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Our Team

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The Dorner Law Team in 2015; we've since welcomed a couple of new members!
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Hillery Dorner, Esq.

Albany Law School of Union University - Albany, NY

Juris Doctorate 1991, Standing: Top 26%

Admitted to Massachusetts Bar Association in 1991

University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA

B.A. Honors Psychology

Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Title Agent for Old Republic National Title Company, CATIC National Title Insurance Company, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

Member of the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA), American Land Title Association (ALTA), and Title Action Network

Hillery has been practicing real estate law for over twenty-seven years, and has the experience, know-how, and chutzpah to ensure all of her clients have smooth and easy transactions and receive top-notch service! She lives and works in Acton, but brings her business to all areas of central and eastern Massachusetts, the Cape, the Islands, New Hampshire, and Maine.


She is a proud member of the Steering Committee for Women for UMass, a former member of the Board of Directors for Homes for Our Troops, and an avid Patriots fan. In her spare time, her go-to activities are photography and scuba-diving.

Carolyn Benoit, Esq.

Suffolk University Law School - Boston, MA

Juris Doctorate 2007, Cum Laude, Evening Division

Admitted to Massachusetts Bar Association in 2007

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

B.S. Marketing & Psychology

Magna Cum Laude

Member of the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA)

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Carolyn has over twenty years of experience in the real estate industry, with over fifteen years as an attorney specializing in residential and commercial real estate transactions. She helps clients acquire, transfer, develop, and finance residential and commercial properties, and also represents national and local lenders for their due diligence and financing needs. As a result, she has been involved in the development and conversion of hundreds of condominium units throughout the state.


After living in the City for ten years, Carolyn is currently a resident of Lynnfield. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending spin and pilates classes, and taking weekend road trips.

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Andrew Shealy, Esq.


New England School of Law - Boston, MA

Juris Doctorate 2010

Admitted to Massachusetts Bar Association in 2010

University of Vermont - Burlington, VT

B.A. Political Science

Affiliate Member of North Shore Realtors

Andy has spent many years as an attorney assisting others with their real estate and housing needs, both in the public and private sectors. At the Attorney General's office, he helped homeowners avoid foreclosure and enforced the Manufactured Housing regulations; thereafter, he joined private practice in real estate law. Now, he is thrilled to bring his experience to the Dorner Law team!


Andy is an enthusiastic skier as well as a Patriots and Bruins fan, and prefers to spend his free time with his family and German Shepherd. 

Julie Carraher

Director of Operations

Merrimack College - North Andover, MA

B.A. Psychology

Behind every successful real estate lawyer is a well-run and well-managed office—Dorner Law is no exception, and Julie has been providing the office with exceptional organization and the highest level of real estate service since 2007.


Her delightful, easy-going personality makes for a pleasant work environment and ensures that our clients always feel informed, comfortable, and confident in their transactions.

Nora Daigle

Senior Paralegal Title-Clearing Specialist

Clark University - Worcester, MA

B.A. & M.A. History

As the head of our title department, Nora has demonstrated time and time again that her research skills are peerless and invaluable. Whenever a title issue (such as a missing discharge) emerges during a transaction, she can always be relied upon to provide the resolution!


Her favorite activities include alpine skiing and cheering on the Red Sox.

Linh Nguyen

Senior Paralegal | Contract & Sale Specialist

University of New Hampshire School of Law - Concord, NH

Juris Doctorate 2011

University of Washington - Seattle, WA

B.A. Economics


Linh assists in drafting and editing Purchase and Sale agreements and manages all of the sale transactions in our office. She is usually copied on our emails, so there will always be someone to answer questions and see that every important detail is taken care of!


Linh joins us all the way from Seattle, WA, and brings with her a "West Coast" perspective, including her love for the Seahawks. As a self-proclaimed "foodie," she keeps everyone in the office well-fed with her magnificent cookies! 

Monica Hurst

Senior Paralegal | Purchase Specialist

Northeastern University - Boston, MA

B.A. English


Monica is a manager in our loan-closing department and possesses incredible attention to detail; all documents that pass through her desk are closely checked for accuracy and cleared of defects so our clients can have complete peace of mind.

She lives in Natick, MA, and is part of a close-knit, extended family. Like many of our clients, Monica came to us through a referral back in 2011, and we are thrilled to have her on our team!

Brianna Whiteway

Paralegal | Sale Specialist

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA

B.A. Psychology


Since joining our team in 2015, Brianna has been instrumental in helping our office implement new technologies to better support our clients and streamline our processes. By maintaining and frequently updating our lines of communication, she ensures that all parties stay informed every step of the way. 


Outside of work, Brianna enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her family. 

Thomas Slack

Paralegal | Purchase Specialist

University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA

B.A. Liberal Arts

Thomas became a part of our team in 2023, after returning from Japan where he was teaching English. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and brings his commitment to integrity, service, and excellence to the work he does here to help our clients. 

When not at work, Thomas enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

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