Lawrence B. Cohen

Lawrence Cohen is a partner in Nixon Peabody LLP’s Private Clients practice group. He provides wealth management and trustee services and estate planning and administration services to high-net-worth individuals, private foundations and organizations.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on wealth management and trust administration, estate planning and estate administration, charitable planning and business succession planning. My clients are high-net-worth individuals seeking a broad array of services including financial and estate planning, investment management and federal and state income tax planning and return preparation. I also represent people at institutions seeking advice on estate administration, charitable foundation administration and related probate transfer tax and income tax issues.

I am an active member of Boston’s Jewish community.  I serve as New England Chairman and National Board Member of the Jewish National Fund.  I serve on the Board of Directors of Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, Massachusetts.

An active member of Boston’s estate-planning community, I have published articles in the Massachusetts Law Review, the National Law Review, and Trusts and Estates Magazine.

I have also raised substantial funds for the New England Home for Little Wanderers by running the Boston Marathon.

What do you see on the horizon?

I continue to see an uncertain economic environment, which will present both opportunities and risks for my clients.

Representative Experience

  • Serves as trustee of over 200 trusts with trust assets under management in excess of $600,000,000.

  • Preparation of comprehensive estate plans for clients with net worths ranging from $5,000,000 to more than $100,000,000.

  • Administration of large estates involving sophisticated post-mortem tax planning, probate litigation, and complex family dynamics.


Lawrence B. Cohen



Phone: 617-345-1268

Fax: 877-690-1403

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude

Wesleyan University, B.A., cum laude


  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers,Trusts and Estates (2021)
  • Selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the field of Trusts and Estates; listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
  • Included in the Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” listings from 2005–2017 by Thomson Reuters; ranked as one of 2010–2017’s Five-Star Wealth Managers in the areas of Estate Planning, Investments, and Trust Services
  • Member, Board of Directors, Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA
  • Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Jewish National Fund, Chairman, New England Board of Directors; Member, National Board of Directors
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