Leiha Macauley, a partner in the Private Client department, advises on all aspects of estate, gift and charitable planning, closely held businesses, administration of estates and trusts, and fiduciary litigation. Leiha regularly counsels entrepreneurs, private equity firm partners, closely held and public company shareholders in connection wealth preservation, including asset protection and succession planning. Leiha also prepares premarital agreements, and serves as an expert witness with respect to inherited wealth and trusts in divorce proceedings. Leiha serves as a trustee for family trusts and personal representative for estates.
Leiha is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and is a co-founder and vice president of the Greater Boston Fiduciary American Inn of Court. She is also Chair-Elect of the Boston Bar Association 2014-2015 Trusts & Estates Section, and Chair of the Boston Bar Foundation Investment Committee.
Leiha developed and co-directed the Child Health Advocacy Partnership, a venture of the East Boston Community Health Center, the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, and Day Pitney which teamed doctors with attorneys to provide legal information and advocacy to underprivileged families. Her other civic contributions include:
According to the 2022 edition of Chambers HNW (Woodward/White, Inc.)*, an interviewee noted that “She’s tireless, she’s dedicated, she’s thoughtful and passionate. She has unbelievable patience and she has a great manner with clients that puts them at ease.”
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Chosen for inclusion in Chambers HNW Guide (Chambers & Partners) of recognized practitioners for Private Wealth, Nationwide, 2017-2023; USA Eastern Region, 2016, 2019-2023; Massachusetts, 2016-2023
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners)of recognized practitioners for Private Wealth in Massachusetts, 2008-2016
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Trusts and Estates, 2013-2024
Selected to the list of Massachusetts Women's Edition Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Estate Planning and Probate, 2017
Selected to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Estate Planning and Probate, 2005-2020
Selected to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), Estate Planning and Probate, 2005-2014
Named a Five Star Wealth Manager in the Boston area, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
Received the 2011 Lelia Josephine Robinson Award from the Boston University School of Law Women's Law Association. The award, named for the first woman admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, honors exemplary leadership in one's community.
Recognized by the Boston Globe as one of six Boston-area "unsung heroes" who is doing her part to make Boston a better place, 2008
Recipient of the Boston Business Journal's "40 under 40" award, which recognizes business professionals who have demonstrated talent, leadership, and promise and whose community contributions and professional abilities have brought them measurable success in their chosen field, 2006
Recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an "Up and Coming Lawyer," an annual selection of 15 Massachusetts lawyers who have been members of the bar for 10 years or less and who have distinguished themselves in their careers and in their communities, 2006
Honored as one of 10 lawyers selected to participate in the Boston Bar Association's Public Interest Leadership Program, 2003
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