US District Court of MA 1988
US Court of Appeals 1st Circuit 2005
US Supreme Court 1993
JD Suffolk University Law School (1987)
BA Denison University (1984)
Stephen is a founding partner of Lander and Lander, P.C. He has practiced exclusively in the arena of complex domestic relations litigation since 1987, and has successfully tried virtually every type of action and issue incident to or arising out of the dissolution of marriage, such as: (a) the valuation and division of interests in closely held corporations, limited partnerships, hedge funds, medical and dental practices and insurance agencies, (b) disputes concerning the physical and legal custody of, and visitation with minor children, as well as removal actions (in which one parent seeks to relocate with the children to a different jurisdiction), (c) imputation of income to the under-employed (and unemployed) spouse for purposes of calculating child support and alimony; and (d) piercing and defending premarital and marital agreements. In addition to more than 25 years of litigation experience, Stephen also has substantial experience successfully resolving cases through alternative dispute methods, such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation, both as the neutral and as the advocate.
Prior to creating Lander and Lander, P.C. in 1995, Stephen was associated with the law firm of McGrath & Kane in Boston, Massachusetts, and additionally was trained by the late Monroe Inker. He is, or has been, a member of the American, Massachusetts, Boston, Middlesex and Metrowest Bar Associations, the American Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the American Probate & Family Inns of Court, Massachusetts chapter, since its inception in 1998. Stephen has been recognized by his peers as a Massachusetts and New England “Super Lawyer” as published in Boston Magazine each year since 2006. He has been interviewed on television, radio and newspapers as an expert on a variety of family law matters. He has been a frequent lecturer to lawyers and law students on myriad family law and litigation topics, including without limitation, Advanced Business Valuation, Enhancing Your Financial IQ, Trial Practice and Procedure, Handling the Alimony Case, Child Custody, Child Support, Identifying Custody Issues, Business Valuation Issues and Case Law in Domestic Relations, Creative Options for Lessening Financial Burden of Divorce, Dividing Employment Benefits in Divorce Cases, Effective Use of Financial Statements in Domestic Relations, Guidelines for Determining Alimony, Physical and Sexual Abuse in Divorce, Removal of a Child from the Commonwealth, Unusual Property Issues in Divorce, The Dishonest Spouse, The Divorce Agreement, and The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 (as well as the identification of potential appellate issues with the same statute). These classes and lectures took place at Suffolk University Law School, Boston College Law School, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Divorce Center, Inc. and Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly lecture series. Stephen also served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School from 1994 through 1997, teaching Trial Practice.
Pro Bono Activities
Lawyer for the Day: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Probate and Family Courts
Middlesex County Conciliation Program
Senior Partners for Justice/Volunteer Lawyers Project
Curriculum Advisory Committee, MCLE
Turning Down the Flames, Handling the Bitter Divorce, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2001.
Dividing Employee Benefits in Divorce and the Occasional Interplay of Federal Legislation, co-authored with Richard M. Novitch for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2009.
Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
2nd Place: Best Brief, Legal Practice, 1985
2nd Place American Bar Association (ABA) Trial Competition, 1985
1st Place American Bar Association Negotiation Competition, 1986
1st Place American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) Trial Competition, 1986
1st Place American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence, 1987
1st Place ATLA Trial Competition North East Regionals, 1987
National Finalist ATLA Trial Competition, Washington, D.C., 1987
Denison University, Granville, Ohio
B.A. – 1984
Honors: Psi Chi, Crossed Keys, Omicron Delta Kappa
Major: Economics with a concentration in mathematics and statistics