Boston Positions

The Private Client Group is seeking a highly talented experienced attorney to support the department’s sophisticated estate planning practice.  The ideal candidate will have:

  • Substantial substantive knowledge and experience in U.S. domestic estate planning and a willingness to participate in the Private Client Group’s fiduciary practice
  • Some experience with international tax and estate planning and a willingness to develop an expertise in the other core areas of the department’s legal practice, including planned giving to public charities, philanthropic estate planning, and advising clients with significant private equity holdings
  • A willingness to: collaborate with other Private Client Group lawyers; support the diverse practices within the Private Client Group; serve as a key leverage point within the legal practice’s workflow by reviewing work product from junior associates and by taking on substantive work that would otherwise be handled by partners; competence and confidence to take initiative on client matters to ensure timing and quality of work exceed both client and partner expectations; and contribute to our overall practice.
  • Cultural compatibility and the ability to work well within a team of attorneys and professional staff

The ideal candidate would be Boston-based and have 5-8 years of experience practicing within a similar sophisticated estate planning practice at a large law firm. 

Substantive Knowledge and Experience.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience advising high net worth individuals and families on sophisticated tax and estate planning matters including:

  • Structuring and drafting core estate plans to meet transfer tax and dispositive goals
  • Structuring and implementing lifetime gifting strategies as well as leveraging strategies such as GRATs and sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts
  • Advising on and implementing charitable planning techniques, including split interests trusts and structuring and administering private foundations and other charitable trusts
  • Planning for multi-generational wealth with family partnerships, trusts and other entities
  • Fiduciary income tax matters relating to complicated estates and trusts
  • Administration of estates and trusts for high net worth families
  • Technical Skills.  The ideal candidate will have the following technical competencies: 
  • Strong communication skills, including an ability to explain complicated tax and estate planning techniques to clients
  • Strong drafting skills, including excellent grammar and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple matters with multiple partners
  •  Willingness to take the initiative to ensure timing and quality of work exceed client expectations
  • Ability to manage workflow, delegate to, and supervise the work product of junior associates and professional staff
  • Ability to be collaborative and work well within a team of both attorneys and professional staff

Additional Responsibilities.  The ideal candidate would also have some experience with international tax and estate planning and would provide support to this burgeoning portion of our practice.  In addition, he or she would have an interest in serving as a fiduciary where appropriate and in helping us build our fiduciary management business.

Portable Billings.  We do not require the candidate to have any portable billings. 

Cultural Compatibility.  It is essential that the candidate we hire has a strong cultural compatibility with the Private Client Group.  The successful candidate will need to be a team player and will work well with the other lawyers and the professional staff in the group and the firm.  We will also look to the successful candidate to train junior associates and professional staff in the Private Client Group on sophisticated estate planning, sophisticated drafting techniques and matter management.  Client service is a high priority, and it is important that the candidate understand and internalize the concept that all clients are clients of the firm and not of a particular lawyer.  Ropes & Gray is an equal opportunity employer.

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