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Gail Kleven Gelb

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Gail Kleven Gelb, a partner and co-founder of Gelb & Gelb LLP, is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She graduated from Brandeis University (B.A. 1969), Boston University (M.U.A, 1980) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1983).

Areas of Practice

Ms. Gelb represents clients in federal and state court litigation and arbitration. She concentrates in the areas of probate and family law, employment, and closely held corporation, family business and partnership disputes.


Ms. Gelb has been practicing law for over 26 years. She is experienced in complex trials in Superior Court and Probate Court. She has been the managing partner of Gelb & Gelb LLP since its founding in 1987 and brings a business person's perspective to her cases.


Ms. Gelb's accomplishments are recognized by her inclusion in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory where she received the highest rating ("AV") and The Best of the U.S.'s list of the Best Services Professionals in the United States under Family Law. In 2009, Ms,. Gelb was included in the 2009 edition of New England Super Lawyers.

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Gelb's professional activities involve ethical issues. She has served as a Hearing Committee member of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, and is a member of the Boston Inn of Court which is affiliated with the American Inns of Court (a legal organization that promotes professionalism, competence, civility and ethics).

She is a life Member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (Civil Litigation, Family Law and Labor and Employment Sections), the Boston Bar Association (Civil Litigation, Family Law and Labor and Employment Sections and Business Litigation Committee), and the Women's Bar Association. Ms. Gelb is also a member of the Boston Club for Senior Executive and Professional Women and the Walnut Hill School Board of Visitors.

Ms. Gelb has served as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Section Council, the Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Section Committee to Improve the Probate and Family Court, and the Massachusetts Bar Association Child Support Guidelines Committee. She served as Vice-Chairperson for the Public Relations and Speakers Committee of the Family Law Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Ms. Gelb was a member of the Financial Decision Subcommittee of the Governor's Special Commission on Divorce.


  • Co-chair and faculty, "Questions You Always Wanted to Ask the Judges But Never Had a Chance - 'til Now," Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Section (October 1991).

  • Faculty, "Counselling Officers and Directors Who Are Parties or Witnesses in Business Litigation," Massachusetts Bar Association Civil Litigation Section and the New England Corporate Counsel Association (May 1995).

  • Faculty, "Recovering Attorneys' Fees in Civil Litigation," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (November 1995).

  • Faculty, "Understanding and Challenging the Experts: Critical Business Valuation Issues for Practitioners," Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies (April and May 2005).

  • Co-chair and faculty, “Representing Family Businesses in Disputes,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (May 2007).



  • Contributing author, Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts (Co-author, Chapter 20, "Ethical Issues for Civil Litigators"), Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., c. 1992, 1995, 1997, 2002 and 2010.

  • Contributor, "Traps for the Unwary," Massachusetts Bar Association, c. 1995, 1999, 2004.

  • Contributing author, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual (Co-author, Chapter 2, Part I, "Written Advocacy in the Superior Court"), Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., c. 1997, 2002.



  • "Common Ethical Problems," 79 Massachusetts Law Review 167, December 1994.


  • "Issues to Consider When Settling a Case for a Joint Tortfeasor," Massachusetts Bar Association Civil Litigation Section News, Vol. XV, No. 1, November 1992.
  • "The Accountant's Role in Presenting a Company's Financial Statements," 22 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2179, June 27, 1994.

  • "Down Economy Makes Conflict Resolution More Vital, " 13 Mass High Tech, October 14-20, 2002.

  • "Family Law — Subject Matter and Personal Jurisdiction for Divorce of Absent Spouse: Miller v. Miller, 448 Mass. 320 (2007)," Massachusetts Law Review, Vol. 92, No.2 (2009)

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