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One on One: Frederick Misilo, partner with Fletcher Tilton PC, president of The Arc

Written by Erin Bassler, Correspondent
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM on

Frederick Misilo is an attorney and partner with Fletcher Tilton PC, where’s he’s been for 25 years, and has spent most of his professional career focused on civil rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Since graduating from law school, he has worked in positions such as deputy commissioner of the state Department of Developmental Services in 1991, chairman of the board of directors at Fallon Community Health Plan Inc., and has spent 40 years involved with The Arc, the biggest national community organization supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

He was designated president in November 2018. In June, Mr. Misilo attended a listening session to discuss concerns about the impact of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo, “Principles and Procedures for Civil Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements” – a memo that considerably lowers the protection of people with disabilities by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.  Click here to read entire article

Attorney Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., President of The Arc of the United States, Meets with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to Discuss Importance of Consent Decrees to Disability Community

On June 4, Fred Misilo in his role as the current president of The Arc of the United States (“The Arc”) met with United States Attorney General William Barr in Washington, D.C. to discuss The Arc’s concerns with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Memo “Principles and Procedures for Civil Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements” (“Sessions Memo”). Mr. Misilo’s meeting with Attorney General Barr focused on the fundamental importance of consent decrees and court-enforceable settlement agreements in achieving systemic change for people with I/DD over the last several decades. In this context, Mr. Misilo explained the ways in which the Sessions Memo will undermine this progress by significantly curtailing the use of these tools.

The Arc—the largest national community-based organization working to promote and protect the civil and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (“I/DD”)—was founded in 1950 and has more than 600 chapters advocating for more than one million people throughout the United States.

Mr. Misilo is Chair of the Trusts & Estates department of Fletcher Tilton, with a particular focus on Special Needs Planning. He works primarily from the firm’s Worcester, Framingham and Cape Cod offices.

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2019 Best Lawyers®

Fletcher Tilton is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been honored as 2019 Best Lawyers® based on exhaustive peer-review surveys:

Richard C. Barry, Jr. – Trusts & Estates
Mark L. Donahue – Real Estate
Dennis F. Gorman – Tax Law, Trusts & Estates
Frederick M. Misilo, Jr. – Elder Law
Phillips S. Davis – Corporate Law

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Attorney Casandra Ozcimder

Casandra Ozcimder focuses her practice on corporate and business immigration matters. She counsels companies and their employees on matters related to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, and assists multinational corporations with employment eligibility verification compliance. In her practice, Mrs. Ozcimder advises clients in a variety of industries, including technology, business consulting, life sciences, and financial services. She also advises companies on best practices related to Department of Homeland Security requests for evidence, Department of Labor audits, and related worksite visits and investigations. More

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Attorney Sifat Ahmed

Sifat Ahmed practices business immigration law, focusing her practice on H-1B specialty occupations. Her professional experience includes dealing with issues such as humanitarian immigration matters and employment-based national interest waiver petitions.

Ms. Ahmed was raised in Saudi Arabia and has previously practiced law in the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, and Belgium, where she worked on commercial, corporate, arbitration and litigation matters. More

"Leasing Dance" in the June 2019 edition of CondoMedia Magazine - written by Attorney Nelson Santos

Attorney Nelson Santos’ June 2019 article in CondoMedia Magazine discusses the issues raised when condo owners seek to derive long or short-term rental income from their units.

Read the article “Leasing Dance” in the June 2019 edition of CondoMedia Magazine here


Success! Fletcher Tilton litigation team and longtime client achieve outstanding result in court.

(Middlesex Superior Court, Woburn, Massachusetts) (May 17, 2019) --- Fletcher Tilton litigation attorneys, Adam C. Ponte and Patrick C. Tinsley, successfully completed a three-day jury trial in Middlesex Superior Court, representing a local real estate developer in its claims against a Boston-based general construction firm. After three days of testimony and argument, the jury unanimously found in favor of the firm’s client on counts in breach of contract, intentional misrepresentation and for violation of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 93A, Section 11, the state’s law against unfair and deceptive business practices. Faith Easter, the lead attorney for CJPM Development says “We have represented this client for fifteen years. Because we are a longstanding full-service law firm, our team has both the depth and quality to prevail for our clients across a wide range of legal needs. I congratulate our client and the firm’s litigation department for this outstanding result.”

Case Citation: CJPM Development LLC v. Metric Construction of Boston Corporation, Middlesex Superior Court, No. 1581-CV-05812.

Attorney Fred Misilo to Speak at Prader Willi Syndrome Conference

Attorney Fred Misilo to speak about “Financial planning and special needs - what parents need to know” at June 1 Prader Willi Syndrome conference in Hartford CT.

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Fletcher Tilton Supports Hudson Division of Recreation

Fletcher Tilton attorneys play in the Hudson Division of Recreation Golf Tournament at Charter Oak Country Club on April 29. From left to right:
Brad Page of Old County Development, LLC
Scott Regan, Litigation attorney at Fletcher Tilton
Nelson Santos, Litigation attorney at Fletcher Tilton
Robert Jordan of Jordan Property Solutions, LLC

Attorney Santos Visits Walsh Middle School in Framingham for Career Day

Fletcher Tilton Attorney Nelson Santos presented to students at the Framingham, MA Walsh Middle School 6th Annual Career Day on Thursday, April 25th.  He spoke to the students about careers in the legal field.

The school works hard to provide its more than 700 students with the tools needed to become ready for college and career. As a first-generation American, Attorney Santos was honored to be invited as a speaker and truly enjoyed the opportunity to inspire young minds.

Anthony Salvidio, II Named President of Fletcher Tilton

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Legal Marketing Association Member Spotlight Features Fletcher Tilton Director of Marketing Christina Lamb

This article was posted to the LMA Northeast website on Friday April 5, 2019.

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Read Attorney Michael Duffy's Latest Article in the Worcester Business Journal

Read attorney Michael Duffy's article on the Common Misconceptions of the Pass-Through Deduction, recently published in the Worcester Business Journal.

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to read the article

Faith Easter recognized by donor of 12.5 acre parcel to the MetroWest YMCA

Representing our client, the MetroWest YMCA, attorney Faith Easter helped negotiate and execute the donation of a 12.5 acre land parcel in Ashland to the MetroWest YMCA.
The following article was already picked up by an online publication The Framingham Source,
and contains this glowing endorsement from the land donor:
“Working with Y CEO, Rick MacPherson and Y Board Member, Faith Easter from the Law firm of Fletcher Tilton to finalize this transaction has been an absolute pleasure and I enthusiastically look forward to beholding the finished product,” said Gayner.”


Attorney Mark Donahue moderates the Corridor 9/495 Chamber Annual Legislative Breakfast

Attorney Mark Donahue moderates the Corridor 9/495 Chamber Annual Legislative Breakfast on January 31, 2019. His opening remarks encompassed a tribute to the late Duddie Massad, comments on the government shutdown, and a prediction for the Superbowl.

Click here for a video of his opening and closing remarks.

Frederick M. Misilo, Jr. Elected as President of The Arc of the United States, Inc.

Attorney Frederick M. Misilo, Jr, Chair of the Trust and Estate Department of Fletcher Tilton PC., has been elected President and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Arc of the United States, Inc. based in Washington, D.C. The Arc is the nation’s largest and oldest community-based civil rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It has more than 650 chapters, more than 100,000 employees and serves more than 1,000,000 individuals across the country.

“The Arc is thrilled to have Fred lead The Arc over the next two years. The organization and the people we serve will benefit tremendously from the knowledge and professional expertise he has on issues that are of vital concern to people with disabilities and their families,” stated Peter V. Berns, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc.

Misilo is the Immediate Past Chair of The Arc’s Policy and Positions Committee and has been a longstanding member of its Legal Advocacy Committee. He is also a past President of The Arc of Massachusetts. Misilo is also currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Fallon Community Health Plan, Inc.

Click here to read Attorney's Misilo's remarks in full.


Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Attorney Courtney Harris

Mr. Harris is a corporate attorney concentrating in business and transactional matters for a wide range of clients with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, financings, recapitalizations, joint ventures and other commercial transactions.

Courtney also routinely counsels entrepreneurs, startup and growth-stage companies and investors in connection with the structuring and formation of new business ventures, private placements, capital raising transactions, agreements among founders, and employment and equity arrangements with key personnel, information privacy policies, as well as general legal and business advice to clients seeking to grow or expand their businesses.

Courtney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Hamilton College, where he played for the men’s tennis team. Courtney received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. Courtney is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Prior to joining Fletcher Tilton PC, Courtney worked for a prominent law firm in New York City for over a decade.

Click here to read more about Attorney Harris.

Join Us In Congratulating Our New Officers

In recognition of their accomplishments, expertise, commitment and community involvement, Fletcher Tilton is proud to announce that the following attorneys have been elected as officers of the firm:

Lauren E. Miller | Elder Law
Within the firm’s Trust & Estate and Special Needs/Elder Law departments, Lauren Miller focuses on estate planning, asset protection planning, MassHealth applications for long-term care, and complex MassHealth appeals. She also regularly represents clients in a variety of probate and family court matters, including guardianships, conservatorships and estate administration. Ms. Miller is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. She lives in Milford, MA and works primarily from the firm’s Worcester office.

Nelson Luz Santos | Litigation | Real Estate | Corporate
Nelson Santos represents both individuals and businesses, focusing on transactional matters. His practice includes business, real estate, and commerce issues, serving owners, developers and entrepreneurs. His experience extends beyond transactional representation to civil litigation of business and real estate disputes involving housing law, condominium law, leasing, land use, and other corporate and real estate matters. Mr. Santos lives in Hudson, MA. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the United States District Court of Massachusetts.

Four Fletcher Tilton attorneys featured in the December 2018 New England Real Estate Journal Annual Review.

Click here to view their most notable project, deal or transaction. 

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.”

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