Valerie Sussman, a Department Attorney in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practices, focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, nonprofit formation and compliance, preparation of gift and estate tax returns, and charitable giving as it relates to the lifetime goals and needs of clients. She is also a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP ®) and assists clients in attaining their charitable goals while maximizing their ability to give through use of tax-advantageous strategies.

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Professional Activities

Ms. Sussman is an active member of the Boston Estate Planning Council, the Boston Bar Association, the Trusts and Estates Consortium and the Women’s Bar Association. 

Professional Experience

Before joining Goodwin in 2018, Ms. Sussman was an associate at Lourie & Cutler, P.C., a boutique estate planning law firm in Boston, and was previously a tax associate at Sullivan & Worcester LLP.  She also has served as a law clerk in both the Boston Municipal Court and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.

Ms. Sussman was a speaker for the Boston Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section’s Tax Law Updates in early 2016 and for New Developments in 2018.

Ms. Sussman served as a legal intern to the Honorable Mary T. Sullivan, Massachusetts Court of Appeals from January to May 2014 and to the Honorable Ernest Sarason, Jr., West Roxbury Division, Boston Municipal Court from September to December 2012.


Ms. Sussman has been re-appointed as the 2020 co-chair for the Boston Estate Planning Council’s Education Committee and served as chair of the Boston Estate Planning Council’s Women’s Initiative Committee from 2017-2018.






Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP ® ) , 2017
American College of Financial Services
J.D., 2014
Boston College Law School
(Order of the Coif)
Master of Music, 2017
Northwestern University
B.A., 2006
Tufts University
(summa cum laude)



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