Thursday, April 09, 2020

Lori D’Elia – biography

Starting at a very young age, I spent the majority of my time outside of the classroom training to be a gymnast.  By age 12, I trained and competed nationally as a Level 10 gymnast.  I earned recognition as Massachusetts State Champion and qualified to compete at the regional and national level several times.

I also ran cross country and track for Shrewsbury High School from which I graduated in 1999. I enjoyed the fall season of cross country the most, running longer distances through wooded trails and empty paved roads. 

In the fall of 1999, I entered Colgate University.  There, I studied Anthropology and Sociology, traveled abroad, performed with a dance team, and continued running on my own, including a marathon during my senior year.   After graduating from Colgate, I began coaching gymnastics at a private facility in Natick, Massachusetts.  After a year of coaching, I entered New England Law\Boston.  

I attended the night time program at New England which enabled me to continue coaching gymnastics in Natick.  In my first summer out of law school, I interned for the Honorable Elizabeth M. Fahey in the Essex and Middlesex County Superior Courts.

My work with the Judge included research on legal issues relating to the civil and criminal cases I observed and, in a modest way, assisting Judge Fahey with drafting her court decisions.  This experience gave me the invaluable opportunity to talk to Judge Fahey about the court cases I observed and to learn more about the intricacies and style of court room procedures.  I truly enjoyed being a part of this trial process. 

In my second year of law school, I was selected to be an editor of the New England Journal of Civil and Criminal Confinement. I also won a law school Summer Judicial Internship where I had the opportunity to work with the Honorable Bruce H. Henry in the Worcester and Middlesex County Superior Courts.

After graduating from law school in 2008, I passed the Massachusetts Bar Exam, and began working for VDHS&B in the fall.   Since that time I have worked on a variety of cases including those involving estate planning, zoning, land use and planning, real estate, contract disputes, landlord/tenant law, mechanics liens, real estate attachments, licensing, as well as other civil and criminal matters.  I have also represented clients before the Barnstable Superior Court, Nantucket District Court, the Nantucket Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Nantucket Planning Board. 

Outside my work day I help my sister with the Nantucket High School Gymnastics team as well as gymnastics classes through the Community Network for Children, and continue to enjoy running.

I feel very fortunate to live and work on the Island of Nantucket.


Practice Areas: Real Estate; Zoning, Land Use and Planning; Estate Planning; Litigation; Licensing

Law School: New England\Boston, J.D., cum laude, 2008

College: Colgate University, B.A., 2003

Member: Massachusetts Bar Association

Born: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, August 23, 1981