Verrill’s Wide-Ranging Private Wealth Law Practice Recognized in 2022 Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide

August 19, 2022 Press Releases

PORTLAND, Maine and BOSTON, Mass. (August 19, 2022) – Verrill attorneys Michael Fay, Kurt Klebe, Mary McQuillen, and Jacqueline Rider have been recognized in the Chambers High Net Worth 2022 Guide, Chambers and Partners' sixth edition of the publication specifically aimed at the international private wealth market. The firm was ranked in “band 1,” the highest ranking a firm can receive from Chambers and Partners, for its wide-ranging private wealth law practice in Maine, while Michael Fay was ranked as a Leading Individual in private wealth law in Massachusetts.

Chambers delivers insight and analysis on the global legal profession. During the High Net Worth review process, 200 Chambers Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions provide nearly 6,000 ranking tables and collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients. One Verrill client noted that Klebe "is very thoughtful and a good advocate for his clients. He has very good business sense." While Fay’s client said he is "zealous for his clients, and he's pleasant to work with. He is reasonable in his rationale and explanation."

Michael Fay, Counsel, has more than 40 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of wealth management, including tax efficient transfer of wealth, creation of family-controlled structures for long-term financial management and disposition of family assets, risk management, and implementation and oversight of family philanthropic endeavors. Michael has been recognized by Worth magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Attorneys" based upon his outstanding legal practice and exceptional client service, and he has also received Boston Magazine's FIVE STAR Wealth Manager Award, as well as being named their Top Lawyer in 2021. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates and has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2004 in Estate Planning/Trust Law. Fay is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Kurt Klebe, Partner, focuses his practice in all aspects of estate planning, probate administration and trust administration, as well as tax planning and charitable gift planning for individuals and nonprofit entities. He has also been recognized in Best Lawyers in America© as Lawyer of the Year in the practice of Trusts and Estates and has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Mary McQuillen, Partner, has practiced trusts and estates law since 1987, both in Maine and New York. Her practice includes representation of private foundations and other tax-exempt organizations, as well as estate planning, trust and estate administration and representation of fiduciaries. She has also been recognized in Best Lawyers in America© in the practice of Trusts and Estates.

Jacqueline Rider, Partner, Chair of Verrill's Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group, and Co-Chair of the Probate Litigation Group, focuses her practice on all aspects of probate litigation, estate planning, probate administration, and trust administration. Rider has 28 years of experience successfully litigating a variety of civil matters in federal, state, and probate courts. She has also been recognized in Best Lawyers of America© in the practices of Trust and Estates and Litigation: Trust and Estates, and in 2016, 2018, 2021, and 2023 was named as the Portland, Maine Litigation-Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year.

The Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth Guide provides a resource for accessing the world's leading high net worth advisers, including lawyers, bankers, accountants, and investment managers, among others serving this market internationally. Chambers and Partners, one of the world's most respected legal research and publishing firms, interviewed hundreds of professionals to assess the reputations and experience of professionals across the world in the private wealth sector.

Verrill's Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group works closely with individuals and families to understand the clients' priorities and goals for the legacies they wish to provide. As part of their service to clients, members of the group will also serve as trustees of trusts and as personal representatives of estates.