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Accredited estate planning and business law partner at Pabian & Russell, a boutique downtown Boston law firm specializing in estate planning, estate administration, tax and business law. Co-Manager of the firm's Estate Planning/ Estate Administration group.


Awarded Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) designation by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils – one of only thirty Massachusetts lawyers to have the designation at the time.


Formerly Senior Attorney at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (Boston) and Senior Tax Consultant at Deloitte & Touche (Boston).

Graduated from Boston University Law School (LL.M. in Taxation), University of Pittsburgh/ Boston College Law School (J.D. cum laude), and Union College (B.A.)


In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers list, a distinction given to only the top 5% of attorneys in Massachusetts.

In 2008, 2009 and 2010, named a Massachusetts Rising Star by Law & Politics and New England Super Lawyers, a distinction given to only the top 2.5% up-and-coming attorneys in Massachusetts. 


Named to 2014 Boston Five Star Accounting and Estate Planning Professionals List published in Boston Magazine (one of eighteen estate planning lawyers named).


Also, named to the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Five Star Wealth Manager lists by the Five Star Wealth Manager Award Program. The list of FIVE STAR Wealth Managers includes the wealth managers that scored highest in overall satisfaction; representing less than 7% of the wealth managers in the local market.



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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Probate: 25%
  3. Business: 25%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Jason Stone

    Steve is very good at his craft. I strongly recommend him to anyone in need of an Estate Planning attorney. I know that he will continue to treat clients with respect and ensure that their interests are well protected.


    Jason Stone Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Charles Frederick Rodman

    I have had the pleasure of working with Steve on the estate planning, tax, probate, and corporate matters of some of my clients. I have no hesitation in recommending him to those needing assistance in these areas of law. He is extraordinarily prepared to provide the type of counsel he engages in giving. Steve is thorough in his approach, methodical in his review of a client's needs, and compassionate in the communication of his advice. He is a consummate professional.


    Charles Rodman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Pabian & Russell, LLC

One International Place- 8th Floor
Boston, MA, 02110-3113


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Five Star Wealth Manager- Estate PlanningFive Star Wealth Professionals2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Five Star Wealth Manager- Estate PlanningFive Star Weath Professionals2015
Five Star Wealth Manager- Estate PlanningFive Star Wealth Professionals2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Wealth Professionals2013
Superb RatingAvvo2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Wealth Professionals2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Wealth Professionals2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Graduated Cum LaudeUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyInternal Revenue Service2001 - 2004
Senior Tax ConsultantDeloitte & Touche1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boston Estate Planning CouncilSenior Chair of Programming2013 - 2014
Boston Estate Planning CouncilBoard of Directors2012 - 2014
Boston Estate Planning CouncilChair, Roundtables Committee2012 - 2013
Boston Estate Planning CouncilChair, Membership Committee2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mourad v. CommissionerFavorable published opinion
Simanonok v. CommissionerFavorable Published Opinion
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Boston Foundations's Philanthropic Advisor NewsletterIncorporating Flexibility into the Estate Planning Process2012
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)The Federal Tax Implications of Choice of Entity2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawTaxOther - Masters2001
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Union College (Schenectady, NY)Modern LanguagesBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Boston Foundation- Incorporating Flexibility into Estate and Financial PlanningIncorporating Flexibility into Estate Planning2012
Northeastern University Masters in Taxation ProgramEstate and Gift Taxation2012
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education- Estate Planning BasicsEstate and Gift Tax2012
Boston Estate Planning Council- Member Roundtable BreakfastThe Sandwich Generation: Helping Your Clients Balance Their Lives and Their Parents' Growing Needs2011