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HEKB has much to celebrate!

Posted March, 30 2015 | Providence, RI

New Year. New Name. New Look.  Dedication to Our Clients Remains the Same.


  1. Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg LLP marks its first year anniversary as a Trust and Estates boutique law firm;
  2. Melissa Burnett-Testa becomes named partner;
  3. Firm changes its name/brand to Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP;
  4. Dana Pickard joins from Locke Lord Edwards LLP;
  5. Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP (HEKB) becomes the largest Trusts & Estates practice in Rhode Island and a leading practice in New England.

This month marks one full year since the launch of the new boutique Trusts & Estates law firm, Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg LLP.   “Our success during this first year has truly proven that our focus, collaboration and teamwork are of paramount importance to our clients, to each of us and to our talented, dedicated staff,” stated Kin Howland, senior partner of the firm.

And success begets success.   “It seemed a fitting time to invite our long standing colleague and founding partner, Melissa Burnett-Testa, into our fold as a named partner and expand our firm name to Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP or HEKB.  Melissa has been a crucial member of our team for years and she embodies our unique core values and drive to provide our clients with excellence,” continued Howland.  

And with success comes growth.   A long time colleague, partner and friend, Dana Pickard, has joined HEKB from Locke Lord Edwards LLP.   “Dana was integral to our original team of locally and nationally recognized Trusts & Estate attorneys who worked together for more than two decades at the former Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.  We are thrilled for us and for our clients to benefit from Dana’s vast experience, especially with estate planning for Florida residents.”

“These welcomed firm enhancements underscore our exclusive practice promise – to exceed the sophisticated and often unique needs of our growing clientele while sustaining our collaborative and collegial approach to serving each and every client,” said Max Kohlenberg. 

The offices of Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP remain located on the 16th floor of One Financial Plaza, Providence, RI. 

Media Contact:  Donna Longo Kumes, Firm Administrator, 401-283-1234 or dlkumes@heklawllp.com