Frederick D. Royal

Frederick D. Royal


I have spent over 40 years of my legal career as a law professor. I really enjoy my work at The Royal Law Firm LLP because it gives me the opportunity to use my academic knowledge of the law to help solve the legal problems and issues for the clients of The Royal Law Firm


Frederick D. Royal specializes in the areas of trust and estate planning, business succession planning, ERISA and employee benefits law, corporate law, and taxation. Fred has served as a Professor of Law at Western New England University School of Law for more than forty years. He is also the founder and Director of two Graduate Programs at Western New England University School of Law, one in Closely Held Businesses and the other in Estate Planning and Elder Law. He teaches courses in the areas of Corporate Taxation, Income Taxation of Pass-Through Entities, Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, Corporate and Partnership Taxation, Business Organizations, Federal Wealth Transfer Taxes, Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning and Business and Estate Planning for Owners of Closely Held Business Entities.

Fred earned his Juris Doctor from Cornell University School of Law and his LL.M. in taxation from Boston University. He served as a Law Clerk to United States Tax Court Judge William M. Drennen for two years and published in the areas of tax procedure, corporate taxation, and estate planning. His most recent publication is Chapter 22, Representing a Trustee in UNDERSTANDING AND USING TRUSTS, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2005. He is a frequent speaker and author on employment-related topics as well as a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs, including Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Fred is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts as well as before the United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Common Claims.

  • LL.M., Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • J.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts, 1972;
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1980
  • United States Tax Court, 1974
  • United States Court of Claims, 1974
  • Member, Board of Directors, Corporation for Public Management, 2002-2007
  • Counsel to Youth Leadership Circle of Western Massachusetts, Inc. 1995-2001
  • Selectperson, Town of Longmeadow - 1987 through 1990. Chairperson - 1989 through 1990
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Longmeadow - 1983 through 1987. Chairperson - 1983 through 1987
  • Board member of the Massachusetts Corporation for Education Telecommunication - 1988 through 1990 (Appointive office by Governor)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Taxation Section Governing Council, 1980 through 1983
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Committee on Sales, Exchange and Basis, 1980 through 1984.
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
Published Works
  • Books: Contributing author to UNDERSTANDING AND USING TRUSTS, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2005. Chapter 22, Representing a Trustee.
  • Long, THE LAW OF LIABILITY INSURANCE (1966 edition, Matthew Bender & Co.) Authored many of the chapters for this treatise, including: Chapter 12, Professional Liability Insurance (1980); Chapter 4, Meaning of Words and Phrases (1981); Chapter 14, Assistance and Cooperation of the Insured (1981).
  • Articles: Recovery of Basis in Non-Qualifying Stock Redemptions Under 302 and 304, 4 Va. Tax Rev. 85
  • Discovery Process in the United States Tax Court, 65 Mass. L. Rev. 227 (1980)
  • 1947, Pittsfield, Massachusetts