David H. Lee - Lee & Rivers LLP

David H. Lee

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1983
Phone: 617-266-6262

David H. Lee is recognized locally and nationally as a preeminent Family Law practitioner.  The focus of his practice over his entire career has been in the field of Family Law.

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, alimony 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 (postnuptial) agreements, paternity, and analysis of Massachusetts Family Law case decisions, statutes and rules.  Mr. Lee has handled numerous significant appellate court matters impacting Massachusetts law.  Mr. Lee has also served as a guest lecturer at several Boston area law schools. 

Mr. Lee has consistently been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of Family Law, since its first publication in 1983, and was 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.  Mr. Lee is named a "Top 10 Super Lawyer" 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 and 2014.

LAWDRAGON Magazine honored Mr. Lee in November 2005, Volume 1, Issue 1 as one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America". 

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. 

Tufts University, cum laudeAB 1969Boston University School of LawJ.D. 1973
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers American College of Family Trial Lawyers International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inns of Court BBA/MBA Task Force on Alimony Reform Legislative Committee on Alimony Reform AAML Charitable Foundation

Case History

Ansin v. Craven-Ansin, 457 Mass. 283 (2010) — Mr. Lee was lead trial counsel for Mr. Ansin and presented the oral argument before the Supreme Judicial Court for the prevailing party in this landmark marital (postnuptial) agreement case.
Chester Chin v. Edith E. Merriott, Supreme Judicial Court, Docket No. SJC-11715 — September 2014 filed Amicus Brief; case of first impression; alimony law

Client Comments

"Mr. David Lee has represented me for over five years, and he has provided insightful and thoughtful counsel. Perhaps most importantly, he has a deep understanding of all aspects of the law and finance relevant to his practice. He is able to incorporate analysis of the implications of tax, corporate, securities, and family law into divorce agreements. His goal is to avoid litigation and achieve a mutually beneficial settlement, but he is prepared and ready to litigate if necessary. His personal involvement in cases makes him exceptionally valuable to his clients."

"David Lee helped me through a divorce in an extremely professional, ethical, and compassionate manner. He is very knowledgeable and detail oriented compared to other lawyers, and never failed to point out pros and cons of potential decisions. He managed things quickly and conveyed information clearly. He is very well thought of in the legal community and was obviously well known and well thought of by the court justices. He was very good about getting back to me. I highly recommend him."

-Marilyn Pike
MedPharm Consulting, Inc.

"David has been my lawyer for 10 years in what can only be described as a very long, tedious, unpleasant, complicated divorce. The words that come to mind to describe David are: professional, integral, impeccable ethics, efficient, responsible, responsive, reliable, quiet, confidence, well prepared, extroadinary listener, and always "cool" and in control. He is warm, sensitive, and focused - a "natural" teacher and "my voice of reason." He is THE BEST!!!"

-Nancy Hennessey
Lee & Levine LLC

"If you put the CEO of a hedge fund, a Professor of Negotiations from Harvard Business School, and a military strategist into a mixing bowl, and throw in years of high-level experience, you will only begin to get the essence of Attorney David Lee. He is a strategist and litigator with rare foresight. Compassionate, responsive, totally focused, and supported by a staff with decades of experience, he imbues the highest level of confidence and trust so important in these emotional cases. He will spend countless hours with every detail of the case, mapping and executing a plan with input from his client, and always with a focus on achieving both a long and short-term objective. He is a wonderful listener with a sense of fair play; he is respectful of the emotional and pragmatic needs of his client, and he is a legal heavyweight who can go toe to toe with anyone in the divorce arena. Totally against all odds, and with subtleties and precision, I, as a former attorney, have rarely seen, Attorney David Lee achieved a result in my case (custody) that was unheard of in the legal community. His reputation is flawless and his acumen in unparalleled. "

-Jay Goldman
Vineyard Capital Partners

"David's calm, non-combative demeanor, his elegance and calm, and his goal-oriented focus, combined with mastery of the contextual detail and relevant law, proved extremely effective in very difficult and complex situations. As a lawyer, I recognize and appreciate David's mastery of his craft. As a physician, I credit his practical knowledge and skill in understanding human psychology as contributing to his success. As a businessman, I value his efficiency. As a parent, I appreciate his ability to be effective without being destructive."

-Mark Ehrman
Revenue Resources Inc.

"I have known David for 20 years and have used his services twice. I have found him to be competent, confident, calm, and extremely knowledgeable about the law, but, more importantly, about human nature through the very difficult process of divorce. He manages expectations, explains thoroughly what the options may be, and gives an assessment of the outcome as one chooses to go down one path or another. He is sensitive to the need and anxieties of not only the two parties of a divorce, but the children as well. He is very thorough with an attention to detail that is extraordinary; yet he has an ability to keep his perspective. He is a very fine, gentle man who can be tough when he needs to be and is a skillful negotiator. He is a fine attorney and a credit to his profession. "

-Fowler John
Executive Managing Director
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP

"I would not have been able to get through the most difficult time in my life without David Lee's help. He was always completely professional, focused, and present with me as a client. He has the uncanny ability to comfort his clients while offering them the best and most productive advice all through the divorce process. I always felt I was heard and respected. I am deeply grateful for all his help."

-Cynthia Margolis

Office Location

222 Berkeley Street, Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02116
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2011 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law of the Boston Metro Area
David H. Lee has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Family Law (Alimony, Appellate, Divorce, Equitable Division, Litigation, Marital Settlement Agreements, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Valuation)

Other Information

Gender: Male