Practice Focus

Rusty, as he is familiarly known to clients, friends and family, focuses his practice in the area of estate planning and estate administration. He advises individuals and families, structuring arrangements to achieve both tax efficiency and ease of administration. Rusty also counsels fiduciaries in connection with the administration of estates and trusts.  He currently serves as a trustee of many family trusts, working closely with independent investment advisors and family members to chart courses appropriate to the particular needs of the beneficiaries. Rusty serves on the Boards of Directors of several closely-held businesses, and as such, plays an active role in formulating business succession plans.


Boston College Law School, J.D., 1970
Williams College, A.B., 1967
Governor Dummer Academy (now known as The Governor’s Academy), 1963


Prior to founding King & Navins, with Messrs. John H. King and Peter L. Navins in 1983, Rusty was an associate at Nutter, McClennen & Fish and Sherburne, Powers & Needham (now Holland & Knight), downtown Boston law firms, concentrating in the area of residential and commercial real estate. That experience was followed by a stint in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with the firm of Beit, Stevens & Navins, where he gained exposure to civil and criminal litigation, corporate law, domestic relations and trusts and estates. For the last 25 years, as a principal of King & Navins, and as a partner with Haussermann, Davison & Shattuck, a mid-size downtown Boston law firm, Rusty has limited his practice to the area of trusts and estates. He is a former Trustee of Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts and a former member of the Permanent School Accommodations Committee in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A resident of Wellesley for more than 30 years, and active there in many volunteer organizations, Rusty recently moved to Ipswich, returning to his north shore roots.


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Professional Activities

Massachusetts Bar Association