Frederick M. Misilo, Jr.
Frederick Misilo s an officer and director of Fletcher Tilton, P.C., and is chairperson of the Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group and of the Trust and Estate Department. As a leading elder law and special needs attorney, he focuses his practice on the areas of elder law, estate and trust administration, special needs planning, estate planning, guardianship, and adult service advocacy. He is a tireless and lifelong advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. Mr. Misilo began his career working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and worked his way up to serve as the executive director of Harbor Area Community Services, Inc. in Boston. After graduating from law school, he became a legal advocate for individuals with disabilities and gained a reputation for his strong advocacy and his grasp of complex regulations governing this area of practice. In 1991, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Since returning to the practice of law in 1994, Mr. Misilo has become a leading voice and frequent lecturer on estate planning, special needs planning, and elder law. He has also taken on leadership roles in many regional and national advocacy organizations, such as The Arc of the United States where he serves on the Board of Directors, its Legal Advocacy Committee and its Policy and Procedures Committee. In addition to his articles being widely published, the media regularly seeks Mr. Misilo’s opinion on a wide range of issues relating to those with disabilities. He has received several awards in recognition of his service, including the Joseph Andrade Award for Leadership in 2011 from the Arc of Massachusetts and the Rose Pessin Memorial Award in 2012. Among his numerous memberships, he served as past president of the Arc of Massachusetts, Inc., an organization that enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy and support services based in their communities. Mr. Misilo received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his law degree from Suffolk Law School, and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. He also holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) certification.