W. Sanford Durland III


A partner at Schmidt & Federico, P.C.,  Sandy joined the firm in 1999 after spending time as a solo practitioner and after working for several prestigious, family law firms in Boston. His practice is currently concentrated in domestic relations, family law and probate litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels.  Prior embarking on a career in family law, Sandy served as a legislative staff assistant to the Hon. Hamilton Fish, Jr. in the United States House of Representatives. 

Sandy has been involved in a number of leading divorce cases, including those interpreting the Alimony Reform Act (Young vs. Young, 478 Mass. 1; Chin vs. Merriot, 470 Mass. 527; Holmes vs. Holmes, 467 Mass. 653),  determining income in child support calculations (Wasson vs. Wasson, 81 Mass.App.Ct. 574), the propriety of percentage-based alimony (Wooters vs. Wooters, 42 Mass.App.Ct. 929), income attribution in support calculations  (C.D.L. vs. M.M.L., 72 Mass.App.Ct. 146), business valuations & pass through/K-1 income (Caveney vs. Caveney, 81 Mass.App.Ct. 102) and divorce-related taxation (L.J.S. vs. J.E.S., 464 Mass 346).

He has authored and co-authored a number of legal treatises including, “Defending Accounts,” Equity Actions in the Probate Court, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and “Pre-Trial Hearings” & “Financial Statements,” Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, as well as a number of articles for the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations and Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly. He regularly lectures on such topics as the Alimony Reform Act, alimony and child support, custody and visitation, equitable property division, contempt actions as well as on recent developments and changes in family law.


– Graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1983)
– Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1987)

– Admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1987)
– United States District Court, District of Massachusetts (1987)

– Member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations
– Essex Bar Association (Probate & Family Court Conciliation Program)
– Massachusetts Family & Probate Inn of Court (Board Member)

– Listed as a “Super Lawyer” in the Boston Magazine,  New England Super Lawyer (2006 through 2017 editions)

– Member, Board of Trustees of Esperanza Academy, Lawrence, Massachusetts (2005-2013)