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Attorney Edward Rainen has concentrated his law practice on commercial and residential real estate title and conveyancing matters since graduating from Boston College Law School in 1976.  He was appointed a Land Court Examiner in 1978. In addition to preparing title abstracts and reports on subcontract to other lawyers, in his related role as certifying Counsel, Ed is also a policy-writing agent with underwriting authority for eight title insurance companies.  He frequently testifies as an expert on title matters.

Ed has lectured, and/or served as a panelist for continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., National Business Institute, The Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of Bank Counsel, Inc., The Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, Merrimack Valley Conveyancer’s Association, the New England Land Title Association, Lorman Education Services and the Massachusetts Bar Association.   For more than ten years, he taught courses in Title Examination as part of Northeastern University's Paralegal Professional Program.  Periodicals, including Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly, the Boston Globe, Banker and Tradesman and the Boston Business Journal, have published his articles and/or sought his comments on topics relating to real estate matters.

Ed served on the Executive Board and is immediate past Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts as well as a past co-chair of its Registries Committee, and Clerk of the Association.  He remains an active member of the Title Standards committee.  Subsequent to his service as Co-Chair of the Residential Conveyancing Committee of the Boston Bar Association, Ed served, for several years on the Real Estate Section Steering Committee.  In 2001 he was elected to membership in the Abstract Club of Boston, a professional and honorary society limited to 100 lawyers practicing in the Greater Boston area, focusing on matters of real estate law.  He has served on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Association of Bank Counsel, Inc., since 1996 and has served as Secretary since 2000.  The Massachusetts Secretary of State, William Galvin, appointed Ed as one of two lawyer-members of the “Registry Users Advisory Group,” a role in which he served from 2003-2006.  

Ed is a co-author on an amicus brief on behalf of the Real Estate Bar Association in the matter of U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Ibanez, et al, L. C.  Misc. Case 384283.

Lectures, panels and publications of continuing legal education materials include:

1.  Co-authorship of Chapter Eight, “Registry Practice,” in Massachusetts Real Estate Liens, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, (M.C.L.E.) 2001, updated 2004, 2008;

2.  “Characteristics and Use of the Nominee Trust in Conveyancing Practice,” Ch. 1 of Nominee Trusts:  Often Used, Often Misunderstood: the Property Law Section, Massachusetts Bar Association, 06/2002, updated 3/11/04, 4/7/05.

3.  “Real Estate Title Examination in Massachusetts”: National Business Institute, 12/5/02, 9/20/05, 9/21/06

4.  “Commercial and Residential Title Examination,” chapter on Title Examination and Title Insurance in Massachusetts: Lorman Education Services, 3/21/02, updated for seminars 3/15/03, 7/14/05.

5.  Massachusetts Real Estate Title Law:  Problems and Solutions, chapter entitled,  “Recognition of Title Defects and Cure”: National Business Institute,  (NBI) May 2002, and updated for 6/2/03. 

6.  Massachusetts Foreclosure and Related Bankruptcy and Title Issues, chapter entitled, “Foreclosure Title Problems and Solutions”: National Business Institute, 5/16/01.

7.  Panelist for MCLE’s 5th Annual RE Law Conference, (technology, digital signature, data/image retrieval) 3/28/03.

8.  “What do you mean, I need a Probate?” for N.E.L.T.A. Convention CLE, 6/23/03.

9.  Panelist for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s, “How to Search a Residential Real Estate Title”  9/19/03, updated for October 14, 21, 2004 and October 18, 2006.

10.  “Mastering Real Estate Titles & Title Insurance in Massachusetts”:  NBI, 4/13/04.

11.  Panelist for: Massachusetts Real Estate Title Law:  Solutions to the Most Common Problems:  Chapter entitled:  “Recognition of Defects and Cure.” N.B.I. October 22, 2004.  updated 2/18/05.

12.  “Troubleshooting Real Estate Transaction Problems Involving Probate”:  NBI.  September 20, 2005

13.  “Easements, Rights of Way & Access to Property, Beaches & Waterbodies ,” MCLE. 8/05, 1/07, 1/08, 1/09, 11/25/10.

14.  “Probate Matters in Commercial and Residential Transactions” MCLE 9th Annual RE Conf. 3/2107

15.  “Step by Step Guide to Title Examination” Panelist  NBI.  Boston Hilton Hotel. February 5, 2008.

16.  “Road & Access Law: Successfully Handling Disputes,” Panelist NBI, Sheraton Newton  3/10/08

17.  Whither the Ancient Roads?” Panelist N.E.L.T.A. conference, Newport Hyatt, June 20, 2008.

18.  “Nobody Cares about the Railroads anymore” Ch. 40, §54A- REBA Commercial Finance Com’tee 3/25/09

19.  “Real Property Foreclosure a Step by Step Workshop”  NBI. August 18, 23, 2009 Boston-Worcester

20.  “Real Estate Trusts and the Use of Trusts in Estate Planning” MBA.  February 4, 2010  Boston

21.  “A Foreclosure Potpourri:  What not to Do”  Boston Bar Association 3/15/2010

22.  “Pitfalls in Dealing with the Registry of Deeds”  Boston Bar Association 11/18/2010

23.  “When an Encumbrance is not an Encumbrance”  Lyon vs Duffy Analysis.  The Abstract Club 11/15/2010

24.  “How to Search a Title and Read an Abstract” “Delegation of Duties since NREIS”   NELTA 11/3/11

25.  “Clearing Common Title Issues” Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Spring Conference May 5, 2012

26. “Good Enough for Government Work?” Weiss v Wells Fargo Notarization under a Power. The Abstract Club 9/18/13

27.   “Land Court Guidelines in Daily Use,” Panelist for New England Land Title Association.  October 20, 2016

Attorney Shelly B. Rainen is a 1992 graduate of the New England School of Law, and a shareholder at Rainen Law Office, P.C. in North Andover, formerly of Boston.  She has been a Land Court Examiner since 1997. 

Shelly was an active member of the Boston Bar Association until her firm moved to the northern suburbs at the end of 2007.  She was a Co-Chair of the Residential Conveyancing Committee of the BBA for two years. Not only was she a member of its Real Estate Section Steering Committee for more than five years, a member of the Editorial Board of the Boston Bar Journal from 1998 to 2001, CLE chair of the Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Section, but she was also a member of the  BBA Council for a three year term ending in 2004.

Virtually from the time she was admitted to the bar until 2002, Shelly was a member of the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, the oldest women’s bar association.  During that time, she sat on M.A.W.L.’s Board of Directors, culminating in 2001.  Shelly co-chaired MAWL’s Scholarship Foundation and its fundraising events, including an annual Gala and Live Auction for several years.  She was a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors until 2002.  A former resident of Malden herself, she was President of “The Judge Emma Fall Schofield Charitable Fund,” resulting from “Emma Fall Schofield Day--Celebrating 60 Years of Women on the Bench.”  During this same time she was also a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and B’nai B’rith Realty Unit. 

In 1995, Shelly joined the national women’s professional organization,  Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, having already been a member of its local chapter, New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) since 1994.  She was an active member of NEWiRE’s Membership Committee for over seven years, and is a former NEWiRE National Delegate to CREW Network.  She was a founding member of NEWiRE’s CREW Network Committee, in order to facilitate information about CREW to NEWiRE members.  In addition to co-chairing the Leisure Committee for CREW’s 2001 Annual Convention in Boston, she also participated on the Volunteer Committee for CREW’s Regional Convention in Boston and as a member of the Planning Committee for CREW’s Annual Convention in Boston in the Fall of 2009.

In recognition of her dedication to the organization and its members, Shelly was the first recipient of NEWiRE’s prestigious, “Esprit de Coeur” award in 1999.  This award is now presented annually to the member who “continually puts her heart and soul into NEWiRE.”  In 2006, Shelly was recognized again by NEWiRE, this time as a recipient of the Networking Award, for her work on the NEWiRE Development Project in 2005.   Shelly and her committee members helped NEWiRE provide assistance to the Mission Hill Health Movement (“MHHM”) and Boston Self Help Center (“BSHC”) in their buildout of 1534 Tremont Street for offices for not-for-profit service providers.

Beyond merely facilitating professional networking in the real estate industry, CREW created a thriving charitable organization, CREW Foundation dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate through charitable, philanthropic, and education programs.  Beginning in 2002, Shelly served a three year term as a Trustee of CREW FoundationShelly also co-chaired CREW Foundation’s national project, CREW Careers: Building Opportunities, a hands-on classroom designed to open the eyes of teenage girls to the many career opportunities available to them in the commercial real estate industry.  Launched in 2005, CREWCareers has since been implemented in 31 CREW Network chapters, reaching nearly 3,000 girls.  Since the end of her term with CREWCareers in 2008, Shelly has helped to plan the local CREWCareers event with NEWiRE.

In addition to being involved in professional and industry organizations, Shelly’s organization and fundraising abilities were put to the test when she co-chaired the American Heart Association's Hearts in Bloom Campaign for 1995, and was Chairwoman for the 1996 campaign.  

Over the years, Shelly and her family have made many contributions to a number of deserving charitable organizations.  However, closest to her heart, has been St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  St. Jude’s, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.  Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.  Shelly has been an active volunteer on the planning committee for TomorrowNite, New England’s premier gala to benefit St. Jude’s, for over fifteen years, and has chaired the Silent Auction committee for more than ten years.  In a year where charitable giving decreased by the largest margin in five years, the 2009 TomorrowNite gala raised over $200,000.00 for the hospital, approximately $50,000.00 of which came from the Silent Auction.

Locally, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation (MVJF) and chairs its Allocations Committee.  The MVJF is the central communal organization, which supports education and social programs locally and abroad.  The MVJF conducts an annual fundraising campaign for local and overseas needs, and promotes Jewish programming in the Merrimack Valley.  As chair of Allocations, Shelly, along with her committee, determine which organizations will receive what percentage of funds raised by the MVJF.  She also co-chairs the “PJ Library” initiative for the MVJF.  PJ Library is an outreach program that provides high quality, age appropriate Jewish Books and Music free of charge to children, ages 6 months – 5 ½ years throughout  the Merrimack Valley.  Locally, Shelly has helped to expand the program to include social and religious activities for the families involved, including regular newsletters and holiday parties.

She is also a contributing author of Massachusetts Real Estate Liens, published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  In 2001 Shelly was elected to membership in the Abstract Club of Boston, a professional and honorary society limited to 100 lawyers practicing in the Greater Boston area, focusing on matters of real estate law.  Shelly is a member of New England Land Title Association (NELTA).  In 2001, she was named to the Board of Directors, a position that she holds today.  She has been an active member of the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, Merrimack Valley Conveyancers’ Association and Massachusetts Association of Bank Counsel, Inc. since she was admitted to practice in 1993.

Attorney Carrie B. Rainen is a Land Court Examiner and an attorney in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts (REBA).  She is a member of the New England Land Title Association (NELTA), Merrimack Valley Conveyancers' Association, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network and CREW Boston.  She has served as a planning committee member and co-chair of marketing and public relations for CREW Boston’s 2008 educational program for teenage girls, CREW Careers, and was the co-chair of the Marketing Committee for the 2009 CREW Network Convention in Boston.

She participated in the drafting of an Amicus brief on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of Bank Counsel, Inc. in the mortgage foreclosure case of Bevilacqua v Rodriguez.

Carrie is a member of the planning committee for the TomorrowNite gala event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and serves on the Board of Directors for Acting Out! Theater Company in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

She is a graduate of New England School of Law, where she served as Current Developments Editor of the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law.  Her note, The Right of Publicity in the United States and the United Kingdom, was published in the NEJICL in the fall of 2005.

Recent publications and continuing education panels include:

1.  Panelist for: Reviewing Titles With Affordable Housing Restrictions, REBA Fall Conference, November 2016.

2.  Affordable Housing Restrictions in Title Matters, REBANews, December 2016.

3.  The unintended consequences of the CFPB and the insignificance of sellers in new transactions, New England Real Estate Journal.  June 19, 2015.

4.  Panelist for: Avoiding and Fixing Environmental Issues in your Title (and Title Insurance): Ch. 91 Licenses, Wetlands, Orders of Conditions and Certificates of Compliance, REBA Spring Conference, May 2015.

5.  Back Up and Running: County Registries Prepare for the Worst, REBANews, Spring 2007.

6.  Could a Disaster Wipe Out Registry of Deeds Records?, REBANews, Fall 2006.

7.  Near Disastrous Flood in Taunton Reveals Effective Disaster Planning in Action, REBANews, Spring 2006.

8.  The Evolving Registry of Deeds: E-Filing is a ‘good thing’, REBANews, Summer 2005.