800 Boylston St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02199-3600
Brenda Diana 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.
Brenda is a member of the firm's Trust Conference which is responsible for the investment management of in-house trust accounts. She is also a member of the firm's Hiring Committee that sets guidelines to attract exceptional attorneys to the firm.
|Areas of Practice||1) Trusts & Estates and 2) Private Client Group|
|Law School||New York University School of Law (J.D 1987)|
|Education||Cornell University (B.A., with distinction, 1984)|
|Bar Member / Association||State Bar Of Massachusetts|
|Most recent firm||Ropes & Gray LLP|
Christina Mesires Fournaris is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s Personal Law Practice. Since joining Morgan Lewis in 1991, Ms. Fournaris has been committed to counseling clients on all aspects of estate, tax, and generational wealth planning.
Ellen J. Deringer is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Personal Law Practice.Ms. Deringer earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000 and her B.A. from Brown University in 1995.