Daniel M. Surprenant, Esq., CELA*
Daniel M. Surprenant, Esq. is a partner in the firm, focusing his practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, Medicaid, long term care planning and special needs trusts. He enjoys learning about his clients, their families and their goals in order to customize an estate plan to achieve those goals. Attorney Surprenant has served as president (2015) of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA). He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA, one of roughly 25 in Massachusetts), certified by the National Elder Law Foundation and has been named in 2014 and 2015 to the list of Super Lawyers in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine for estate planning. Attorney Surprenant is a past Director and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is a member of WealthCounsel, a national organization of estate planning attorneys, as well as the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association and a frequent speaker on Medicaid, Estate Planning and Special Needs issues. Attorney Surprenant serves as the Co-Chair (2015 and 2016) and speaker at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) event for attorneys entitled “Cutting Edge Issues in Southeastern Massachusetts.”
Attorney Surprenant is a past president of the Bristol County Bar Association. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Bristol County Bar Association and the New Bedford Bar Association. Attorney Surprenant served from 2007-2015 on the President’s Advisory Board for Bishop Stang High School where he attended in the eighties. He received his law degree in 1996 from Suffolk University Law School and his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991. Attorney Surprenant is licensed to practice in Massachusetts as well as before the United States District Court.
Prior to joining Surprenant and Beneski, P.C., Attorney Surprenant worked as a civil litigator, focusing in complex medical malpractice actions and construction site accidents. Before that, Attorney Surprenant prosecuted criminals as an Assistant District Attorney in Bristol County, where he was assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit as well as to the Homicide Response Team in the Superior Courts. Prior to law school, Mr. Surprenant served for one year as a live-in co-director of Andre House of California, a small homeless shelter in Oakland, CA. He also served for one year as a counselor-technician on a locked psychiatric facility for adolescents in Colorado Springs, CO. Mr. Surprenant and his wife, Dr. Katherine Lacoste Surprenant, have three beautiful children.