63 Years of Experience

Roger B. Leland

President (1957-2020)

On Friday, January 17th, Roger Leland passed away peacefully at the age of 90, at home while surrounded by the love of his family.

Roger was born in Waltham, a son to the late Rodney M. and Mabel (Conant) Leland. He was raised in Northborough and graduated Wilbraham Academy, Class of 1947. Roger attended the University of Kentucky where in 1954 he earned his BA and LL.B degrees (now J.D.) concurrently and was awarded membership to the elite Pershing Rifles fraternal organization. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in 1954, the same year he enlisted into the U.S. Army where he served as a 1st Lt. in the Army Judge Advocate General Corp (JAGS). After his honorable discharge, Roger continued his service to his country as a captain in the US Army Reserves.

In 1957, Roger started his law practice in Northborough which continues today. Roger’s expertise as an attorney afforded him admittance to practice in the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court, Kentucky Supreme Court, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States Tax Court and Supreme Court of the United States. He was a member of the American, Massachusetts, Kentucky & Worcester Bar Assns. and a lifetime member of the Kentucky Law Journal. He was instrumental in the development of a Moot Court program and funded an endowment at the University of Kentucky to assist law students. In addition to his lifelong career of practicing law, Roger continued to operate Leland Insurance, a company his father started in 1921, and maintained his real estate broker and construction supervisor licensure.

Roger earned his Masters of Law (LL. M.) in Banking from Boston University and served as Chairman of the Board of the former Westborough Bank as well as its Executive Committee, as Chairman of its Long Range Planning Committee and as a member of its Board of Directors. He later was appointed as Trustee Emeritus at Avidia Bank.

The Town of Northborough will remember Roger for the countless hours of volunteering and professional knowledge provided as he worked to better the community which he was proud to call home. For over 30 years, at various periods, Roger served on the Long Range Financial Planning Committee, and as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Wage and Salary Classification Commission, Assistant Town Counsel and the Industrial Development Committee. In 2018, Northborough honored Roger’s longtime service to the town by bestowing to him the honor of Grand Marshal of the Applefest Parade.

He was a sportsman who loved many individual sports but golf was his lifelong passion. A member of Mid Ocean in Bermuda and of the Worcester Country Club for over 50 years, they awarded him Lifetime status. A loving family man, Roger took particular pride in his home on Bustins Island in Casco Bay, Maine. It was a special place for Roger to read, putter around on projects with all his toys, and share quality time with family and maybe a “taste” with friends. As an active participant in the Bustins Community, he served many years on the Board of Overseers, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. He was instrumental in future financial planning and extremely proud of his work on “The Roads Project”.

Roger is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lorraine J. (Gravelle) Leland; seven children, Mark C. Leland of Ohio, Leslie B. Leland of Ohio, James B. Leland of Framingham, Jeffrey B. Leland of Northborough, Michael B. Leland of Grafton, Jeanne L. Santella of Northborough and Pamela L. Lavoie of Millbury. He also leaves six grandchildren; Aja Leland of New Mexico, Christopher Nolin of Arlington, Connor and Brittany Leland of Northborough, Thomas and Daniel Aldonis of Millbury; and two great-grandchildren; Caulin Altman and Haedin Leland of New Mexico; many nieces and nephews, and countless others, friends and colleagues, near and far who have benefited from the pride and influence Roger’s life has made on them. Roger was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Susan, and his three siblings; Rodney C. Leland, Sarah E. Cawley and Dorothy F. Taylor.

Jeffrey B. Leland

President (2020- Present)

JEFFREY B. LELAND is President of the firm. A life-long resident of Northborough, Jeff graduated from Bates College in 1987. After taking a sabbatical of one year to teach high school students in Japan, he attended the University of Kentucky College of Law and received his J.D. in 1991. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1991 and the U. S. Court of Appeals in 1992. In 2008, Jeff received his Masters of Law in Estate Planning and Elder Law from Western New England College of Law.

His professional memberships include the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder-Law Attorneys and the Massachusetts Academy of Elder-Law Attorneys, as well as the Real Estate Bar Association.

Jeff is particularly qualified to serve the needs of senior citizens. He is a two time past President of the Board of Directors of BayPath Elder Services, Inc., a home care company funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and an Aging Services Access Point (ASAP). He was the former Chair of the Building Committee for the new Northborough Senior Center which opened in 2008. He is a former member of the Council on Aging as well as a Friend of the Council on Aging.

Presently, Jeff serves on the Planning Board of a Village Corporation in Freeport, Maine, as well as on the Zoning Board of Appeals in his home town of Northborough.

Jeff is also owner and Vice President of the Leland Insurance Agency, Inc., a company founded by his grandfather.
Jeff is currently privileged to serve as an Incorporator, Director, and Trustee of Avidia Bank, which was formed in 2007 with the merger of Westborough Bank and Hudson Savings Bank.

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