Mark M. Christopher: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Mark M. Christopher

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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  • Private Client
    University Brown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982
    Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia, J.D., 1985; Boston University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1989
    Admitted1985, Massachusetts


    Boston Bar Association Council, the association's governing body, past-chair, Trusts and Estates Section


    Mark Christopher is chair of the firm's Private Client Department. Mark focuses on developing long term relationships with many of his clients and their families and in that regard often serves as a professional executor and/or trustee for them. He also concentrates in all facets of estate planning and trust and estate administration, focusing on wealth transfer tax planning strategies and related income tax planning.

    Mark's practice also includes substantial depth in planning for partners with interests in private equity funds, for families with members who have complex special needs (and is a parent of a young adult with special needs), for families with cross-border planning issues, and in fiduciary litigation.

    Mark has a very active role with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, where he currently serves as a Regent of the College and on numerous College committees, and where he just completed a term as the Massachusetts State Chair.

    Co-editor of the book, Drafting Irrevocable Trusts in Massachusetts and a contributing author to A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts and Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts, all published by MCLE.

    Mark is listed in the Trusts & Estates section of The Best Lawyers in America . Widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States, The Best Lawyers lists are compiled through a peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

    Mark has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer from 2005-2012 as well as one of the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers since 2007 by Law & Politics magazine.

    Awarded the Citation of Distinguished Service from the BBA in September 2002 for his leadership in organizing the September 11th Assistance Project, which provided free legal assistance to families of the victims of the September 11th tragedy.

    Drafting Irrevocable Trusts in Massachusetts
    June 3, 2013

    Edwards Wildman private client attorneys Ellen Peckham and Mark Christopher, co-edited the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education's publication entitled Drafting Irrevocable Trusts in Massachusetts. The book was first published in 2005 and most recently updated in 2013. The book examines the most effective techniques and approaches used in drafting irrevocable trusts in the process of estate planning.
    11th Annual Estate Planning Conference 2010
    January 8, 2010 event
    7th Annual Private Equity Tax Practices 2008
    June 23, 2008 event
    6th Annual Private Equity Tax Practices 2007
    June 19, 2007 - June 21, 2007 event

    Edwards Wildman in the News: Mark Christopher Named Chair of Private Client Department

    Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
    October 16, 2013
    Edwards Wildman Names Mark Christopher Chair of Private Client Department
    April 30, 2013
    Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
    September 27, 2012
    Mark Christopher Elected to Board of Regents of ACTEC
    March 25, 2011
    EAPD Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers 2010
    October 7, 2010
    Sixty EAPD Attorneys Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America
    August 10, 2010
    EAPD Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers 2009
    November 6, 2009
    62 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2010
    September 1, 2009
    Boston's Best Lawyers Recognizes 29 EAPD Attorneys
    July 10, 2009


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    Mark M. Christopher

    111 Huntington Avenue
    BostonMA 02199-7613


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