Catherine E. Spanu



Catherine Spanu is an associate in the Private Client Group. She represents clients in divorce, alimony, child support, child custody, and removal matters, post-divorce modification actions, complaints to establishing maternity and paternity, complaints for contempt, and drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She also assists clients in guardianship, conservatorship, and other probate litigation matters.

Divorce can touch every aspect of Catherine’s clients’ lives. Her clients often worry about their children, their children’s financial future, their own financial futures, where they’re going to live, and their path forward. Catherine instills calm into often stressful situations by providing smart legal counsel and working with her clients every step of the way to ensure her clients’ rights and their children’s rights are protected. She takes care to deliver the truth of a situation – even if it’s not exactly what her clients want to hear – as preparedness is second to none in the legal system.

Catherine previously worked at a small firm specializing in family law in Newton and served as a judicial clerk to the justices of the Probate and Family Court in Middlesex, Essex, Plymouth, and Worcester counties, working on a wide variety of domestic relations, probate and equity matters.

A classically trained soprano, Catherine worked as a freelance musician prior to attending law school and continues to perform as soprano section leader at St. John’s Church in Beverly, Mass.


J.D., University of Toronto, 2013

M.A., University of Toronto, 2009

B.A., Boston University, 2005




honors & awards

Top 10 Reader’s Choice Family Law Author, JD Supra (2023-2024)

The Best Lawyers in America© One to Watch, Family Law (2021-2024)

Massachusetts Rising Stars (2018, 2021-2023)

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2023 JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2024


community involvement

St. John’s Episcopal Church Choir, Beverly MA


Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Middlesex Bar Association

Women’s Bar Association

speaking engagements

“Family Law Year in Review (2023)”, Speaker, Social Law Library, January 2024