Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends,
It is with deep personal sadness that I write to tell you that our dear friend and colleague, Bob Russell passed away Saturday, December 3rd. He was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive bile duct cancer in April. Bob faced his illness with tremendous grace and courage. For those of us who were fortunate enough to work with Bob, we know that we have lost an exceptional individual who embodied the spirit and values of our firm. No words can express our sadness at Bob's death and our hearts go out to his wife Laura and his children, Robbie, Brendan, and Caroline. The link below contains a beautiful note about Bob from his oncologist.
On a personal note, I was truly blessed for 27 years to have Bob as a best friend and partner. Since 2005, when we co-founded Pabian & Russell, Bob and I have grown our practice to 17 attorneys and 5 paralegals.
Although Bob is no longer with us, we will continue to provide the same level of service that Bob provided to his clients over the years.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Contributions in his memory can be made to:
Bob's obituary can be seen in the Boston Globe here:
Jay M. Pabian
Robert M. Russell, Jr. is a founding partner at Pabian & Russell, LLC, concentrating in the areas of estate planning, corporate and business law, business succession planning, tax law, probate law, and trusts. His clients consist of families, high-net worth individuals, financial service providers, and privately held businesses. Bob represents both emerging and established businesses in all areas, including business formation, bank and capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, real estate purchases, sales and leasing, and distribution and joint agreements. He also advises clients in shareholder issues, including buy-sell agreements, equity compensation arrangements, shareholder disputes, and succession planning.
As a certified public accountant, Bob offers a unique legal and financial background that provides a valuable perspective in analyzing the income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax consequences of estate and succession plans for his clients. He is adept at and experienced with sophisticated estate and tax-planning techniques, including irrevocable life insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), grantor-retained annuity trusts (GRATs), family limited partnerships (FLPs), and intra-family sales. Bob also assists his philanthropic clients with achieving their charitable goals and maximizing the tax-planning opportunities presented by charitable giving through the creation of charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and private foundations.
Before entering private practice, Bob was a Senior Financial Analyst with Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1990 from Suffolk University Law School; in 1981 he earned a Bachelor in Business Administration degree, cum laude, in accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Bob has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list by Law & Politics and New England Super Lawyers nine times, a distinction reserved for just the top 5% of attorneys in Massachusetts. Bob has also been certified as an Accredited Estate Planner ® by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC). The NAEPC awards this certification to those who meet their highest education and professional standards. Bob is admitted to practice before the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court. He is also a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Estate Planning Council, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Bob has participated several times in the Pan-Mass Challenge, riding his bicycle across Massachusetts to raise funds for cancer research.
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