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David E. Cherny is a founding partner of the Boston Law firm of Atwood & Cherny, P.C., a nationally recognized law firm concentrating in the practice of complex matrimonial litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels.


Mr. Cherny and his firm have been involved in numerous family law cases and appellate decisions which have had a significant role in shaping family law in Massachusetts. He has served as appellate counsel in almost 50 cases to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Federal 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, including cases such as: Pierce v. Pierce;  Dematteo v. Dematteo;  Zaleski v. Zalesski; and, Rodman v. Rodman. 


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
  2. Prenuptials: 20%
  3. Appeals: 10%
  4. Family: 10%

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101 Huntington Avenue 25th Floor
Boston, MA, 02199-7681

101 Huntington Ave 25th FL
Boston, MA, 02199



TXInactive 199007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer, Family LawBest Lawyers in America2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2014
Family LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Family LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Family LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2011
Appellate LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Family LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Listed in "Super Lawyers" in Family LawNew England Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2010
Family LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerBoston Magazine2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial Lawyer/FounderAtwood & Cherny, PC1984 - Present
AssociateAtwood & Wright1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Probate & Family Inns of CourtMember2000 - Present
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1988 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1987 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Massachusetts chapter)President1999 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pierce v. PierceAppeal to Mass. Supreme Judicial Court
DeMatteo v. DeMatteoSuccesful Appeal to Mass. SJC
Kendall v. KendallMass. Supreme Judicial Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Family Law ManualMassachusetts Family Law ManualN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Boston UniversityFinance & InvestmentsOther - Bachelors1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SLL PresentationCreative Lawyering in Family Law2015
MBA, AAMLAlimony Roundtable2015
Suffolk Law School Center for Continuing Legal StudiesFacing Complex Issues in Family Court2013
New England In House CounselIssues in Family Law2012
Top Ten Concerns - Probate & Family Court Bench/Bar SynposiumProbate & Family Court procedures2011
The new Alimony Reform Act of 2011The new Alimony Reform Act of 20112011
Suffolk Law School Center for Continuing Legal StudiesLatest Developments in Alimony2011
Postnuptial Agreements and Post-Retirement AlimonnyPostnuptial Agreements and Post-Retirement Alimony2011
New Alimony ActNew Alimony Reform Statute2011
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Prenuptial Agreements, Poasst-Nuptial Agreements and Retirement2011
Mass. Probate & Family Inns of CourtTop Ten Concerns in the Probate & Family Court2011
Career Panel DiscussionCareers in the Law2010
Alimony in Massachusetts after Pierce: Where are we Going?Alimony in Divorce2009
Alimony in MassachusettsAlimony post-Pierce; pending legislation2009