Debra L. Purrington

Counsel

Practice Areas

Bio

Debra Purrington leads the Trustee Support Services (“TSS”) practice group and is a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice group.  

Debra founded TSS, a unique project management program that helps trustees effectively fulfill their duties by delivering advice and practical help throughout the life of each trust. The TSS group works cooperatively with individual and corporate trustees and other advisors to track trust activities and ensure that each trust is administered competently and properly.

Debra draws on her litigation, probate, and tax backgrounds to provide subject matter expertise in matters involving the conduct of fiduciaries. 


Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland (inactive)
  • District of Massachusetts
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • Mount Holyoke College, B.A., cum laude, 1983
  • Western New England College School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Taxation Program, Boston University, 2006-2007 (non-degree)

 

Experience
  • Successfully defended breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Obtained summary judgment against claimant of inheritance rights in property
  • Prevailed against multiple challenges and appeals regarding municipal entity’s taking by eminent domain in state and federal court
  • Advised corporate and individual trustees on the fiduciary duty
  • Successful removal actions against corporate trustees
  • Many successful reformations of trust
  • Exercised legal oversight over administration of many trusts, including service as a trust executive with a major national trust company
  • Counsel many trustees regarding Prudent Investor requirements
Honors
  • Robert P. Sibley Prize for Writing
  • AmJur Award in Professional Responsibility
  • AmJur Award in Criminal Procedure
Affiliations
  • Past President of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County
  • Member of the Philanthropic Services Committee of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
  • Former Trustee of the Springfield Symphony
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Hampden County
  • Member, American and Massachusetts Bar Associations
  • Frequent speaker on trusts, the prudent investor law, and the fiduciary duty
  • Volunteer Lecturer for Mass. Society of CPAs, Hampden County Bar Association