April 20th 2014
8 Cardinal Lane; P.O. Box 2300
Orleans, MA 02653
email:
(508) 255-2133
 
Attorneys
THOMAS A. LA TANZI
DUANE P. LANDRETH
BROOKS S. THAYER
LISA F. SHERMAN
MELANIE J. O'KEEFE
BONNIE-JEAN A. NUNHEIMER
CHRISTOPHER J. WARD
DANA A. BERRY
KRISTEN S. RUFO
LAWRENCE O. SPAULDING, JR.
JENNIFER S.D. ROBERTS


THOMAS A. LA TANZI

Principal
 
Practice Area: Real Estate
 
 

 Tom founded the firm in 1969 and is a principal in the Real Estate Department. Tom concentrates his practice in the purchase and sale of real estate. 

 

 

  Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 1967

 Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association, Board of Delegates, 1980-1982
  • Hearing Committee for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, past member
  • Legal Services for Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc., past Director
  • Cape Abilities, Inc., Director and past President
  • Orleans Rotary Club, past President
  • Town Moderator to the Town of Orleans, 1983-1989
  • Town Counsel to the Town of Orleans, 1971-1972

Education:

  • LL.B., Boston College Law School, 1967
  • B.A., Brown University, 1964

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DUANE P. LANDRETH

Principal

Practice Areas:  Litigation; Zoning, Environmental and Land Use

  

Duane joined the Firm in 1976 and has been a principal in the Litigation Department since 1981. Duane concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning, litigation and permitting. 
 
 
  Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • Ohio, 1975

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Town Moderator to the Town of Orleans, 1993 - present
  • Town Counsel to the Town of Provincetown, 1978-1982
  • Town Counsel to the Town of Brewster, 1983-1984
  • Special Town Counsel to the Towns of Brewster and Harwich
  • Charter Commission for the Town of Orleans, Chairman 1985-1986

Prior Practice:

  • Thompson, Hine & Flory, Cleveland, Ohio

Education:

  • J.D., Boston University Law School, 1974
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1964

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BROOKS S. THAYER

Principal

Practice Areas:  Trusts and Estates; Elder Law

 

Brooks joined the Firm in 1993 and has been a principal in the Trusts and Estates Department since 1997. Brooks concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and estate settlement, and elder law. 
 

  Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 1986

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association, Probate Law Section
  • Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod, past President and Director
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by National Elder Law Foundation
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter, past Director
  • Orleans Commission on Disabilities, past Chairman
  • Cape Cod Foundation, past Chairman
  • EMT and active member of Orleans Fire Department and Rescue Squad for more than 30 years

Prior Practice:

  • Goldstein & Manello, Boston, Massachusetts, Associate, 1986-1993

Education:

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1986
    American Jurisprudence Award, Achievement in Wills and Trusts
  • M.B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1986
  • B.A.,  Dartmouth College, 1981

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LISA F. SHERMAN

Principal

Practice Areas:  Trusts and Estates; Elder Law

 

Lisa joined the Firm in 2000 and has been a principal in the Trusts and Estates Department since 2003. Lisa concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and estate settlement and elder law. 

 
 Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, 1992
  • U.S.D.C., District of Massachusetts, 1993

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Family and Probate Inn of Court
  • Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, Director, past Vice Chairperson
  • The R.O.S.E. (Regaining One’s Self Esteem) Fund, past Chairperson, Honorary Board Member

Prior Practice:

  • Sullivan & Worcester LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, Associate, 1992-2000

Education:

  • J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1992
    Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • B.A., cum laude, University of New Hampshire, 1988

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MELANIE J. O'KEEFE

Principal

Practice Areas:  Business; Commercial Real Estate

  

Melanie joined the Firm in 2003 and has been a principal since 2007. Melanie concentrates her practice in the areas of business formation and maintenance, business contracts, business succession planning and commercial real estate.

 
Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, 1996

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Real Estate Bar Association (REBA)

Prior Practice:

  • Bingham McCutchen LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, Associate, 1996-2003

Education:

  • J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1996
  • B.A., Administrative Science, Colby College, 1990
    Graduate with distinction in the major

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BONNIE-JEAN A. NUNHEIMER

Principal

Practice Area:  Real Estate

 

Bonnie-Jean joined the Firm in 2003 and has been a principal in the Real Estate Department since 2007. Bonnie concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and residential transactions, condominium conversion, title research and easement/land use agreements. 

 
Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, January 2002

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Real Estate Bar Association (REBA), Real Estate Conveyancing Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Nauset Regional School Committee, Vice Chairman
  • Cape Cod Collaborative, Board of Directors

Prior Practice:

  • Social Security Law Group, LLP, Braintree, Massachusetts, Regional Senior Attorney, 2002-2003

Education:

  • J.D., Roger Williams University School of Law, 2001
    Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Academic Excellence in Contracts
  • B.A., Mount Mary College, 1990
  • Certificat, La Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1989

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CHRISTOPHER J. WARD

Principal

Practice Areas:  Trusts and Estates; Taxation; Elder Law

  

Chris joined the Firm in 2007 and has been a principal in the Trust and Estates Department since 2009. Chris concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and estate settlement, taxation and elder law. 

 
Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • Florida, 2006
  • United States Tax Court, 2002

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association, Executive Committee Member 
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter
  • Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod, Director
  • Cape Cod Young Professionals, Vice President
  • Trust Fund Advisory Board for the Town of Barnstable, Member

Prior Practice:

  • Haddleton & Associates, P.C., Hyannis, Massachusetts, Associate, 2002-2007

Education:

  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2002
  • J.D., Western New England College School of Law, 2001
  • B.A., University of Vermont, 1995

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DANA A. BERRY

Associate

Practice Area:  Real Estate

  

Dana joined the Firm in 1973 as an associate in the Real Estate Department. Dana concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and collections. 

 

  
Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, 1973

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Charter Commission for the Town of Provincetown, Chairman, 1989-1990
  • Personnel Board for the Town of Provincetown, Chairman, 1990-1996
  • School Committee for the Town of Provincetown, 1999-2002

Education:

  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1973
  • A.B., Tufts University, 1970

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KRISTEN S. RUFO

Associate

Practice Areas:  Litigation; Family Law

  

Kristen joined the Firm in 2009 as an associate in the Litigation Department.  Kristen concentrates her practice in the areas of family law and general litigation. 

 

  Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, 2008
  • Connecticut, 1997
  • New York, 1999

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Student Council, Hyannis West Elementary School, 2008-present

Prior Practice:

  • Associated with the Law Office of George H. Romania, Hamden, CT, December 1998 – January 2002
  • Law Clerk with Connecticut Superior Court, September 1997 – September 1998

Education:

  • J.D., cum laude, New York Law School, 1997
    Dr. Max Reich Award for Excellence in Civil Trial Advocacy
    Journal of Human Rights Award for Outstanding Editorial Contribution
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Massachusetts, 1994

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LAWRENCE O. SPAULDING, JR.

Of Counsel

Practice AreaTrusts and Estates

  

 Larry joined the Firm in 1972 as an associate, was a principal in the Trust and Estates Department from 1975 through 2011, and continues to maintain an of counsel relationship with the Firm. Larry concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and estate settlement.
 
 
 
   Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, 1972
  • Federal District Court, 1973
  • United States Tax Court, 1975

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Delegate, 1988-1990
  • Barnstable County Bar Association, President, 1984-1986
  • Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod, President, 1979-1980
  • City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association
  • Legal Services for Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc., Director, 1974-1984, 1997-2005
  • Town Counsel to the Town of Orleans, 1973-1982
  • Town Counsel to the Town of Brewster, 1973-1983
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow 1986 – present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter

Education:

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1972
  • B.A., Trinity College, 1969

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JENNIFER S.D. ROBERTS

Of Counsel

Practice Area:  Litigation

  

Jennifer joined the Firm in 2006. Jennifer's practice is devoted predominantly to civil litigation, with an emphasis on real estate litigation, condominium litigation, construction litigation and probate litigation.

 
Bar Admissions:
  • Massachusetts, 1980
  • New York, U.S.D.C. Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1981
  • U.S.D.C., District of Massachusetts, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1984

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • Barnstable County Bar Association, President, 2003-2004, Officer 1999-2004, Executive Committee Member, 1997-2005, 2008-present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Board of Delegates, 2003-2004
  • Boston University School of Law Alumni Association, 1993-1996
  • Cape Cod Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 1999-2006
  • Cape Cod Healthcare, Inc., Board of Directors of Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital, Cape Cod Human Services, JML Care Center, Falmouth Assisted Living, Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, 1998-2008
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Central & Outer Cape Cod, Board of Directors, 1994-1998

Prior Practice:

  • Chadbourne, Park, New York, Associate, 1980-1983
  • Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett, Boston, Associate, 1983-1985
  • Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, Boston, Associate, 1985-1989; Partner, 1990-1993
  • Bianchi and Paquin, Hyannis, 1993-1996
  • Jennifer S.D. Roberts, Attorney-at-Law, Centerville, Massachusetts, 1996-2006

Education:

  • J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1980
  • B.A., cum laude, Bryn Mawr College, 1977

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CONTACT
La Tanzi, Spaulding & Landreth, P.C.
8 Cardinal Lane; P.O. Box 2300
Orleans, MA 02653
Phone: (508) 255-2133
Fax: (508) 255-3786