Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP

Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP is a Law Firm in Boston, Massachusetts

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Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP is a general practice law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to give our clients experienced, effective advocacy. That involves more than just good legal work: it requires personal attention, focused on the client and the client's needs; a breadth of vision; and creativity. Because of the depth and diversity of our practice, we bring to the table a comprehensive understanding of what our clients need, and how to solve their problems and achieve their goals.

Since our inception in 1981, we have grown steadily but carefully, adding experienced lawyers with well-established reputations in complementary areas of practice, but always careful to ensure that we never lose the cohesion and team spirit that, we think, makes KC&S a great place to practice law. We are proud and pleased that our firm is ranked among the top 1% in the country, based on fellow lawyers' opinions of our work and ethical standards. Our attorneys are skilled practitioners with experience in both the public and private sectors; many are published authors; many have served as faculty members in law schools and continuing legal education programs.

Our clients include both individuals and public, privately-held, and not-for-profit corporations. We handle for them a wide variety of matters, from multi-million dollar transactions and commercial litigation to very personal matters involving individuals, their families, and their finances. Regardless of the nature of the assignment, our goal is always to understand our clients' circumstances thoroughly, and to respond to their needs promptly and effectively.

Statement of Practice

General Civil Practice. Education, Real Estate, Corporation, Probate, Estate Planning, Copyright, Trademark and Taxation. Trials in all Courts.

Year Established: 1981

Firm Size: 18


One Bowdoin Square
Boston, MA 02114-2919, (Suffolk Co.)


Phone: 617-227-7031
Telecopier: 617-367-2988


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Robert K. Crabtree (Partner) admitted to bar, 1977, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Bowdoin College (B.A., cum laude, 1967); Andover Newton Theological School (M.Div., cum laude, 1971); Northeastern University (J.D., 1976). Author: inter-alia, of numerous articles concerning special education law at www.familyeducation.com and at www.wrightslaw.com, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2010. Co-Author: with Eileen M. Hagerty, "Special Education: Advocating on behalf of Students & Parents,"School Law in Massachusetts," MCLE, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016. Author of periodic commentaries on due process decisions in special education, Massachusetts Special Education Reporter, Land law Publications. Law Clerk to Hon. Walter Jay Skinner, U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, 1976-1977. Co-recipient in 2005, with Lawrence Kotin, of the Ziegler Founder's Award presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, for decades of leadership in special education law. Practice Areas: Education Law(100%); Not-For-Profit Organizations.Email: Robert K. Crabtree

William S. Strong (Partner) born Cincinnati, Ohio, 1951; admitted to bar, 1977, Massachusetts; New Hampshire; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Education: Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1973; J.D., 1977). Author: "The Copyright Book: A Practical Guide," The MIT Press, 5th Ed., 1999; "Database Protection After Feist vs. Rural Telephone Co.," Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Vol. 42, No. 1, Fall 1994. Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, N.H., 1987-1996. Member: Boston, Massachusetts and American (Intellectual Property Law Section; Chair, Information Division, 1990-1992; Council, 1997-2001) Bar Associations; The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (Trustee, 1992-1995; Chair, New England Chapter, 2003-2005). Practice Areas: Copyrights; Trademarks.Email: William S. Strong

Dolph J. Vanderpol (Partner) born New York, N.Y., September 20, 1950; admitted to bar, 1977, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1972); Boston College Law School (J.D., 1976). Member: Boston (Real Estate Section), Massachusetts (Property Law Section) and American (Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section) Bar Associations. Languages: French and Dutch. Practice Areas: Real Estate Law; Business Law.Email: Dolph J. Vanderpol

Abbott L. Reichlin (Partner) admitted to bar, 1973, Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. Tax Court. Education: Cornell University (B.S., Chemical Engineering, with distinction, Tau Beta Pi, 1968); Harvard University (J.D., cum laude, 1973); Boston University (LL.M., Taxation, graduated first in class, 1981). Member: Boston (Tax, Real Estate and Business Law Sections) and Massachusetts (Business Law, Real Estate and Taxation Sections, Member of Taxation Section Council, 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009) Bar Associations; Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association; Boston Tax Council. Practice Areas: Real Estate Law; Business Law; Tax Law.Email: Abbott L. Reichlin

Anne L. Josephson (Partner) born New York, N.Y., November 30, 1951; admitted to bar, 1977, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Education: Smith College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1973); Boston College (J.D., cum laude, 1977). Named to Best Lawyers in America. Member: Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations; Massachusetts Women's Bar Association; Governor's Advisory Board, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Employment.Email: Anne L. Josephson

Joseph B. Green (Partner) born New York, N.Y., October 23, 1947; admitted to bar, 1977, Massachusetts; 1978, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1969); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1976). Assistant District Attorney, Essex County, 1979-1989 (Chief District Court Prosecutor and Director of Policy and Planning). Clinical Instructor and Seminar Leader, The Government Lawyer, Harvard Law School, 1984-1989. Commissioner, Governor's/MBA Commission on Unmet Legal Needs of Children, 1987-1988. Member: Governor's Child Support Commission, 1986, Enforcement Subcommittee; Commission on Violence Against Children, Statutory Review Subcommittee. 1987; Subcommittee on Substantiation Review, Fair Hearings and The Central Registry, 1989). Hutchins and Wheeler, 1977-1979 (Associate). Younger Humanist Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1973-1974. Police Officer, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C., 1970-1973. Selected Publications and Presentations: Law Related to Transition in Special Education, Suffolk Law School, May, 2009. Apprehending and Prosecuting the Drunk Driver. Matthew Bender, 1992 (co-author). "An Overview of Criminal Discovery Issues," in Suppression and Discovery: Pre-trial Motions in Criminal Cases (Mass. Bar Association, 1989). "Obtaining Records: A Summary of the Cases and Statutes," in Getting Those Confidential Records (MCLE, 1989). "Hearsay Exceptions When the Declarant is Unavailable" and "Hearsay Within Hearsay: Notes to Federal Rules of Evidence 804 and 805," in Hearsay, Judicial Notice, Presumptions, Relevancy, Privileges, and Work Products (MCLE, Inc., 1984). "The Crime of Parental Kidnapping in Massachusetts: A Discussion of G.L. c. 265, § 26A," Massachusetts Law Review, September, 1985. "Dispositional Advocacy in the District Court: The Prosecution Perspective," in Sentencing: Dispositional Advocacy (MCLE/NELI, Inc., 1981). Board of Directors, Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexic Association - MABIDA. Practice Areas: Personal Injury Law; Special Education; Criminal Law; Juvenile Law; Civil Litigation.Email: Joseph B. Green

Marie F. Mercier (Partner) admitted to bar, 1981, Massachusetts; 1982, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Education: Wheaton College (B.A., 1970); Boston University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1981). Member: Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Disability Insurance; Special Education.Email: Marie F. Mercier

Elizabeth J. Bailey (Partner) born Flushing, New York, June 15, 1945; admitted to bar, 1980, Massachusetts. Education: Brown University (B.A., cum laude, 1967); Boston College Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1980). Member: Boston (Tax and Trusts and Estates Sections) and Massachusetts (Taxation and Probate Law Sections) Bar Associations; Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum. Practice Areas: Estate and Tax Planning; Administration of Estates.Email: Elizabeth J. Bailey

Nicholas M. Kelley (Partner) born Detroit, Michigan, April 20, 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, Massachusetts; 1975, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1971); University of Detroit Mercy (J.D., 1974). Member: American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Education Law.Email: Nicholas M. Kelley

René D. Varrin (Partner) admitted to bar, 1977, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Education: Brown University (A.B., with honors, 1973); Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1976). Phi Beta Kappa. Member: Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations. Practice Areas: Corporate Law; Business Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Executive Employment Law.Email: René D. Varrin

Sharen Litwin (Partner) born New York, N.Y., August 17, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, New York; 1981, Massachusetts; 1990, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1992, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. Education: Yeshiva University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1972); Columbia University (M.A., 1973); Boston University (J.D., 1977). Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, 1986-1989. Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts, 1989-1992. Author, "Employees' Right to Privacy in Their Use of E-Mail and Internet in the Workplace," Boston Bar Association, 2010; Co-Author, "Common Law Tort Claims in the Employment Context," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law, 2011. Named to Best Lawyers in America. Member: Boston Bar Association (Co-Chair, 2003-2005 and Member, Steering Committee for over 13 years, Labor and Employment Section); Massachusetts Bar Association; Women's Bar Association; Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association. Languages: French. Practice Areas: Employment Law; Civil Litigation.Email: Sharen Litwin

Eileen M. Hagerty (Partner) admitted to bar, 1983, Massachusetts; 1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2014, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Education: University of Detroit (A.B., summa cum laude, 1973); Harvard University (A.M., 1974); Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1982). Co-Author: with Robert K. Crabtree, "Special Education: Advocating on Behalf of Students & Parents," School Law in Massachusetts, MCLE, 2003 & subsequent editions. Co-Author and Presenter, "Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide," NBI, 2016; "Special Education Law from A to Z," NBI, 2015; "Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues," NBI, 2014; "Special Education Laws Made Simple," NBI, 2012; "Massachusetts Special Education Law," NBI, 2011, 2010. Author: "Pre-Deposition Motions," Massachusetts Deposition Practice Manual, MCLE, 1992 & subsequent editions; "Fantasy V," in Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts, MCLE, 2012). Commentator, Massachusetts Special Education Reporter, Landlaw, 1999—. Editor, Massachusetts School Law Sourcebook & Citator, MCLE, 2014 & subsequent editions. Co-Chair and Presenter, Annual School Law Conference, MCLE, 2010—. Chair and Presenter, "Update on the New School Physical Restraint Regs," MCLE, 2015; "Update on the New MA Law on Student Discipline and Alternatives for Expelled or Suspended Students," MCLE, 2014; "Key Issues in Special Education Law," MCLE, 2009. Presenter, "Parents & Attorneys Working Together to Achieve FAPE," Federation for Children with Special Needs, 2015; "Breaking Barriers: Women in Law Firms," MCLE, 2013; "School Discipline," Rossdale, 2012; "On the Same Side of the Table," SPAN, 2012; "Understanding the Tests and Measurements in Special Education Law," NBI, 2011; "School Law Basics," MCLE, 2011. Selected as a Top Woman of Law in Massachusetts by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2014, and as a Massachusetts SuperLawyer, 2004—. Law Clerk to Hon. Frederick B. Lacey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1982-1983. Associate Director, 1980-1981 and Secretary, 1981-1982, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau; Special Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 1986-1987; Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts, 1987-1989. Director, 2004—, Co-Chair, 2005-2006, and Chair, 2006—2012, Board of Directors, Massachusetts Advocates for Children. Practice Areas: Special Education; Civil Litigation and Appeals.Email: Eileen M. Hagerty

Daniel T. S. Heffernan (Partner) born New York, New York, September 24, 1959; admitted to bar, 1987, Massachusetts. Education: Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1981); Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1987). Phi Beta Kappa. Director, 1993-2004 and President, 1995-2000, Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. Corporate Member, 1993—, Greater Boston Legal Services. Director, 1994— and President, 1994-2007, Federation for Children with Special Needs, 1995-2008. Hearing Officer, Board of Bar Overseers, 2001-2007. Faculty Team Member, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop; 2002 recipient of Dr. Allen C. Crocker Award of Excellence by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. Member: Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations. Practice Areas: Special Education; Personal Injury; Civil Rights.Email: Daniel T. S. Heffernan

Amy H. Weinstein (Partner) admitted to bar, 1980, Massachusetts. Education: Tufts University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1975); Boston College (J.D., cum laude, 1980). Member: Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations; Massachusetts Women's Bar Association. Practice Areas: Estate Planning and Administration; Special Needs Planning; Estate and Trust Administration.Email: Amy H. Weinstein


Janette Ekanem (Associate) admitted to bar, 2013, Massachusetts. Education: Clark University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2009); Clark University (M.P.A., 2010); Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2013). Janette A. Ekanem is an associate at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong LLP where she represents developers of commercial and residential real estate, real estate investors, landlords and tenants of office and retail space, private lenders, and individual home buyers and sellers. Ms. Ekanem is a 2013 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland (Ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, as a law clerk for the United States Attorney's Office, and as a legal intern for the Employment Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services. During law school, Ms. Ekanem was a Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant, participated in the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic, and served as the Director of Academic and External Affairs for the Black Law Students Association. Ms. Ekanem holds a B.A. in Government and International Relations, Magna Cum Laude, (2009) and a Master of Public Administration (2010), from Clark University. As a Massachusetts Native, Ms. Ekanem is passionate about serving her community. She volunteers for the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, and serves as a judge for Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournaments, and the Boston Debate League. Additionally, Ms. Ekanem serves on the Steering Committee of the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, the New Lawyers Committee of the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, and is a member of the Women's Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She also serves on the Community Service Committee of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. Member: Boston Bar Association (Member, Real Estate Section Steering Committee);Real Estate Bar Association (Member, New Lawyers Committee);Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (Member, Community Service Committee);Women's Bar Association. Languages: Spanish.. Practice Areas: Real Estate.

Melanie R. Jarboe (Associate) born 1982; admitted to bar, 2011, Massachusetts. Education: Occidental College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005); Pace University (M.S., Teaching, 2007); Boston College (J.D., cum laude, 2011).

Melanie Jarboe represents families who have children with special needs as well as individual clients with disabilities. She counsels and assists individuals and families with a wide range of special education and disability law issues, including navigating the team process, eligibility for services, the development of appropriate accommodation plans, mediation, and litigation before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Prior to law school, Ms. Jarboe taught elementary school in Harlem.


- Contributor to Massachusetts Special Education Reporter

- Private School Students May be Entitled to Special Education and Related Services, 32 Fed'n for Child. with Special Needs Newsline, no. 4 at 6 (2012).

- Expelled to Nowhere: School Exclusion Laws in Massachusetts, 31 B.C. Third World L.J. 343 (2011).

- Collective Rights to Indigenous Land in Carcieri v. Salazar, 30 B.C. Third World L.J. 395 (2010).

Awards & Honors

- Cornelius J. Moynihan Award for outstanding editorial work on publications, Boston College Law School, 2011

Professional Affiliations

- Massachusetts Bar Association

- Boston Bar Association

Practice Areas: Special Education & Disability Rights.

Average Client Review Rating

3.3 out of 5

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