Martin Hall joined Ropes & Gray LLP in 1986 and became a partner in 1994. He is the chair of the firm's Private Client Group. He is a member of the firm's Trust Conference, responsible for the investment management of in-house trust accounts, and serves as trustee of Ropes & Gray's Retirement Plan. His established legal practice covers all aspects of estate planning, including sophisticated wealth transfer strategies and charitable giving techniques.
For over 20 years, Martin has maintained a diverse practice, working with domestic and international, individual and institutional clients. Martin represents public company executives, private business owners, principals of private equity and venture capital funds, family offices, and other high net worth individuals in all aspects of wealth transfer and estate and trust administration. In addition, he advises the development offices of numerous universities, hospitals and other non-profit organizations with respect to planned giving and restricted endowment gifts, and counsels the charitable trust departments of several national financial institutions. He is a trustee of numerous private and charitable trusts and has frequently served as executor of client estates.
Martin has written articles on estate planning and charitable giving and is co-author of two books: Practical Guide to Estate Planning (CCH 2008) and The Harvard Manual on the Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving (8th edition 1999). He is also a contributing author to Drafting Irrevocable Trusts in Massachusetts (MCLE 2005) and Understanding and Using Trusts (MCLE 2002). Martin is a frequent speaker on various topics at national conferences and seminars. Recent engagements include: 2008 Northern California Planned Giving Conference (San Francisco, CA), 2008 Stanford Conference on Charitable Giving (Palo Alto, CA), and 2008 University of Colorado Foundation Gift Planning Group (Denver and Colorado Springs, CO). Martin has also served as the Chair of the annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Estate Planning Conference since 2007.
Martin is active with professional organizations. He is the current Chair of the Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and the immediate-past Chair of the Professional Advisors Committee to The Boston Foundation. He is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and serves on its Charitable Planning and Estate and Gift Tax Committees. He has also served on the boards of several Boston area non-profit organizations, including as a director and board president of Ellis Memorial and Eldridge House, Inc., and as an overseer of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
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