Shanna's practice focuses on family law, estate planning, and probate administration. Her domestic relations experience includes matters of complex property valuation and division; child custody, visitation, and removal; and modification of alimony and child support. She believes that an objective viewpoint can bring clarity to emotionally charged situations, and she often uses quantitative analysis to aid her clients in understanding the issues at stake and making optimal decisions.
As a member of the Boston Agunah Taskforce, Shanna works with attorneys, rabbis, academics, and divorcing couples to address extortionate tactics and emotional abuse stemming from the intersection of religion and civil law in divorce. She also volunteers for the Family Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation, which provides pro bono representation to low-income victims of domestic violence.
Before entering private practice, Shanna served for two years as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. She has also worked as a speechwriter for Rotary International.
Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP, September 2015 – March 2018
S. R. Labby LLP (formerly Greenfield Labby LLP), December 2011 – September 2015
Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, September 2004 – August 2006
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association
- Town Meeting Member, Brookline, MA
- Boston Agunah Taskforce, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Waltham, MA
- Columbia Law School, J.D., 2004
- Cornell University, B.A. (English) cum laude, 2001
- Massachusetts, 2004
- Collaborating to Address the Agunah Problem in Massachusetts: Reflections on the Work of the Boston Agunah Task Force - Shanna Giora-Gorfajn, co-speaker at the Third Annual International Agunah Summit—Divorce Settlement Abuse and Extortion in Jewish Law, sponsored by Fordham University School of Law, NYU School of Law, and Bar Ilan Faculty of Law, June 21 -22, 2018, Fordham University, New York, NY