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Nutter Partners Julia Satti Cosentino, Melissa Sampson McMorrow Honored as ‘2016 Trusts & Estates Trailblazers’ by The National Law Journal

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Nutter partners Julia Satti Cosentino and Melissa Sampson McMorrow have been named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazers.” The list profiles honorees who were recognized for making their mark in the various aspects of legal work in the areas of family law and trusts and estates.

Cosentino and McMorrow were selected as “Trailblazers” for their pioneering, collaborative approach that finds the overlap between trusts and estates and tax to address client needs in complex, cutting-edge philanthropy. As founding co-chairs of Nutter Charitable Advisors (NCA), a practice group that serves the legal and strategic needs of philanthropists, family foundations, and other non-profit organizations, they advise the charitable community on innovative ways of addressing persistent social issues. Created in 2005, NCA represents the integration of Cosentino’s experience as a trusts and estates practitioner since 1990 and McMorrow’s work as a tax practitioner since 2000.

With Cosentino and McMorrow’s counsel, clients have been able to create an international micro-finance fund; receive investments to fill a “valley of death” funding gap for new technology and pharmaceuticals; make “program-related investments” in nonprofit conservation coalitions, disease research enterprises and for-profit housing stabilization initiatives; and develop hybrid-philanthropy strategies that use traditional grantmaking alongside targeted investments to achieve the funders’ desired social impact.

Nutter Charitable Advisors provides a wide range of services to both non-profit organizations and individuals and businesses who contribute to such organizations. Among the firm’s clients are national and local public charities, including several educational institutions within the Greater Boston area, trade associations, chambers of commerce, social welfare organizations, social clubs and private foundations, as well as generations of philanthropic families. In addition to providing legal advice and expertise in strategic planning, NCA offers investment advisory, trust accounting, and tax preparation services to its charitable clients.

The National Law Journal’s “Trailblazers” series recognizes legal professionals who have made significant contributions on the practice, policy, and technological advancement in various areas of the law. According to the NLJ, Trailblazers “have shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”


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Nutter is a top-tier, Boston-based law firm providing high-level legal counsel to clients who range from well-established companies and institutions to early stage entrepreneurs to foundations and families. The firm’s lawyers are well-known for their extensive experience in business and finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates. Nutter was co-founded by Louis D. Brandeis, who later became a renowned justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and has been in continuous practice for 136 years. For more information, please visit

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