Biography

Valerie is a business lawyer who has experience with a wide range of real estate, corporate and individual matters, including trust and probate administration, as well as title-related matters.

In the real estate area, Valerie represents individuals, businesses, non-profit corporations and governmental units in various real estate-based transactions, including purchases and sales, financing arrangements, leases, 1031 exchanges, and eminent domain takings. She also works in the development of affordable housing and assists with creation of appropriate ownership entities. A title insurance agent, Swett is expert in title matters, with a particular emphasis on Nantucket titles.

Valerie’s trusts and estates practice focuses on representing private clients in trust and probate administration. She deals with tax and accounting issues related to such administrations and consults with fiduciaries and beneficiaries regarding trust and estates issues. She also advises clients regarding estate planning and wealth disposal issues and serves as a fiduciary for trusts and estates.

With over 40 years of experience, Valerie previously was a shareholder at Boston law firm Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C., where she served as Senior Managing Principal.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Northwestern University  (J.D.)
  • University of Rochester  (B.A.)
    • Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois

Memberships

  • CREW Boston
  • American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Section)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (Property Law and Probate Sections)
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Women Presidents Organization Boston II Chapter

Honors

  • Martidale Hubbell AV Preeminent (5.0/5.0) for over 20 years.

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Courts Expand on Rules Regarding the Protection of Retirement Plan Assets

Publication/Podcast

Federal Vaccine Mandates: How to Respond to Ever-Changing Court Rulings

OSHA’s ETS, CMS’s Mandate, Federal Contractor Mandates, each of these federal vaccine policies have experienced legal challenges over the course of the last two months. On January 11, 2022, Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez on...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

News

Verrill Welcomes Experienced Trust & Estates, Tax Partner Ruth Mattson

(January 5, 2022) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Ruth Mattson to the firm’s Boston office as a Partner in its Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group. Mattson advises individuals and families on estate...

Blog

BREAKING: The Supreme Court Blocks OSHA COVID Vaccine/Testing Rule (NFIB v. OSHA) and Allows the Healthcare (Medicare/Medicaid) Vaccine Rule (Biden v. Missouri) to Take Effect

In NFIB v. OSHA , the Court focused its decision on OSHA’s emergency temporary standards which require the Secretary to show (1) “that employees are exposed to grave danger from exposure to substances or...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Blog

Elimination of Good Faith Relief for ACA Reporting

On November 22, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations that codify, among other things, an automatic extension of the deadline for furnishing IRS Forms 1095-C to employees. IRS Forms 1095-C are...

Blog

Attention Portland Employers: Updates on Mask Mandate, Hazard Pay

On Monday, Portland City Councilors took two significant actions that affect employers in Portland, Maine. First, the Council repealed an emergency order from March 2020, eliminating the hazard pay provision set forth in the...

Event

Maine State Bar Association Winter Bar Conference

Join Verrill Partner, Anya F. Endsley on Friday, January 28, 2022 for session ten of this year's Maine State Bar Association Winter Bar Conference, Estate Planning Under the New Rules. Anya, along with attorneys...

News

Pair of Recent Victories Hearten Counsel for MassHealth Providers

Verrill attorney David G. Lazarus was recently mentioned in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article "Pair of Recent Victories Hearten Counsel for MassHealth Providers." The article covers two appellate court decisions regarding the boundaries to...

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