Since joining Todd & Weld in 1994 to co-direct the firm’s Probate and Family Law practice, Elaine M. Epstein has seen the practice grow into one of the largest in Massachusetts. The firm's success is grounded in its focused team approach to evaluating and successfully resolving a broad array of complex family law issues.
A partner at the firm, Ms. Epstein has tried dozens of cases in the Probate & Family Court in Massachusetts 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 cutting-edge issues in federal and state trial and appellate courts.
Ms. 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. She served on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission by appointment of the governor. Ms. Epstein is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She was one of the founders and the first president of the Massachusetts Women's Bar Association where she now serves on its Emeritus Board and that of the Women's Bar Foundation. Ms. Epstein has served by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appointment on the Board of Bar Overseers, the SJC’s advisory committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee.
Repeatedly selected to Best Lawyers in America for Family Law and to Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law, Ms. Epstein received the Women's Bar Association's Lelia J. Robinson Award in 1999 in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions to women in the legal profession. She received a Top Women of Law award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2013 and was inducted into its 2015 Circle of Excellence. In 2015, she received the Massachusetts Bar Foundation's President's Award for her contributions to the foundation over the years. Ms. Epstein has chaired and served on numerous other bar related committees and endeavors over the years and is a frequent lecturer and commentator.