Lisa M. Cukier


Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3471
Bar Admissions


Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


J.D., Suffolk University Law School

B.A., Northeastern University

Lisa Cukier is a partner at Burns & Levinson and concentrates her practice in all aspects of estate and trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, probate law, child custody, parentage issues and divorce, planning and litigation for blended families and same-sex couples, adoption, guardianship and conservatorship, and elder financial exploitation.

Recognized for her expertise and skill, Lisa is a frequent speaker on the topics of trust and estate litigation, estate planning, and family law, including undue influence and financial exploitation of elders. She is also a regular contributor for various publications including Boston Spirit Magazine, and a columnist for the Weston Town Crier and Wicked Local Wayland.

Lisa has been trained in Conciliation of probate litigation matters and serves as parenting coordinator, Guardian ad Litem and mediator.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America© (2010-2017) for Family Law and Trusts and Estates

National Law Journal - Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazer (2017)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2005-2016)

MBA Community Service Award at the MLGBA Annual Dinner (2006)

Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, "Woman of Distinction In Law and Public Service" (2005)


Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Massachusetts Family and Probate Inn Of Court

Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Estate Planning, Probate, & Estate Litigation," Speaker, Newton Community Education Course, May 2017

"Using Estate Planning to Leverage Treatment of Addiction & Mental Illness," Co-chair, MCLE New England Program, April 2017

"Legal Basics," Speaker, Divorce Seminar, March 2017

"What Happens to the Home?" Speaker, ReDefining Divorce Seminar, February 2017

 “Wills, Trusts and Probate” and “Divorce and Custody” Continuing Faculty Member, Newton Community Education, 2008 - present

"Inheritance rights between siblings and siblings from prior marriages in blended families," Speaker, Radio Entrepreneurs Interview, February 2017

"Competing inheritance rights of new spouses and children from prior marriages," Speaker, Radio Entrepreneurs Interview, December 2016

“Retirement Planning for the LGBT Community,” Speaker, Boston Spirit’s Free Seminar, December 7, 2016

 “When Parents of Children with Disabilities Divorce,” Speaker, Boston Bar Association Seminar, November 15, 2016

"Redefining Divorce,” Speaker, Vesta’s Informative Mix & Mingle, October 29, 2016

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications


Contributing author, "Who Takes on Your Death: Your Spouse/Partner or Your Children?" Boston Spirit Magazine, March/April 2017

"Look Out for the Financial Exploitation of your Family Members!" Boston Spirit Magazine, September/October 2014

Divorce When Your Home State Denies Your Marriage," Boston Spirit Magazine, January / February 2014

"Marriage, Divorce & Parentage In this Post-Goodridge, Post-Windsor World," Boston Spirit Magazine, November/December 2013

"Inside the Minds: Ethics for Trusts & Estates Practitioners - Chapter 'Dynamics, Dysfunction, and Disability: Power Play Between Guardians, Conservators, Proxies, and Attorneys In Fact,'" Aspatore, 2013


"MassBar Educates: Faculty Spotlight," Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, February 2015

"Urban Update: Diversity in the Workplace," WHDH Channel 7, June 2014

"Boston Spirit Magazine to host post-DOMA LGBT financial summit,", October 2013

"Weston attorneys named to 'The Best Lawyers in America'," Wicked Local Weston, September 2013

"Same-sex ruling brings tax benefits for art world professionals," The Art Newspaper, July 2013

Lisa M. Cukier
  • Probate & Trust Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Family Services
  • Divorce & Family
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution

J.D., Suffolk University Law School

B.A., Northeastern University



Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


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