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Attorney Meaghan E. Kelly

Meaghan E.Kelly

  • Associate
Attorney Meaghan E. Kelly

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Practice Areas:

  • Trusts & Estates

Biography

Meaghan joined the firm as an Associate in 2018. Her practice focuses on the areas of taxation, estate planning, probate and trust administration, business planning, and state and local administrative law. Meaghan has experience practicing before all Rhode Island and Massachusetts courts as well as several administrative state agencies in each jurisdiction.

Prior to joining the firm as an Associate, Meaghan served as the Chief of the Estate and Gift Tax Department at the Rhode Island Division of Taxation. In this role, she was responsible for auditing and assessing estate tax returns filed with the Division, as well as reviewing all estate planning documentation accompanying the returns to ensure accuracy and compliance with all state and federal laws. Before being promoted to Chief of the Estate and Gift Tax Department, she served as a Senior Legal Counsel representing the Division in all phases of contested tax liabilities including cases involving sales and use tax, cigarette and tobacco tax, corporate tax audits, in addition to those challenging the State's ability to impose tax obligations on out-of-state retailers. She also served as the Division's Keeper of the Records and liaison with various state and federal agencies, fostering joint investigations into alleged tax evasion, money laundering, false claims litigation and various other financial investigations.

Meaghan received her Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law's Graduate Tax Program. While in law school, she was a member of the honors program and law review. She served on the law review editorial board as an Articles Editor in her final year of law school and was the recipient of the C.A.L.I. Excellence for the Future Award® in both International Law and Trial Advocacy. These awards are given to the highest scoring student in each law school class at law schools across the country.

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • LL.M. - 2011
    • Honors: Honors Program
    • Honors: C.A.L.I. Excellence for the Future Award® in both International Law and Trial Advocacy
    • Major: Taxation
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island
    • J.D. - 2009
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
    • B.A. - 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 2009
  • Massachusetts, 2009
  • New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2013
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2018

Professional Associations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Probate and Trust Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2022 - Ones to Watch

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