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I have been practicing civil litigation for over 20 years with a concentration in the areas of Family Law and Probate Litigation.  

I represent clients in all aspects of family law including, divorce proceedings, paternity actions, removal actions, modification and contempt actions, child custody disputes, domestic violence, and alimony and child support issues. I regularly prepare and negotiate pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. I have extensive experience in representing clients in complex financial issues relating to divorce such as business and real estate valuation, structuring alimony and child support payments to maximize income tax deductibility, and properly analyzing the tax implications when dividing sizeable marital assets. I am on the New England Advisory Board of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators ("AACFL")  and have earned the designation of ("CFL" - Ceritified Financial Litigator) from the AACFL.  

I have significant experience representing clients in child custody disputes and work closely with Court appointed Guardians Ad Litem and forensic psychologists and psychiatrists. I have experience litigating matters involving issues relating to de facto parents and same sex relationships.

I am skilled in the complexities of probate litigation. I represent clients in will contests, actions regarding the interpretation and reformation of trusts, guardianship and conservatorship actions. I actively represent clients who are fiduciaries and beneficiaries regarding the proper administration of trusts and estates. I have successfully represented numerous attorneys and professional fiduciaries in contested proceedings in the Probate and Family Court and Superior Court.

I have been recognized and acknoweldged by various peer review publications.  In 2012, 2013 and 2014, I was named a "Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" and a "Top 100 New England Super Lawyer".  I have been named a "New England Super Lawyer" in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and a "Massachusetts Rising Star" in 2005, 2006, and 2007, in Massachusetts Super Lawyers published by the Thomson Reuters rating service in Boston Magazine. I am ranked at the highest level of legal ability, "AV," in the benchmark Martindale-Hubble Law Directory. I also am listed in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America® a highly esteemed, national peer review guide of attorneys.



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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 55%
    22 years
  2. Family: 25%
    22 years
  3. Probate: 20%
    22 years


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  • Joshua S. Tracey

    I endorse this lawyer without qualification. Steve is a very dedicated, highly capable attorney and advocate, who puts his clients first. He is highly regarded by his peers and the judges before whom he appears.


    Joshua Tracey Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Joseph L Bierwirth Jr.

    Steve is a lawyer of outstanding integrity and skill. I recommend him to my clients without hesitation.


    Joseph Bierwirth Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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NYCurrently registered 199507/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super LawyersBoston Magazine2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super LawyersBoston Magazine2013
Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super LawyersBoston Magazine2012
New England Super LawyersBoston Magazine2011
New England Super LawyersBoston Magazine2010
New England Super LawyersBoston Magazine2009
New England Super LawyersBoston Magazine2008
Massachusetts Rising StarBoston Magazine2007
Massachusetts Rising StarBoston Magazine2006
Massachusetts Rising StarBoston Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSally & Fitch LLP2008 - Present
PartnerConn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP2003 - 2008
AssociateConn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP1996 - 2003
AssociateArdiff & Morse1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Certified Financial LitigatorsCertified Financial Litigator (CFL)2015 - Present
American Academy of Certified Financial LitigatorsNew England Advisory Board2014 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Family Law SectionSteering Committee2010 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Family Law SectionCo-chair2008 - 2010
Boston Bar Association - Fiduciary LitigationCo-chair2006 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
SARNO vs. SARNO. 422 Mass. 1001 February 6, 1996Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Sally & Fitch LLP Family Law BlogProposed Bill Prohibits Sex in Marital Home2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Emory UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Court Judicial ForumFamily Court Judicial Forum - Moderator2011
Family Court Judicial ForumFamily Court Judicial Forum - Moderator2010
Family Court Judicial ForumFamily Court Judicial Forum - Moderator2009
Family Court Judicial ForumFamily Court Judicial Forum - Moderator2008