Attorneys

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Lloyd D. Godson - Partner 

Attorney Godson is a principal and founding partner of DiPiano Godson LLP.  Attorney Godson is an experienced Attorney specializing in all aspects of family law, including cases heard at both the trial court and appellate court levels.  Attorney Godson’s practice includes extensive experience in custody, removal, international child custody, hague convention, divorce, military divorce, property division, complex property division and asset protection and maximization. 

Attorney Godson is President of the Middlesex County Bar Association.  He was formerly Secretary and Council Member to the Middlesex County Bar Association.  Attorney Godson is also a conciliator through the Middlesex County conciliation program, a pro bono service funded through the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, designed to bring resolution to family law matters through mediation.  Attorney Godson is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Section Council.

Previously, Attorney Godson served as a member of the Andover Rotary Club, and is the former Chairman of the Londonderry Zoning Board of Adjustment, a board he served on with distinction for eight years.  Attorney Godson is also a former volunteer firefighter.

  • Attorney Godson was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1992, in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts in 1993, and the United States Supreme Court in 2004.  He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1992.
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Anne L. Berger - Of Counsel

Anne L. Berger is a 1967 graduate of Boston University with an A.B. in History and received her Juris Doctor degree in 1970 graduate from Boston University School of Law. Her practice concentrates in complex matrimonial matters.

Attorney Berger has been a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1987 and a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1997. She currently serves as the United States Delegate to the international Academy’s Board of Managers and also serves as a member of the AAML National Foundation Board. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the AAML and of the Fourth District Court Bar Association. She is also currently a trustee of the International Conference on Children and Family Relationships Trust and a member of that board’s governing body.

Attorney Berger has written and lectured extensively for professional groups and has co-authored the chapter on Retirement Assets for the MCLE Domestic Relations Practice Series.

Attorney Berger has been in private practice in Massachusetts since 1976.

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Elisabetta Daneu - Member

Elisabetta Daneu is a 1996 graduate of the University of Southern California. She holds a B.A. in International Relations. In 2001 she received an M.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles where she was named the Outstanding M.A. Student. Attorney Daneu has taught in a variety of public school settings in California and Massachusetts, working with students in grades 3 - 12.

In 2005, while a student at Suffolk University Law School, she authored an article examining the consequences and liabilities facing classroom teachers entitled "Giving Teachers the Tools to Teach" published in the University of Georgia Law School's online journal. Her work has been cited in several dissertations by doctoral candidates in the field of education, and has been used in a number of grievance procedures by teachers in various states. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in 2006.

Attorney Daneu has served as a panel attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Boston and has assisted individuals with family law and employment discrimination claims. She currently serves as a pro bono panel attorney for the PAIR Project in Boston where she assists clients being detained for matters related to their immigration status.

In addition to her Immigration Law specialization and her expertise in School Law and Special Education Law, she has experience with 93A Consumer Protection and 151B and Title VII Employment Discrimination matters.

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Edward F. Hoard - Member

Edward F. Hoard is a 1966 graduate of The College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Science in Economics/Accounting and a minor in Philosophy/Theology and received a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1969. He was awarded a Master of Laws (Taxation) by Boston University Law School in 1977

Attorney Hoard was admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts in 1969; the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1978; the United States Supreme Court in 1978; and, the United States Tax Court in 1985.

After serving as a volunteer in the Federal VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program after graduating from law school Attorney Hoard was employed as a Tax Specialist for a major public accounting firm for several years. Upon leaving public accounting, he joined a law firm in downtown Boston specializing in tax and estate planning and estate administration. For over twenty-five years he has concentrated his practice in those areas.

Attorney Hoard is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and has served as a trustee or a director of various local non-profit organizations.