. McDonald (Rising Star), Business & Corporate/Real Estate.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using peer nominations and evaluations, combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Congratulations to all!

Five Fletcher Tilton Attorneys Make Best Lawyers List for 2017

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.

For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Attorneys John McNicholas and Mary Proulx Join the Fletcher Tilton Elder Law Team

McNicholas and Proulx, LLP, is now “of counsel” to Fletcher Tilton PC. The Medfield firm is highly regarded in the elder law field.

Jack McNicholas and Mary Proulx bring over 55 years of experience in elder law, sophisticated long-term care planning and complex MassHealth applications. 

Both Jack and Mary have been active in the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA). Jack served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Mass NAELA and is currently co-chair of the Litigation Committee which supports member attorneys in administrative and court advocacy on behalf of individuals needing MassHealth benefits.

We are thrilled that Jack and Mary have joined the Special Needs and Elder Law Practice Group as they share a wide range of knowledge and experience in the area of elder law.

Jack and Mary will be available to meet clients in Worcester, Framingham and Cape Cod offices on an as-needed basis. Their Medfield location will also be used for Fletcher Tilton client meetings.

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Attorney Lauren Miller to the Firm

Lauren Miller is an associate with the firm’s Trust and Estate Department and Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group. Her practice focuses primarily on estate planning, asset protection planning, MassHealth applications for long term care, and complex MassHealth appeals. She is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and informed when navigating the process of setting up an estate plan or applying for MassHealth.

Attorney Miller works primarily from our Worcester office and can be reached at 508.459.8044 or

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Dani Ruran to the Firm

Dani N. Ruran, a resident of Hopkinton, MA, recently joined Fletcher Tilton where he will continue to practice Trust & Estate law (estate planning and trust and estate administration). Mr. Ruran has 20 years of experience practicing Trust & Estate law at large law firms, mostly in Boston.

Attorney Ruran received his law degree from Boston University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and three other states.

He works out of the firm’s Worcester and Framingham offices and can be reached at 508.459.8048 or

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