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Jared D. Spinelli

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Jared Spinelli is a member of the firm’s Family Law department, concentrating his practice on all aspects of complex domestic relations law, including divorce, child custody and child support, alimony, paternity, asset valuation and division, and modification and contempt actions. He also has considerable experience drafting and negotiating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. In addition to his work at the trial court level, Jared is experienced in drafting and filing appellate briefs and has argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court on issues having to do with disproportionate asset division, deviation from the Alimony Reform Act’s durational limits, automatic, percentage-based self-modifying alimony orders, business valuation methodology and the treatment of expert witness testimony. His practice also includes representing clients in Chapter 209A abuse prevention and Chapter 258E harassment prevention proceedings in both the Probate and Family Court and the District Court.  Jared has been jointly engaged by parties in parent coaching and mediation capacities. He also is an active volunteer as a conciliator within the Judge Jeffrey Abber “We CAN Settle Initiative” Program providing free conciliation services to court-referred parties in need of alternative dispute resolution.  Finally, Jared has been appointed sua sponte by the Probate and Family Court as a Guardian ad Litem / Next Friend to represent the interests of active military service men and women while they are deployed abroad.

On many occasions, Jared has been an invited speaker at the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)’s Annual Family Law Conference on various topics, including evidentiary issues in “extreme” family law cases, cryptocurrencies and cutting-edge digital devices in divorce, bench/bar pandemic lessons, and financial family law issues post-pandemic.  Jared has also been an invited speaker at MCLE New England on the topic of discovery in family law cases (as well as co-authoring the accompanying seminar publication). Jared is a sitting member of the MBA’s Family Law Section Council and has spoken on several occasions at the MBA on CLE topics such as drug testing in the Family Court and special needs planning during a divorce. Jared previously served for many years on the Boston Bar Association’s Family Law Steering Committee and continues to speak at the BBA on topics such as representing military veterans in family law matters, drafting and negotiating divorce agreements, the art of pre-trial practice, and drug testing/sobriety monitoring in child custody cases.  Finally, from 2016 to 2018, Jared also served on the Executive Committee for the Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court, a collective of Boston area family law attorneys and judges whose goal is to increase the level of civility within the family law bar and to mentor each other to become better practitioners.

Outside of the office, Jared is involved in many Boston-based organizations and volunteers his time taking on pro bono cases through Veterans Legal Services.  He also presently sits on the Town of Medfield Zoning Board of Appeals.

Recognition and Awards

  • Listed, Massachusetts Rising Stars®, 2018-2023
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law, 2024
  • Named, Boston magazine, Top Lawyers, Divorce and Family Law, 2021-2023
  • Recipient, Martindale-Hubbell® Client Champion – Gold, 2020-2022
  • Recipient, Martindale-Hubbell® Client Champion – Silver, 2019

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Family Law Section Council Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Town of Medfield’s Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Former Family Law Steering Committee Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Former Executive Committee Member, Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Domestic Relations Financial Summit 2024,” MCLE New England (February 15, 2024)
  • Quoted, “SJC to decide whether alimony may include 'savings' award,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (December 5, 2023)
  • Panelist, “The Impact of AI on the Legal Profession,” Boston Municipal Court's 2023 Fall Judicial Conference (November 3, 2023)
  • Quoted, “AI presents efficiencies, perils for legal practices,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 15, 2023)
  • Quoted, “Financial Planning for a Divorce,” Forbes (March 27, 2023)
  • Quoted, “Divorce attorneys coming to grips with brave new world of AI,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Bridgewater Media (Jan 30, 2023)
  • Moderator, “Pandemic Lessons from the Bench and Bar,” Massachusetts Bar Association’s 31st Annual Family Law Conference, Massachusetts Bar Association (Oct 29, 2022)
  • Moderator, “Navigating the Sea of Cryptocurrencies and Cutting-Edge Digital Devices in Divorce,” Massachusetts Bar Association’s 31st Annual Family Law Conference, Massachusetts Bar Association (Oct 28, 2022)
  • Panelist, “BBA Webinar: The Value of Volunteering to Help Our Military Veterans,” Boston Bar Association (Oct 25, 2022)
  • Speaker, “BBA Webinar: Divorce Fundamentals Series: Separation Agreements,” Boston Bar Association, Virtual (May 26, 2022)
  • Presenter, “MBA CLE Program, “Drug Testing in the Family Court”,” Massachusetts Bar Association, Virtual (May 3, 2022)
  • Moderator, “Trauma, Treatment and Triumph in Domestic Relations Practice,” Massachusetts Bar Association's 30th Annual Family Law Conference (October 15, 2021)
  • Speaker, “BBA Webinar: Divorce Fundamentals: Pre-Trial Practice: The Memo, the 4-way and the Pre-Trial,” Boston Bar Association, Virtual (March 16, 2021)
  • “BBA Virtual CLE: What Every Family Law Practitioner Needs to Know About Veterans & Servicemembers,” Boston Bar Association, Virtual (January 28, 2021)
  • “Divorce Law Fundamentals – Post-Judgment Issues: Division of Retirement Assets, Contempts & Modifications,” Boston Bar Association (June 18, 2019)
  • Moderator, “Drug Testing and Sobriety Monitoring in Custody Cases,” Boston Bar Association (March 13, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Getting it In; Keeping it Out — Critical Evidentiary Calls in Extreme Cases,” Massachusetts Bar Association 28th Annual Family Law Conference (November 16-17, 2018)
  • The Family Lawyer’s Discovery Toolkit, MCLE New England (August 15, 2018)
  • “Divorce Law Fundamentals: The Divorce Client Interview,” Boston Bar Association (September 18, 2017)
  • Program Chair, “CLE: Special Needs Financial Planning During Divorce,” Massachusetts Bar Association (October 8, 2019)
  • Quoted, “Ex-wife can't sue to claw back hidden assets,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (October 10, 2019)
  • Moderator, “Trial Practice Panel: “Episode II:”  Objections and Admissibility,” Massachusetts Bar Association 29th Annual Family Law Conference (November 15-16, 2019)
  • Panelist, “BBA Divorce Law Fundamentals: Child Support & Alimony,” Boston Bar Association (February 11, 2020)
  • Appointed Member, “Boston Bar Association’s Probate and Family Court Virtual Hearing Resource Guide Committee” (June 2020)
  • Quoted, “1st Circuit reviews suit to claw back hidden marital assets,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (August 6, 2020)