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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super Lawyers||Boston Magazine||2014|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super Lawyers||Boston Magazine||2013|
|Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super Lawyers||Boston Magazine||2012|
|New England Super Lawyers||Boston Magazine||2011|
|New England Super Lawyers||Boston Magazine||2010|
|New England Super Lawyers||Boston Magazine||2009|
|New England Super Lawyers||Boston Magazine||2008|
|Massachusetts Rising Star||Boston Magazine||2007|
|Massachusetts Rising Star||Boston Magazine||2006|
|Massachusetts Rising Star||Boston Magazine||2005|
|Partner||Sally & Fitch LLP||2008 - Present|
|Partner||Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP||2003 - 2008|
|Associate||Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP||1996 - 2003|
|Associate||Ardiff & Morse||1994 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators||Certified Financial Litigator (CFL)||2015 - Present|
|American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators||New England Advisory Board||2014 - Present|
|Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section||Steering Committee||2010 - Present|
|Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section||Co-chair||2008 - 2010|
|Boston Bar Association - Fiduciary Litigation||Co-chair||2006 - 2008|
|SARNO vs. SARNO. 422 Mass. 1001 February 6, 1996||Affirmed|
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|Sally & Fitch LLP Family Law Blog||Proposed Bill Prohibits Sex in Marital Home||2014|
|Albany Law School of Union University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Emory University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Family Court Judicial Forum||Family Court Judicial Forum - Moderator||2011|
|Family Court Judicial Forum||Family Court Judicial Forum - Moderator||2010|
|Family Court Judicial Forum||Family Court Judicial Forum - Moderator||2009|
|Family Court Judicial Forum||Family Court Judicial Forum - Moderator||2008|