Kristin Wildman Shirahama

Kristin Wildman Shirahama concentrates her practice in elder law, disability law, estate planning and probate matters. She brings a wealth of experience to the preparation of estate plans for clients, including same-sex married and unmarried couples, and those with family members with disabilities or other special needs. Kristin advises trustees, guardians, and other fiduciaries on benefits and trust administration matters, and helps to minimize federal and state estate taxes.

In 2015, Kristin was awarded the Women’s Bar Association Pro Bono Award for her volunteer work with the Foundation’s Elder Law Project. She was also selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2009-2012 and 2014-2015 in the fields of estate planning and probate law, and a Top Women Attorney from 2013-2015.

Admitted to Practice:

  • Massachusetts


Prior to joining Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, Kristin was a partner at Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee LLP in Newton, MA, and was a clinical instructor at the Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School where she focused on estate and permanency planning for families affected by HIV and AIDS.

Professional/Community Affiliations:

  • President-Elect, Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, The Boston Foundation Professional Advisors Network
  • Member, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (MA NAELA)
  • Member, Boston Bar Association – Trusts & Estates Section
  • Class Member, 2011-12 Women’s Leadership Initiative