Gene Dahmen

Senior Counsel
T: (617) 309-2604
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1967)
  • Randolph-Macon Woman's College (B.A., 1963)

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AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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Selected for inclusion in the 2018 issue of New England Super Lawyers©.
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.


Gene is one of the region’s most prominent and widely respected practitioners in her field of domestic law. A vigorous advocate, sensitive counselor and skilled negotiator with over 30 years of experience, she is known for achieving excellent results for her clients in a cost-effective and collaborative manner. Although her practice encompasses the entire range of family law matters, she focuses primarily on cases involving complex business and financial issues. She is a strong supporter of alternative dispute resolution, and works regularly with both mediators and arbitrators to settle disputes.

Named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the 40 most powerful lawyers in Massachusetts, Gene was the first woman President of both the Boston Bar Association and the University of Virginia Law School Alumni Association. She has also served on the boards of numerous other law-related entities, including Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (which she chaired), the Boston Bar Foundation, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and the Virginia Law School Foundation. She served a 6-year term on the first Court Management Advisory Board, appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to assist with judicial reform in the Trial Court.

Deeply involved in education and the arts, Gene is a Trustee of the New England Conservatory, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and the Longy School of Music, and is an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also serves on the Foundation Board of Bridge Boston Charter School and is a Trustee Emerita of her undergraduate alma mater.

Outside the office, in addition to her musical pursuits, she loves to travel, aspires to play better golf and struggles to keep up with her four grandsons.

Public Service

Director, New England Conservatory
Longy Music School
The Women's Educational and Industrial Union
The Medical Foundation, Chair (2001-2003)


President, Boston Bar Association (1987-88)
Trustee, Boston Bar Foundation and Chair of the Foundation's Grant Committee 
Member; American Bar Association's House of Delegates (1988-1990)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation (presently)


  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1967)
  • Randolph-Macon Woman's College (B.A., 1963)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1967


AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Named in various years as one of "Top 100" lawyers and "Top 50 Females" practicing in 
    Massachusetts by Super Lawyers®
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Family Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® under 
    Family Law