David E. Cherny is a founding partner
of the Boston Law firm of Atwood & Cherny, a nationally recognized
law firm concentrating in the practice of Family Law. He is a fellow
of the International and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,
serving as past President of the Massachusetts Chapter. He is also
a member of the American Probate & Family Inns of Court.
Mr. Cherny is a 1978 graduate (cum laude) of Boston
University School of Management and received his law degree (cum
laude) from Suffolk University in 1981. He is a member of the Massachusetts & Texas
Bars and is admitted to practice before the United States District
Court, (D. Mass.), United States Court of Appeals, United States
Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Cherny is an active member of the Massachusetts,
American and Boston Bar Associations. He is a frequent lecturer
at law schools and to family law lawyers and judges. He is author
of numerous articles in the field of family law, and is co-author
of the Massachusetts Family Law Manual. He has been recognized by
his peers and certified in Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in
American Law. He has been included in the Law & Politics/Boston
Magazine listing of "Massachusetts Super Lawyers" and
“New England Super Lawyers” in the field of family law. For over
20 years he has been certified in Best Lawyers in America in the
field of family law and appellate law.
Mr. Cherny and his firm have been involved in numerous
family law cases and appellate decisions which have had a significant
role in shaping family law in Massachusetts. He has made appearances
on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Dateline and Today, Court TV
as well as other television, radio, and newspaper interviews in
connection with some of the firm's high profile cases.
He has represented clients in a Writ of Certiorari
to the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also represented
clients in numerous cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court
and Supreme Judicial Court in the areas of religious freedom
in custody cases, pre-marital agreements, durational alimony, inherited
wealth and division of assets, to name a few. Many of Mr. Cherny’s
cases have been instrumental in shaping family law legal principles
in Massachusetts. (See Significant
"I often ask my clients if they have seen the
movie, 'War of the Roses'. Danny DeVito says it best that an amicable
divorce is a contradiction in terms. During my years of practice,
I may have seen one or two amicable divorces; otherwise, they tend
to be a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings for the client.
Effective representation requires this understanding coupled with
an intricate knowledge of the many facets of the law that go into
complex divorce litigation," says Cherny.