With more than 30 years of legal experience, Susan is skilled in resolving domestic relations matters and litigating cases involving complex trust, estate and business interests. Susan’s representation of individuals, businesses and professional practices in a broad variety of contract, tort, employment, administrative and other matters gives her clients an advantage in negotiating premarital, post-marital and divorce matters in which a closely-held business is a source of income to one or both parties or is an asset subject to division. Susan’s experience in estate planning and the administration of estates also provides additional options for her clients seeking to properly and tax-effectively provide for the transfer of their interests in family businesses, trusts and other assets when changes to business, employment, marital or other relationships occur. She provides counsel in mediation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and litigation matters. Susan is a strong advocate who takes pride in finding creative and practical solutions for those clients seeking to achieve reasonable and cost–effective results.
- Represented a party in a divorce action that settled once the client’s interest in a family trust created by client’s father was excluded from the marital estate and assets previously transferred by the parties to an irrevocable trust for the benefit of their children were excluded from the martial estate.
- Represented a party in an arbitrated divorce action in which the opposing party’s claim for child support was denied because the parties’ premarital agreement included a mutual waiver of alimony and each party’s Separate Property was sufficient for the children’s support while they were in the care of each party.
- Represented a party in an arbitrated divorce action in which the funds entrusted to the client’s care for the benefit of the client’s siblings and the parties’ child were excluded from the marital estate and the opposing party’s interest in a closely-held high tech business was held to be the value determined by the client’s appraiser.
- Represented a party in a divorce action that settled when the validity and enforceability of the prenuptial agreement was called into question because counsel for the opposing party had made certain revisions to the agreement that were not reviewed by client’s counsel prior to signing.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
- Member, USA 500 – FD3