Since its 1984 founding by Steven Kellem and his father Larry, Kellem & Kellem has built a reputation as an industry leader in the representation of buyers and sellers of homes as well as the lenders that make home purchases possible.
Kellem & Kellem has developed close relationships with realtors, mortgage lenders, and title insurers — vital for getting challenged transactions to the closing table.
“There are certain lenders better suited for a particular transaction due to a client’s unique situation,” says Kellem & Kellem principal, Steve Kellem. “There are certain methods of resolving a title issue that one insurer is better at than others; there are creative solutions to differences between parties that arise during negotiations. Experience is the best teacher of how to problem solve effectively.”
In 2007, Joyce Friedman joined the Kellems as a partner. “Joyce was a favorite of the broker community when she arrived,” says Steve, “my respect for her was high and has only grown since then.”
“We think alike in so many ways,” says Joyce. “24/7 availability and commitment is an essential element of how we work – so we need each other if anyone is going to get a vacation,” she laughs.
In January, 2014 Joyce and Steve added a third partner, Attorney Michael Brust, formerly of the real estate firm Stanton and Davis. Mike is the managing attorney at the Kellem & Kellem satellite office at 1000 Plain Street in Marshfield, Massachusetts.
Also in 2014 Attorney Andrew Firnrohr joined the firm as a partner. Andy’s substantial conveyancing and general practice experience broadened the range of services the firm provides.
The firm’s junior attorneys include Marie Romans, who was a paralegal with Kellem & Kellem for over ten years before she attended and graduated from law school. Marie’s practice specializes in real estate relocation, industry and commercial closings.
Also working with Marie in the Hingham office is former Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers attorney Carol Baimas, who is a title expert and specializes in probate law.
“Carol and Marie and I know each other well enough to finish each other’s thoughts,” laughs Steve Kellem, “but we get to go home at night to separate houses!”