Edward Notis-McConarty


  • 617-557-9719
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Edward Notis-McConarty


  • 617-557-9719
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Edward Notis-McConarty concentrates his practice in the areas of probate litigation, civil litigation, dispute resolution, and fiduciary work. Through his work on estate and probate matters, Ned handles matters relating to fiduciary administration and estate planning. He also represents a number of nonprofit and religious organizations, providing general counsel and litigation services.

With more than 30 years of investment management and fiduciary experience, Ned serves as a trustee to individuals and families as well as nonprofits and foundations. Ned’s fiduciary background makes him a highly effective advocate for his clients in probate litigation matters. He also serves as an expert witness on the subject of probate litigation.

Ned’s work on family disputes has often required advice and judgments in highly-charged emotional situations. He is well-known for his expertise concerning self-represented litigants, especially as pertains to the Probate and Family Court.

Ned also serves as General Counsel to Hemenway & Barnes and is a Senior Vice President at Hemenway Trust Company, a New Hampshire based private fiduciary firm.

Representative Experience

  • Serving as Chancellor to the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for more than 30 years. In this role, Ned advises the Bishops and the parishes on a broad range of legal issues, including governance, litigation, and real estate. Ned represented the Diocese in a First Amendment case that established clear limits or court involvement in disputes involving hierarchical churches and nationally publicized litigation with departing congregations over ownership of parish property. He is actively involved in the church’s antiviolence campaign, B-PEACE for Jorge.
  • Representing trust and estate fiduciaries and beneficiaries in court proceedings and contested matters, including representing the plaintiff-trustees in the Dauman v. Redstone litigation regarding control of the Sumner M. Redstone National Amusements Trust.
  • Testifying as an expert witness on probate matters in state courts.
  • Preparing and filing amicus briefs on behalf of prominent nonprofit and religious organizations; senior federal and state government officials; and industry and trade associations, including on behalf of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office regarding issues such as gun violence and climate change.


  • Named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers List
  • Named to the Best Lawyers in America List
  • Recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Pro Bono Publico Award from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (2008)

Activities and Publications

Ned has served in numerous leadership roles at the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations, including:

  • Boston Bar Association
    • Former: Co-Chair, Summer Jobs Program; Chair, Special Funds Project; Co-Chair, New Lawyers in Transition Working Group; Co-Chair Delivery of Legal Services Section
  • Boston Bar Foundation
    • Member, Audit Committee
    • Member, Society of Fellows
    • Former Treasurer
    • Former Member, Board of Trustees
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Former Chair: Probate Litigation Practice Group; Access to Justice Section; and Probate and Estate Planning Section Council
    • Former Member: Ethics Committee and Board of Delegates
  • Member, Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum
  • Member, Massachusetts Probate and Family Inn of Court
  • Member, Massachusetts Fiduciary Inn of Court
  • Member, Probate and Family Court's 2012 Task Force on Implementation of Massachusetts Probate Code; Chair of the Rules Committee
  • Former Chair, Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments
  • Former Co-Chair, Supreme Judicial Court's Working Group on Expanding Access to Justice

Ned has also served as Co-Chair of the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center in Boston and is the co-author of Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts. He has written and lectured extensively on issues relating to probate litigation and the challenge to the courts presented by increasing numbers of unrepresented litigants.

Community Involvement

  • Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
  • Member, Trustees of Donations of Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
    • Member, Investment Committee
  • Clerk, Dean Foundation for Little Children
  • Board of Directors, Harvard Alumni Association
  • Chair, Harvard Happy Observance of Commencement Committee, Harvard University
  • Ned is very active in the gun reform community. He is the Leader of the Gun Reform Committee at B-PEACE for Jorge and a member of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. He has testified to Massachusetts state legislature on gun reform legislation and frequently speaks on this topic at related events.

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