Elaine M. Epstein


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.

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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, Emeritus Boards for Women's Bar Association and Women's Bar Foundation
    • 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 to 2022 Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, August 2022
    • Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, August 2020
    • Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, August 2019
    • Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, August 2018
    • Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, August 2017
    • Named to 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law
    • Named to 2019 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law
    • Named to 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law
    • Named to 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law
    • Named to "2017 Best Lawyers in America" in Family Law, August 2016
    • Named one of "2016 Best Lawyers in America" in Family Law, August 2015
    • Named to 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law
    • Recipient of 2015 President's Award, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
    • Inducted into Circle of Excellence as part of 2015 Top Women in Law Awards, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
    • Named in The Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal as a "2015 New England Best Lawyer" for Family Law, May 2015
    • Named to 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law
    • 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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