Scott D. Kriss‚ Esq.‚ Founder & President
Attorney Kriss was born and raised in Rhode Island‚ conducted his undergraduate studies in Maine‚ and earned his law degree in Connecticut. The son of two small business owners‚ Attorney Kriss brings that same hardworking dedication to his practice. He has brought Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow from a small practice to one of the most recognized real estate firms on the East Coast operating under the credo that “no call ever goes unreturned‚” Attorney Kriss has also served as a contributor to Mortgage Originator Magazine.
Michael P. Krone‚ Esq.‚ Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Attorney Krone has been involved in the practice of real estate law for over 30 years. He has managed several real estate businesses and law firms and has vast experience in the title insurance industry. Attorney Krone has served as Vice President of First American Title Insurance Company and was founder and CEO of ClosingCounsel.com. He brings his experience in operations to Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC in the development of new technologies and services while emphasizing customer care and satisfaction. Attorney Krone also directs the Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC's educational services for Realtors‚ Lenders‚ Buyers and Sellers.
Chris Morton, Esq., Managing Attorney
Attorney Morton has been with the Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC since May of 2005. Born and raised in Westbrook‚ Maine, he is a 1994 graduate of the New England School of Law. Attorney Morton is senior title counsel at Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC, and specializes in the representation of mortgage lenders‚ buyers and sellers in real estate acquisitions and financing.
Scott M. Taylor‚ Esq., Partner
Raised in Newton‚ Massachusetts‚ Attorney Taylor joined Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC in 2008 and became a partner in 2015. Attorney Taylor graduated with honors from Lehigh University in 2002 and Suffolk University Law School in 2006. Attorney Taylor focuses on general real estate and land title matters‚ including representing buyers and sellers in purchase and sale negotiations‚ as well as representing lenders in residential real estate closings.
David Cuttler‚ Esq., Partner
Originally from Montreal‚ Canada‚ Attorney Cuttler received his degree in Social Sciences from Marianopolis College in 1996 then went on to obtain a BA in Psychology from Concordia University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2000. Attorney Cuttler continued his studies at New England School of Law in Boston, focusing in the area of Real Estate Law. He graduated with Dean's List honors in 2005 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar that same year. He served as counsel with Barbera & Shargel LLP in their Real Estate department prior to merging with Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC in 2008. Attorney Cuttler serves as a senior attorney specializing in buyer and seller representation and real estate closings. David was named a partner of the firm in 2015.
Isadora Connor, National Sales Manager
Isadora Connor is the National Sales Manager for Atlantic Closing & Escrow. Prior to managing sales nationwide, she was instrumental in establishing the company’s Washington, D.C. office and growing Atlantic Closing & Escrow’s footprint in the Mid-Atlantic region. Before joining Atlantic Closing & Escrow in 2012, Isadora focused her career on sales and business development across a variety of industries and company stages from listed to start-up. Today she is applying her proprietary sales methodology to expanding the Kriss Law/Atlantic brand. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from American University and resides in Washington, DC.
Susan Sullivan, Managing Paralegal
Susan joined Kriss Law/Atlantic in 2011. She has over 13 years of real estate settlement experience. Ms. Sullivan is responsible for managing and overseeing the firm’s senior paralegals and assisting in every aspect of our closing process.
Beverly Goodwin, Business Intake & Office Manager
A lifelong resident of Waltham, Massachusetts, Beverly joined Kriss Law/Atlantic 8 years ago following a nearly three decade stint as a Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Manager. As Firm Manager, she works closely with all departments to see that our customer service and overall process runs smoothly.
Danielle Hill, Funding & Disbursement Manager
Danielle Hill grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Shippensburg University in 2006. She relocated to Massachusetts in 2008 to attend Suffolk University, where she graduated in 2009 with a second bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. Danielle joined Kriss Law/Atlantic in 2009 and took over both our Funding and Disbursement Departments shortly thereafter. Through a keen attention to detail and an eye for efficiency, Danielle has streamlined many of our processes to create check points for quality control while maintaining our focus on providing excellent customer service throughout the entire transaction.
Irene Figueiredo, Human Resources/Firm Manager
Born and raised in Massachusetts and a current resident of Natick, Irene joined Kriss Law/Atlantic in 2016. Irene graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Education. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources and office management and has worked in the research and development industry for most of her career. She performs these functions at Kriss Law/Atlantic. Irene is a highly creative problem solver, effective people person and team builder. Irene enjoys running, mountain biking and yoga in her free time.
Samantha Phucas, Mid-Atlantic Operations Manager
Samantha is originally from the Mid-Atlantic region and holds her B.A. in Jurisprudence and her Masters in Legal and Ethical studies from the University of Baltimore. She is currently studying to sit for the Maryland CPA exam. Ms. Phucas uses her legal, accounting, and managerial experience and skills to lead Kriss Law/Atlantic’s Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware presence.
Kim Smith, Florida State Manager
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Kim began her career in the title industry in 1988. Bilingual, Kim has worked as a title closer, REO manager, and commercial paralegal. Kim heads Kriss Law/Atlantic’s Florida operations.
Nikki Aurelio, Disbursement Team Leader
Nikki is a four-year member of the Kriss Law/Atlantic management team. Born and raised in Framingham, MA and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Nikki and her team insure that all closed loan packages are returned to our lender partners in an expedient nature.
Joellen Mullen, Esq., National Desk Manager
A lifetime resident of Dighton, MA, Ms. Mullen is a 1990 graduate of Rhode Island College and a 1996 graduate of the Southern New England School of Law. Joellen began her career in real estate law in 1994 as a paralegal and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1996. Joellen manages Kriss Law/Atlantic’s title processes at the national level.
Brian Carroll, Legal Assistant Manager
Brian grew up in Canton, MA and joined Kriss Law/Atlantic in 2014. Mr. Carroll is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Brian’s primary role at Kriss Law/Atlantic is the management of over 20 legal assistants. He makes sure their title production and file management is up to his high standards. Prior to joining Kriss Law/Atlantic, Mr. Carroll was a title examiner.
Paralegals And Staff:
Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC employ over 20 paralegals‚ legal assistants and staff members to assist our customers in every facet of the real estate and mortgage closing transaction. The average level of real estate experience for Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC's employees is over 10 years. Each member of the staff has only one credo in the performance of their daily duties — customer satisfaction!
Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC engage qualified and experienced attorneys to close each of the transactions that we handle. Whether it be representing a buyer or seller or handling a mortgage transaction for a lender‚ Kriss Law and Atlantic Closing & Escrow, LLC's attorneys understand every aspect of the transaction and perform their services with the highest level of quality and integrity.
Ben Hollander, Esq., Senior Connecticut Counsel
Attorney Hollander is a graduate of George Washington University and Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has been in private practice since 1999 in Connecticut specializing in transactional matters including representation of buyers, sellers, and lenders. Attorney Hollander's practice has also included his appointment as a Special Public Defender.
Diana Khan, Esq., Senior Mid-Atlantic Counsel
Diana Khan is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BA in Political Science and Psychology. Following her undergraduate studies, Attorney Khan earned her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Diana joins Kriss Law/Atlantic’s Mid-Atlantic team with 5 years of experience working within short sale negotiations, contract drafting and all other residential real estate matters. Attorney Khan's practice focuses on representing Buyers and Sellers in real estate closings.
Kenneth Russo, Esq., Senior Florida Counsel
Raised in Cranston, Rhode Island‚ Attorney Russo pursued his undergraduate studies in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, graduating from McGill University with a B.A. in Humanistic Studies (History and Foreign Languages). He earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1990. He has concentrated his legal work in residential and commercial real estate transactions since 2003, including representation of buyers, sellers and lenders, and has extensive experience in conducting closings. He has been admitted to practice in Florida, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts and also holds a Real Estate Broker’s license in Massachusetts. Attorney Russo joins Kriss Law/Atlantic to combine his enthusiasm for real estate with his skills in forging new business relationships within the real estate and lending communities in order to further the company’s growth in the Florida marketplace.
Charles Silver, Esq., Connecticut Counsel
Charles graduated from Lehigh University in 1974 with a B.S. in Accounting and from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1977 with a J.D. Charles began his career in 1977 at Arthur Anderson & Company in Hartford, Connecticut as a Senior Tax Accountant. Charles became a CPA in 1979. In 1981 he became a Junior Partner with the Law Firm Rome, Case, Kennelly and Klebanoff in Bloomfield, Connecticut and in 1990 he joined the firm of Beizer and Weintraub in West Hartford, Connecticut as a Partner. Charles opened his own Law Practice in Bloomfield, Connecticut in 1995 and a second office in Stratford, Connecticut in 2005. Charles joins his Kriss Law/Atlantic colleagues in representing buyers, sellers, and lenders.
Margaret Gunkel, Esq.
Attorney Gunkel focuses on residential real estate matters. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Attorney Gunkel graduated with honors from Middlebury College in 2005 and from Charleston School of Law in 2009. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Georgia, and South Carolina. Prior to joining Kriss Law, Attorney Gunkel practiced bankruptcy law.
Elisavet Pesirides, Esq.
Attorney Pesirides is a graduate of Suffolk University and the Massachusetts School of Law. Aside from traditional attorney functions, Elisavet also acts as our most senior New England client liaison.
Corey Pelletier, Esq.
Originally from Attleboro, MA, Attorney Pelletier earned his undergraduate degree from Babson College in 1998. After graduation, he owned and operated the Wellesley Bread Company before attending Suffolk University Law School. Attorney Pelletier’s practice focuses on representing Buyers and Sellers in real estate negotiations and lenders in real estate closings.
Anthony Musto, Esq.
Attorney Musto earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Massachusetts. Anthony joins his colleagues at Kriss Law/Atlantic in focusing on representing buyers, sellers and lenders in residential real estate transactions. Prior to joining Kriss Law/Atlantic, Attorney Musto worked as an associate at Reed & Giordano in Boston, where he handled a multitude of civil matters on behalf of his clients.
Aviv Shamash, Esq.
Attorney Shamash focuses on residential real estate matters. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Attorney Shamash earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then attended Suffolk University Law School where he graduated, summa cum laude, in 2012. Aviv interned at Kriss Law/Atlantic during his law school tenure.
Dylan Griffis, Esq.
Raised in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Attorney Griffis joined Kriss Law/Atlantic in 2016. Attorney Griffis graduated from the University of Rhode Island cum laude in 2006 and from Roger Williams University School of Law cum laude in 2012. Attorney Griffis focuses his practice on general real estate matters including representing buyers and sellers in purchase and sales negotiations and representing buyers, sellers, and lenders in residential real estate closings. Attorney Griffis is licensed to practice law in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Geoffrey Sciotti, Esq.
Attorney Sciotti was raised in Lincoln, Rhode Island. He joined Kriss Law/Atlantic in 2016. Attorney Sciotti graduated from Fairfield University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. In 2014, he earned his juris doctor with a focus in real estate law at Suffolk University Law School. Attorney Sciotti focuses his practice on general real estate matters, including representing residential purchasers and sellers in purchase and sales negotiation matters and representing purchasers, sellers and lenders in residential real estate closings. Attorney Sciotti is licensed to practice law in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.