Attorneys

Auburndale Center for Divorce

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address 275 Grove Street Building Two Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website: www.newtondivorce.com
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Divorce Mediator

Karl has been certified as a mediator of Family Law disputes in Massachusetts. He assists divorcing spouses as a mediator to settle their contested issues and disputes. His services offer an alternative to a long drawn out battle in the court arena.

Aside from being a Divorce Mediator, in his lawyer role, he also does Collaborative Law and acts as a Conciliator in the Probate and Family Courts of Massachusetts. The majority of his legal practice emphasizes Family and Matrimonial Law. Karl is dedicated to solving problems and minimizing litigation by helping two parties in a divorce come to a mutual agreement. He emphasizes the importance of children in the process of divorce. He has acquired special advanced training in mediation and in Family Law. He has lectured on Family Law issues both on a local, state and national level.

Guardian ad Litem

Karl has been certified as a Guardian ad Litem in Family Law disputes in Massachusetts. He has been actively involved in numerous contested custody cases requiring the need for a Guardian ad Litem’s investigation. Aside from being a Guardian ad Litem, as a Family Law attorney, he has dealt with a variety of custody issues and he is aware of the dynamics of the Probate and Family Court system. He has acquired special advanced training in Family Law and Guardian ad Litem issues and has lectured on Family Law issues both on a local, state and national level.

Parent Coordinator

As a Parenting Coordinator in Massachusetts for cases throughout Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties,
Karl focuses primarily on issues involving Family and Matrimonial Law. He offers services as a Parenting Coordinator in setting visitation schedules and other parenting plans for families. He has completed advanced parenting coordination training.

His background as a Family Law attorney is extremely helpful in understanding the dynamics of the Family Court system and in his role as a parenting coordinator.

Shannon Murphy Barnes Esq.

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Barnes and Leighton Address 70 Washington St. 402 Salem MA 01970 Phone: (978) 744-5444 Fax: (978) 745-6209
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Attorney Shannon Murphy Barnes provides representation in divorce, custody, modification and contempt proceedings in the Probate and Family Court. Attorney Barnes is a trained mediator and provides mediation services for family law matters and elder and adult family matters. In addition, Attorney Barnes is trained in collaborative divorce.

Karen M. Buckley Esq.

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Of Counsel to Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee, LLC Address 246 Walnut Street Suite 201 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-7000 Fax: (617) 964-4025 Website: Karen M. Buckley
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Attorney Karen Buckley provides a wide range of representation in all aspects of family law including divorce, support, custody, modification, contempt, paternity, prenuptial agreements and restraining orders. She brings over twenty years of experience to every case and utilizes insight, knowledge of the law, creativity and compassion to find solutions that meet her clients’ needs.

Attorney Buckley represents clients from Springfield to Salem, Boston to Barnstable and all communities in between. Trained in collaborative law as well as traditional litigation, Attorney Buckley represents clients both in court and outside the court to help them find resolution to the family law needs.

Karen A. Christensen Esq.

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Law Offices of Karen A. Christensen, P.C. Address 1372 Hancock Street Suite 305 Quincy MA 02169 Phone: (617) 847-4878 Fax: (617) 770-2124 Website: Law Offices of Karen A. Christensen, P.C.
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Attorney Christensen has concentrated in the areas of family law and personal injury for 23 years and is a trained collaborative attorney. She has provided representation in both amicable and highly contested cases. In the area of family law she provides the personal attention necessary to resolve the many issues that may arise in the areas of divorce, paternity, custody, child support, alimony, modification of agreements, contempts and non-compliance of court orders. When litigation is necessary, Attorney Christensen will be a strong, aggressive advocate for your needs. Every effort is made to resolve each case as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

C. Michele Dorsey Esq.

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Safe Harbor Mediation / C. Michele Dorsey, Attorney at Law Address 79 Kenneth Road Scituate MA 02066 Phone: (781) 545-9805 Phone: (781) 545-9770 Fax: (781) 545-4680
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Michele Dorsey was one of the first mediators on the South Shore and has been practicing family law for 30 years, concentrating on high conflict cases involving children. She is an Adjunct Professor at New England Law/Boston where she has taught Family Law and Mediation since 1986. Her practice includes Parenting Coordination for families experiencing high conflict, applying a Mediation/Arbitration model for resolution. Ms. Dorsey has been appointed Guardian ad Litem and Attorney for children by numerous courts. She is a member of AFCC and MA AFCC.

Daniel J. Finn Esq.

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Law Office of Daniel J. Finn Address 60 Walnut Street 2nd Floor Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 997-1595 Fax: (617) 278-9397 Website: Daniel J. Finn
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Attorney Finn practices in the area of family law with a concentration in collaborative law, a non-adversarial approach to resolving conflict. Dan has been involved in collaborative law since its inception in Massachusetts. He is a director and past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. He is also a Director of The Divorce Center. He also has a family mediation practice.

Johanna Gatta Esq.

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Law Offices of Johanna Gatta Address 61 Main Street Stoneham MA 02180 Phone: (617) 791-8887 Fax: (781) 944-1971
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Attorney Johanna Gatta has dedicated her career to protecting families throughout Massachusetts who need experienced legal assistance for divorce, child custody, and other family law matters in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties. Attorney Johanna Gatta also offers divorce mediation services. Call (617)791-8887 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.

Howard I. Goldstein Esq.

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Goldstein, Egloff, Ramos & Wood, LLP Address 246 Walnut St Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-8559 Fax: (617) 245-5322 Website: Goldstein, Egloff, Ramos & Wood, LLP
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Howard Goldstein has been a practicing lawyer since 1973, engaged in mediation, collaborative practice and divorce litigation. He has been received the designation of “Super Lawyer” and is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America, for Collaborative Family Law.

Karen K. Greenberg Esq.

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Konowitz & Greenberg, P.C. Address 20 William Street Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 237-0033 x235 Fax: (781) 235-2055 Website: Konowitz & Greenberg, P.C.
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Karen is a graduate of Boston University and holds a master’s degree from Wheelock College. She graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and formed Konowitz & Greenberg, P.C. in 1988. Family law disputes may involve high conflict domestic relations matters including restraining orders, domestic violence, divorce, alimony, custody, child support and paternity, adoption, termination of parental rights, visitation issues, guardianships, property division and modification. Karen has the ability and experience to handle all family law needs, from the detailed management of a complex marital property dispute to the sensitive advocacy needed in an emotionally charged child custody proceeding. She employs both litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation practice. Karen is an experienced and accomplished attorney, having concentrated in family law matters for more than twenty years.

Jennifer Hawthorne Esq.

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Address 945 Concord Road Framingham MA 01701 Phone: (508) 656-0094 Website: Jennifer Hawthorne Law
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Jennifer Hawthorne is a collaborative attorney and mediator. She works with families and parents to create an agreement that will help your family navigate life during and after some of the most challenging situations life can throw at you including divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, alimony, and parenting plans. In working with her clients, she strives to resolve disputes rather than escalate them. She works to ensure that her clients are able to find a solution that works for both parents and the children in a manner that promotes ongoing communication and minimizes the emotional and financial toll these situations can often take on a family.

Rackham Karlsson Esq.

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Family Law Mediator and Collaborative Attorney Zephyr Legal Services, LLC Address 2294 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge MA 02140 Phone: (617) 475-0861 Website: http://www.zephyrlaw.com
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Attorney Karlsson is a family law mediator and collaborative attorney offering services in a broad range of family law matters, including:

  • contested and uncontested divorces
  • out-of-wedlock child custody and child support
  • modification of prior judgments
  • removal of children from Massachusetts
  • prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

His practice emphasizes out-of-court resolution and interests-based negotiation to find creative and respectful solutions.

Joyce Kauffman Esq.

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Kauffman Crozier, LLP Address 231 Third Street Suite 720 Cambridge MA 02142 Phone: (617) 577-1505 Fax: (617) 577-1012 Website: http://kauffmancrozier.com
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Joyce Kauffman is a 1992 graduate of Northeastern University Law School and specializes in family law, co-parent adoption, and mediation, with an emphasis on legal issues affecting lesbian and gay families. Attorney Kauffman has written numerous articles on these issues and is a frequent speaker at seminars, conferences, and in community settings on issues of importance to lesbian and gay parents, co-parent adoption, and family law, and more recently, on how same-sex marriage impacts the lesbian and gay community.

Attorney Kauffman is a past Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association (MLGBA) and past chair of the MLGBA’s Family Law Section. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Family Pride Coalition, a national organization advocating for lesbian and gay families. She is the recipient of the 2003 Barney Frank Award from the Massachusetts School of Law, the 2005 Fisher Davenport Award from the Family Pride Coalition honoring her for her contributions to lesbian and gay families, and the recipient of the 2007 Gwen Bloomingdale Pioneer Spirit Award from the MLGBA.

Justin L. Kelsey Esq.

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Kelsey & Trask, P.C. Address 160 Speen Street Suite 202 Framingham MA 01701 Phone: (508) 655-5980 Fax: (508) 655-5981 Website: Kelsey & Trask P.C.
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At Kelsey & Trask, P.C., we work with families to resolve disputes relating to Divorce, Paternity, Child Support, Alimony and Custody, as amicably, quickly and cost-effectively as possible. To achieve these goals, we offer both mediation and individual representation. Attorney Kelsey can assist both parties in reaching a resolution together as a mediator, or can represent one party individually as counsel in litigation or in a Collaborative setting. Either way, we have the motivation to conclude your case as efficiently as possible because we recognize that ongoing disagreement or litigation is not a healthy situation for your family. For more information about Attorney Kelsey visit his profile page at his website.

Levitt Law Group

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Contact: Karen Levitt Address 4 Meeting House Road Suite 3 Chelmsford MA 01824 Phone: (978) 458-5550 Fax: (978) 256-7600 Website: www.levittlawgroup.com
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The Levitt Law Group, a firm dedicated exclusively to family law, is a team of professionals who bring compassion and hard work to the legal services they provide to clients. Attorneys Levitt, Wells, and Weber of the Levitt Law Group bring years of experience to helping clients with divorce and other family problems.

Attorney Karen J. Levitt, founder of the Levitt Law Group, has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of family law and conflict resolution. Services provided range from representation in the traditional litigation process, to the creative solutions offered by mediation and collaborative law where Karen has specialized training. Areas of focus include divorce, post-divorce, paternity, alimony and child support, parenting plans, division of assets, and other family law related areas such as guardianship. Karen also serves as a Guardian ad Litem and parenting coordinator. She has a law degree from Boston University School of Law, is a founder and past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), has served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Attorney Andrea M. Wells has over 15 years of family law experience. Her practice focuses on domestic relations matters including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, and adoption. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Attorney Wells practiced as an associate at a domestic relations law firm in Boston, MA., and served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. She received her law degree from Western New England University School of Law. She is trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation, collaborative law, and mediation. She also serves as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem and parenting coordinator. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and the Texas Bar Association.

Attorney Emily A. Weber joined the Levitt Law Group in 2011. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law. Attorney Weber is trained in collaborative law, mediation and Limited Assistance Representation. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Tri-River Practice Group.

Jeanne E. Maclaren Esq.

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Genereux & Maclaren Address 105 Webster Street Suite 7 Hanover MA 02339 Phone: (781) 871-3663 Fax: (781) 871-6336 Website: Genereux & Maclaren Law Offices
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Experienced and cost conscious, Attorney Maclaren first meets with you to explain the several divorce path options that are available. Both collaboratively trained (see info site at http://www.CollaborativeDivorceMA.info) and certified as a mediator, these are her preferences. When litigation is the only realistic choice, she take cases through the Probate & Family court of Barnstable, Bristol, Norfolk or Plymouth County. With comfortable offices in Hanover, Sandwich and Padanaram Village of South Dartmouth, appointments and 4 or 5-way conferences are scheduled conveniently.

Scott C. Marks Esq.

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Law Offices of Scott C. Marks Address 70 Washington Street Suite 405 Salem MA 01970 Phone: (978) 741-5655 Fax: (978) 744-3782 Website: Scottcmarks.com
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Attorney Marks has been practicing family law for over 30 years and believes that a negotiated solution is better than one that is ordered by the Court. He is experienced in collaborative practice and is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He also offers mediation services through his own practice and through the North Shore Community Mediation Center and the Essex County Bar Association and is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Attorney Marks is also trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation.

Carol Lynn May Esq.

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Address 260 Boston Post Road Wayland MA 01778 Phone: (508) 358-3350 Fax: (508) 358-3365
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Carol Lynn May is an experienced attorney whose practice is concentrated in family law (divorce, separation, custody, visitation, prenuptial, post marital, and living together agreements, adoptions, and guardianships), mediation, and collaborative law. Carol Lynn has served for two years as Co-President of the Divorce Center, and is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; a member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association, and a member of the Worcester County Bar Association and Metrowest Bar Association. She also is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

Brian J. McLaughlin Esq.

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Address 745 Boylston Street Suite 209 Boston MA 02116 Phone: (617) 236-5847 Fax: (617) 236-3365 Website: http://www.bmjrlaw.com
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Attorney Brian McLaughlin represents clients in the areas of Paternity, Divorce, Alimony, Child Support and Military Families. He is a certified mediator helping people facilitate through difficult issues, particularly in the areas of family mediation.

Attorney McLaughlin confronts these issues with the care and compassion that is needed to handle both the long-term implications and the short-term consequences. Helping a family navigate through these painful issues gives Attorney McLaughlin much satisfaction.

Mediation is a type of dispute resolution where a neutral facilitator leads a conversation that assists parties in prioritizing interests and creating a reasonable and mutually accepted agreement.

While litigation is sometimes a necessary means of resolving a dispute, alternative methods like mediation are available and can sometimes be an efficient and cost-effective way to settle a dispute.

Carol E. Nesson Esq.

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Law Office of Carol E. Nesson Address 1996 Centre Street 3rd Floor West Roxbury MA 02132 Phone: (617) 363-0000 Fax: (617) 363-0006 Website: The Law Offices of Carol E. Nesson
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Carol Nesson provides high quality legal consulting on post-divorce division of retirement assets and prepares QDROs (Qualified Domestic Relations Order) and similar orders. She is an expert on Massachusetts pensions and how to divide them.

Theodore P. Orenstein Esq.

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Address 29 Ricker Road Newton MA 02458 Phone: (617) 964-1173 Fax: (617) 202-9027
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Past President of The Divorce Center, formerly on the Council of the Family Law Section of the Mass. Bar Association and the Board of Managers of the Mass. Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Co-author of “Family Law in Massachusetts” and “When a Professional Divorces.” Since 1978 has been concentrating on all aspects of domestic relations law, including complex finances and difficult cases.

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