Elaine M. Epstein

Biography

Elaine M. Epstein came to Todd & Weld LLP in 1994 to direct the firms Divorce, Family Law and Probate Litigation practices with Attorney Gary Owen Todd, areas to which she now brings over thirty-five years of experience. As a partner at Todd & Weld LLP, Ms. Epstein has seen the tremendous growth of these practice areas and the firm's success in its focused team approach to evaluating and successfully resolving a broad array of complex issues.

Ms. Epstein has tried dozens of cases in the Probate & Family Courts and resolved hundreds more short of trial, ranging from substantial asset divisions to contested parental rights and novel issues involving the property rights of non-married cohabitants and the rights of non-biological parents.  She has litigated complex jurisdictional issues and actions involving numerous cutting edge issues in the Probate & Family, Superior, Federal and Appellate Courts.

Elaine Epstein has a long history of involvement in activities designed to both promote and educate attorneys, and to further public understanding of the law and ethical issues.  A past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and a founder and first President of the Massachusetts Women's Bar Association, she has been appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to the Board of Bar Overseers, its Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee.  She has chaired and served on numerous other bar related committees and endeavors over the years and is a frequent lecturer and commentator in all areas of domestic relations and probate litigation law.

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  • Background
    • Todd & Weld LLP, 1994 to present
    • LoDolce & Epstein, Brockton, Massachusetts, 1978-1994
    • Law Office of P.J. Piscitelli, Brockton, Massachusetts, 1975-1978
  • Professional Activities
    • Member, Judicial Nominating Committee for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2015-present
    • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association Centennial Commission, 2010
    • Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct, 1995-2008
    • Massachusetts IOLTA Committee, 1996-2006
    • Lawyers Weekly, Board of Editors,  1994-1998
    • American Bar Association House of Delegates, 1991-1995
    • Trustee, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1992-1993
    • President, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1992-1993
    • Board of Bar Overseers, 1984-1988
    • President, Women's Bar Association, 1979-1980
    • Probate and Family Inns of Court, Massachusetts Chapter Member, American, Massachusetts, Boston, Women's, Norfolk and Plymouth County Bar Associations
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Contributor to Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts, published by MCLE, Inc. (2012): Chapter 7: "Building a Legal Community: Bar Leaders."
    • Contributing Editor, "Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts" Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education 2000, 2007
    • Contributing Editor, "Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate and Family Courts" Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2006, 2013
    • Frequent lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and other continuing legal education programs. Topics include: Trying Divorce Cases; Trying Domestic Relations Cases; Examining Experts; Valuing Retirement and Business Assets; Trust, Inherited and Gifted Property Issues in Divorce; International Custody Issues; Interstate and International Jurisdictional Issues; Same Sex Marriage and Divorce; Non-Traditional Families; and Ethical Issues.
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named in The Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal as a "2015 New England Best Lawyer" for Family Law, May 2015
    • Named a "2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in New England Super Lawyers magazine in Boston Magazine, November, 2014
    • Named one of "2015 Best Lawyers in America" in Family Law, August 2014
    • Named One of "The Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts" in Boston Magazine, April 2014
    • Named a "2014 New England Best Lawyer" in The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal, April 2014
    • Named one of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers" by Legal Leaders™ based upon AV Preeminent Rating® by Martindale-Hubbell®, February 2014
    • Recipient of "Top Women of Law" Award by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2013
    • Selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Family Law. Ms. Epstein has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003.
    • Named as one of “Boston's Best Lawyers" in Family Law in a special supplement to The Boston Globe, 2010, 2011, 2012
    • Selected for inclusion in the 2012 Boston Globe edition of “Boston's Best Lawyers” in Family Law (first publication in 2008 to present).
    • Recognized as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in Family Law in 2004-2013 editions of Boston Magazine (first published in 2004).
    • Recognized as a “Top 50 Female Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in 2004 edition of Boston Magazine
    • 2002 to present, Martindale-Hubbell, longstanding AV (pre-eminent) rating
    • Women's Bar Association, Lelia Robinson Award, 1999, in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions to women in the legal profession
    • Named as one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Boston by The Boston Globe, 1994
    • Distinguished Service and Gold Medal Awards, Plymouth County Bar Association, 1992/1993
  • Civic & Charitable Involvement
    • Trustee, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 1994-1998 and Oliver Wendell Holmes Charter Fellow
    • Sustaining Member, Women's Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • Lawyer of the Day Program, Plymouth Probate and Family Court, 1994 to 2007.
    • Pro bono representation in a variety of domestic relations and related cases
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