Joe Bierwirth is a Senior Vice President at Hemenway Trust Company. As a partner at Hemenway & Barnes LLP since 2006, he concentrates his practice in the areas of probate, trust, real property, and business litigation. He also works with individuals and families on estate planning and probate matters.
Joe has substantial experience representing trust and estate fiduciaries and beneficiaries in court proceedings and contested matters. This experience serves him well in advising families on trust administration. Joe has successfully tried cases in various courts and is often called upon to serve as a court-appointed guardian ad litem. His practice also involves the general representation of family business and non-profit entities.
Prior to joining Hemenway & Barnes, Joe served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Named to Best Lawyers in America and as a New England Super Lawyer
Joe regularly writes and speaks on topics of interest to trustees, family wealth advisors, estate planners and individuals involved in charitable endeavors.
Joe has authored several published articles on trust law, estate administration, real estate permitting, and nonprofit law. In addition, Joe is former chair of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the Boston Bar Association.
“My experience as a courtroom attorney and advisor to clients in adversarial situations is the foundation of my practice. There are time-proven methods to presenting a compelling legal case in court. A skilled advocate must be honest and forthright, while constantly re-examining evidence for insights that advance the client’s goals. Similarly, when advising families and individuals on personal and wealth-related issues, I assess and communicate risk, helping clients adapt to changing financial and family circumstances. My goal is to see clients thrive in all circumstances.”