Ronald P. WeissPartner
Ron Weiss is a member and past chairman of the firm’s Business and Finance Department and a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates Department. His practice is focused in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and business matters, taxation, and estate planning for professionals and owners of closely-held businesses. He is also actively involved in the development of the firm’s new Trustee Support Services business.
Ron is general counsel for the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, of which he was a founder; general counsel for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, where he has also served as president and chairman and continues to serve on its executive board; a founder and member of the board of advisors of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley (formerly the UMass Family Business Center); Chairman of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts; and actively involved as a board member and volunteer for several other non-profit organizations.
He has served as chairman of the Taxation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), on the Councils of the Business and Probate Law Sections of the MBA, and as a member of the MBA board of delegates and executive committee. He has also served as a trustee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. and as a member of its curriculum committee, as a member and chairman of the appropriations committee for the town of Longmeadow, and as a member of the board of advisors of the Hanson Initiative for Language and Literacy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Inc.
Ron has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for the past 25 years and in 2011 was named “Lawyer of the Year” in corporate law for the Springfield area by Best Lawyers®. Ron is included in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list published in New England Super Lawyers magazine and was named one of the “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers” in 2004 by Boston magazine. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.
Related Professional Experience
Ron was an instructor in estate planning at Western New England College School of Law from 1975 to 1976.
Contributing Author, Bulkley Richardson’s Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Winter 2017.
Ron has co-authored several books on taxation and estate planning, and regularly writes articles on business and tax planning issues.
Co-Author: “Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts,” MCLE, 1990. Co-Editor, “Massachusetts Corporate Tax Manual,” 1986. Author: “Family Limited Partnership” (1995); Co-Author: “Family Limited Partnerships” (1996); “Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnership in Massachusetts” (1996); Author: “Buy-Sell Agreements” (1996); Co-Author: “All You Need is Love and a Business Assets Prenuptial Agreement” (2011).
Represented private and publicly-held corporations as lead counsel in more than 400 stock and asset transactions, many involving consolidations in various industries.
Counseled closely-held business clients include professional and business corporations, partnership and limited liability companies.
Provided strategic advice and counsel with respect to a variety of matters, including choice of entity, agreements among owners, financing, structuring transactions for tax minimization, long-term supplier and customer contracts, licensing contracts, deferred compensation arrangements, employment and consulting agreements, and joint ventures.