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Steven Eric Gurdin

Divorce and separation Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   14 reviews

Licensed for 27 years

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Mr. Gurdin represents 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. Mr. Gurdin regularly prepares and negotiates pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Mr. Gurdin has extensive experience in representing clients in complex financial issues relating to divorce. Mr. Gurdin has significant experience representing clients in

    28 years

  2. Family
    20%
    Mr. Gurdin represents 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. Mr. Gurdin regularly prepares and negotiates pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Mr. Gurdin has extensive experience in representing clients in complex financial issues relating to divorce. Mr. Gurdin has significant experience representing clients in

    28 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    Mr. Gurdin is skilled in the complexities of probate litigation. Mr. Gurdin represents clients in will contests, actions regarding the interpretation and reformation of trusts, guardianship and conservatorship actions. Mr. Gurdin actively represents clients who are fiduciaries and beneficiaries regarding the proper administration of trusts and estates. Mr. Gurdin has successfully represented numerous attorneys and professional fiduciaries in contested proceedings.

    28 years

  4. Child custody
    10%

  5. Domestic violence
    10%

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 for 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.  I repeatedly have been named a "Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" and a "Top 100 New England Super Lawyer" 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 2013-2017editions of Best Lawyers in America® a highly esteemed, national peer review guide of attorneys.  

 

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Licensed for 27 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1995
Updated 07/14/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 09/19/2022

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Fitch Law Partners LLP
110 Cedar Street Suite 250
Wellesley Hills, MA, 02481
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Steven received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2015
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced divorce attorney for high net worth individuals
I hired Steve as I had gotten a referral that he was the best for divorce cases involving complex compensation and high net worth individuals, with alimony and custody issues at stake. Steve has exactly the approach I was looking for. He's clearly not motivated by increasing his billable hours, he simply wants to steer you towards the best and most efficient outcome for your divorce. He understood the issues quickly, was very adept at advising me on what my best options were, and was realistic about when to compromise vs when to hold my ground. Divorce is a terrible experience to live through for most anyone, but I am very happy I chose Steve to guide me through the mediation and legal process. Steve has also been readily available and responsible post-divorce, as any misc issues or questions with my ex have arisen.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2018
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Highly Recommended
I came to Steve at a very troubled time. My then wife had hired an aggressive attorney and had filed for full custody of my child. Steve was able to strategically take apart their fabricated case and got me joint custody. I am extremely grateful to him and his team. I have already recommended him to an acquaintance and would highly recommend him to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2017
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Great legal counsel.
Steve Gurdin represented me in a complaint for modification of alimony under the durational limits of the Alimony Reform Act. My ex spouse hired an aggressive firm which seemed bent on taking the case to trial. Due to Steve's thorough preparation, we were able to convince the other side to settle out of court, saving a lot of time, money and anguish. Steve was very professional throughout the proceedings, and was a pleasure to work with. I recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2017
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Excellent Quality and Service
Steve was a real pleasure to work with. He was recommended to me by someone who also used his services. He came to the table with years of experience that helped me understand the unfamiliar and complicated process of family law which set me at ease from our first meeting. Steve was very organized and prepared in all of my dealings with him. I had a drawn out case over the course of 18 months, yet Steve stayed in touch and up to date on my case the entire time. I would highly recommend Steve to anyone looking for a highly intelligent and effective lawyer to represent them in a case in Family and Probate court. Steve was fair, helpful, easy to talk to, and easy to contact. I can't say enough good things about him, give him a call you won't regret it.
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Posted by josh | December 31, 2015
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Practical & realistic
Steve efficiently and effectively converted conceptual sticking points into practical dollar implications in a way that made decision making significantly easier. While opposing council was taking an approach to generate legal fees and hassle, Steve pointed out where arguments would be more expensive in fees than I might recover so we could just move on. By helping to frame the boundaries and not get caught up in minutae, and by minimizing drama, it was easier to get to a deal.
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Posted by Michael | November 17, 2015
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Very glad I hired Steve.
He came highly recommended by an attorney friend of mine who used him in his own divorce. I am very glad I hired him to represent me in my own divorce. His counsel was invaluable at every step of the process. There was a contentious issue at the start of my divorce and I know that Steve's reputation alone probably steered the other party to give in on that central issue and not fight. I always found the billing very reasonable. I always enjoyed watching Steve interact with opposing counsel or in court because he was just so good. At our final court date my wife's attorney (the Plaintiff!!!) even deferred to Steve to present a summary of the divorce and Divorce Agreement. I don't know how often that happens. At the end of the day we came to a very fair settlement without undue expense, an outcome that appeared very unlikely at the start of the divorce. Steve comes with my unreserved recommendation.
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Posted by Josh | November 11, 2015
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Steve Gurdin
Steve is an outstanding lawyer. I had a very difficult divorce situation. Steve approached it with a great deal of focus, skill and finesse. Most importantly, he is a problem solver. He knew when to push hard against opposing counsel when they were taking ridiculous positions, but also when to push back at me when I was taking unproductive positions, to get us to a reasonable outcome in a cost-effective manner. I have already recommended him to a number of friends, and I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by David | November 10, 2015
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A lawyer's lawyer
I have been practicing law for over 20 years, and my practice includes a small amount of family law and probate law. As a result, I know dozens of family and probate lawyers. Whenever I have had personal family law or probate issues, I have turned to Steve. His counsel was always well-reasoned and spot-on, and he was always empathetic and understanding of the difficult family situation that I was facing. On top of that, his advice was always practical, and he never lost sight of the emotional and financial tolls involved in any decision. I would not hesitate to turn to Steve again should I be faced with another family law or probate law issue.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2015
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Thank You, Steve
I can't stress enough how much Steve's knowledge of my rights, as well as his desire to make sure my best interest was always at the forefront meant to me when I needed it most. With his help, I was able to stabilize my two daughter's everyday life by proving to a judge that their choice to take residence with their father was warranted. He got me a favorable judgment for support, and my daughter's are happy... which is the most important thing to me. In the grand scheme, my case was not a big one, but Steve showed the ability to always make me feel like I was his only client... a true testament to his dedication to service. Thanks for everything Steve... I could not have done it without your help.
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Posted by Robert | April 2, 2015
High-End Talent
I work in a demanding finance career, interacting with sharp and formidable people on a daily basis. Steve Gurdin's negotiating skills and intellect are superior, and I always felt I had best-in-class representation during my divorce. Steve understands wealth, and yet is relatable and down to earth. I highly recommend him for complex divorce and family law.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Highly Recommeded
Steve is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced attorney. He listens well, but is also direct and straight to the point making what is a difficult process for anyone as efficient, unbiased and painless as possible. I highly recommend Steve not only for his legal expertise, but also his ability to understand and recognize the full financial picture and softer family considerations critical to the future for all parties.
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Posted by Martin | March 24, 2015
From a Grateful Client
I could not be more satisfied with the firm of Sally & Fitch in my recent divorce and custody agreement. I researched Boston area divorce attorneys extensively before meeting Steve Gurdin. I knew he would be my final choice on the day I met him. I never once regretted that decision. Steve listened, advised, advocated and kept me well informed throughout the divorce proceedings. He directed me when decisions were clear, and helped me decide and participate when strategies were a matter of choice. His confidence and experience put me at ease throughout a very difficult process. Although my divorce was painful and something I wish I could have avoided in life, I am very satisfied with the outcome, and I’m grateful to Steve for who he is, and the way he represented me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Avoid Divorce if you can, but if you can't, hire Steve Gurdin
Steven Gurdin represented me in a contentious and drawn-out divorce that involved complicated assets of significant value. It was a painful process, one that I never imagined would happen, and one that I would never want to have happen again. But when I look back on the results, I know that I made the right decision by choosing Steve. He made the process less painful, less expensive, and ultimately steered the outcome to terms that I was more than willing to accept. I met with several potential attorneys when I was preparing to file for divorce. Steve impressed me with his knowledge and experience of how the divorce process works, and his interest and attention to my situation. I learned after the process started that Steve's relationships with the court system and other attorneys were also of great value. Steve is known and trusted by the other professionals who determine the outcome of a divorce, and his relationships enable him to craft solutions that win approval in less time--and with less expense--than might otherwise be negotiated. Probably most importantly, though, Steve cares genuinely for the interests of any children that might be involved in the divorce. He helped me to understand how I might best maintain a relationship with my daughter, during and after the divorce process. For that, and for his excellent help in achieving a favorable settlement, I thank Steve. I am pleased to recommend him very, very highly to anyone who faces the complicated and painful issues of divorce.
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Posted by Frederick | March 23, 2015
The perfect blend of warmth and professionalism
I met Mr. Gurdin during a difficult life milestone, after a false start with another attorney. At that point, I was looking for a consummate professional who is: crisply organized; highly experienced; down to earth; a lucid teacher of what to expect along the way; openly communicative; and a natural, self-directed leader working effectively for closure. I found Steve to be all of these things…and something more. He is a whole human being. Even under adversity, it was a pleasure to get to know him, and it has been a pleasure to stay in touch ever since.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • SARNO vs. SARNO. 422 Mass. 1001 February 6, 1996
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super Lawyers
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super Lawyers
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Massachusetts and Top 100 New England Super Lawyers
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2011
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Massachusetts Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Massachusetts Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Massachusetts Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Sally & Fitch LLP Family Law Blog
  • Proposed Bill Prohibits Sex in Marital Home
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Steven
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Eric is an outstanding family law attorney. Highly recommended!"
Child custody Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve was opposing counsel on a truly difficult case. He treated all involved parties with respect and dignity, and was a pleasure to work with/against. A valuable and knowledgeable resource that I have added to my network of contacts."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is a lawyer of outstanding integrity and skill. I recommend him to my clients without hesitation."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a skilled attorney, a compassionate man and a zealous advocate. He quickly gets to the heart of a matter and offers clients practical solutions to their problems. My clients and I have the highest regard for Steve and his work."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a rare blend of a sound business mind, great lawyering skills and someone who is pragmatic."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I refer all of my client's divorce cases to Steve. He is knowledgeable, practical and efficient! The clients that I have referred rave about him and his firm."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steven Gurdin is a simply superb lawyer and advocate in difficult probate, divorce and family law matters. A terrific colleague!"
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Boston Divorce and separation Lawyer Steven Eric Gurdin
Steven Eric Gurdin
Divorce and separation Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 27 years