Frederic J. Marx

Of Counsel

  • 617-557-9717
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Frederic J. Marx

Of Counsel

  • 617-557-9717
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Mr. Marx's practice focuses on the sophisticated strategic planning needs of multigenerational families and entrepreneurs, their businesses and their philanthropic ventures. As general counsel he has overseen both their business planning and legal requirements, including overseeing domestic and international business ventures and oversight of other legal counsel. In the context of family owned and family controlled enterprises, Mr. Marx brings together three decades of business experience and expertise in assisting families in addressing the family related issues related to their efforts. For family owned or managed enterprises, Mr. Marx provides continuity planning structures and processes, helping families plan and implement solutions designed to survive over generations. Mr. Marx has also assisted entrepreneur and investor groups to form and operate investment funds to allow them to enhance and develop their investment objectives.

Mr. Marx serves as an independent director for family and owner managed enterprises providing sophisticated business planning experience and leadership that he has acquired over 35 years as an advisor and director. In this service, Mr. Marx brings cross-industry and international transaction expertise as well as unbiased advice. 

Mr. Marx is also spearheading the Impact Investing activities of clients with a focus on combining the discipline of entrepreneurial ventures with the environmental, social and governance goals that are the objective of impact investing efforts.

Frederic Marx joined Hemenway & Barnes in 1984. He has served two terms on the firm's three person Management Committee, and as Practice Group Chair of the Business Law Group.

Representative Experience

  • Managing Director for investment fund engaged in national and international transactions
  • General counsel to $200 million multigenerational family holding company
  • Member of Board of Managers of international investment fund


  • Recipient of the Boston Bar Association's Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award
  • Awarded the IMS Health, Incorporated Outside Counsel Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America list
  • Named to the New England Super Lawyers list
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Technology Law

Activities and Publications

  • Former Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association for two terms
  • Former Chairman of the Boston Bar Association's Committee on Massachusetts Securities Law and a member of its Corporate Law Committee
  • Former Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Nonprofit Organization Committee
  • Contributing author for Massachusetts Business Lawyering and the editor of Massachusetts Nonprofit Organizations, both published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Former Board member, Family Business Association
  • Speaker on planning for family businesses at: Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Campden Wealth, Family Firm Institute, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education

Community Involvement

  • Actively engaged in assisting and advising nonprofit organizations
  • Served on many boards of nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, including The New England Conservatory, the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the South End Community Health Center
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and The Support Center of Massachusetts

Fred’s Comments on the Family and the Family Business

“Too often trustees and professionals lose sight of the family when working with family trusts and family businesses. The focus must remain on your family’s values and what you desire to pass to current and future generations. We help you identify your visions and strategies. We help you include current generations in the right business structures, including trusts or holding companies. And we help you establish family institutions to educate and communicate with the family as a group, including annual meetings and family forums. We offer you a wide range of tools combined with our experience to ensure that your family, as well as your family business, remains strong.”


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