We are pleased to announce that Phyllis Federico, was honored last month at the 2016 Top Women of Law event, which celebrates exceptional women lawyers who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field. The annual award honors and highlights women who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models – a description which fits Phyllis perfectly.
Schmidt & Federico is pleased to announce that five members of the firm have received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of “AV.”
Mary and Bill Schmidt, Sandy Durland and Phyllis Federico, as well as Jennifer Sevigney Durand. all received the AV® Preeminent™ (4.5-5.0) certification mark, indicating that their peers have ranked them at the highest level of professional excellence in their field
Recently, Representative John Fernandes filed Massachusetts House Bill HD4546 to amend the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, to address the decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Chin vs. Merriot – which our partner, Sandy Durland, argued to the S.J.C. – and in Rodman vs. Rodman and Doktor vs Doktor, which ruled that, insofar as the Reform Act’s presumption that alimony would end upon an alimony payer’s reaching retirement age and/or upon the recipient spouse’s cohabitation, those provisions would apply only to alimony payers who were divorced after March 1, 2012 (the effective date of the Act). The Bill would make the Reform Act apply to all existing alimony obligations, including those who were divorced prior to March 1, 2012.