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


Lawrence was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Trusts and Estates. Lawrence has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2008.

Lawrence is also included in the Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” listings from 2005–2017 by Thomson Reuters and has been 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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