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Thomas J. Taranto

Divorce and separation Attorney at Salem, MA

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Practicing exclusively in the area of family law, divorce, custody, alimony and child support in both Essex and Middlesex Counties. Long standing member of the Massachusetts, Essex and Salem Bar Associations. Member of American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

    28 years

  2. Alimony

  3. Child custody

  4. Child support

  5. Family

  6. Marriage and prenuptials


Attorney Taranto is an experienced family law attorney and negotiator who counsels clients in complex high asset divorce cases, often highly contentious. He also counsels clients in post-divorce matters; modifications involving alimony/spousal support, child support, and custody. Upon the completion of his undergraduate Degree in Finance from Boston College’s prestigious Carroll School of Management and; he worked for an international corporation then started and successfully developed his own medical company, which involved interfacing with accountants, lawyers, bankers and high-level business executives. Understanding how a business functions, the ability to analyze business and personal financial statements, coupled with an uncanny ability to negotiate are components leading to his success in achieving results that clients and former clients rave about. The business knowledge he brings just doesn’t come from having read books or attending seminars. It stems from life experience. Attorney Taranto has been divorced with children, and fully understands the financial impacts of a divorce as well as the importance of both parents having ample parenting time with their children. After passing a comprehensive exam, he has received his certification as a Certified Financial Litigator. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators. The AACFL provides its member firms with customized training in the financial aspects of litigation including accounting, taxation, investments, valuation, forensics, and compensation.

Attorney Taranto is also a Certified Mediator and a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. He has received the highest ranking from AVVO, 10 out of 10, a national rating service for lawyers. The outstanding reviews the firm continuously receives are from clients and former clients; which in his view should be the most highly regarded.


Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice


Thomas J. Taranto


5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Lisa | March 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable, Dedicated and Honest!
I have worked with Thomas Taranto twice since 2013. I have retained his services as well as utilized him on a consultation basis. Atty Taranto doesn't play games. He is straight forward, professional, knowledgeable, extremely dedicated, and responsive. I highly recommend The Law Office of Thomas Taranto. There aren't many attorneys, in my opinion, who provide the same level of legal expertise and service.
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Posted by claudia owens | April 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sharp and knowledgeable attorney that delivers positive results for his clients
Thomas represented me in my divorce settlement and was very impressive in his knowledge of the Mass divorce laws, negotiating and strategic skills. Thomas was nothing short of a true professional. He handled extreme adversity he ran into in my case calmly and proffesionally. He was responsive to my questions, gave sound advice, was very fair with legal fees and helped me come to a successful outcome. He shows compassion, dedication and is completely ethical in his work. I would highly recommend Thomas Taranto as an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
When in Need of a Divorce Attorney
Having to contact a divorce lawyer is not something to look forward to. The LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS J. TARANTO made the process straight forward and easy to navigate. Attorney Taranto handled the divorce proceedings with the utmost professionalism providing transparency, timely follow-up and on-going status changes. He helped me to prepare and handled my case according to my needs and wishes. I highly recommend that you contact Attorney Taranto if you are seeking an experienced divorce attorney
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Posted by Jay | March 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable and gets results!
After vetting multiple candidates for representation during my divorce proceedings, I quickly honed in on Tom. He is extremely knowledgeable in his area of expertise, and also has solid financial acumen. His advising and responsiveness made the process easier and helped relieve a lot of stress while balancing a full-time workload as a business executive. Tom asks the right questions and understands complexities and interdependencies well, and paired with being a strong negotiator, he helped me achieve the results I had hoped for regarding settlement.
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Posted by Michael | March 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce Lawyer
I highly recommend Tom. He's been my lawyer in divorce proceedings, and has been effective, knowledgeable, helpful, and understanding throughout the process. His understanding of the court requirements, familiarity with judges, and suggestions on potential solutions to difficult problems, made him invaluable. I can't thank him enough, and you are likely to experience the same.
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Posted by Dimitri | May 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I have been working with Tom from beginning to end of my divorce for a total of well over four years. Tom represented me with 100% success through numerous motions, two trials and one appeal. I could write a book about it, but I will keep this short. If I could summarize my thoughts in one sentence I’d say you do not want to be on the other end of the table with Tom. I was very fortunate to choose Tom as my attorney, and he did a great job. Tom never lost focus throughout this long period, and he treated every step of it with the urgency it deserved. I learned throughout this period (from my case and from spending so much time in court) that for an attorney to be successful it is not sufficient for him/her to just be knowledgeable of the law. A successful attorney needs to have experience, credibility and be respected with, and by, court officials. A good attorney needs to understand what Judges value the most and how to communicate the essence of the problem appropriately. Tom possesses all those attributes. Tom has the ability to take ownership of your case as a professional, but act on it as if you are his family member for whom he needs to fight tooth and nail. Tom’s intensity was the same at the end as it was at the beginning of the 4+ years. Everything got done on time. Every single phone call of mine got answered. And even though this was an extremely stressful period, I had peace of mind because I knew I was in good hands. Personally, I can’t thank him enough, and I hope this review will help others make the same good decision I made in going with Tom.
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Posted by Michael | March 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you live on the north shore hire Tom
So do you find yourself married to a not great person (Avvo is making me be nice here)? That was dumb and from here on out you can't afford to be dumb. Hire Tom now! He guided me through a very tough divorce and custody battle. We went through two lawyers on opposition because he so firmly handled the first one. Tom knows how the other local lawyers operate and can give you insight into how the judges tend to rule on various issues. We were always steps ahead and in the driver's seat for the entirety of the proceedings. Every trap they tried to set and issues that were being conjured up fell completely flat because Tom is that damn good. So next up in the don't be dumb category, listen to and do everything he tells you. You hired a lawyer for a reason. Tom will give you a very realistic prediction on what you can and can't get in a divorce. Not listening to him will only cost you more money and jeopardize your chances of a favorable outcome. Opposition started at an unrealistic position and was forced to give ground while we stood firm. Opposition will try to paint you in a flat out false and damning image. Listen to Tom and keep your cool. Most importantly if you are a man going through a divorce immediately hire Tom and follow everything I've said above. I had the privilege of being the primary parent and raising my children but that's not always the case for men in this situation. Tom will be able to very accurately tell you what your best chances of custody will be and by staying realistic, with that outcome in mind you can better control where things will end up. Lastly, Tom has a secret weapon. Her name is Maria and she rocks. She put in time when ever I needed it, guided me in mitigating issues before they could arise and jump ahead of the nonsense BS that is about to be hurled your way. I won't divulge her trade secrets but she gives an amazing female insight as to what I (and you) will be up against. These two together are a dynamic duo. So to recap, stop being stupid. Hire Tom and Maria, listen to them, do everything they say and don't be dumb. You've been through enough and deserve to start your life over. So strap in, sack up and batton down the hatches you are in for a bumpy ride. With these two on your side you can weather the turbulence. Tom and Maria I thank you, my children thank you, my extended family thanks you and my new family thanks you.
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Posted by Bruce | September 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was really lucky to end up with Tom
Long story short, I was in a time crunch to find an attorney. I am in TX and divorce was happening in MA. Tom was extremely helpful and made me feel much better after our first consultation. Now, almost a year later, I have nothing but praise for attorney Taranto. He was very competent and experienced. He was respectful of my time and worked very hard to minimize my trips to MA. He did an excellent job of protecting my interests. Tom also did a great job of explaining the process to me in a way that I could understand. I felt better and better each time we talked because I knew I was in good hands. Also a special shout-out to his assistant, Maria. She was awesome with all the paperwork, etc. I appreciated that their office is very "electronic" oriented. We were able to do almost everything in a very efficient and organized way using some well thought out online processes. Maria was also very professional but patient with me when I sometimes was late with info. Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed with attorney Thomas Taranto.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Set your expectations very high - for that is what you shall get
Knowledgeable of not only the intricacies of divorce law but also of the prevailing tendencies of each of the judges. That is what sets Tom apart. That combined with his thorough attention to every detail, ability to answer any and all questions about our case, ability to speculate on what-if scenarios, and his exemplary responsiveness throughout the process, manifested itself into a exactly what you want. A FAIR AND PREDICTABLE OUTCOME WITH NO SURPRISES. Our court appearances before the judge were never ones of worry for me, but more the simple ratification of the outcomes which Attorney Taranto said would happen in prior discussion. This type of post-court exultation is only possible when your attorney knows the statutes, knows the players, and knows what is what is reasonable, possible, and likely. Never did I fear what a judge might say on court day. We did finally settle our case, and in doing so I was very impressed by Tom taking the time to highlight the plethora of details in the document language which were overlooked that worked in our favor. I learned a lot about the process through this ordeal. Let me say this, my case was settled and was done so predominantly within the bounds of what Tom had laid out for me in my first hour of speaking with him. That was no small task considering the ever moving goal-post and overreaching tendencies of the opposition, which we thwarted. If you are in need of an excellent divorce lawyer, I recommend and implore you to take the time to meet with Tom for an initial consultation. You will walk away knowing not only what to expect in terms of how your particular case will likely play out, but what you can expect from Tom as your attorney..... a lot. I recommend him without hesitation, but don't take my word for it, go meet with him and convince yourself.
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Posted by Dr. B. | December 15, 2014
My burden is finally lifted!
After months (years!) of attempting alimony relief from the court, Attorney Taranto helped me establish a settlement process as soon as we met. I was delighted with his knowledge of the current laws, his candor regarding all the individuals involved, and his responsiveness to my requests, especially when I was confused as to the legal process. In addition, his legal assistant Maria was efficient, proferssional and more than helpful. I would recommend Thama Taranto without hesitation as an excellent divorce attorney. Thanks again, Tom!
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Posted by Doug | November 7, 2014
Divorce & Custody
Tom is one of the most outstanding people I have ever met! His integrity is without question and advise thoughtful and comprehensive. I was continually impressed with his superior knowledge of the law and accounting practices as we navigated my difficult divorce case. I always was glad he was my attorney and not the opposing council! I never had to remind him of important issues and he seemed to know just when and how to address them through the case. His associate, Maria, is equally outstanding and when you team these two fantastic people up you can do no better! Regardless of your gender feel confident Tom and Maria are working as hard as anyone can to settle your case efficiently and as favorably as possible. I have never felt more supported and represented.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2014
Excellent Attorney! Extremely professional and knowledgeable.
I consulted with Mr. Taranto about child support, custody and visitation. He was extremely competent, professional and knowledgeable, and I felt very comfortable knowing he's been through divorce and custody with his own children. I had met with another attorney a few days before, but he lacked Mr. Taranto's firmness and empathy. I'd highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2013
Attorney Taranto Understands
Tom is an excellent advocate, and when I was going through my divorce, I knew that I had hired the right attorney when he worked day and night to make sure that my children and I would be fine through the entire process. He understood where I was coming from because he went through a divorce himself, and definitely knew his material. I will not go to another attorney because of how strong Tom's work ethic is. I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by Paul | February 20, 2013
Simply, the best!
I hired Tom to handle my divorce case from the start. I knew I would be leaving for Afghanistan and did not pursue custody at that that time, however it became clear that was the road we were going to have to go down. Even from Afghanistan, Tom communicated clearly with me, helped me understand each and every step of the process. I worked closely with Tom for over three years. He was patient and understanding, even when my patience and understanding were at an end. His honesty, hard work, knowledge of the law and his keen courtroom skills enabled me to have full custody of my children. My family and I will be forever thankful.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2012
Divorce was easy with Attorney Taranto
He made the toughest time in my life easier through his expansive knowledge on divorce and was a pleasure to have as an attorney. He understands what a client wants in a divorce and works hard to achieve that goal. Highly recommended!
Posted by Charles | September 4, 2008
Great lawyer! Extremely smart, cares so much about clients
I wasted $15k on other lawyers before I worked with Tom. He is a great advocate!
Posted by Ellen | May 28, 2008
Review of Thomas J. Taranto
Tom is an excellent lawyer. You know he stands by you and is on your side. He does his homework. He knows his stuff. He returns calls in a reasonable time. Is very clear and communicative and proactive. I highly recommend Mr. Taranto. I can't say enough about how much he has helped me. So I give him 5 stars all the way around because I got lucky when I chose him for my lawyer. You won't be disappointed if you go with Tom.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law office of Thomas J. Taranto, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present
  • President/General Counsel
  • Mass Medical Equipment, Inc.
  • 1996 - 2004


  • Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Boston College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • IN RE: John Doe
  • After a lengthy trial, Attorney Taranto was able to get custody awarded to his client.s the maternal grandparents.


  • Greater Newbury Port Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Endicott College Mentor Program
  • Mentor
  • 2014 - Present
  • Essex County ARC Program
  • Attorney Representing Children
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Academy of Dispute Resolution
  • Panel Judge Norheastern University School of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Counsel on Family Mediation
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
  • Certified Out Source Attorney for Domestic Violence
  • 2011 - Present
  • Salem Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member Family Law Section
  • 1996 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Member/Certified Court Conciliator
  • 1996 - Present
  • Court Guardian AD Litem
  • GAL
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Family Law Attorney
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • voted number 1 Attorney Salem,MA.
  • Reader's Choice Awards
  • 2016
  • Cum Laude
  • Boston College
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • International Mediation Tournament at Northeastern University Law School
  • Panel discussion on mediation techniques
  • 2013
  • North Shore Business Forum
  • Negotiating in the 21st century
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Thomas
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Although I have not worked with Attorney Taranto as opposing counsel, Tom is a fellow member of the family law bar in Essex County, and I have had the pleasure of observing Tom in the court room. Tom is articulate, knowledgeable and charismatic. He is an effective advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Taranto is an intelligent, knowledgeable, and passionate advocate for his clients, I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is an ethical lawyer and a zealous advocate for his clients. He presents his case well and is well respected in the legal community. He is a professional at all times during a case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently worked with Tom on a matter in which the parties had a long history of conflict and disagreement over the parenting of the children. Tom was knowledgable, direct, and worked toward a global resolution of the issues on behalf of the parties while advocating for his client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He and I practice in similar areas but in different states and I can tell from his activities and experience that he is knowledgeable, zealous, and experienced."
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