Shauna Tesser-Friedman’s practice focuses on family and matrimonial law, including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, equitable distribution, the determination of separate property, spousal support, child support, post-judgment modifications and enforcement, and child custody and access. She represents clients in all aspects of settlement, litigation and the negotiation and drafting of agreements.
Patricia Saint James specializes in the area of domestic relations. Her practice in this area is sophisticated, characterized by complex litigation involving valuation of assets, custody disputes, tax analysis and jurisdictional issues, as well as the drafting of Divorce Agreements and Pre- Nuptial Agreements. A past chair of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association, she has worked extensively with the Massachusetts Legislature, the Courts and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to shape legislation, train other lawyers and enhance the practice of family law in the Commonwealth. She has co-authored the chapter on valuation for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Divorce Law Practice manual, and is often called upon to teach seminars in the areas of business valuation, taxation, jurisdiction and real estate, and to serve as a special master in complex business disputes.
Sharon Oberst DeFala has been in practice as an attorney since 1992. Her clients include families, couples, and individuals. Sharon has helped her clients navigate all phases of life-cycle events.
In family law, she has helped clients with pre-and post-nuptial agreements, divorce and separation, custody, visitation, alimony, and child support. High net worth families trust Sharon to keep their family matters discreet and cost-effective, she works with other professionals that she brings in for key parts of the process, such as LMFTs (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and CDFPs (Certified Divorce Financial Planner), as necessary. Families of more modest means avoid the pitfalls of litigation by working together with Sharon.