The McLaughlin Group

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We support successful families and business owners, addressing key decisions in their financial lives. We understand wealth and its complexities, collaborating with discretion and care to nurture multiple generations as families and business owners clarify their financial identities.

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Meet the Team

The private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management are rigorously trained to help meet your specialized needs with relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

The following specialists do not make securities recommendations. Please contact your Merrill Private Wealth Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.

Jana Hunter

Alternative Investments Regional Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Michael Duffy

Wealth Strategist


Strategies designed to help you achieve your goals

As a client of Merrill Private Wealth Management, you have access to services and resources ordinarily reserved for the world’s largest institutions. We work with individuals, families spanning multiple generations, business owners and executives. Using a goals-based wealth management approach, we put our clients at the center of every personalized strategy.

Our Approach

Our Philosophy

We believe your unique goals should be at the center of all of your financial decisions and form the foundation of your financial strategy. Because significant wealth requires customized goals-based financial strategies, we believe in building lasting relationships with a limited number of clients, taking the time to understand your most important priorities for today, tomorrow and your long-term future. Our philosophy celebrates collaboration. Working with a team of specialists, we draw on the resources and insights of a global financial institution to create strategies that reflect your aspirations for yourself and current and future generations of your family. Finally, we believe that while significant wealth brings complex challenges, our experience, passion and perspectives can help you simplify your life.


Families like yours with significant wealth face multiple demands and competing priorities such as maintaining your lifestyle, staying healthy, preparing the rising generation, seeking meaningful philanthropic opportunities, and taking advantage of new tax laws, all while keeping your capital prudently invested.* The McLaughlin Group serves as a critical resource, helping families think through these and other issues in an effort to help you make smart, informed financial decisions.  We appreciate the hard work and ingenuity you’ve invested into your family, your company, and your community. We want to help you to pursue enhanced outcomes in each of these areas.

* Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

About Our Team

Significant wealth brings a host of opportunities—and challenges—that can be difficult to wade through. That’s where we come in. We’ve helped people like you many times before, so we know what you should consider, and what you should avoid. Our goal is to help you capitalize on the advantages and avoid the pitfalls of managing your hard-earned wealth. We’ve worked together as a team for more than 15 years and have earned our reputation by serving families like yours.

We welcome the opportunity to help you and those you care about move forward with poise and reassurance. Our team’s founder, Dugan McLaughlin, has earned a number of national accolades, underscoring our team’s emphasis on consistency and care:

  • Barron's: "Top 1,000 Financial Advisors," 2011-2013
  • Barron's: "Top 1,200 Financial Advisors," 2014-2019
  • Forbes: "Best-in-State Wealth Advisor," 2018 and 2019
Barron’s “America’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors: State-by-State” 
Published annually in February. Rankings based on data as of September 30 of prior year.

Barron’s “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State” 
Published annually in February-March. Rankings based on data as of September 30 of prior year.

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” 
Published annually Jan – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.

Private Business Owners

If you are considering expanding, transferring, or selling your business, talk to us. We’ve been through this process many times before. We’ve built our team to cater to your needs and those of your family members. We can provide you with insights and options you may not have considered, and we’ll handle these discussions with the sensitivity and discretion you deserve. Through it all, you’ll receive a level of service that testifies to your importance to us, day in and day out.

Businesses are complicated. There is often a very fine line between where the business stops and the family starts.  Our thorough process helps you quantify the amount of capital your family will need to extract from the business if you were to enter into a sale.  We provide access to cash-flow models and identify expenses that would transition from the business back to the family. 

We’re good collaborators, particularly for complex business transactions with many moving parts. We’ll work closely with your trusted tax and legal advisors, helping promote sound communication and effective teamwork. We also connect you to the Private Sale Referral Network (PSRN) at Merrill, one of the most important differentiators of our firm. We’ll introduce you to a deal team that will help you find the right investor or buyer for your company. The team will work to optimize outcomes for your business, employees, and community, serving your needs discreetly. We recognize that there’s more than price to consider; we’ll help you secure a deal structure and terms that align with your priorities.

If you are considering a liquidity event, we know the ideal timing, sequence, and synchronization. We also know the factors to consider, sensitive to your unique priorities and preferences:

  • Business structure
  • Wealth Transfer Opportunities
  • Portfolio Diversification Needs
  • Cash Flow Projections and Analyses
  • *Tax Implications
  • Charitable Giving Strategies

*Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

Intergenerational Family Wealth

We appreciate that your story is distinct; we’ve been privileged to help other successful families, each with a unique history and family dynamic. We’ll help you cement the vision and values that have been the foundation of your success, fostering a “ripple effect” on succeeding generations.

We look to promote sound stewardship by educating your children and grandchildren about the privileges and responsibilities that accompany significant wealth. Family values are not simply about money; they are about individuals coming together. We work with you and your loved ones to cultivate the habits and mindsets that can help families grow, preserve, and pass on wealth effectively. We have extensive experience in facilitating family meetings, mentoring rising generations, and building communication within families. These practices can have a significant impact on a family’s long-term outlook, cohesiveness, and harmony.

Statistics suggest that 90% of the time, significant wealth will not survive beyond the third generation. We strive to help clients forge a different path by introducing best practices from other families who have learned to successfully navigate and grow wealth for multiple generations. We’ll connect you to peer families who have undergone similar events. Their insights will help you weigh your options, reduce stress and amplify positive outcomes for you and the people you love.

Service that Endures

Exceptional service is something that is easy to talk about, but hard to deliver. We focus on living up to—and exceeding—your expectations.

We believe our service team is without peers. Our Private Wealth Associates are vital to your happiness and our success:

  • We are painstaking. Our goal is precision. It’s a high bar that we set for ourselves.
  • We are consistent. Our Associates have been assisting families like yours for decades. We help you determine what you need, and when you need it.
  • We are empathetic. Your joys and your challenges become our own. We treat you as we would treat our own family members.
  • We are reliable. We don’t turn the lights out until things are squared away and questions are resolved.
  • We are focused. We work with a limited number of families, knowing them exceptionally well.
  • We are discreet. Your privacy is extremely important to us.

A Commitment to Service

Merrill Private Wealth Management is committed to providing a select group of clients with highly personalized one-on-one service. When you work with us, our knowledgeable, rigorously trained private wealth advisors will gain a deep understanding of your goals, help you develop a multigenerational wealth strategy, and help you update your strategy as needed. We are committed to providing you access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, and Merrill will continue to invest in client tools and new technology to enhance your overall experience as you and your private wealth advisor pursue what’s most important to you.

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Our Vision

For clients of substantial means, Merrill Private Wealth Management provides an experience that is both powerful and personal. We are dedicated to helping you pursue your goals for today while developing an approach designed to support your family members for the years to come.

Your private wealth advisor and team of specialists work with a limited number of clients, enabling them to focus their time, training and passion on helping you simplify your personal and business finances and prepare your next generation.

Boutique-like service with the access to the investment resources of Merrill and banking convenience of Bank of America

We combine the personalized attention and feel of a smaller firm with the power and insights of a global financial institution, creating financial strategies tailored to your unique situation.

A relentless commitment to transparency and customized strategies

As our client, know we are working in your best interests, providing goals-based financial strategies designed to anticipate and help meet your evolving financial needs.