Meet Our Attorneys

Meyers & Welch is a team of attorneys who focus on the practice of family, elder, and probate law as well as estate planning. We are skilled negotiators who have extensive trial experience. Clients can obtain representation at a level comparable to that of large Boston law firms, in a convenient suburban setting.

Sharon D. Meyers
John D. Welch
Camille Keaton
Sandra  L'italien

Sharon D. Meyers

Partner

Location:
Salem, Massachusetts

Phone:
978.745.4410

Fax:
978-745-6757

Sharon D. Meyers is an attorney and mediator who has extensive experience in working with difficult domestic cases, either because there are complicated custodial issues or significant assets at issue. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County (Boston) and Essex County (Salem) before moving to the private sector. 

Her first decade of practice centered around representing corporations and small businesses in employment disputes, complex defense litigation and individuals accused of white collar crime.  After starting her own firm in 1992, Sharon's practice migrated to family law.  Using her breadth of experiences, Sharon assists her clients in creating constructive meaningful solutions to their domestic situations. As a litigator, Sharon seeks creative solutions and is a strong, practical advocate for her clients. 

While attending The University of Maryland, Sharon obtained her undergraduate degree in Special Education. She graduated with High Honors, was admitted to Mortar Board, the Senior Women's Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, and was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, and was chosen Outstanding Delta Gamman.

Sharon obtained her law degree from Vermont Law School with several honors including, American Jurisprudence Award (Bankruptcy), National Appellate Advocacy Competition, First Circuit Regional Winner, America Bar Association, Law Student Division, Honor: American Jurisprudence Award (Bankruptcy) 1978, Phi Delta Phi, Graduate of the Year, Phi Delta Phi Province X, Graduate of the Year; National Appellate Advocacy Competition, First Circuit Regional Winner, the Gold Key Award in 1979 and the Silver Key Award in 1978. 

Sharon is an active member of both the Massachusetts and Vermont bars.       

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • 85% Divorce and Family Law
  • 5% Employment Law
  • 10% Domestic Relations law

LITIGATION PERCENTAGE

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Massachusetts, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
  • Vermont, 2002
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2007

EDUCATION

  • Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont
    • J.D - 1979
  • University of Maryland
    • B.S - 1974
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Special Education

CLASSES/SEMINARS

  • Probate & Family Court Conciliation, Essex County Bar Association, 2005 - Present

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Help for Abused Women and Their Children Community Award, 1996
  • Lynn Girls Club, Inc.; "She Knows Where She's Going Award", 1989

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Essex County Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors, Executive, 1992 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1992 - Present

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS

  • Suffolk County District Attorney Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1979 - 1981
  • Essex County District Attorney Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1981 - 1983

PRO BONO ACTIVITIES

  • Killington Mountain School, Killington, Vermont: President Board of Trustees, 2003 - 2007
  • Killington Mountain School, Killington, Vermont: Member of Fund Raising Committee, 1998 - 2009
  • AtlantiCare Hospital, Lynn, MA: Trustee, Vice Chairman, member of Finance, Board Development and Community Development, President's Select Committees, 1989 - 1996
  • Neighborhood Legal Services, Lynn, MA: Treasurer, 1985 - 1990
  • Greater Lynn Children and Family Services, Lynn, MA, Board of Directors, 1984 - 1990
  • Governor's Committee on Juvenile Justice, Subcom. on Adjudication, 1981
  • District Attorney's Association, Leg. Subcom, 1980 - 1981
  • Vermont Law School, Alumni Association, Trustee, 1979 - 1986
  • Essex County Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, 1999 - 2005
  • Lynn District Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, 1990 - 1995
  • Essex County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Superior Court, 1992 - 2008
  • Essex County Conciliators Program, Probate & Family Court, 1992 - Present
  • Massachusetts Guardian Ad Litem, Member, 2010 - Present

LANGUAGES

  • English

FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES

  • Delta Gamma

John D. Welch

Partner

Location:  
Salem, Massachusetts

Phone:  
978.745.4410

Fax:
978-745-6757

In practice and with over 25 years of experience, John prides himself in offering a clear, informed and comforting hand to clients in a time of tremendous need.  He understands his role as a counselor and advocate for his clients and considers it one of his strengths to listen to and understand his client’s needs so that he can craft clear, creative and comprehensive solutions to their legal needs.

With years of experience in all manners of Elder, Domestic and Probate Laws, John has earned the title of Life Care Attorney, a designation which recognizes an attorney’s ability to address the complete needs of a client through networks of services such as Life Care Planning, Estate Planning Counseling and all manners of legal assistance.  

John D. Welch has committed his professional life to helping others. After a brief carreer as a teacher he earned his law degree from the University of Maine.  Licensed in Maine, California, and Massachusetts, he practiced in Fresno, California before returning to Massachusetts where  joined Neighborhood Legal Services in 1993. Through his work at Neighborhood Legal Services, he represented hundreds of clients in a variety of domestic relations matters. In addition, he has authored eleven self-help packets which can be found at the Essex Family and Probate Court and has contributed to the MCLE publication Family Law Advocacy for Law and Moderate Income Litigants. He has presented numerous seminars and classes to practitioners and clients in areas ranging from representing yourself in a divorce, jurisdictional issues in domestic relations matters, the intricacies of the "Custodial Presumption Bill," and how to represent divorce clients. 

While at Neighborhood Legal Services he also worked in the Elder Law field alongside preeminent Elder Law Scholar and practitioner John J. Ford with whom he founded and ran the Elder Battered Women’s Project through Greater Lynn Senior Services.  His dedication, commitment and caring for his clients earned him community recognition as he is a two time recipient of the Help for Abused Women and their Children Community Award.  In addition he sat on the board of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis and has forged lasting and significant relationships with community organizations and service providers throughout Essex County and the North Shore.

As an experienced and trusted litigator and a respected member of the bar, John is a recipient of Court appointments as Guardian ad Litem, Guardian and Conservator, Conciliator, Commissioner, Master and Court Appointed Attorney.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Life Care Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Trust and Estate Planning
  • Guardianships and Probate Law
  • Domestic Relations

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Massachusetts, 1990
  • Maine, 1990
  • California, 1991 (inactive)

EDUCATION

  • University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine
  • J.D. - 1990
  • Honors: Dean's List
  • Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA
  • A.B. - 1985
  • Honors: Dean's List
  • Major: Government
  • Major: German

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • Representing Victims of Domestic Violence, MLAC Reporter, March, 1994
  • Beyond 209A: Long-Term Security, 34, 23 M.L.W. 1151, February 20, 1995
  • Jurisdiction in Domestic Relations Cases, Pro Bono: A Newsletter of the HAWC-NLS Pro Bono Panel, 13, p.1,3, June, 1997
  • Contempt, Family Law Advocacy for Law and Moderate Income Litigation, MCLE, 1999
  • Commissioner v. White, the Child Dependency Exemption and Changes to the Child Credit under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA), Pro Bono: A Newsletter of the HAWC-NLS Pro Bono Panel, 22, Winter, 2002
  • Authored and Edited Domestic Relations Pro Se Informational Packets
  • Authored and Edited Pro Se Divorce Clinic Manual for Neighborhood Legal Services

CLASSES/SEMINARS

  • Basic Family Law Training, Neighborhood Legal Service
  • Jurisdiction in Domestic Relations Cases, Neighborhood Legal Services
  • Fundamentals of Marital Agreements, Neighborhood Legal Services
  • Pro Se Divorce Clinic
  • Setting up a Pro Se Divorce Clinic
  • Medicaid Planning
  • MassHealth Applications; Traps and Pitfalls

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Help for Abused Women and Their Children Community Award

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Life Care Attorney Association
  • Aging Life Care Corporate Partner
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Association of Guardian Ad Litem, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Pro Bono Panel, Member
  • Organized/Conducted Legislative Lobbying for Battered Women's Legal Assistance Project, 1994 - 2001
  • Testified before Judiciary Committee of the Commonwealth regarding An Act Relative to the Consideration of Domestic Violence in Custody and Visitation Proceedings
  • Testified before the Committee Considering Changes to the Child Support Guidelines
  • Lobbied other bills on behalf of low income citizens
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Essex County Bar Association Children’s Law Project participant
  • Essex County Bar Association Conciliation Program participant