"My experience with W&F has been very positive. David has proven himself to be a skilled negotiator & litigator." Ryan G.
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
New England School of Law, J.D.: cum laude; C.J.S. Award, New England Jouranl on a Prison Law, Managing Editor
Simmons College, B.A.: Honor Society, 1977
Gayle has represented clients in family law and probate matters for almost four decades. Her practice includes divorce, modification, custody, paternity, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, guardianships, administration of estates, and probate litigation. Gayle is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and she has consistently been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
Gayle is certified as a mediator for family and probate matters, and certified to litigate complex financial matters. She is also qualified as a “Category F” guardian ad litem and recently completed her training as a “Category V” parenting coordinator. She serves as the appointed public administrator for Middlesex County, assisting the court system in the management of estates.
Gayle is an active member of the legal community. She has served as co-chair of the family law section of the Boston Bar Association and is currently co-chair of the section’s Legislative Committee. She has also served as an editor for the Section Review Magazine of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She was appointed to serve on a state task force concerning the guidelines for child-support in divorce matters.
Since 2014, Gayle has served on the faculty of the probate and family court’s “Lawyer for a Day” program, providing training to lawyers who volunteer to help indigent clients on a walk-in basis. She is also frequently asked to provide training of family lawyers on subjects such as conciliation of cases, the child support guidelines. She regularly serves as a faculty member for programs put on by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Divorce Center.
Certifications & Training
Parent Coordination Training, Category V (2017)
Certified Financial Litigator, American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators
Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center, Mediation Training and Advanced Divorce Mediation Training (1993)
President Elect of the MA Probate and Family Inn of Courts
Secretary of the MA Chapter of the AAML
Member, Joint Task Force on Family Law Legislation
Public Administrator for Middlesex County (1995-present)
Conciliator, Middlesex Bar Association (2008-present)
Faculty, Lawyer for a Day (2014-present)
Child Support Guidelines Task Force (2006-2008)
Board Member, Newton League of Women Voters (1999 – 2000)
Chair, Newton Child Care Business Advisory Group (1986 – 1997)
Faculty, “When DCF Steps Into Your Case,” MCLE 2018, 2020
Faculty, “The Shak Decision and Beyond,” BBA, 2020
Faculty, Lawyer for a Day Training, MCLE 2014, 2016
Faculty, “Conciliation Training Program,” Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association, 2012
Faculty, “Child Support Guidelines, A Second Anniversary Review,” Boston Bar Association, 2011
Faculty, Family Law Conference, 2008, 2010
Faculty, “Child Support Guidelines,” Advanced Legal Studies, Suffolk University, 2009
Faculty, “Child Support Guidelines,” MCLE, 2009
A Guide to Some of the More Substantive Changes in the New Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, Massachusetts Bar Association,Section Review, MBA Volume II. No.1 (2009)
The Mason Case: The Impact of Shared Physical Custody on Removal, Massachusetts Bar Association, Section Review, MBA Volume 9,No.2 (2007)
Recent Developments, 5 New England J. Prison L, 145, 156 (1979), 6 New England J. Prison L. 96, 99, 228 (1978)
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Family Law), 2005-2020
Martindale-Hubbell, 2017 Top Rated Lawyers in Family Law
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