Michelle Rothman Ahern is a senior associate at the firm, with over a decade of experience practicing family law. She handles all aspects of divorce and family law and also assists with matters related to trust and estates litigation. Her experience includes divorces with complex financial concerns, including real estate, business, and tax issues, as well as custody cases, including those with mental health, medical, education, special needs, and immigration-related issues. She represents clients in contempt, paternity, and equity actions and has extensive experience drafting and enforcing separation, modification, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
Michelle works closely with clients to set realistic goals and develop a legal strategy. She is confident with proceeding to trial when facts and circumstances warrant and has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. Michelle is also a skilled negotiator who works to resolve cases by agreement where possible and represents clients in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation/conciliation.
Michelle is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she participated in the Civil Litigation Clinic and practiced as an SJC Rule 3:03 student attorney. She attained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism (cum laude) from the University of Maryland – Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She is admitted to the Massachusetts and New York bars.
Michelle has contributed to numerous publications on family law topics, including Paternity and the Law of Parentage in Massachusetts, MCLE, 2018; “The Preferences and Voices of Children in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, May/June 2016; and “How to Try Divorce Cases,” MCLE, 2015. She has participated in Massachusetts Court pro-bono programs including serving as a Middlesex Probate and Family Court “Lawyer for the Day” and as a Negotiator Mentee for the Judge Jeffrey Abber We CAN Settle Initiative in connection with the Mass. Family & Probate American Inn of Court. In law school, Michelle served as an editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine. Before earning her law degree, she reported for the Washington Times and the Montgomery County, Maryland Gazette
Michelle also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation, which supports U.S. veterans and current service members. From 2014 through 2020, she served as a Director of RESPOND, Inc., the oldest domestic violence agency in New England.