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Hemenway & Barnes Expands Nonprofit Group with Addition of Eleanor Evans


BOSTON—Hemenway & Barnes, one of Boston’s preeminent legal and fiduciary firms, is pleased to announce that Eleanor A. Evans has joined the firm as counsel.

Eleanor A. Evans

Ms. Evans has over 20 years’ experience representing nonprofit and for-profit organizations in a range of legal, governance and compliance matters. She provides practical advice to private foundations, public charities and other tax-exempt organizations on strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Hemenway & Barnes, Ms. Evans served as General Counsel of Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) and as Executive Director/General Counsel of Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW), a nonprofit providing legal assistance to a network of approximately 1,000 human services providers nationwide.

“Eleanor brings a unique perspective to our expanding nonprofit group,” said Kurt Somerville, the firm’s managing partner. “Having served nonprofit organizations in senior legal and management positions, she has a deep understanding of the context in which nonprofits operate and the issues they encounter as they work to fulfill their missions. Our clients will benefit from the insight Eleanor has gained from her extensive experience navigating nonprofits’ legal, governance and compliance challenges.”

Active in the Boston Bar Association and a frequent speaker at nonprofit sector events, Ms. Evans also co-authored “Being a Player: A Guide to the IRS Lobbying Regulations for Advocacy Charities.”

Ms. Evans received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and AB from Smith College. She can be reached at

About Hemenway & Barnes

Based in Boston, Hemenway & Barnes LLP has served for 150 years as trusted counsel to the region’s high net worth families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The firm is a unique combination of legal and financial expertise, with a focus on providing each client with services that are specifically tailored and results-oriented. Areas of expertise include estate planning, estate and trust administration, litigation, business work, and real estate. Its affiliate, Hemenway Trust Company LLC, is a New Hampshire-based, private trust company offering a full range of wealth advisory and management services.


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