Sunday December 2, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- After practicing together for 23 years, attorneys David Hellman and Ken Shearn have expanded their law firm by adding a named partner and an associate member.

C. Nicholas Arienti, who served as deputy general counsel at the state Department of Labor before returning to the Berkshires in 2009, has joined the firm as a partner. The firm is now known as Hellman Shearn & Arienti. Catherine Shearn Chester has joined the firm as an associate.

Arienti is a Stockbridge native who returned to the Berkshires after practicing law in Boston. He has an extensive litigation background, and experience in the areas of construction and labor law.

While serving as deputy general counsel for the state Department of Labor, Arienti managed the wage and hour law programs for the commonwealth.

He also practiced at the Boston firm of Vena, Riley Deptula, where he represented a range of clients in construction litigation.

He now represents clients in both civil litigation and transactional matters, including real estate, zoning, permitting and land use.

Shearn Chester, who also grew up in Stockbridge, practiced most recently as an associate in the New York office of international law firm, Shearman & Sterling.

Hellman, a former member of the board of directors and past chair of the ethics committee for the Real Estate Bar Association for the Commonwealth, has represented many clients and individuals before local zoning boards.

He will continue to focus his practice on real estate, zoning and appeals, small business formation and consultation, and estate planning.

Shearn will also continue to practice in the areas of real estate, estate-planning and probate, as well as small-business transactions, .

Founded in 1989, Hellman, Shearn & Arienti is located at 342 Main St., next to Town Hall.

The firm advises clients in the areas of real estate, zoning, permitting and licensing, estate planning, probate, corporations and nonprofit organizations, and general cvil litigation. Arienti will head an expansion of the firm's litigation practice.