Mirick O'Connell
Family Law and Divorce Group Expands

Fern L. Frolin

John A. Shea
Jennifer Liddell
Jennifer F. Liddell

Ursula E. McCraney, Paralegal

Marie L. Ritt,
Boston Office Coordinator
Fern Frolin and John Shea Join the
Family Law and Divorce Group

Mirick O'Connell is pleased to announce that Fern Frolin and John Shea have joined the Firm's expanding domestic law practice.  John and Fern are both very experienced practitioners and highly regarded in the profession.  The need for legal representation in this area of the law has been growing and we are thrilled to add them to our team.

David E. Surprenant
Managing Partner
  FERN L. FROLIN, Of Counsel    
Fern is a seasoned divorce attorney whose practice emphasizes traditional client representation and litigation.  Areas of concentration include divorce, custody, child support, modification, paternity, asset division and grandparent visitation cases.  In addition, she is an AAML trained Arbitrator and Family Law Mediator, and a court trained Conciliator.

Fern was the only Massachusetts lawyer to serve on both the 2009 Child Support Guidelines Task Force, which drafted the first major revision of the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines in more than 30 years, and the Massachusetts Legislature 2012 Alimony Reform Task Force, which wrote the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act. 

Fern is located in Mirick O'Connell's Boston office.

  JOHN A. SHEA, Partner and Chair of Group
Prior to joining Mirick O'Connell, John was Managing Partner at Lian, Zarrow, Eynon, Shea & Spofford.  John focuses his practice on family law including divorce, custody, support, removal, modification and contempt actions.  He is also trained as a divorce Mediator.
In addition to his family law practice, John represents buyers, sellers and lenders in commercial real estate transactions.  He also represents clients in personal injury cases.
John is past President of the Worcester County Bar Association, Chair of the Board for Community Healthlink, Inc., and a Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. 
John is located in the firm's Worcester office.


Jennifer joined the firm in December 2010. She concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce and family law. She assists clients in all actions involving divorce, custody, child support, modification and paternity. She has experience in drafting and preparing numerous pleadings inclusive of appellate briefs, motions for summary judgment, post-trial pleadings and oppositions.


Jennifer is located in the firm's Westborough office.


Learn more about Jennifer Liddell


Ursula is a paralegal in the Family Law and Divorce Group. She earned a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Northeastern University. Prior to joining Mirick O'Connell, Ursula was a domestic relations paralegal at Fletcher Tilton. She is a member of the Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association.
Ursula is located in the firm's Westborough office.
  MARIE L. RITT, Boston Office Coordinator
Marie recently joined Mirick O'Connell as the firm's Boston Office Coordinator.  She has 25 years experience as a legal administrative assistant.  Marie provides administrative support to Fern Frolin and oversees the overall administration of the daily function of the Firm's Boston office.