DAVID H. LEE is recognized locally and nationally as a preeminent Family Law practitioner. He was admitted to the Bar of Massachusetts in 1973 and is also admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. The focus of his practice over his entire career has been in the field of Family Law. Mr. Lee graduated Tufts University (cum laude, 1969) and Boston University Law School (1973).
Mr. Lee has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1978. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of AAML, a former member of the national Board of Governors and a Director of the AAML Charitable Foundation. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a past member of the Board of Managers of the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inns of Court. Mr. Lee is designated a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a national organization which is limited to 100 distinguished Family Law attorneys from the United States. He has been awarded the “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory since 1981, which is granted to a select group of attorneys and indicates the highest possible peer rating within a particular practice area. Mr. Lee was Co-chairman of BBA/MBA Task Force on Alimony Reform and a member of the Legislative Committee on Alimony Reform.
Mr. Lee is named by Naifeh and Smith’s The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of Family Law, and is one of only approximately 1,000 lawyers from all legal practice areas within the country who has consistently been recognized in that publication since its first edition in 1983 and was recently recognized as Best Lawyers’ 2011 Boston Family Lawyer of the Year.
Boston Magazine recognized Mr. Lee in its 2002 “The Best Lawyers” edition as one of only four lawyers identified in the field of Family Law. Following interviews with hundreds of lawyers, judges, clients and others in the legal system, the stated determinative criteria were that: “They are very good at what they do. They are ethical. And they meet the elusive third measure of quality; customer satisfaction. More than mere technicians, they are counselors who care.” He has appeared on television and in print as a commentator on Family Law issues and has been characterized in news and magazine print as an attorney “who is more interested in grasping complicated financial issues than in knowing the right gossip columnists –and he’s respected for it” and “a good trial lawyer, a scholar of the law, very well prepared, personable, a nice balance of a lot of skills.”
Mr. Lee is named a “Top 10 Super Lawyer” among all identified legal practice areas in Massachusetts in Boston Magazine and Law & Politics, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, November 2005, November 2006, November 2008 and November 2011 editions and was named a “Top 100 Attorneys in New England” in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers” in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. LAWDRAGON Magazine honored Mr. Lee in November 2005, Volume 1, Issue 1, as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America”. Mr. Lee was recently featured in the 2014 edition of New England’s Best Lawyers.
Mr. Lee is a frequent speaker and author of articles in the area of Family Law on a variety of topics, including divorce tax law, business valuations, stock options and retirement interests in property division, spousal and child support, division of gifted and inherited property, trial practice and procedure, appellate advocacy and other post-judgment remedies, separation agreements, child custody, prenuptial agreements, paternity, and analysis of Massachusetts Family Law case decisions, statutes and rules. Mr. Lee was lead trial counsel for Mr. Ansin and presented the oral argument before the Supreme Judicial Court for the prevailing party in the landmark marital (postnuptial) agreement case of Ansin v. Craven-Ansin, 457 Mass. 283 (2010). Mr. Lee has handled numerous other significant appellate court matters impacting Massachusetts law. Mr. Lee also serves as a guest lecturer at several Boston area law schools.
Whether as a courtroom advocate, negotiator, or counselor, Mr. Lee is committed to using his knowledge and experience to guide and assist his clients through the legal process, in an effort to minimize the potential adverse impact upon the parties and their children.
Some of Mr. Lee’s published articles include:
- Counterpoint re: Alimony Reform and Cohabitation
- Pitfalls of the new Massachusetts alimony law: Recomputation and alimony fixed as child support
- Ansin v. Craven-Ansin: Marital Agreements in Massachusetts