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Attorney Michael Duffy Speaks at The Venture Forum

Fletcher Tilton Tax Attorney Michael Duffy speaks about "Selection of Entity" for start-ups at The Venture Forum's November 13 event "Entrepreneur Essentials" held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Fletcher Tilton is a year-long sponsor of The Venture Forum and was event sponsor for the evening.

Firm President Mark Donahue Delivers Opening Remarks

Firm president Mark Donahue delivers opening remarks the evening of November 13 at The Venture Forum's event "Entrepreneur Essentials."

Attorney Michael Lahti Joins Board of Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Attorney Michael T. Lahti of Fletcher Tilton PC has recently joined the Board of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Kerry Ann Goldsmith, Executive Director of Devereux, welcomed Mr. Lahti to the Board at its first meeting of the current year in September. Ms. Goldsmith expressed her delight in having Mr. Lahti join the Board citing his clear interest in and commitment to our mission, the importance of his professional expertise, and his close ties to many of the communities served by Devereux throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Members of the Board commented that Mr. Lahti represented all the characteristics essential to building and sustaining a high quality Board to provide advice, counsel and advocacy for Devereux’s services to those in need.

Ms. Goldsmith also noted that Mr. Lahti’s involvement with Devereux continues a long-standing relationship with Fletcher Tilton, a full-service law firm which is a leader in supporting non-profits and community enhancements. Along with its many other areas of specialized practice, Fletcher Tilton’s Special Needs practice group and its Elder Law practice group are well-respected throughout the region. As an Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney practicing in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Mr. Lahti says “I am honored to join Devereux and for the opportunity to help the organization and the families it serves.”

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health of Massachusetts and Rhode Island is a non-profit organization that provides special education and compassionate, clinically-advanced care for individuals with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. The organization has been meeting important needs in the community for over a half century. Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island is a nationally accredited regional division of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, a nationally recognized leader in behavioral health services.

Attorney Lauren Miller Talks About Beneficiary Designations

At the firm's annual seminar "How to Administer a Special Needs Trust" on October 27, Attorney Lauren Miller talks about the importance of beneficiary designations for special needs families. To read Lauren's article on the subject, click here.

Artists Exhibit Their Work for Seminar Attendees

Marketing Assistant Celia MacPherson poses with Sam Montanez who exhibited his photography at our annual “How to Administer a Special Needs Trust” seminar on October 27. Celia is holding Sam’s photo of one of her favorite places, Menemsha Harbor. She purchased the framed photo for her home. Sam is a passionate photographic artist and honors graduate from community college living with autism and Asperger syndrome. His photography graces the covers of the firm’s booklets” Coming of Age” and “Special Needs Trust Management.”

Artists Exhibit Their Work at our Annual Special Needs Trusts Seminar

Gina Graves (left), mother of watercolor painter Peter Graves, Gillian Montanez (center), mother of photographer Sam Montanez, and Susan Cicconi, mother of painter Dominic Killiany, have become friends at our annual seminar “How to Administer a Special Needs Trust.” Each year Fletcher Tilton invites them and their talented children, along with Filly Mastrangelo (not pictured), to exhibit and offer for sale their beautiful artwork. Besides making the hallway outside the seminar feel like an art gallery, it is a wonderful opportunity for attendees and speakers to support the efforts of these young artists and to do some early holiday shopping.

Fletcher Tilton's Annual Special Needs Trusts Seminar

While members of Fletcher Tilton’s special Needs practice group look on, Attorney Fred Misilo speaks at the 2018 seminar “How to Administer a Special Needs Trust” held on October 27 at the Courtyard Marriott in Marlborough. This well-attended seminar is held annually both for in-person attendance and for participation via live webinar. From left to right, the panel members are: Attorney Theresa Varnet; Care Manager Lainie Petrou, Director of Trust Services, Toni Brogna; Attorney Dani Ruran; Group Manager, Wilma Vallejos (standing).

Attorney Fred Misilo Receives Special Honor at This Year's Annual Seminar

At this year’s “How to Administer a Special Needs Trust” seminar on October 27th, Attorney Terrie Varnet surprises Fred Misilo with a very special gift to honor his work with The Arc of the United States: an original pencil portrait by artist Robert Perske. Bob Perske and his wife Martha dedicated much of their lives to helping special needs persons who had been wrongly incarcerated by a system that failed to protect them from prejudice. Bob Perske has now passed on, and Terrie hunted for months to find the perfect sketch for Fred. It is a deeply moving depiction of three special needs men.

Attorney Peter Barbieri Helps Build MetroWest

Fletcher Tilton PC is pleased to announce that Attorney Peter R. Barbieri has been re-appointed to the Holliston Economic Development Committee for a 3-year term, and to the Board of Directors for the MetroWest YMCA.

Attorney Barbieri has spent his entire career as a Commercial Real Estate Attorney serving the MetroWest. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate development, including acquisitions, leasing, construction and permitting. He offers a variety of critical services for developers, including due diligence review and analysis of potential project sites, preparation and negotiation of transaction documents such as build to suit agreements, leases, and construction agreements. His extensive expertise on permitting projects is crucial to developers and he appears before state and local boards, commissions and agencies on behalf of clients nearly every day.

Attorney Barbieri negotiated the permitting of such notable projects as the 9-90 Corporate Center on the Framingham/Southborough line which included permitting for 1.5 million square feet of office, research & development, and hotel space, nine office/R&D buildings, including Staples 500,000 square foot headquarters. He also obtained approvals for over 1 million square feet of redevelopment for Life Sciences use by Sanofi and others in the Framingham Technology Park. He also handled permitting for the 525-unit Framingham residential complex, Danforth Village.

More recent projects include the Oak Barrel Tavern on Route 20 in Sudbury and the Central Public House in Hopkinton, where Attorney Barbieri handled the permitting and his Fletcher Tilton colleague, attorney Faith Easter, handled the leasing. He is currently working for Baystone Farm Pond, a 210-apartment development with a swimming pool, amenity center and a restaurant being built on Franklin Street in Framingham. Permits for this project included variances and special permits from the Zoning Board of Appeals, site plan approval from the Planning Board, and an Order of Conditions from the Conservation Commission. Attorney Barbieri also handled the permitting with the Planning Board and Conservation Commission for 33 New York Avenue in Framingham—a 108,000 sf Life Sciences building—on behalf of King Street Properties.

A resident of Holliston since 1983, Mr. Barbieri currently serves as a member of the town’s
Board of Assessors, in addition to his being Chair of the Economic Development Committee. He previously served on Holliston’s Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Housing Authority. Mr. Barbieri is a director of Celebrate Holliston, Inc. He previously served as a Director and President of the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce and now serves as its counsel. Mr. Barbieri is an appointee of the Governor to the 495/MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission.

In keeping with the law firm’s mission of supporting the communities it serves, Attorney Barbieri is an outstanding example of professional achievement and community service.

Attorney Alex Rodolakis Named to Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2018

Fletcher Tilton is pleased to announce that attorney Alex M. Rodolakis has been recognized by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts for his in providing “legal assistance, without compensation, to those who face substantial economic hardship (and often language barriers) so that they are able to navigate through the bankruptcy process. These services greatly benefit the bankruptcy system of our nation and all of its components.”

Attorney Rodolakis volunteered his time as a lecturer in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program to help high school students across Massachusetts learn about making informed and effective decisions regarding their finances through educational and experiential opportunities.

He also provided pro bono bankruptcy services and advice to two individuals as part of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS). SCCLS is a nonprofit corporation that provides free civil legal services to low income families, elders, victims of crime, and people with disabilities in our communities. One of these cases included defending the individual from the claim of a creditor and having the complaint dismissed by the Bankruptcy Court.
The honor roll may be viewed here:
Attorneys Rodolakis’ pro bono work exemplifies the firm’s commitment the communities it serves. Mr. Rodolakis is the attorney in charge of the firm’s Cape Cod office.

Attorney Chris Yates Talks to First-Time Homebuyers

Fletcher Tilton Real Estate Attorney Christopher Yates speaks at a first-time homebuyers seminar on October 2 in Worcester, helping homebuyers prepare for and navigate the offer process in this competitive seller’s market.

Adam Ponte plays golf in the 2nd Annual Chris Diozzi Open

FT litigation attorney Adam Ponte With FT clients, Brendan Quinn of Silicon Valley Bank, Matthew Diozzi of Compass Massachusetts, and Dr. Michael W. Courtney, Jr.

Estate Planning for Massachusetts-Florida Snowbirds

Attorney Fred Misilo speaks to a group of MA-FL Snowbirds (and aspiring Snowbirds) about Florida Domicile Planning, at the Doubletree Hyannis on August 21, 2018.

Internet Sales Tax Law Changing

Tax Attorney Michael Duffy’s article about the new sales tax requirements appears in the August 6, 2018 issue of Worcester Business Journal. Click here to read in the Worcester Business Journal.

To read more in-depth, click here.

Atty. Frederick Misilo Elected Chairman of the Board for Fallon Health

We are pleased to announce that Fletcher Tilton attorney Frederick M. Misilo, Jr. has been elected as Chairman of the Board for Fallon Health, the nationally recognized, non-profit health care services organization. In a press release issued by Fallon Health, Fallon’s President and CEO, Richard Burke said “Fred’s commitment to improving the lives of those who live and work in the community strongly aligns with the mission of Fallon Health. In addition to providing business acumen, Fred will be a passionate and tireless advocate for all those we serve.”

Click here to view press release.

15-40 Connection Gala and Auction

FT Trust & Estate Attorney, Collin Weiss and friend at the 15-40 Gala and Auction in June.

Fletcher Tilton Tax Seminars

Fletcher Tilton attorneys Michael Duffy and Dennis Gorman speak to a sellout crowd at Tax Planning seminars for CPAs and Financial Professionals, hosted on June 21 & 26. Comments from attendees included: “Good, clear discussion of the issues,” “Great seminar! Very informative,” “Very, very good presentation,” “Both Dennis and Michael are terrific presenters,” “Well done. Exceptional value.”

Stay tuned for future Tax Planning seminars from this team.

Home Buyers Seminar in Hudson, MA

Fletcher Tilton Real Estate Attorney Chris Yates speaks during a homebuyers seminar on June 26 in Hudson, hosted at Medusa Brewing Company.

Fletcher Tilton is Pleased to Welcome Anthony M. Serdynski, Jr. to the Firm

Anthony M. Serdynski, Jr. is an Associate who concentrates his practice in residential and commercial real estate financing, land use law, leasing, permitting, and zoning. Mr. Serdynski garnered his interest in real estate prior to attending law school where he worked for over five years at a title company, assisting mortgage companies in real estate refinance and purchase transactions. In the summer of 2013, while in law school, he also interned at the Massachusetts Land Court for the Hon. Robert Foster and Recorder Deborah Patterson. Click here to read more about Anthony. 

Fletcher Tilton is Pleased to Welcome Michael P. Duffy to the Firm

Michael is a tax attorney and former “Big 4” state and local tax manager who supports Fletcher Tilton’s Corporate, Tax, and Trusts and Estates practice groups on a variety of matters. Michael has extensive experience advising clients on the tax consequences of forming, operating, restructuring, and liquidating business entities with an emphasis on tax-efficient succession planning. Michael also works on issues related to the formation and management of nonprofit entities, executive compensation, federal and state tax controversies, mergers and acquisitions, and the taxation of gifts, trusts, and estates. Click here to read more about Michael. 

A Night at the Museum

A quartet of Fletcher Tilton attorneys attended and supported the Ecotarium’s annual fundraising event “A Night at the Museum” on Saturday, May 12.

Shown here, from left to right are: Christopher P. Yates, Real Estate Attorney; Scott E. Regan and Jess D. Oyer, Civil Litigation Attorneys; and Collin A. Weiss, Trust & Estate Attorney. They are posing in front of the evening’s special guest, "Racket" a live macaw who, according to one of the attorneys, “Looked hungry, so we didn’t dare pose for long.”

New England Best Lawyers 2018

New England’s Best Lawyers – 2018 Edition was recently released and we would like to congratulate the attorneys from Fletcher Tilton that made that prestigious list.

FT Attorney Fred Misilo on the air with Mindy Todd

On April 19, 2018, radio host Mindy Todd discussed Options for Adults with Developmental Disabilities—options for personal, financial and health care decision making as children with developmental disabilities come of age.

Joining Mindy Todd in the studio was Susan Senator whose adult son Nat was diagnosed with autism at age 3. Her books include Making Peace with Autism, The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide and her latest book is Autism Adulthood: Insights and Creative Strategies for a Fulfilling Life. Also in studio is Attorney Fred Misilo, considered one of the nation’s leading elder law and special needs attorneys, he focuses on the areas of elder law, special needs planning, estate planning and trust administration, guardianship and adult service advocacy.

Click here to listen.

Meet the Mayor and Framingham City Councilors

Fletcher Tilton was pleased to sponsor the MetroWest Chamber’s “Meet the Mayor and City Councilors” event on Monday, April 23 at Volturno, Framingham.

From left to right:
Peter R. Barbieri, Esq. real estate attorney at Fletcher Tilton PC
Faith V. Easter, Esq. partner at Fletcher Tilton PC
Yvonne Spicer, PhD. The People’s Mayor of Framingham
Meredith H. Greene, Esq., special needs attorney at Fletcher Tilton pc
Paul R. Joseph, President and CEO MetroWest Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy of Charlie Pasewark

See Attorney Misilo's article in The Arc's Spring Newsletter

The Arc of the United States April 2018 newsletter contains an article by Fletcher Tilton attorney Fred Misilo Has Your Estate Plan Kept Up with Your Life?

Mr. Misilo is the chair of the firm’s Trust & Estate department and Special Needs Practice Group. He also serves as Vice President of The Arc of the United States.

Click here to read the article. 


Fletcher Tilton gets on-air Shout-out from 96.1 iHeart Radio

Greg and Suzanne from iHeart media visited the Fletcher Tilton booth at the Corridor 9 Business EXPO on Wednesday April, 4 2018. The next day, they gave Employment Group chair, attorney Joe Bartulis a shout-out on the air! They also singled out attorney Nelson Santos, and Marketing Assistant Celia MacPherson. You can line up for autographs now.

Depicted in the photo is Fletcher Tilton attorney Mark Donahue, chair of the firm’s real estate division and firm president for 2018. He is chatting with Ben Colonero of The willows at Westborough.

Click here to listen

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Collin Weiss to the Firm

Collin A. Weiss is an associate attorney who concentrates his practice in estate planning. Mr. Weiss represents individual clients in all aspects of estate planning from trusts, estates, and their administration to elder law and special needs planning. Additionally, Mr. Weiss advises clients on the income, estate, and gift tax consequences of utilizing certain estate planning vehicles. He has extensive experience with the probate courts in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island representing trusts, estates, minors, and the incapacitated. Lastly, Mr. Weiss handles matters relating to Medicaid planning and MassHealth. He works from our Worcester office and can be reached at


Congratulations to Our New Officers!

Fletcher Tilton's Management Committee is proud to announce that attorneys Meredith Greene, Amanda Risch and Sarah Tricot have been elected to Officer status. Congratulations to all three!

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Brian J. Coughlin to the Firm

Brian Coughlin focuses his practice on U.S. immigration and global workforce mobility. He counsels established and emerging corporate clients on immigration issues related to employment authorization, company policy drafting, employee training, and general enforcement and regulatory compliance issues. He also advises on immigration due diligence and risk management in connection with corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, and startups.
Click here to see Brian's entire biography. 

Brian works from the firm's Framingham office and can be reached at 508.532.3527.


Fletcher Tilton Director Anthony J. Salvidio, Esq. Elected to Board of Worcester Regional Research Bureau

The law firm of Fletcher Tilton PC is pleased to announce that a director of their firm, Anthony J. Salvidio, Esq. has been elected to the board of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. The Research Bureau is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to serve the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making. The Bureau’s annual “Worcester Almanac” is eagerly awaited each March by business people and politicians alike as it helps them frame their plans for the coming years.

Timothy J. McGourthy, Executive Director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau says, “The Research Bureau is proud of the illustrious men and women who serve on its Board of Directors. It was in this spirit that we approached attorney Anthony J. Salvidio to serve on our board. Mr. Salvidio’s leadership role in helping to finance and build the Worcester of the future makes him a strategic addition to our organization.”

Attorney Salvidio also serves as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Lottery and as Chairman of the Worcester License Committee.

Warner Fletcher Receives T&G's Isaiah Thomas Award

Warner Fletcher was honored Saturday, December 16, 2017 with the Isaiah Thomas* award for distinguished community service. This award has been bestowed to one outstanding citizen each year since 1950. Previous recipients include our own Sumner “Tony” Tilton in 2007.

We congratulate both Warner and Tony who have given so much of their time and energy to better the community that surrounds us. While they can each win the award only once, their community work continues year after year.

*Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831) was the foremost printer of the generation that came of age during the American Revolution. He was instrumental in starting the Revolution and once the new nation was founded he became its principal and most successful printer, publisher, and bookseller.

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