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Doherty Wallace Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C. Announces New Firm Shareholder, Associate

Springfield – Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C. (DWPM) has announced that the firm has elected Angelina Stafford as new Shareholder, and welcomed to its team Attorney Justin Kissell as an Associate.


Stafford, who was previously an Associate Attorney at DWPM, became a firm Shareholder as of January 1, 2022. She concentrates her practice on trust and estate matters, including estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, and probate litigation.


Stafford earned her J.D. from Western New England University, summa cum laude, and earned her B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Doherty, Wallace in 2013, Stafford clerked for the Connecticut Appellate Court. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Connecticut.


Kissell joined the firm in fall 2021 and became an Associate Attorney in January 2022, after being admitted to the Bar. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School in Boston. While at Suffolk, he was the Chief Note Editor for the Journal of Health & Biomedical Law. Kissell attended University of New Hampshire for his undergraduate years where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, with a minor in Political Science.


Kissell’s experience includes working as a law clerk at Rimon, P.C. in Boston, where he worked in trusts and estates, taxation, and general business. Prior to that, he was a summer intern at the Dedham District Court, working with the Honorable Judge Michael J. Pomarole. Kissell is admitted to practice in the state of Massachusetts.


  1. Garth Janes, Managing Partner at DWPM, said, “We are proud to welcome Angie as a Shareholder at Doherty, Wallace. She is a vital part of our estate planning and probate practice, and is ready to help individuals and families prepare for the future. Justin joins our business practice and adds depth to our corporate and real estate practice.”


Doherty, Wallace offers a broad range of legal services in order to meet the diverse needs of our clients and friends in Western Massachusetts, including extensive corporate, real estate, banking, intellectual property and health care practices, and sophisticated estate and probate practices. The firm has offices in downtown Springfield and Northampton.