Thomas J. Taranto, Esq.

Prior to becoming a practicing attorney in 1996, with only an idea, in his late twenties he started a medical company which he successfully grew over 20 years. Upon completion of his undergraduate business degree he tailored his craft of managing people and negotiating contracts through years of interfacing with accountants, bankers, lawyers and business executives. These acquired skills are his core foundation as a skilled negotiator and exceptional litigator, the very reason he is a successful divorce and trial attorney today.

Business and divorce are often synonymous, whether a business is part of the marital assets, just understanding tax returns, or the tax consequences of dividing marital assets; the knowledge he brings just does not come from having read about it.

Thomas is divorced, remarried, and has three children ranging in ages from twenty one to thirty seven, along with two grandchildren. As a divorced and experienced parent, he understands and is extremely sensitive to the needs of children of divorcing parents.

He understands the dynamics of a parenting plan, along with balancing the need for support for children's schooling, healthcare, and basic food and clothing, with the economic effects that child support and alimony can have on parents' financial resources.

He focuses his practice in the area of Family Law having represented hundreds of clients in divorce, support and custody issues. He is a certified Court conciliator, and when called upon by the Courts, assists divorcing couples and their lawyers to be able to come to a fair and reasonable conclusion of their case.

In addition to Family Law, he is a successful trial attorney, having tried numerous divorce cases before judges, business and personal matters cases in Superior Court before juries, as well as arguing before the Appeals Court.

AACFL

The AACFL is a national educational institution dedicated to enhancing the legal community by providing lawyers with advanced training in the financial aspects of litigation. Benefits to the member attorneys and the community include increased litigation skills and credibility with the courts, potential reduction in the number of cases creating backlogs in the court system, and the ability for the general public to better distinguish the lawyers who possess the skills needed to handle their financial cases.

CFLs represent a highly-motivated collection of elite professionals dedicated to resolving conflict through a common training, leading to a more uniform understanding of financial issues. The CFL designation is awarded to select practitioners who are dedicated to improving their knowledge of financial matters related to litigation and adhere to high standards of ethical practice, and who have passed the CFL exam.

Education

  • Massachusetts School of Law
  • Boston College, School of Management, BS Finance (Cum Laude)
  • Malden Catholic High School (Honors)

Memberships

  • Salem Bar Association, Executive Committee
  • Essex Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Admitted to Massachusetts and Federal Court, first circuit bar.
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • American Academy for Financial Litigators

Community/Volunteer Work

  • Past Technical Advisor to Marblehead High School Mock Trial Team
  • Religious Education Teacher
  • Youth Athletics Coach

Certifications

  • Probate and Family Court Conciliator/Mediator
  • Guardian Ad Litem-Court Investigations on Custody and Visitation Issues
  • Certification on Effective Intervention in Family Violence Cases
  • Certified Financial Litigator (CFL™)
  • Court Certified Attorney Representing Children (ARC Program)