• EDUCATION
  • ADMISSIONS

    Bar
    Massachusetts, 1985

    Courts
    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
    U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

  • DISTINCTIONS

    Super Lawyer®

    Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

    Legus International Network Of Law Firms, Massachusetts member

    Attorney Wright has chaired and/or been a panel member on many Inn of Court presentations and practice demonstrations with trial attorneys and judges from Superior Court, Probate & Family Court, and Massachusetts Appeals Court including: preliminary injunction practice, single justice interlocutory appellate practice, full bench appellate oral arguments, the marital disqualification rule, and war crimes tribunals

    Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council member

    Founder, first president and member of Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn Of Court

    Certified by NACE International (the National Association of Corrosion Engineers) as a Level 2 Coatings Inspector

    Board of Directors for 5 years and member Frank J. Murray American Inn Of Court, which focuses on civil litigation in the U.S. District Court and Massachusetts Superior Court

    Faculty, DRI Fire and Casualty Seminar November 2010

    Best Lawyer®

    Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating®

    Top Rated Lawyer – The National Law Journal

  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Frank J. Murray American Inn Of Court

    Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court

    DRI (Defense Research Institute)

    NACE International

    Society For Protective Coatings

    Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

    Legus International Network Of Law Firms

  • COMMUNITY SERVICE

    Member, Garden City Lodge AF & AM, Newton, Massachusetts

    Member, Lexington, Massachusetts Rotary Club

    Assisted in reconstruction efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina

  • DID YOU KNOW?

    Because of his leadership in the American Inns of Court movement, Attorney Wright was invited and twice attended black tie dinners held at the United Supreme Court and hosted by the Supreme Court and the American Inns of Court Foundation. Also, Ken Wright is an avid hiker, a third generation member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and has climbed peaks throughout New England for almost his entire life.

Kenneth M. Wright, Partner

Kenneth M. Wright, also known as Ken Wright, is a partner of the law firm, Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP, which has offices in Lincoln, Massachusetts near Route 128 and in downtown Boston Massachusetts on Summer Street.

Facing the possibility of going to court in a family law matter can be the one of the darkest and most troubling times of one’s life. There are a lot of unknowns, frustration, and also possibly anger. Ken Wright has helped hundreds of people navigate through these circumstances. In addition to representing people, Ken Wright has also represented companies caught in such disputes.

Ken Wright is a lawyer with approximately 30 years of experience representing clients in family law matters including divorces, child custody disputes, trust litigation and estate disputes. Ken Wright is recognized as the founder and was the first president of the Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court, which is chartered by the American Inns of Court Foundation. For additional information about this Inn of Court please click on the biography link below.

For more information about Ken Wright, his experience in these fields, and the law firm Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP please check the links below

Biography

Divorce and Custody Disputes

Estate Disputes And Trust Litigation

Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP

To make an appointment please call 617 228 – 4448 or write to Ken Wright at kwright@smithduggan.com

Ken Wright meets with clients at

Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP
Lincoln North
55 Old Bedford Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

and

Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP
99 Summer Street
Suite 1530
Boston MA 02110

Kenneth M. Wright, also known as Ken Wright, has practiced law since 1985, when he was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. Ken Wright is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ken Wright is a partner of the law firm, Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP (https://www.smithduggan.com).

Ken Wright attended Suffolk University Law School, where he was a member of the Suffolk University Law Review, and graduated cum laude in May 1985. Ken Wright graduated from Colgate University in 1980.

Ken Wright has practiced in the field of divorce, child custody, trust litigation, and estate litigation from the time he was admitted to practice law in 1985 through the present time. Attorney Wright has approximately 30 years of experience in these fields of law and has represented clients before all the Probate & Family Courts in eastern Massachusetts including Middlesex County (Cambridge), Suffolk County (Boston), Essex County (Salem and Lawrence), Plymouth County (Plymouth and Brockton), Worcester County, Barnstable County (Cape Cod), and Bristol County (Fall River and New Bedford).

In addition to representing family law clients in contested litigation, Ken Wright is an active member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and represents family law clients in negotiations conducted in accordance with collaborative law protocols.

Ken Wright’s renown in the divorce, child custody, trust litigation, and estate litigation fields of law was recognized by his being voted in 1998 the first President of the Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court, an organization of top family and estate litigation practitioners and members of the Probate & Family Court judiciary. The Inn of Court promotes trial excellence, civility, and ethics. Ken Wright is recognized as the founder of this organization. The Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court is chartered by the American Inns of Court Foundation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Inns_of_Court) and is believed to be the largest Inn of Court in the United States. Approximately one-half of the Massachusetts Probate Court judges joined the Inn in its first year of existence and this same level of judicial participation has continued throughout its existence. As president of the Inn, Ken Wright was further recognized by his being invited twice to the leadership dinner at the U.S. Supreme Court and sponsored by the United States Supreme Court and the American Inns of Court Foundation.

Ken Wright has been a member of continuing legal education panels of attorneys and judges teaching lawyers and judges areas of the law involved in courtroom and appellate practice. Attorney Wright is also a member, and was on the Board of Directors for 5 years, of the Frank J Murray American Inn of Court, which focuses on practice before the Massachusetts Superior Court and the Federal Court (United States District Court).

For more information about our practice, or how we might be of assistance to you, please contact:

Kenneth Wright
(617) 228-4448
kwright@smithduggan.com

Whether you are the person requesting the divorce or the person who has been asked for a divorce, the process can be filled with pain, sadness, and frustration. A divorce is the end of partnership, but also the start on the road to a new life. Ken Wright has helped hundreds of people navigate through these circumstances.

Ken Wright has decades of court experience representing clients in divorces, modification proceedings, and child custody disputes and all issues that are part of these proceedings including visitation arrangements, alimony, child support, and property division. Attorney Wright’s clients in these matters have included men and women professionals, executives, doctors, business owners, employees, and non-working spouses.

A new alimony law was passed by the Massachusetts legislature and signed by the Governor on September 26, 2011. Attorney Wright studied this legislation as it worked through the legislature and knows several of the people who helped write this legislation. Ken Wright is ready to advise his clients as to their rights under this new law.

Ken Wright meets with family law clients in the Smith Duggan office in Lincoln, Massachusetts (near Route 128) and the Smith Duggan office in downtown Boston (easily accessible to the T, and near Downtown Crossing and South Station). With the firm’s up to date technology including e-mail, scanning of documents, fax, and the telephone, only a few meetings after the first meeting need to be conducted in person.

Although Ken Wright is a trial attorney with extensive court experience in Massachusetts Probate & Family Courts, his style of practice is to attempt to achieve his client’s goals through civil communication and negotiation with opposing attorneys, rather than taking a more confrontational approach.

Ken Wright also represents clients who decide to use out-of-court methods to resolve family law matters. Ken Wright is an active member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and represents clients using the collaborative method to negotiate a resolution to their divorce. He also advises clients who are in mediation.

In addition to representing individuals, Attorney Wright has been appointed by Probate Court judges to act as a guardian ad litem to investigate and report to the Courts on child custody issues and other matters.

If you hire Attorney Wright to represent you, he will work hard on your behalf, and return your e-mails and telephone calls promptly.

Ken Wright represents clients in divorce and other family law matters throughout the eastern half of Massachusetts including the Probate and Family Courts in Middlesex County (the Cambridge, Lowell, and Marlborough Probate and Family Courts), Suffolk County (the Probate and Family Court in Boston) , Essex County (the Salem and Lawrence Probate and Family Courts), Bristol County (the Fall River and New Bedford Probate and Family Courts), Plymouth County (the Brockton and Plymouth Probate and Family Courts), Worcester (the Worcester and Fitchburg Probate and Family Courts), and Barnstable County (the Probate and Family Court on Cape Cod).

Ken Wright, who is a partner with Smith Duggan, was voted in 1998 as the first President of the Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court, an organization of top family and probate law trial practitioners and Probate Court judges. Mr. Wright is the founder of this organization. Approximately one-half of the Probate Court Judges joined the Inn in its first year and this same level of judicial participation has continued throughout its existence. As President of this Inn, Mr. Wright was further recognized by his being invited twice to the leadership dinner at the U.S. Supreme Court and sponsored by the United States Supreme Court and the American Inns of Court Foundation. The Inn Of Court organization focuses on trial excellence, ethics, and civility. The Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn Of Court is believed to have the most members of any Inn Of Court in the United States.

For more information about our practice in this area, or how we might be of assistance to you, please contact:

Kenneth Wright
(617) 228-4448
kwright@smithduggan.com

Attorney Ken Wright has decades of experience representing fiduciaries, beneficiaries, heirs, and claimants in will contests, fiduciary account litigation, and trust litigation. We also have experience in guardianship cases.

Examples of Trust and Estate Litigation include:

  • Attorney Ken Wright represented a Connecticut conservator for a person who was the settlor of several trusts and who had won the lottery, where the trusts were subject to Massachusetts law and the trustee located in Massachusetts. Attorney Wright advised the conservator on Massachusetts trust law for proceedings in the Connecticut Probate Court and represented the conservator in an action in the Massachusetts Probate Court with over twenty trust beneficiaries and the trustee as parties to the litigation. After obtaining a preliminary injunction in the Massachusetts proceeding, Ken Wright, working with several Connecticut attorneys, negotiated a settlement that was approved by the Massachusetts Probate Court, the Connecticut Probate Court and the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office.
  • Attorney Ken Wright represented a trustee-beneficiary in litigation against another trustee-beneficiary alleging breach of fiduciary duty in control of the trust that owned a large business and real estate interests. After obtaining a preliminary injunction, in a contested hearing, preserving the status quo in the trust, Attorney Wright negotiated a seven-figure settlement for the client.
  • Attorney Ken Wright represented an heir in a will contest alleging undue influence. Attorney Wright was able to obtain a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Attorney Ken Wright acted as local counsel for a beneficiary in a California Superior Court case alleging that a bank-corporate fiduciary had breached its fiduciary duties with seven figure damages alleged. The background work and research performed by Attorney Wright concerning Massachusetts law helped defeat a motion for summary judgment filed by the bank.
  • Attorney Ken Wright represented the executor of an estate in defending a will contest brought by an heir at law alleging undue influence and requesting the will be waived in favor of an ex-spouse, who claimed she was still married to the person who had died. The estate was valued in excess of seven figures. The challenge to the will was defeated by Attorney Wright.
  • Attorney Ken Wright represented a large charity, which had been named as the sole recipient in a will, in a will contest alleging lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence. Attorney Wright and the Attorney representing the Estate were able to defeat the will contest.

For more information about our practice in this area, or how we might be of assistance to you, please contact:

Kenneth Wright
(617) 228-4448
kwright@smithduggan.com