Boston, MA, September 24, 2018 – Day Pitney LLP announced today that Alisa L. Hacker has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation Department in its Boston office. Hacker was previously a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she served as Chair of the Domestic Relations & Probate Litigation Group.
"Alisa is a well-established litigator and adviser with extensive probate and family law experience, which will directly benefit our individual clients," said Daniel FitzMaurice, Chair of Day Pitney's Litigation Department. "With her impressive litigation background, Alisa will augment the services we offer to our individual clients and complement our firm's Trusts & Estates practice, which is one of the largest on the East Coast. The firm is focused on strategic growth in key practice areas within our footprint, and we are delighted to have her join our team in Boston."
In the area of probate litigation, Hacker represents trustees, personal representatives, other fiduciaries, and beneficiaries in matters involving will contests, disputes over estate administration, and complaints for judicial instructions, declaratory judgments and equitable remedies. In contested conservatorship and guardianship actions, she represents clients petitioning to have a court appoint a guardian or conservator to oversee the medical well-being or finances of a vulnerable person who cannot manage his or her own care.
A certified mediator and conciliator, Hacker's practice encompasses all aspects of family law, including complex divorce cases, disputes over custody, visitation and parenting time, issues of child support, alimony, and division of the marital estate, paternity matters, requests for modification of divorce agreements and judgments, and contempt actions. In addition, she counsels clients in the negotiation and drafting of prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
"Day Pitney has a strong reputation as a full-service firm that provides the highest level of client service across a wide range of industries and disciplines," Hacker said. "I am thrilled to work alongside its talented litigators and trust and estate lawyers, and look forward to leveraging the firm's strong presence in Boston for the benefit of clients."
Hacker received her B.A., cum laude, from Saint Olaf College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.
With over 60 attorneys, Day Pitney's Trusts and Estates practice collectively has hundreds of years of invaluable experience. Hacker will work closely with the Boston-based attorneys in this group, who were recently recognized in the 2018 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide* for Private Wealth Law. In addition, the firm received a Band 1 ranking in Massachusetts by Chambers.*Chambers High Net Worth results are issued by Chambers and Partners. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
On November 9, Peter M. Shapland, chair of Day Pitney’s Trust Services and Fiduciary Compliance practice group and chair of the firm’s Trust Oversight Committee, served as a panelist at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Sixth Annual Probate Law Conference held in Norwood, MA.
On October 10, Tiana Gianopulos will be a panelist at the Business and Professional Women's Success Series breakfast, presented by the Town and County Club in Hartford, CT.
On June 14, Angela Titus McEwan will be speaking on Estate Planning at a Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC) Financial Literacy Seminar at CarePoint MSO in Jersey City, NJ.
Jay Kauffman and Paul Marino authored an article, "How Florida Affirmed Fiduciaries' Lawyer-Client Privilege," published by Law360.
Day Pitney partner Angela Titus McEwan authored an article, “Recent Cases Address Undue Influence in Will Contests,” published by the New Jersey Law Journal.
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Rick Sanders is quoted in an article, "Business Groups Encouraged by Legislators," in NJBIZ, which addresses political activity behind a bill to phase out New Jersey's estate tax. Under the bipartisan bill, the estate tax, which currently applies to inheritances valued at $675,000 or more, would be eliminated gradually over a five-year period. "It affects such a small part of the population," Sanders said. "It just strikes me as unusual that all of a sudden, this bill came. I think it's not coincidental that the governor was campaigning for president at the time he called for the repeal. For years and years, there's been proposals to increase the exemption to $1 million and it never got any traction in New Jersey."
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