|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Attorney||McGrath & Kane||2016 - 2016|
|Adjunct Professor||Suffolk University Law School||1991 - 1997|
|Law clerk||McGrath & Kane||1986 - 1987|
|Law Clerk||White Inker Aronson||1985 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The American Academy For Certified Financial Litigators||Founding Member||2015 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Inns of Court||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|Boston Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|South Middlesex Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court||Member||N/A|
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|Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.||Dividing Employee Benefits in Divorce and the Occasional Interplay of Federal Legislation||2009|
|Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.||Turning Down the Flames, Handling the Bitter Divorce||2001|
|Suffolk University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|Denison University||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.||Advocating Under Alimony||2016|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.||Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop||2016|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.||Advocating Under the Alimony Reform Act||2015|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.||Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop||2014|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.||Alimony Summit||2013|
Posted by anonymous
I hired Stephen to lead my divorce case after interviewing four of the top divorce attorneys in the Boston and metro-West Boston area. I was impressed with his strategic perspective, consistently quick recall of the facts of my specific case, and the fact that he is very, very bright.
There is little to nothing he hasn't seen in his decades of experience and he brought his considerable knowledge and pattern recognition to bear working with the judge and multiple opposing attorneys. He got me to a settlement agreement I felt very good about without a trial and without a custody battle, which was a huge win for me and my children.
In addition to being very smart (you want an exceptionally sharp thinker negotiating your divorce settlement) he is an excellent writer, which matters more than you might think, because judges have to wade through pages and pages of often poorly-written arguments. In my case, the judge would often repeat verbatim something Stephen had written in a brief when issuing a judgement, e.g., on a child support issue, and another ruling on division of assets. When an attorney knows how to make the judge's job easier, the client wins, and I certainly did.
Stephen is calm, has a good sense of humor, and builds excellent relationships, which matters for successfully negotiating outcomes e.g., interim agreements like temporary child support, the final settlement agreement. He was extremely effective through three changes in opposing counsel, and one particularly difficult opposing attorney. He kept his eye on my goal, which was a fair settlement as fast as I could get it. He didn't let his emotions or ego get in the way of my goals.
His advice to me was always clear, which was extremely helpful and comforting to me during an emotionally charged and stressful period of time. For instance, he helped me calibrate big versus little issues, and what was worth fighting for versus letting go.
Stephen has an excellent staff with whom he works very effectively. They were able to answer my more routine questions, and knew when to involve him, including during two emergencies involving the police. They are knowledgeable and highly responsive.
My divorce settlement was agreed several years ago. It was rock solid because of Stephen's smart, strategic guidance. My ex and I have never had to go back to attorneys, which has made our lives and the lives of our children much better. The fact that I haven't had to go back to Stephen speaks to his effectiveness and ability to put his clients' interests first. I would not hesitate to engage him again, however, if I I did need help.
Posted by Rudi
Steve handled a contentious and challenging divorce process in my case starting in 2003 and through numerous subsequent modifications up to and in the wake of alimony reform in 2013. He was a fantastic advisor in helping me navigate the Mass probate system. He's extremely savy in balancing the need for legal action with expected outcomes and won't generate unnecessary legal fees. He'll tell his clients as he sees it, not what they want to hear. He has had input and advised on State Probate Law and is a true expert in this field. His firm is small but has the advantage of agility over some of the larger firms in the area. If you like a smaller firm where the managing partner is intimately involved in the practice, Lander & Lander is the place to go.
Posted by anonymous
Divorce is an emotionally and financially draining process. It is also complicated and confusing so hiring someone who is well versed in family law is paramount. I had already been through the proceedings when I hired Steve, but needed counsel to help me negotiate the outstanding issues. Steve was able to quickly and skillfully negotiate on my behalf, sparing me the burdens of a long and drawn out battle, and winning me the most favorable outcome. Steve is compassionate, protective and witty just at the right time. He continues to be someone I turn to and trust when I have legal concerns. He is truly the best. I feel very lucky to know he's in my corner.
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