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    C. Nicholas Arienti

    Nick is a Stockbridge native who returned to the Berkshires in 2009 after practicing law in Boston. Nick’s practice includes residential and commercial real estate transactions, zoning, permitting and land use matters, construction law, employment law, corporate entity formation and estate planning. Nick previously was an associate at the Boston firm Vena, Riley, Deptula LLP, where he concentrated on construction litigation matters representing a broad range of clients, including public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. Nick also served as Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Labor, managing the Wage and Hour Law programs for the Commonwealth, including interpretation of the prevailing wage, minimum wage and overtime laws.

    Nick is Chairman of the Lee Finance Committee, is a Board member of the non-profit Construct, Inc., and serves on the Board of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

    Nick is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. He attended Suffolk University Law School (JD 2005), the University of Vermont (BA 1997), and Salisbury School (1993).

        Catherine Shearn Chester
        Catherine’s practice focuses on real estate, zoning, permitting and land use, estate planning and administration, and small business transactions and consulting. Having grown up in the Berkshires, Catherine returned to the area after practicing law in New York City as an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

        Catherine is a Trustee of the Stockbridge Land Trust, a member of the board of directors of BerkShares Inc. and the Olga Dunn Dance Company, and a volunteer for local organizations including Literacy Network of South Berkshire, the Stockbridge Library and Berkshire United Way.

        Catherine is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 2005); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (2009).

          Ethan S. Klepetar

          Ethan concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial law, commercial financing, real estate, nonprofit law, and employment law. Ethan’s experience ranges from representing small, startup businesses and nonprofits to handling multi-million dollar commercial financing for both banks and borrowers. He has also handled the purchase and sale of businesses and worked extensively with various clients on organizational, structural, and governance matters, contract issues and compliance with employment and anti-discrimination laws.

          Ethan serves as Vice President and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Berkshire Museum, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Berkshire Immigrant Center. Ethan also volunteers and serves on the Steering Committee for the Berkshire Initiative for Growth, and he is a member of the Berkshire Strategic Working Group. He also serves as legal advisor to the Berkshire County NAACP’s legal redress committee, and is Deputy Moderator in his hometown of Becket, Massachusetts.

          Ethan is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Vermont. Education: Brandeis University (B.A. 2004); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. 2007).

              Kenneth M. Shearn


              Ken practices primarily in the areas of real estate zoning, small business transactions, estate administration and estate planning. Prior to forming Hellman & Shearn in 1990, he served as General Counsel for a New York media and marketing firm and as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy (1980-1983). He formerly served as chairman of the Water and Sewer Commission for the town of Stockbridge and has been a trustee of the Stockbridge Library Association.

              Ken is admitted in Massachusetts (1975) and New York (1972). Education: University of Michigan (B.A. 1967); New York University (J.D. 1972).

                  David N. Hellman

                  Retired founding partner

                  David’s retirement from the firm in 2015 followed an extensive and successful career practicing in the areas of real estate, zoning and appeals, small business transactions and estate planning.  David represented hundreds of commercial and individual clients before numerous local zoning boards and served on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Bar Association for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

                  Education: Bucknell University (A.B. 1967); New York Law School (J.D. 1970)