Mary-Benham B. Nygren

Mary-Benham Nygren has been a paralegal for more than 30 years. She is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Private Clients and Immigration groups.

What do you focus on?

Private Clients

As a member of Nixon Peabody’s Private Clients group, my responsibilities include the administration of estates and trusts; the preparation and filing of estate tax returns; the collection, valuation, transfer and distribution of assets; the administration of trusts; and the calculations used in the estate administration and planning process.


As a member of Nixon Peabody’s Immigration team, I work with a wide range of clients from startups to large multinational corporations to successfully navigate the complexities involved with the securing of non-immigrant visa, permanent residence, labor certification and naturalization. I help design strategies to fit each client’s unique business needs while offering cost-effective solutions.  

What do you see on the horizon?

I continue to follow estate tax and immigration reform legislation in order to be prepared to help our clients identify opportunities and changes that affect their situation.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained L-1 visas for foreign nationals establishing their company's initial office within the U.S.
  • Secured P-1 visas for members of a French theater troupe invited by a leading U.S. theater company to debut their original production.
  • Prepared multifaceted gift tax planning calculations to quantify the short term and long term economic effect to a high net worth family contemplating making a variety of substantial taxable gifts.
  • Formulated post-death tax planning to minimize the estate tax due currently and/or at the death of the surviving spouse.


Mary-Benham B. Nygren



Phone: 617-345-6165

Fax: 866-382-5884

University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, B.S., Finance

Blue Ridge College, Paralegal Certificate

Mary-Benham received the Lawyers Weekly Unsung Hero Paralegal Award in 2008.

Mary-Benham is a member of the Massachusetts Paralegal Association. She also chaired Nixon Peabody’s Paralegal Council from 2003 to 2006.

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