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Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Merges with Day Pitney

Posted March, 23 2021 | Providence, RI

Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Merges with Day Pitney

Further Deepening the Combined Firm’s Trusts and Estates Capabilities

Providence, RI (March 23, 2021) – Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg LLP, a dedicated trusts and estates boutique handling complex and sophisticated planning and trust and estate settlement matters for high net worth individuals and families, announced that it will merge with Day Pitney LLP, a full-service law firm with close to 300 attorneys in Boston, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC. Nine attorneys, including name partners Renée A. R. Evangelista and A. Max Kohlenberg, will join Day Pitney’s Individual Clients department, growing its ranks to nearly 80 attorneys, once the merger is completed effective July 1, 2021.

“We are delighted to be merging with Day Pitney, a full-service firm that is committed to superior client service,” said Evangelista. “The ability to collaborate with Day Pitney’s attorneys in diverse practices–including tax, real estate, investment management, private funds, charitable planning and representation of family offices–will expand our ability to seamlessly deliver additional services and innovative solutions to help our clients meet their objectives in a rapidly evolving marketplace.”

The combined firm will retain the Providence office and all personnel of Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg. The attorneys joining Day Pitney have experience in estate planning, estate settlement and trusteeship. Evangelista, admitted in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, handles sophisticated estate planning and implements estate settlement techniques to save clients gift, estate and income taxes, while ensuring that their property passes according to their wishes. Kohlenberg, admitted in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, focuses on complex estate and trust planning, with particular emphasis on representing multigenerational family groups, professionals, executives and owners of closely held businesses.

“For many years, we have been focused on the expansion of our trusts and estates practice,” said B. Dane Dudley, chair of the Individual Clients department. “This merger creates a powerhouse of like-minded lawyers dedicated to helping private clients plan for the future.”

Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg was founded in 2014 by former Edwards Wildman Palmer (now Locke Lord) attorneys who shared a vision to focus exclusively on private clients’ needs. In addition to Evangelista and Kohlenberg, the following attorneys will be joining Day Pitney: Emma D. Becker, Claire N. Carrabba, Joshua R. Caswell, Leigh E. Furtado, Dana T. Pickard, Joshua Simon and Pamela Veasy. These attorneys will also be joining the Individual Clients department.

Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg was named a Tier 1 firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for Litigation – Trusts & Estates and Estates & Trusts Law for 2016, 2018-2020 in Rhode Island. Day Pitney has one of the largest trusts and estates practices on the East Coast, and the firm’s attorneys collectively have hundreds of years of experience helping clients plan for the future. The team is highly ranked in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide, a Chambers and Partners publication specifically aimed at the international private wealth market, where they were recognized for their “high touch and productivity levels.” Additionally, Day Pitney won the 2021 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Law Firm of the Year,” for Trusts & Estates Law, and was selected as the “Best Law Firm – Estates and Trusts” at the Private Asset Management Awards in 2020.


About Day Pitney LLP

Day Pitney is a full-service law firm with close to 300 attorneys in Boston, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC. The firm offers clients strong corporate and litigation practices, with experience on behalf of large national and international corporations, as well as emerging and middle-market companies. With one of the largest and most sophisticated individual clients practices in the country, the firm also has extensive experience helping individuals and their families, fiduciaries and tax-exempt entities plan for the future.