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ber; and paralegal Amanda Luciano
co-chairs the chapter's Awards Banquet
Committee and is an active member of
the Seminar & Conference Committee.
Encouraging that depth of knowledge
and experience is another hallmark
of Perkins & Anctil. In every division,
forging a long-lasting, meaningful relationship with clients is a priority. "Our
paralegals aren't just people who go to
work. We hope and expect that paralegals form relationships with our clients,
The attorneys at Perkins & Anctil are (from left) Daniel M. López,
too," says Perkins. "Each one is devoted
David R. Chenelle, Robert W. Anctil, Scott J. Eriksen, Charles A.
to that type of practice: speaking to
Perkins Jr., Rhonda L. Duddy, and Kimberly A. Alley.
clients, getting information, finding out
what needs to be done, and working
According to Eriksen, "We work with a lot of committed,
with the attorneys to get it to them."
dedicated boards, but, at the end of the day, they're volIn addition to Perkins, Anctil, Eriksen, and Chenelle,
unteer lay people who don't necessarily have the depth
the firm's stable of attorneys includes Kimberly A. Alley,
of knowledge with respect to all condominium matters
who directs the firm's litigation; Rhonda L. Duddy, who
that we do. To the extent that we can give them as much
heads up the real estate division; and associate attorney
information as possible, that makes our job easier, too."
Daniel M. López. While all have different specialties and
In addition, Perkins is a frequent speaker at CAI
areas of expertise, all are fluent in the major issues and
events, Chenelle spoke at an event in New Hampshire
are able to, in Eriksen's words, "divide and conquer or
last fall, and Anctil recently led a seminar for the
spread out our work among personnel."
Northeast Association of Realtors (NEAR). "The NEAR
"What makes us different from firms that have each
person assigned specifically to one task is that we can just seminar was educational, because property managers,
engineers, developers, and real estate brokers also atdo it all," says Chenelle. "Being nimble, we have the flextend, and they all bring a different perspective on issues
ibility to handle all aspects of the cases."
that face condominium associations," he says.
This culture of giving back to others has earned
PAYING IT FORWARD
members of the firm many honors. Most recently, Anctil
To the attorneys of Perkins & Anctil, making sure clients
was nominated as Philanthropist of the Year for 2017
are educated, too, is important. "The Internet is a great
through Enterprise Bank's Celebration of Excellence.
tool, but I think it's also dangerous," Eriksen points out.
And Chenelle was appointed a commissioner by the Su"Some board members may want to rely on the Internet
preme Judicial Court for his pro bono work on behalf of
in lieu of counsel-whether it's us or somebody else. But
bankruptcy clients, including serving as co-chair for the
the experience we have in dealing with these issues is
bankruptcy section of the Worcester, Mass., bar.
something you cannot get online, and that knowledge
"David has done a tremendous amount of pro bono
and direct context are important."
for the bankruptcy bar," says Anctil. "It's a tremendous
Citing the support animal issue as an example, he
honor to be appointed a commissioner."
points out that boards sometimes react to the negative
In the end, it all comes down to one thing that will
publicity by saying "no" immediately. "That's where you
never change about Perkins & Anctil: the goal of
have to be careful," he says. "That's where good counsel
exceeding expectations for their clients. "We don't
and education are important."
want to just be a faceless firm," says Perkins. "As a firm
Toward that end, Perkins & Anctil regularly hosts
philosophy, we want to really know our clients and have
complimentary educational events on different themes.
A roundtable every fall showcases different speakers and them know us."
draws up to 90 attendees, according to Perkins.
Perkins, Eriksen, and Chenelle also hold meetings
For more information about how Perkins & Anctil
with clients that they call "Q&A with P&A," in which
can assist with your association's legal needs, call
they answer questions and field ideas, free of charge.
(978) 496-2000, or visit www.perkinslawpc.com.