Vicki L. Shemin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Wellesley, MA

Fields and Dennis LLP
 | 80 William Street, Suite 210
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: 781-489-6776
Fax: 781-489-6233
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (60%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Vicki L. Shemin is a partner at Fields and Dennis LLP in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Ms. Shemin devotes her practice to family law and serves clients in the Wellesley and Boston areas. She has been practicing law for more than 25 years and has experience with all aspects of family law including divorce, alimony, child support, custody, estates, marital asset division, modifications, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, trusts and more.

Recognized on a state and national level as a leader in the field of family law, Ms. Shemin has received honors and awards over the course of his career. She is AV Preeminent* rated by the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell and is consistently listed on the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

In addition, Ms. Shemin has been named one of the “top 10 family law lawyers in Massachusetts” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and was named one of the “top lawyers” in 2018 as published in The Boston Globe. She has lectured on various domestic-related legal topics for several bar associations and professional organizations and authored articles for numerous publications.

Outside of her practice, Ms. Shemin is a founder and board member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and executive board member and vice president of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She graduated from Boston University School of Law and holds dual degrees in clinical social work and law.

Ms. Shemin is a certified advanced practitioner by the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, a certified family mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and a certified family mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. She is also a nationally certified parenting coordinator by the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (60%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%): Mediation

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Mediation

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Super Lawyers: 2018

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About Vicki Shemin

Admitted: 1989, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.fieldsdennis.com/vicki-l-shemin

Honors/Awards:

  • This prestigious distinction is accorded to the top 50 women attorneys practicing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who have demonstrated exceptional and outstanding achievements as pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models., 2018 Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin was recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer:Women Leaders in the Law by Martindale-Hubbell for both 2017 and 2018, Top Rated Lawyers: Women Leaders in the Law, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin was honored to be recognized for her excellencce and achievements to the legal community as a Top Lawyer 2017 and 2018 as published in The Boston Globe, Top Lawyer, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin was recognized in both 2016 and 2017 as a Top Ten Family Lawyer in Massachusetts by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Top Ten Attorney in Family Law in Massachusetts, 2017
  • Based on peer review ratings, Attorney Shemin was named among Boston's Top Rated Lawyers in 2015 in 3 distinct categories - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law, and Mediation/Collaborative Law, Boston's Top Rated Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Attorney Shemin has been continuously recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers as one of the Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast (less than 5% of female attorneys are accorded this honor) for all selection years, 2011-2014, inclusive., Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2014
  • Attorney Shemin served as Note Editor of the Law Review at Boston University School of Law, Note Editor, Boston University Law Review, 1989
  • Best Cross Examiner, Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, 1994
  • Top Rated Lawyers: Legal Leaders in Family Law, 2013-2014
  • Legal Leaders: New England, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Attorney Shemin has maintaned her ACSW credentials for more than the past 15 years (the Academy of Certified Social Workers was established in 1960 and remains the most widely recognized and respected social work credential obtainable), 2018
  • Since 2003, Attorney Shemin has been credentialed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). This designation signifies the most advanced of social work licenses in Massachusetts; as such, it allows the professional to function as an independent clinical social worker in private practice; to engage in counseling, treatment and diagnosis of psycho-social issues; and to provide a full range of supervisory and consultation services, 2018
  • For the past 2 years, Attorney Shemin has been accorded recognition as a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator by PACE (Professional Academy of Custody Experts), 2018
  • Attorney Shemin has continuously met the State of Florida's stringent requirements to be licensed as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator for more than the past 5 years, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin has met the stringent requirements to be recognized as a Certified Family Mediator as conferred by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, 2018
  • Since 2017, Attorney Shemin has earned recognition as a Premium Member Certified Mediator by Mediate.com (validating highest ethical standards and at least 200 hours of mediation case experience and at least 100 hours of mediation training), 2018
  • Attorney Shemin has earned a 10.0 "Superb" AVVO rating as a "Top Divorce Attorney" for more than the last 15 years., 2018
  • Attorney Shemin met the stringent requirements to become approved as a Category V Parenting Coordinator under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' new Standing Order 1-17, 2017
  • Certified Advanced Practitioner, Association of Professional Family Mediators, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 2018
  • Faculty presenter at MCLE seminar on "Trying Divorce Cases": "Arbitration, Mediation, Collaboration and other ADR Alternatives: Working with Lawyers to 'Win' for Clients.", 2018
  • Women's Bar Association (ADR and MetroWest Chapters), 2018
  • President of Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM)/Annual Institute Featured Speaker/Annual Institute Committee Member/Co-Chair, MCLC-MCFM Joint Committee (since ~ 2000), 2018
  • Association of Famiy and Conciiation Courts - Board of Directors and Annual Conference Committee (Massachusetts chapter)(since 2017), 2018
  • Elected President of Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, 2018
  • Boston Bar Association, 2018
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals - Member/Annual Institute Speaker - 2017 (since  ~ 2000), 2018
  • Mediate.com - Certified Mediator/Premium Member (since  ~ 2015), 2018
  • The Divorce Center - former Board Member/Speaker (since  ~ 1998), 2018
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council - Member/Workshop Presenter/Formerly on Continuing Education Committee (since  ~ 2000), 2018
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators - Board Member and Founding Member (since  ~ 2015), 2018
  • In 2017, Attorney Shemin was honored to be invited to join the prestigious organization Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court., 2017
  • Attorney Shemin has been a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar since her admission in 1989, 1989
  • Massachusetts, 1989

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Mediator/Trainee Supervisor at Norfolk County Probate & Family Court in Massachusetts for MWI (since  ~ 2014), 2018
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education - volunteer mediation coach (since  ~ 2005), 2018
  • Volunteer educator about legal and co-parenting issues for The Divorce Center (2015-2017), 2015
  • Attorney Shemin has, over the years, volunteered as Lawyer for the Day in Middlesex County Probate and Family Court ( ~ 2014-2017), 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Cohabitation After Divorce: Reasons You Need a Co-Tenancy Agreement, Divorce Magazine, 2018
  • With couples increasingly opting to live together and not get married (or live together prior to marriage), the "no-nup prenup" offers an excellent solution to ensuring that the rights of both parties are addressed and protected., Author, First Things First: The No-Nup Prenup, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Family Law; Domestic Relations, 2018
  • Addressing an increasingly common fact of life for divorcing couples - the necessity of living together under the same roof, Attorney Shemin offers some practical advice for couples in the throes of this challenge., Author, 8 Survival Tips for Living Together During Divorce, Divorce Magazine.com, Divorce, 2018
  • Designed to offer practical advice within the context of a theoretical perspective, Attorney Shemin co-presented a webinar on Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements for the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators (of which she is a Founding Member and Board Member), Webinar Co-Presenter, 2018
  • In this article, Attorney Shemin offers practical advice and encourages parents to set aside any negative feelings they may have about their ex-spouses to ensure their children honor the other parent on his and her special day., Author, "Mother's Day, Father's Day and Divorce: 5 Ways to be a Hero to Your Children", Divorce Magazine.com, Divorce, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin wrote about a little-known type of recovery - heart-balm statutes - that are only available in a handful of states and argues that we should have more universal 21st century remedies available for damages available to the aggrieved whose injuires are clearly connected to broken promises., Author, Heart-Balm Statutes: Can Money Heal Heartache?, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin was the Moderator for this panel of attorneys and court personnel on behalf of the Massachusetts Chapter of the national organization, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. The topic was "Parent Coordinator - The Court's Next Gladiator: Cutting Through Standing Order 1-17", Featured Speaker, AFCC - Winter Symposium, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin conceived the idea of a book rooted in international, cutting-edge divorce research. To date, 275 respondents have written letters to their ex-spouses now, for the first time (with no intention to necessarily send the letters), expressing their innermost thoughts about their marriage, divorce, and all that has followed. One of the goals of the project is for judges, attorneys, therapists and clergy to understand the impact they have had on the participants as they experienced the throes of divorce. The letters are accompanied by a research component that is equal parts subjective and objective; the hope is that those contemplating marriage, remarriage, or divorce will benefit from the respondents' collective experiences - as will the professionals who profoundly touch the lives of divorcing men and women., Author/Editor, Letters to Ex-Spouses:...And I Just Wanted You To Know, www.surveymonkey.com/s/XC89FQ9, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin wrote this article as a service to those men and women contemplating divorce and interviewing lawyers for that purpose, Author, Divorce Lawyers: Five Little Known Things You Need to Know, 2017
  • Reflecting on the challenges experienced by children of divorce during the holiday season, Attorney Shemin offers insights and practical advice, Author, Making Holidays Magical for Kids After Divorce, 2017
  • Attorney Shemin presented a 90-minute workshop in Philadelphia tracing the historical roots and highlighting the ethical challenges presented in Collaborative Law cases, Presenter, "Chasing Zebras: Collaborative Law Models of a Different Stripe", International Association Of Collaborative Professionals, 2017
  • Coining the phrase, "Trumped-Up Prenup," became the inspiration for a Boston Globe author to investigate and write about a phenomenon identified by Attorney Shemin (i.e., engaged couples expediting wedding plans where only one partner is a US citizen), Newspaper Interviewee, "Tying the Knot, Faster Than Planned", The Boston Globe, 2017
  • Attorney Shemin was invited by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)(the Commonwealth's premier professional teaching organization for lawyers) to Chair a program entitled, "A Kaleidoscopic Perspective on the Impact of Divorce", Program Chair, 2017
  • Attorney Shemin was honored to have her workshop accepted for presentation at the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council's Annual Institute at Clark University in May, 2017, Presenter, "Making the Collaborative Law Shoe Fit the Clients: Creative Options for a Better Fitting Practice Model", 2017
  • This article delves into the impact of Sunset Clauses as they pertain to prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements., Author, "Prenups and Postnups: The Dawning of Sunrise/Sunset Clauses", Massachusetts Bar Association Journal, 2017
  • Attorney Shemin co-authored this article which addresses the recent parenting coordination case Leon v. Cormier., Author, "Parenting Coordination: The Emancipation Proclamation", 2017
  • Attorney Shemin was honored to have her article contemplating the perspectives - and potential advantages - of children of divorce published in the Huffington Post., Author, "4 Benefits of Being A Child of Divorce", Huffington Post, 2016
  • Attorney Shemin wrote this article in the hopes that couples contemplating divorce might also consider an alternative known as "Mediation To Stay Married.", Author, "4 Important Things To Do Before You Say 'I Don't'", 2016
  • Attorney Shemin authored this article based on a landmark ruling in an actual NY case, Author, Facebook: You Can Run, But You Cannot HIde!, 2015
  • Attorney Shemin was invited to talk about helping separating and divorcing men and women move past divorce, Podcast Interviewee, "Prenups-Postnups-and-How-to-get-Closure-on-your-Divorce/", OverDivorce, 2015
  • Attorney Shemin presented at a national workshop at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators on the advantages and disadvantages of Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements, Presenter, "To Prenup/Postnup or Not to Prenup/Postnup: That is the Question!", 2015
  • Ironcially, although Attorney Shemin is a domestic relations attorney specializing in divorce matters, she is hopeful that couples will make all best efforts to strengthen their marriage before separating., Author, "10 Ways To Keep Your (Re)Marriage Alive and Well", 2015
  • Attorney Shemin was interviewed on the topics of Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements as well as on her research on "Letters to Ex-Spouses:...And I Just Wanted You To Know" for Family Matters (VoiceAmerica)., Radio Guest, 2015
  • Attorney Shemin uses an actual case example (with permission of the couple) to highlight a success story involving divorcing mediation clients who opted for "mediation to stay married" - 8 years later, the marriage is still going strong., Author, "Helping Save A Marriage Through Mediation To Stay Married", 2013
  • The Squid & The Whale: A Relevant Tale, MCFM Family Mediation Quarterly, 2012
  • The Uniform Mediation Act, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2005
  • Ménage À Trois in Antenuptial Agreements: Balancing the Interests of the Couple and the State, 15 Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trust Journal 93, f/k/a Ehrlichman, 1990
  • Section 1041 and its Estate Planning Opportunities for Clients Contemplating Divorce,” 25 Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal 535, f/k/a Ehrlichman, Fall, 1990
  • Collaborative Divorce in the Fast Lane: Negotiating an Agreement, Start to Finish, in Ten Days
  • Health Care Proxies & Durable Powers of Attorney,” in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts, Fall, 1997; updated 2011
  • Collaborative Divorce Handbook: Helping Families Without Going to Court, by Forrest S. Mosten, Book Notes reviewed by Vicki Shemin, ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine, vol. 17, no.2, Winter 2011

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Family Law "10 Best Attorneys" in Massacusetts, 2018
  • Attorney Shemin was interviewed by The Boston Globe and featured for a front-page article she spearheaded entitled "Tying the Knot Faster Than Planned" - this is based on a term Attorney Shemin coined: "The Trumped-Up Prenup."  https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/04/02/immigration-fears-lead-sped-weddings-and-prenups/UyksYzEKwrYTYZoeGYHYKM/story.html , 2017
  • WorldWide Registry - Inclusion in Top 101 Industry Experts (featured for expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution), 2017
  • Attorney Shemin received the award for "Best Cross-Examiner" in MCLE's Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute , 1994
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award in Family Law (1/110), 1988
  • Please see accompanying resume and webpage http://www.fieldsdennis.com/vicki-l-shemin Thank you

Educational Background:

  • The University of Maryland School of Social Work, M.S.W., Clinical Practice, 1979
  • The Johns Hopkins University Honors Program, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1977

Industry Groups

  • Agreemeents To Stay Married
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Child Custody
  • Collaborative Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Relations
  • Family Law
  • GAL Evaluative Consultations
  • Mediation
  • Parent Coordinator
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
Office Location for Vicki L. Shemin

80 William Street
Suite 210
Wellesley, MA 02481

Phone: 781-489-6776

Fax: 781-489-6233

 

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Last Updated: 10/1/2018

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