Francine Gardikas

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3261

"A great attorney is there every step of the way, paying attention to the details of the case and considering your emotions when moving towards resolution."

Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1999

B.A., Political Science, College of the Holy Cross, 1996

Francine advocates for her clients in all forums, from the courtroom to alternative dispute resolution settings. Understanding her clients is a main focus of her approach. Learning who they are as individuals, explaining the law, and guiding her clients through an often emotionally fraught process helps her to stay aligned. Always keeping a client’s needs and goals in mind, Francine works diligently on their behalf to provide well thought-out counsel and personal attention.

Clients rely on Francine when they need a strong litigator who is skilled at negotiating agreements involving complicated financial matters and emotional custody disputes. They value her experience in all components of divorce and family law including divorce, child custody disputes, paternity, removal, modification and contempt actions, alimony and child support, as well as pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements.

When cases are complex, Francine has the extensive litigation and negotiation experience needed to successfully handle high net worth and highly contested divorce cases. As divorce or custody disputes develop, the situation often broadens to include intricate business valuation and asset issues, high conflict custody / parenting disputes, negotiating and drafting divorce agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; child support and alimony actions; paternity actions; modification matters; removal cases; same-sex marriage and divorce issues; post-divorce modification and enforcement of alimony. Known for her attention to detail, Francine provides the scope and perspective to handle these situations in the most practical and thoughtful manner.

Prior to joining Burns & Levinson in 2004, Francine was with White, Inker Aronson, P.C. She also previously served as a law clerk at the Massachusetts Trial Court – Probate and Family Court Department from 1999-2001.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Massachusetts Rising Stars - Family Law (2011-2012)

Memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

Essex County Bar Association

Middlesex County Bar Association

Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers

Greater Boston Family Law American Inn of Court

American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, MCLE 19th Annual Family Law Conference, “Caselaw and Legislative Update,” May 19, 2017

Panelist, MCLE 19th Annual Family Law Conference, “Caselaw and Legislative Update,” April 15, 2016

Panelist, MCLE 18th Annual Family Law Conference, “Caselaw and Legislative Update,” April 10, 2015

Speaker, Boston Bar Association CLE Program, “New Developments in the Use of Parenting Coordinators and Guardians ad Litem,” January 20, 2015

Panelist, MCLE 17th Annual Family Law Conference, “Caselaw and Legislative Update,” April 11, 2014

Panelist, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Program, “Family Law Year-in-Review 2014,” February 25, 2014

Faculty Member, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Program, “Mental Health Issues & Divorce,” June 13, 2013

Faculty Member and Panelist, MCLE’s 16th Annual Family Law Conference 2013, “Caselaw and Legislative Update,” April 5, 2013

Panelist, Boston Bar Association Program, “Navigating the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and the Massachusetts Differences,” March 12, 2013

Faculty Member and Panelist, MCLE’s 15th Annual Family Law Conference, “Caselaw and Legislature Update 2012,” March 16, 2012

Moderator, Boston Bar Association program, “Ansin and Post Nuptial Agreements,” May 10, 2011

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

Massachusetts Makes a Radical Change in the Alimony Law,” Burns & Levinson Client Update, September 2011

Resources
Francine Gardikas
Practices
  • Divorce & Family
Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1999

B.A., Political Science, College of the Holy Cross, 1996

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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