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Denzil D. McKenzie
Charter Member
Wills and Trust Law

183 State St, STE 6, Boston, MA 02109


Attorney McKenzie has engaged in the practice of law since 1976. He began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, followed by a brief tenure with Boston University as Associate Grants and Contracts Administrator and Assistant Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. Thereafter, he served as Vice President and General Counsel to B & M Technological Services, Inc., a Cambridge-based engineering research and development company. Since 1988, he has been a principal with McKenzie & Associates, PC. Attorney McKenzie’s practice includes serving as outside counsel to small and mid-sized business and non-profit organizations in the areas of media, technology, healthcare, human services, housing, banking and finance, and consulting over forty religious congregations. His clients are located throughout the New England, mid-Atlantic and Mid-western States. Attorney McKenzie is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he also studied tax law in the Boston University Graduate Tax Program. He received his degree in Political Science and Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Attorney McKenzie is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Standing Committee on Client Protection; Boston University School of Law Alumni Association, where he is Vice President; the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court, where he is the President-Elect; and the Clients’ Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, where he serves as Treasurer. He is the recipient of many awards and citations, including the U.S. Small Business Association’s Minority Businessperson of the Year, 1986 (shared with William V. Benjamin); runner-up for U.S. Department of Defense Minority Supplier of the Year, 1986, (shared with William V. Benjamin); the Chancellor’s award for Service to Massachusetts Public Higher Education. He is recognized as one of the best lawyers in Boston and was named on Boston Magazine’s Super Lawyers’ list in 2004, 2005 and 2006. On September 16, 2011, Attorney McKenzie was appointed by the Government of Jamaica as its Honorary Consul to Massachusetts. Attorney McKenzie is a member of the bars of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the First United States Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Attorney McKenzie’s practice includes Business Law, Civil Litigation in all courts and Probate and Estate Planning. He has also developed a subspecialty in representing college and university presidents on contractual and compensation matters.

Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan
Charter Member
Wills and Trust Law

333 Tamiami Trail S, 298, Venice, FL 34285


William Boyes
Charter Member
Wills and Trust Law

3300 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, USA


Admitted: 1971, New Jersey, Florida and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1977, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1974, U.S. Tax Court; 1982, U.S. Court of Claims. Education: Rutgers University (B.A., 1967); Mercer University (J.D., 1970). AUTHOR: Intestate Succession, Litigation Under Florida Probate Code, The Florida Bar, 1980. Evidence Presumptions in Estate/ Trust Litigation, Post Death Application of the Attorney-Client, Privilege Between the Decedent and Counsel, Hearsay, Medical Privileges in Trust and Estate Litigation MEMBERSHIPS:, The Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American College of Trust And Estate Counsel (ACTEC), American Association for Justice, Florida SuperLawyers, Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council, The East Coast Estate Planning Council.

William Boyes
Charter Member
Wills and Trust Law

3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410


Mr. Boyes earned his Juris Doctor at the Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. He is admitted to practice in Florida and New Jersey, the United States District Court District of New Jersey, United States District Court Middle District of Florida, United States District Court Northern District of Florida, United States District Court Southern District of Florida, United States Tax Court, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.Mr. Boyes has assisted clients in the development of succession plans and the management of complex trusts and estates. He also represents clients in litigation relating to estate, trust and guardianship and U.S. Controversies at the Tax Court, including handling all aspects of IRS litigation.

J. Douglas Clark
Charter Member
Wills and Trust Law

510 W Plumb Ln, Reno, NV 89509, USA


Mr. Clark is a sole practitioner in Reno, Nevada, where he practices exclusively in Trusts and Estates. He is the founding president of the Probate Bar Association of Washoe County and is the past president of the Estate Planning Council of Northern Nevada. He is the past Chairman of the State Bar of Nevada Probate and Trust Section, and serves on its Legislative Committee.Mr. Clark has maintained the coveted AV rating for practicing attorneys for over 18 years, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, and has over 36 years of experience in Trusts and Estates, in addition to his experience as a trust officer for a national bank prior to attending law school.Mr. Clark received his B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1974 and graduated from the McGeorge School of Law in 1979. He was a law clerk for District Judge Hon. William N. Forman, and was an Adjunct Professor of Business Law, at the University of Nevada in Reno for several years. In addition to his private law practice, Mr. Clark serves as a Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge regarding trust and estate cases.