Grace C. Roessler

Grace is a partner in Mirick O’Connell’s Family Law and Divorce Group.  Grace concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce and family litigation, including pursuing and defending the following actions:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Modification
  • Contempt
  • Requests to permanently remove children out of the Commonwealth
  • Paternity
  • Restraining Orders
  • Department of Children and Families Investigations
  • Elder Divorce
  • International Child Custody Issues
  • International Hague Convention Wrongful Removal and Retention Matters

She also represents clients in equity actions, including petitions to partition real estate, claims for life insurance proceeds against an ex-spouse’s estate, and actions for relief from a court order or judgment.

Grace has experience serving as a third party neutral, including court-appointed discovery master, and is a certified mediator. While she aims to settle cases amicably and efficiently, including attending voluntary mediation or conciliation, Grace is prepared to litigate the matter if it is in the best interest of the client.

Grace regularly appears before Probate and Family Court judges for motions and trials to litigate on behalf of her clients. She volunteers with the Middlesex and Suffolk Probate and Family Court Lawyer for the Day programs, is an active member and contributor to the Boston Bar Association, and serves as Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association Pro Bono Committee.

Grace was included in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for her work in the field of Family Law.  First listed 2021.  She was also listed as The Best Lawyers in New England: Ones to Watch© 2021 in the field of Family Law, Boston.  Grace has been named a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Boston magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2019.  In 2021, Boston magazine named Grace one of their Top LawyersTM 2021 in Family Law and Divorce.

Prior to joining Mirick O’Connell, Grace was an associate at the firm of Brick, Sugarman, Jones & McBrien, LLP.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Wisconsin
  • Certified Mediator
  • New England School of Law JD, cum laude (2011), named “Most Promising Mediator”; associate editor, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement
  • University of Wisconsin BA, with honors (2009), Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society


Professional / Community Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of Boston Bar Association Family Law Section (2022- present), former Co- Chair of the Communications Committee (2018-2022), Attorney Mentor, Family Law Mentoring Program
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Harvard Radcliffe Community Chorus
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association, Boston Chapter