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Donald Gary Tye

Divorce and separation Attorney at Boston, MA

4.9   9 reviews

Licensed for 46 years

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%

  2. Family
    40%
    I handle cases in Family Law including Divorce, Custody, Modifications, Contempt, Pre and Post Prenuptials agreements and all other matters related to Family Law.

    46 years

  3. Child custody
    20%

2019 AVVO CLIENT CHOICE AWARD WINNER! OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HANDLING FAMILY AND DIVORCE MATTERS. CALL ME TODAY!

DONALD G. TYE is a founding partner and co-chair of the Domestic Relations Practice Group at Prince Lobel Tye LLP in Boston (a multi-practice firm which handles matters of local, regional, national, and international reach). He has forty years of experience as a trial attorney, a guardian ad litem, a master, a mediator, a conciliator, an attorney for children (including the Massachusetts ARC program), and an arbitrator.

He has prepared and argued numerous cases to the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. Mr. Tye is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). He was national co-chair of national AAML’s legislation committee; during 2009 and 2010 he served on its Special Concerns for Children Committee, which was responsible for updating and revising the AAML’s Standards for Attorneys for Children in Custody or Visitation proceedings.; In 2014 he was appointed to AAML’s Impact of Special Needs Children Committee; and in 2013, 2015, and 2017 he was appointed to be a member of its Continuing Legal Education Committee. He was president of the AAML Massachusetts chapter from 2005 through 2007 and received the Massachusetts chapter’s “President’s Award” in 1998 and 2004. Since 1999, he has been a member of the family law curriculum advisory committee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and was co-chair from 2006 through 2008. He is a member of the Family Law Section of the American, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations and was appointed to the MBA Family Law Section council, on which he has served since 2010.

He is an editor emeritus on the board of editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. His work has also been published in the Massachusetts Family Law Journal, the Boston Bar Journal, the ABA’s Family Advocate, Massachusetts Bar Lawyers’ Journal, Best of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Journal, and ABA Family Law Quarterly. A frequent lecturer and panelist, he has lectured and conducted workshops and seminars in the areas of trial practice, divorce, and child-related issues at Harvard Law School; Boston College Law School; Northeastern University Law School; Suffolk University School of Law; MCLE and its Family Law Institute; Brown University Medical Center; Boston University Graduate School of Social Work; the American Psychological Association; the Boston public schools (Partners in Education, Inc.); the Maine, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations; the ABA Family Law Section annual meetings in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2011, and in 2015 for the ABA Family Law Section Fall CLE in Portland, Oregon; the AAML annual meeting in Chicago in 2013, and in 2015; the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers; the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem (MAGAL), and in 2017 at the AAML AFCC Conference “Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Evaluation, Litigation and Settlement” in San Diego, CA, and at the Annual Meeting in Chicago of the AAML CLE he will be co-presenting on “the Intersection of Alienation and Custodial Issues”.

Active in the community, Mr. Tye has been a Board Member and a vice president of Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, the nation’s oldest continuously operating free public lecture series. From 2009 through 2014 he was a member of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission (appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick); and has been active on the civil rights committee of the Anti-Defamation League. In 2012 he was appointed to serve as a member of the statewide taskforce Voice of the Child by the then-chief judge of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court Department. In January 2015, he was appointed to a three-year term as a hearing officer by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers; and is a member of the Board of MAGAL, Inc. 

In May 2018 he received MCLE’s Annual Scholar- Mentor Award for his life time contributions to Family Law in Ma. (Four of these awards are presented annually by the premier CLE program in Massachusetts among all fields of practice among Ma. lawyers).

Since 2004, he has been recognized as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer.” He has also been named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts” as featured in Boston Magazine and as a “Top Attorney in New England” by New England Super Lawyers. He was coeditor of the “Domestic Relations” chapter in Summary of Basic Law, a selection of the Massachusetts Practice Series (published by West Publishing Company), was editor of the “Divorce” chapter in the Massachusetts Bar Association publication, Traps for the Unwary, and in Fall 2017 his article “Preferences and Voices of Children in Massachusetts and Beyond” was published in the ABA Family Law Quarterly. The article he co-authored, Navigation of the Culture of the Immigrant Experience in the Family Courts, will appear in the in Fall 2017 Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Tye is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and its Brown School of Social Work (M.S.W.),and Tufts University.

Client's Choice 2019
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Licensed for 46 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1976
Updated 12/25/2022

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Prince Lobel Tye LLP
One International Place
37th Floor
Boston, MA, 02110

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Client's Choice 2019
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Donald received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by Larissa | November 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect lawyer
Donald Tye is the best lawyer possible not just because he is very knowledgeable, experienced and skillful. He cares. He listens. He would call you even late at night or from vacation when you’re in a stressful situation to support, to explain what he and his team are doing and why, what to expect etc. You definitely need to know and understand the process and he helps you to. He discusses all the details about your situation, listening attentively to all your talking about your sorrows And he gets the results! I am very grateful to my friend for advice: “Go to Donald”. I definitely recommend Donald Tye and his associates.
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Response from Donald Tye November 15, 2019
Thanks so very much for your kind comments.
Posted by Susanne Lavoie | November 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Donald Tye is an outstanding attorney. He was by my side throughout my difficult divorce. He established a detailed strategy that covered all aspects of the case including managing the complex legal system and fighting the impossible challenges of my former husband and his attorney. He and his team were always available to me, working with me and for me. He is a skilled attorney, protecting me and my assets in a system that can be unpredictable. I highly recommend Donald Tye if you are in need for an attorney.
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Posted by Jane | November 16, 2019
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Jane P
Fantastic lawyer! Atty Tye and his staff were empathetic to my needs and always respectful. I was near to losing my family built home in a divorce and when I hired Donald, he turned that & much more around for me. I can’t say enough about how grateful I am to have/have had Atty Tye by my side.
Posted by Oscar | December 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Difficult divorce follow up
Mr. Tye, who I located via the internet given the fact that I live in Missouri since the time or separation from my ex, was fabulous in his handling of this case. When Massachusetts, where my divorce took place, passed a law limiting alimony payments after age 65, I hired him to deal with the termination of divorce payments. As it was he wound up handling both my ex wife and myself (I paid for the whole process). The process took place without a hitch and resulted in an amicable termination of alimony payments. He much exceeded my expectations, based on our original divorce action, of a long and combative situation. I was extremely satisfied with Mr. Tye and the assitant he used in my case.
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Posted by Linda | March 1, 2021
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The Very Best Lawyer!
I made a huge mistake not hiring attorney Donald Tye at the beginning when my divorce started. Foolishly I thought my now ex-husband would be a decent guy so I hired a local attorney, who seemed good enough to help write up a divorce agreement and that would be that. Well, that’s now how it played out. First of all, my ex became vicious, cruel and hateful in all matters every day, and the attorney I hired did NOTHING for almost 2 years! She didn’t return calls or emails, did not defend me, made numerous mistakes on filings and paperwork, and was absolutely RUDE and UNPROFESSIONAL not only to the other side, but to me also! NOTHING happened with the court and divorce action at all with her as my attorney. I was at my wits end and desperate for help so in October 2020 I called Donald Tye, who many had told me was a fantastic attorney. What an unbelievable difference in attorneys! Donald was available, kind, understanding, patient, and professional and was immediately ready to help me. He not only answered or returned my calls, he called me regarding all that he was doing for me, and even to check on me. He has wonderful support staff also. I felt safe and well represented by him every minute and he made it clear he was only interested in doing a good job for me, his client, and made sure everything was in my best interest. He is a true force to be dealt with by the other side too—always professional, but tough! With Donald Tye as my attorney, I had a divorce agreement negotiated and to by the other side—all the work of Donald Tye- and divorce granted by a judge at the hearing on December 15, 2020. October-December! 2 months and it was over because I hired Attorney Donald Tye! Words are not even adequate to express how thankful I am for his services. Not only is he a wonderful attorney, he is a very good man that I will forever be grateful to.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr Tye is a wonderful person and a great lawyer.
Mr Tye was my lawyer for my domestic relations matters about 30 years ago. At a time when I was quite poor and couldn't afford general market rates of legal fees, Mr Tye still represented me to secure my personal safety and general wellbeing. He was a highly ethical lawyer, and an extremely caring family law attorney. Thirty years later, today when I encountered legal issues of a different field, I called up Mr Tye and he remembers his 30-y former client! Mr Tye coordinated his firm's lawyers in the different practice field, and the firm, Prince, Lobel & Tye, took care of my difficulties and treats me like a family member!
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Posted by David | September 18, 2019
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Strong-willed & Knowledgeable
Don was referred by a friend of a friend to represent me in my divorce. The divorce was largely uncontested but there were complications since I live abroad. Don was particularly knowledgeable of upcoming changes in legislation that assisted in resolution. I found Don to be very direct and heavy-handed in pushing for a private resolution which was ultimately achieved with an agreement that I feel was fair.
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Response from Donald Tye November 8, 2019
Thanks so very much for your kind comments. I am glad we were able to achieve your goals. I enjoyed working together with you also! Don
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Sympathetic, efficient and Brilliant
Donald is a kind brilliant Family attorney who helped me through a difficult time He treated everyone involved with dignity and respect and I would never hesitate recommending him
Posted by Mokhsira | January 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable, attentive, Donald is passionate about helping people.
I came across Donald’s profile on AVVO, while was looking for help with A1 divorce. Before I talked to Donald, I did talk to other attorneys, but no-one listened to me, Donald took time to listen to me, to understand my situation and offer the best solutions. He lead my case from the beginning to the end, making it easy for me, Donald also made sure I understand everything I sign and understand the language, he was very patient and always answered all my questions. All the paperwork that he has prepared for me was accepted by court right away, with zero issues. I felt confident, confident that Donald knows, what he is doing, confident that he puts my needs first, confident that he truly cares about the result of my case. I’m very grateful I got across this profile, I’m grateful Donald worked with me. And I appreciate a lot all the work he has done to help me and make me feel confident.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Partner
  • Prince Lobel Tye LLP
  • 1986 - Present

Education

  • Washington University In St. Louis
  • JD and Masters Degree,
  • 1975
  • Washington University School of Law
  • JD and Masters Degree
  • 1975
  • Tufts University
  • BA
  • 1972
  • Tufts University
  • Political Science
  • 1972
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Legal Cases

  • Rosenwasser v. Rossenwasser
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
  • Hearing Officer
  • 2015 - Present
  • A Child's Voice Task Force
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • AAML
  • Fellow
  • 1984 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Membership Committee Chairperson
  • 1980 - Present
  • Anti-Defamation League’s National Law Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • N/A
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Massachusetts chapter)
  • President
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Scholar Mentor Award
  • MCLE Inc
  • 2018
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Massachussets Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyer in New England
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Attorney in New England
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • "Culture and the Immigrant Experience: Navigating Family Courts"
  • 2019
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education New England
  • Trying Divorce Cases in Massachusetts, 5th edition
  • 2017
  • Family Law Quarterly
  • "The Preferences and Voices of Children in Massachusetts and Beyond"
  • 2016
  • MCLE textbook
  • Financial Aspects of Divorce in Massachusetts: Gain a deeper understanding of net worth, 1st edition
  • 2016
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Journal
  • "The Basics of Equitable Distribution and the Treatment of Gifted and Inherited Assets in Massachusetts"
  • 2014
  • Family Advocate (ABA)
  • "Meeting with the Custody Advisor"
  • 2012
  • Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.
  • How to Try Divorce Cases in Massachusetts
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Annual Meeting
  • "Navigation of the Culture of the Immigrant Experience in the Family Courts"
  • 2020
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. seminar
  • "Trying Divorce Cases"
  • 2019
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting
  • "The Intersection of Alienation and Custodial Issues"
  • 2019
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting
  • "The Intersection of Alienation and Custodial Issues"
  • 2019
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers annual meeting
  • “Top Ethical Traps – How to Avoid Stubbing Your Toe, Breaking a Leg, or Worse: A Survey From Around the Country,”
  • 2018
  • MAGAL Fall Conference
  • "The GAL and PC in Court: Coping with Testimony in Deposition and Trial"
  • 2018
  • Florida AAML Chapter, Boston Retreat
  • "The Impact of Tax Reform (TCJA) on Alimony and Family Law in Massachusetts and Beyond"
  • 2018
  • Massachusetts Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chapter Meeting
  • "Ethical Pitfalls in Family Law"
  • 2018
  • AFCC-AAML Fall Conference
  • “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Considering the Child’s Voice in Family Court Cases”
  • 2017
  • AFCC-AAML Fall Conference
  • “Child and Parent Representation in High Conflict Custody Cases: On Being and Managing the Child Advocate"
  • 2017
  • Trying Divorce Cases
  • "Trying Divorce Cases"
  • 2012
  • Alimony Summit 2011
  • "Alimony"
  • 2011
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Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Donald has forty years of experience as a trial attorney, a guardian ad litem, a mediator, and an attorney for children. There is not enough room for me to list all of his distinguished accomplishments as a lawyer. He has been named as one of the top 100 attorneys in Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers a group limited to the best family lawyers in America. I highly recommend Donald and his firm if you are looking for a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly competent and qualified in Divorce and Family Law matters."
Family Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Donald was appointed by the judge to help resolve some issues of child custody and was selected by me and the opposing attorney to mediate an alimony dispute, and did a great job on both. Knows the law inside out and brings a practical, sensible approach to resolving conflicts."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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Boston Divorce and separation Lawyer Donald Gary Tye
Donald Gary Tye
Divorce and separation Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 46 years
Virtual consultation available