Brenda S. Diana
Brenda Diana, co- leader of Ropes & Gray’s private client group, joined the private client group of Ropes & Gray in 1988, and became a partner of the firm in 1996. She serves as trustee for numerous trusts, concentrating on representing fiduciaries in the settlement of estates and preparing estate plans for individuals.
Brenda's extensive experience comes from working with clients that include high net worth individuals, multiple generations of families with accumulated wealth, entrepreneurs, private and public company executives and shareholders, and professional public personalities. Her practice involves the administration of client estates and trusts, including post-mortem tax planning and rendering advice regarding fiduciary responsibilities. Brenda serves as executor for estates of varying size and complexity, helping clients through diverse personal transitions and providing advice on risk management, fiduciary investments and efficient tax alternatives to avoid potential issues or disputes. In addition, she coordinates the proper disposition of individual and family assets including art, antiques, real estate and other valuables and works with well-known auction houses and advisors when appropriate. Brenda's practice also involves estate planning, including advising clients on various charitable and philanthropic endeavors. She works closely with financial planners and philanthropic advisors to develop comprehensive plans to meet the unique needs of her clients.
For many years Brenda was a member of the firm's Hiring Committee and Associates Liaison Committee. Passionate about pro bono work and community service, Brenda serves as chair of the board of directors at Project Citizenship, a nonprofit focused on providing free legal services to immigrants, and sits on the advisory board of directors for My Life My Choice, an organization dedicated to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
- JD, New York University School of Law, 1987; Order of the Coif; Law Review
- BA, Cornell University, 1984; Dean's List; distinction in all subjects
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 1988
- The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2023)
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Top Women of Law” (2019)
- Super Lawyers (2010-2011)