Elaine M. Epstein came to Todd & Weld LLP in 1994 to direct the firm's Divorce, Family Law and Probate Litigation practices with Attorney Gary Owen Todd, areas to which she now brings over four decades 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.
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 currently serves on the Judicial Nominating Commission by appointment of the governor. Ms. Epstein is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and was one of the founders and the first president of the 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 appointment of the Supreme Judicial Court on the Board of Bar Overseers, its advisory committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee.
Repeatedly named in the "Best Lawyers in America" and as a Massachusetts and New England "Super Lawyer" in family law by Boston magazine, Ms. Epstein received the Women's Bar Association's Lelia 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.