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Gary Todd is recognized locally and nationally as a preeminent family law practitioner specializing in domestic relations and probate litigation.  He has successfully negotiated, mediated, and tried numerous family law issues at the trial court and appellate levels, including divorce, custody, paternity, parental rights, complex support matters, property division, removal, modification, and contempt actions.  Mr. Todd has broad experience drafting and negotiating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Mr. Todd fully understands and appreciates the complex issues facing his clients, and, whether arguing in court or negotiating settlements, he applies his extensive experience and knowledge of the law to convincingly articulate positions that has contributed to a long track record of achieving favorable results.

Best Lawyers in America, a longstanding and well-respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, since 2012 has honored Mr. Todd as a leading practitioner in Family Law, as well as Litigation – Trusts and Estates.  Since 2007 he has been selected to Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law.  Mr. Todd is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the directory's highest peer rating.

Mr. Todd is a recognized leader in the legal profession having served in a variety of bar association roles, including:

  • President of the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court
  • Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association's Family Law Council 
  • Board of Directors of Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem, Inc. 
  • Board of Directors of Association of Family Court and Community Professionals
  • Family Law Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Advisory Committee to Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education 
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 
  • Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation

A prominent thought leader, Mr. Todd is lecturer and adjunct professor of family law at the New England School of Law.  He volunteers as Trial Advisor for the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program, as well as a judge for the New England Law Trial Competition.

Mr. Todd is a frequent lecturer on family law and trial practice issues for the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Suffolk University School of Law, and Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy program.  He has authored articles on divorce and family law in several legal publications.


  • Todd & Weld LLP, 1991-present
  • James D. Casey, Boston, Massachusetts, Law Clerk, 1990-1991
  • Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, Boston, Massachusetts, Intern, 1988-1990



  • New England Law | Boston (J.D., 1991)
  • Boston University (B.S., 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

Professional Activities

  • Treasurer, Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem
  • President, Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court, 2018-2020
  • Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows, Recruitment Committee, 2018-2019
  • Executive Committee Member, Judge Abber Counsel Assisted Negotiation Program for Essex, Middlesex and Norfolk Counties Probate and Family Courts (2018-present)
  • Board of Directors Member, Greater Newburyport Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Section Subcommittee on Anti-Harassment Law, 2011
  • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers Pro Bono Panel
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Boston Bar Association: Family Law Section
  • Massachusetts Bar Association: Family Law Section
  • Founding Member, Massachusetts Chapter, American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
  • Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Advisory Board
  • Association of Family, Court and Community Professionals
  • Court-Appointed Special Discovery Master, Guardian and Conservator
  • Trial Adviser - Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program
  • Judge - Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial Program

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America for Family Law, and Litigation: Trusts & Estates (2012-2023)
  • Top 100 Lawyers, Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2020 and 2021
  • Named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law (2007-2022)
  • 2016 Appreciation Certificate, Norfolk County Probate Court for Attorneys Representing Children
  • Certified Conciliator, Norfolk County Probate and Family Court
  • Named one of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers" by Legal Leaders™ based upon AV Preeminent Rating® by Martindale-Hubbell®, February 2014
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" in Family Law in Boston Magazine
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

In the Community

  • Instructor, Essex County Bar Association Conciliation Training Program, April 2021
  • Judge, American Bar Association's Client Counseling Competition 2021, New England School of Law
  • Judge, MCLE 2019 Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop, June 2019
  • Judge, American Bar Association's Client Counseling Competition 2018, New England School of Law
  • Boston Bar Foundation. Member, 2018 John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee
  • Judge, 2017 National Mock Trial Competition, New England Regional
  • Fellow, Boston Bar Foundation
  • Judge, 9th Annual National Latino Law Student Association Moot Court Competition (2016)
  • Lecturer in Family Law, New England School of Law, 2015-16
  • Committee Member, Judge Jeffrey Abber "We Can Settle" Conciliation Initiative, Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court