Donald G. Tye

Practice Areas

Domestic Relations

Donald G. Tye is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on civil, probate, and domestic relations litigation, as well as appeals. He has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney, guardian ad litem, master, mediator, arbitrator, author, and lecturer. Donald is co-chair of Prince Lobel’s Domestic Relations Practice Group.

A frequent lecturer and panelist, Donald has taught, given lectures, and conducted workshops and seminars in the areas of trial practice and divorce and child-related issues at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, Suffolk University School of Law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and its Family Law Institute, Brown University Medical Center, Boston University Graduate School of Social Work, American Psychological Association, Boston Public Schools (Partners in Education, Inc.), the Maine, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem’s Continuing Legal Education and its Family Law Institute, Brown University Medical Center, Boston University Graduate School of Social Work, American Psychological Association, Boston Public Schools (Partners in Education, Inc.), the Maine, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem.

  • Washington University (St. Louis), J.D., 1975; M.S.W., 1975
  • Tufts University, B.A., 1972
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Certified Fellow; Massachusetts Chapter President, 2005-2007
  • American Bar Association, Family Law, Civil Litigation Sections
  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Law Review, Family Law Section Council
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Ford Hall Forum, Vice President and Program Committee Chair
  • Anti-Defamation League’s National Law Committee; executive committee  member of ADL’s New England Region’s Civil Rights Committee
  • Attorney Representing Children (ARC)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • 2010-2011: Named one of the “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers”
  • 2009-2010: Named a “Top Attorney in New England” by New England Super Lawyers
  • 2004–present: Recognized as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in the area of Family Law
  • 2014: Appointed to Board of Bar Overseers
  • 2012: Member, “A Child’s Voice” Task Force
  • 2012: Selected to participate in Governor Deval Patrick’s Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws
  • 2012: Appointed member of National Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Continuing Legal Education Committee, which plans the organization’s educational programs for the year.
  • 2012: Appointed to Massachusetts Bar Association Section Council. The council works with MBA members to develop legislative positions that improve the administration of justice in the Commonwealth.
  • 2008-2012: Judicial Nominating Commission
  • 2008: Received certification as a Family Law Arbitrator by the AAML Training Institute
  • 2006: Named co-chair of the Family Law Curriculum Advisory Committee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Co-author of the MCLE text Financial Aspects of Divorce in Massachusetts: Gain a deeper understanding of net worth, 1st Edition, 2016
  • Co-editor of “Domestic Relations” chapter in Summary of Basic Law, a selection of the Massachusetts Practice Series (West Publishing Co.)
  • Editor of the “Divorce” chapter in the Massachusetts Bar Association publication, Traps for the Unwary.
  • Principal editor of the MCLE text How To Try Divorce Cases in Massachusetts, and was co-author of the 2010  and 2017 edition, along with Peter A. Kuperstein, Kelly N. Griffin, and Patricia A. O’Connell.

As a member of the board of editors of Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly, (where he is now editor emeritus), Donald has written numerous editorials on subjects relating to domestic relations law and policies. His work has also been featured in publications such as The Massachusetts Family Law Journal, Boston Bar Journal, Family Advocate, and Best of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Journal.

RECENT ARTICLES AND ALERTS

  • May 2017: “The Preferences and Voices of Children in Massachusetts and Beyond,” Family Law Quarterly
  • June 2014: “The Basics of Equitable Distribution and the Treatment of Gifted and Inherited Assets in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal
  • August 2012: “Meeting With the Custody Advisor,” Family Advocate magazine
  • October 2017: “Trying Divorce Cases in Massachusetts” – MCLE Seminar Faculty
  • November 2012: “Domestic Abuse in Divorce & Custody Litigation”- MCLE seminar faculty
  • October 2012: “Alimony Summit 2012” – MCLE seminar faculty
  • October 2012: “Trying Divorce Cases” – MCLE seminar faculty chair
  • January 2012: “Advocating & Drafting Under the New Alimony Reform Legislation” – MCLE seminar faculty
  • November 2011: “Risk of Divorce for the Closely Held Business Stakeholder” – panelist, Prince Lobel seminar
  • November 2011: Featured speaker at Boston University Family Law Luncheon
  • October 2011: “The New Boston Miracle” – moderator of Ford Hall Forum Program
  • September 2011: “Alimony Summit 2011” – MCLE seminar faculty
  • April 2011: “Does Evidence Matter in the Custody Case? Knowing and Using the Rules” – panelist at American Bar Association Spring 2011 CLE conference
  • Since 2006, Donald has been Chair of MCLE’s annual “Divorce Summit” and a faculty member for their seminar, “How to Try Divorce Cases”