Joseph H. Walsh is the founding partner of Menard & Walsh LLC. Mr. Walsh began his career in both criminal and civil litigation in Federal and State Courts. At the beginning of his career, he participated in the drafting of the then new alimony and property division laws of Massachusetts, G.L. c. 208, §34, which continues to govern alimony and property division in Massachusetts today. He also co-authored the lead article explaining Section 34 to the legal community. The article is the single most frequently cited authority used by Appellate Courts today in deciding cases under that statute. During his career, Mr. Walsh has specialized in handling complex civil cases, in the context of both divorces and business disputes, dealing with determining the value of business entities and real estate, locating assets locally, nationally, and internationally, and resolving these cases with sophisticated strategies and business planning techniques. His practice has enabled his clients to plan their post litigation future secure in the knowledge that their net worth is well protected from the ravages of future litigation.
Mr. Walsh has extensive experience in representing and counseling high net worth individuals often entrepreneurs, whose net worth ranges as high as Five Hundred Million Dollars, as well as private business entities regarding litigation, avoidance of litigation, and pre and post litigation planning and strategies to avoid damage to their net worth, in addition to other personal and business planning issues.
Bar Affiliations and Professional Memberships
Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1975; United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts 1976; United States Court of Appeals for First Circuit 1977; United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit 1995; and Supreme Court of the United States 1982; Fellow: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1994; Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys 1994 to date; Past Member Board of Managers, Massachusetts Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Boston Bar Association 1974 to date; Massachusetts Bar Association 1994 to date; and American Bar Association 1994 to date (member Corporate Banking and Business Law, Family Law and Litigation Sections); and the International Bar Association.
Mr. Walsh was selected as a Massachusetts SUPER LAWYER each year from 2004 - present inclusive which award is based on a survey of Massachusetts Attorneys and reviewed by an independent blue ribbon panel. He was also selected as a Super Lawyer in New England. Listed attorneys and finalists consist of the top five percent of attorneys in Massachusetts and New England respectively. Mr. Walsh was also selected as one of the top three attorneys in Massachusetts practicing in the field of matrimonial and family law; business litigation and asset protection by WORTH Magazine and was named one of the top one hundred attorneys in the United States practicing in these specialty areas of the law. He has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for attorneys, AV, for over 20 years based on peer reviews and comments.
Mr. Walsh is a frequent speaker and author of articles in the area of matrimonial and family law as well as on a variety of other legal topics including business valuations; estate planning; stock options; retirement interest and property division; separation agreements; prenuptial agreements and pre and post divorce asset planning and protection issues.As a practicing trial lawyer for over forty years, Mr. Walsh has been devoted to using his knowledge and expertise to assist his clients through the judicial process in an effort to minimize adverse affects upon the parties and their families, to protect their assets, and to plan their estates for their future.
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