Martin Hall

Attorney, Founding Partner, Managing Director

MARTIN HALL is a founding partner of Hall & Diana LLC, a boutique trust and estates law firm in Boston. He is also a Managing Director of Ropes Wealth Advisors, now a division of RWA Wealth Partners.

Martin was with Ropes & Gray LLP for 37 years, serving as a partner of the firm from 1994 to 2023 and as the Chair of its Private Client Group from 2006 to 2023. He was instrumental in setting up the firm’s registered investment adviser, Ropes Wealth Advisors, in 2014.

Martin’s legal practice is concentrated in the areas of wealth management, estate planning, trust and estate administration, and charitable giving. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Tax Section) and was Chair of the Tax Section’s Estate and Gift Taxes Committee from 2008 until 2010. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and was the Chair of ACTEC’s Charitable Planning and Exempt Organizations Committee from 2010 until 2013 and the President of the ACTEC Foundation from 2014 until 2017. Martin was the Chair of the New England Estate Planning Conference (organized by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) from 2007 through 2012. Martin was a founding member of the Professional Advisors Committee to The Boston Foundation and served as the Committee’s initial Chair from 2000-2008. In 2020, The Planned Giving Group of New England awarded Martin the David M. Donaldson Distinguished Service Award for his “outstanding service and leadership in the field of charitable gift planning”.

Martin is a co-author of The Harvard Manual on the Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving (9th ed. 2011) and of Practical Guide to Estate Planning (CCH 2023). He is a frequent speaker at national and local charitable giving and estate planning programs and has been quoted on various charitable tax matters in The Wall Street Journal.

He holds law degrees from Cambridge University (Trinity Hall) (M.A., First Class Honors, 1981) and Boston University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1986). He was a visiting fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School in 1982-83.