Attorneys

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Beth L. Aarons Esq. **

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Attorney, Mediator, Collaborative Professional Aarons Law & Mediation Address 60 Austin Street Suite 210 Newtonville MA 02460 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester Phone: (617) 964-7870 Website: www.aaronslaw.net
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Beth established her current law practice in Newtonville, MA in 2001. While her career is focused in law, her social work and psychology background have informed her connection with clients, child-focused family law work, and ability to finesse complex family dynamics.

Beth’s background and experience have provided insight in shaping creative and thoughtful estate plans and parenting plans. Beth’s estate planning practice also includes work with small or family-owned businesses, step-families, and same-sex families to create sound plans of business succession and estate tax planning. Her probate work includes representing clients through every step of the probate process, from initial appointment as Personal Representative to estate closure.

Beth strives to assist clients in family law and probate matters in achieving out-of-court resolutions, in order to help clients avoid prolonged, expensive, and contentious litigation. Beth is an MCFM Certified Mediator, mediating divorces, parenting plans, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, multigenerational/elder issues, and probate & estate matters. Beth also represents individuals in mediation, conciliation, or arbitration with another neutral, and is a Collaborative Law attorney for divorce and probate matters. Beth’s family law practice also includes adoption, birth family search, guardianships of minors and adults, and appointments as a Guardian ad Litem investigator.

Anthony C. Adamopoulos Esq. **

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Attorney at Law Anthony C. Adamopoulos’ Divorce Resolution Services Address 133 Washington Street Salem MA 01970 Counties Served: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk Phone: (978) 744-9591 Website: DivorcingOptions.com
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Anthony believes divorce can be overwhelming and not a time to be alone. He is a skilled, experienced divorce mediator, divorce arbitrator and collaborative lawyer who concentrates in divorce resolution. He will help you select the correct divorce approach to secure a positive future.

Anthony has resolved divorce disputes for over 25 years. During those more than 25 years, he has had successful experience in Adversarial/Traditional Divorce, Collaborative Divorce, Divorce mediation, Divorce Arbitration and Limited Assistance Representation.

Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address Riverside Center 275 Grove Street Building Two, Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Counties served: AllAddress Law Office of Karl W. Topor 187 Sykes Street Palmer MA 01069 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Phone: (413) 283-8002 (Palmer) Website: www.newtondivorce.com
About

Karl Topor, Esq. devotes the majority of his legal practice to Family and Matrimonial Law.   He handles contested and uncontested cases.  He does both litigation and mediation.  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.

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. He is also a certified Guardian ad Litem having been routinely involved in numerous contested cases requiring the need for a Guardian ad Litem’sinvestigation.

Karl also serves as a Parenting Coordinator in Massachusetts offering services in setting visitation schedules and helping facilitate other parenting issues for families.

Currently, Karl is currently President of The Divorce Center having served as co-president in prior years.  He has practiced law since 1999.  In addition to his Auburndale (Newton) office, he maintains a presence in the Framingham and Boston areas as well.

Steven Ballard Esq. **

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Domestic Relations Attorney Law Offices of Steven Ballard Address 354 Washington Street, Suite 323 Wellesley MA 02481 Counties Served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester, Plymouth, Essex Phone: (781) 591-2750 Website: www.stevenballard.com
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Steven Ballard represents individuals in the courts of Greater Boston, frequently in challenging, high-conflict divorce and family law cases. Most of the cases he handles ultimately lead to negotiated settlements. Some of the most challenging cases do indeed go all the way to trial; he thus conducts several multi-day trials in a typical year, as either solo or lead counsel. His practice, however, offers a wide range of options, from full representation in divorce and family court litigation through trial, post-trial representation and appellate advocacy, to “out of court” family law representations, as-needed “unbundled legal services” representation through the “limited assistance representation” program, and legal consultant to parties in mediation. He also frequently handles domestic violence cases, including restraining order cases and related criminal cases, in the district courts and family courts.

Steven is proud to have volunteered his services in court-connected mediation, court-connected conciliation, and as Lawyer for the Day in family courts of Greater Boston. He has been quoted on divorce law issues in the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, and elsewhere in the media. He has been a member of many professional organizations, including the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Association for Conflict Resolution, and has presented workshops on issues including shared parenting, child support, mediation and conciliation, at regional and national conferences. He is a regular faculty panel member of “Divorce Matters For You” workshops offered by The Divorce Center, Inc., serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and as Treasurer.

Shannon Murphy Barnes Esq. **

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Barnes and Leighton Address 265 Essex St. Suite 202 Salem MA 01970 County Served: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk Phone: (978) 744-5444 Fax: (978) 744-5443 Website: barnesleighton.com
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Attorney Barnes has concentrated her practice on family law matters for nearly two decades. Attorney Barnes is dedicated to guiding her clients through difficult times and assisting them in resolving their family law matters through the use of mediation, collaborative law or negotiation in a litigated matter. In the event your case cannot be resolved, Attorney Barnes will guide you through the court process and provide zealous representation. Attorney Barnes is an experienced mediator and collaborative practitioner. She frequently serves as a Guardian ad Litem and conciliator in the Probate and Family Court.

Judith Farris Bowman Esq.

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Judith Farris Bowman, Attorney at Law Address 62 Buckingham Street Cambridge MA 02138 Counties served: Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk Phone: (617) 877-9188 Fax: (617) 661-5809 (call first) Website: www.jfbfamilyservices.com
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Judith Bowman has specialized in family law for the past 25 years. She now limits her practice to Guardian ad Litem appointments, parenting coordination, and mediation.

Karen M. Buckley Esq. **

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Of Counsel to Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee, LLP Address 246 Walnut Street Suite 201 Newton MA 02460 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Essex Phone: (617) 964-7000 Fax: (617) 964-4025 Website: www.attorneykarenmbuckley.com Website: www.rfl-law.com
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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.

Susan M DeMatteo Esq. **

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Attorney and Mediator Law Offices of Susan M DeMatteo Address 34 Salem St. Suite 202 Reading MA 01867 Counties served: Middlesex and Essex Phone: (781) 942-2800 Fax: (781) 942-2493 Website: http://www.susandematteo.com/
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Attorney Susan DeMatteo has been practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over thirty years. She is an experienced collaborative lawyer and mediator. She focuses her practice on all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, parenting, child support, property division, adoption, alimony, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, guardianships of minors and adoptions. She recognizes that clients seek her advice and counsel during very difficult times in their lives. She strives to meet their legal needs with compassion and respect while empowering them to reach their new goals. She believes that most family law matters can be resolved using collaborative law, mediation, or direct settlement negotiation.

Attorney DeMatteo believes that the selection of the right professional for each client is one of the most important steps in the resolution of family law issues. She welcomes the opportunity to speak with individuals facing divorce, separation or other family law issues. Her offices are located conveniently in Reading Square. She is happy to schedule flexible appointments to meet the needs of her clients.

David Feldman Esq. **

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Feldman Family Law Address 60 Walnut Street Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 235-3723 Fax: (781) 997-1633 Website: www.feldmanfamilylaw.com
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Attorney David Feldman is a family law attorney with 38 years of experience. Feldman Family Law in Wellesley specializes in providing legal representation in the areas of divorce, custody disputes including international custody disputes, alimony, parenting plans, parental relocation and removal cases and high asset divorce. Attorney Feldman also has extensive experience in advising clients with regards to the drafting and negotiation of premarital agreements.

Attorney Feldman is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Norfolk County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Association of Guardian ad Litem.

He has also been trained as a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, and acts as a Conciliator in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court.

Robin S Fleischer Esq. **

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Fleischer Law Solutions, PLLC Address 265 Essex Street Suite 301 Salem MA 01970 Phone: (978) 871-2928 Fax: (978) 871-2928 Website: www.robinfleischer.com
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Attorney Fleischer is a respected family law attorney who is known for her integrity, honesty, and creativity in finding solutions to some of the most emotional and tough legal issues.

She has dedicated her career to helping people going through the emotional roller coaster of divorce and other family law problems.

She understands that people experiencing a divorce, child custody or other family legal matters need an advocate who is compassionate, understanding and responsive to their needs. When relationships fail, the effects cascade into all areas of a persons’ life. Attorney Fleischer prides herself in providing personal, individual representation to her clients to achieve their goals in the most timely and cost-effective manner.

Attorney Fleischer is on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Women Lawyer’s Association and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She also is certified to provide Limited Assistance Representation.

Howard I. Goldstein Esq. **

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Goldstein & Bilodeau P.C. Address 246 Walnut St Suite 301 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-8559 Fax: (617) 245-5322 Website: www.massachusetts-divorce.com
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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.

Jennifer Hawthorne Esq. **

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Mediator & Collaborative Attorney Hawthorne Law and Mediation Address 9 Main Street Southborough MA 01772 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Worcester Phone: (508) 656-0094 Website: www.jenniferhawthornelaw.com
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I strongly believe in alternative dispute resolution, especially when children are involved in a family crisis or divorce. I work with my clients to help resolve issues rather than escalating them. Both mediation and the collaborative process can be used to resolve any aspect of divorce, modifications, or even most contempt actions for both once married parents and never married parents. If I am your mediator, I will help you have a conversation so that both parents are able to express their thoughts and opinions and you will be able to work together to come to an agreement that works best for both parents and most importantly for your children. If I represent you in the collaborative process, I will help you to understand the law and know what options are available so that you may best voice your opinions and desires during conversations with your spouse and his/her attorney. I look forward to working with you to help reduce the conflict in your life.

Joyce Kauffman Esq. **

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Kauffman Law & Mediation Address 4238 Washington Street Suite 313 Roslindale MA 02131 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Plymouth Phone: (617) 577-1505 Fax: (617) 469-8440 Website: www.kauffmanlaw.net
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Kauffman Law & Mediation provides assistance in all areas of family law, with a focus on mediation, adoption, assisted reproductive technology law, conciliation, divorce coaching and consultation.

Widely recognized for its cutting edge work in LGBTQ family law, Kauffman Law & Mediation has over two decades of experience assisting families and individuals as they navigate this complicated legal landscape.

Susan G. Lillis Esq.**

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Attorney Susan G. Lillis, Attorney at Law, P.C. Home Ipswich River Place 4 South Main Street Suite 9 Ipswich MA 01938 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk Phone: (978) 356-2934 Fax: (978) 356-9663 Website: www.domesticlaw.net
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Susan Lillis is has been practicing family law for over thirty years. She focuses on out of court family dispute resolution, including mediation, collaborative divorce, and direct negotiation. She is has been certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and she has received the top AV Peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards every year since 1995.

Scott C. Marks Esq. **

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Law Offices of Scott C. Marks Address 70 Washington Street Suite 405 Salem MA 01970 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex 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 hat a negotiated solution is preferable to 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 as well as through Mediation Works, Inc. and the North Shore Community Mediation Center. Additionally, he offers conciliation services through the Essex County and Salem Bar Associations. Attorney Marks is a presenter for the Divorce Center’s “Divorce Matters For You” North Shore workshops. He is also trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation.

Linda S. Minkoff Esq.**

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Attorney Minkoff Law Offices, LLC Home 9 Damonmill Square, 5D Concord MA 01742 Phone: (978) 369-1800 Fax: (978) 371-2378 Website: Minkoff Law Offices
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Linda Swain Minkoff has been a practicing attorney in Massachusetts since 1987. Minkoff Law Offices, LLC, was opened in November 2009, and continues in the practice areas of divorce, custody, child support, divorce mediation and collaborative law, as well as estate planning and elder law.

Linda received a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University in 1974.She received a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 1987, and was admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts in December 1987. Attorney Minkoff is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to becoming an attorney in 1987, Linda was a practicing mental health professional with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. She therefore brings unique skills and perspective to the often troubling field of domestic relations litigation.

Carol E. Nesson Esq.

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Law Office of Carol E. Nesson Address 1996 Centre Street 3rd Floor West Roxbury MA 02132 County served: All Ma. counties Phone: (617) 363-0000 Fax: (617) 363-0006 Website: The Law Office of Carol E. Nesson
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Carol Nesson prepares QDROs (orders dividing retirement assets) & similar documents for attorneys and clients. She is available for consultation with clients and counsel about how to draft appropriate language in separation agreements.

Beth M. Nussbaum Esq. **

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Nussbaum Family Law Address One Post Office Square Sharon MA 02067 Counties served: Norfolk, Middlesex, Plymouth, Bristol, Worcester Phone: (781) 327-1907 Fax: (781) 793-0600 Website: Nussbaum Family Law
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Nussbaum Family Law provides representation in divorce and family law matters, tailoring a strategy according to your individual needs and goals. We offer mediation, mediation support services, and collaborative law solutions.

When litigation is unavoidable, we offer experienced, skilled representation to achieve your objectives and your  children’s best interests.

Julia Rueschemeyer Esq. **

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Attorney and Mediator Attorney Julia Rueschemeyer Divorce Mediation Address 75 Market St. 3rd Floor Springfield MA 01103 Counties served: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire, and Worcester Phone: (413) 885-9338 Website: http://www.amherstdivorce.com
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Getting divorced and resolving family law issues involves transitions that are not easy. I am an experienced divorce mediator and family lawyer, and I will guide you through these transitions with compassion, treating you and your concerns with respect. We will work together, one issue at a time, to create solutions that work for you and your family and ensure that the focus stays on the healthiest process and outcome for you and your children.

I use only non-adversarial processes—mediation and collaborative law divorce—which emphasize open, respectful communication. These methods of reaching agreements avoid the high costs, delays, and interpersonal conflict and stress that are typical of litigation through the courts.

I have been practicing divorce law and mediation full time in Massachusetts since 2003. Before moving to Massachusetts, I was Staff Attorney at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles, and I served as Director of the Feinstein Institute for Legal Service at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. I have been admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, California, New York, and Massachusetts. I received my BA from Brown University and my law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Vicki L. Shemin J.D., LICSW, ACSW **

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Partner Fields and Dennis, LLP Address 80 William Street Suite 210 Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 489-6776 Fax: (781) 489-6233 Website: www.FieldsDennis.com
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With her dual-degree in clinical social work and family law, and more than 35 years of professional experience, Attorney Shemin brings a “best of both worlds approach” to helping clients resolve matters outside of court. These dispute resolution options include mediation, collaborative law, parenting coordination, divorce consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, guardian ad litem evaluative opinions, premarital and postnuptial agreements – and she even has a subspecialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.” With her extensive background in child development and her knowledge and understanding of the psychodynamics of divorce, she is exceptionally well-equipped to assist transitioning families with developing optimal co-parenting plans, telling children about divorce, and handling inevitable disagreements that parents will face long after the ink is dry on their divorce agreements.

Attorney Shemin is the Vice-President of Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is also credentialed as a certified family law mediator by that organization (a highly selective recognition). For the past 2 years, she has been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Family Lawyers in Massachusetts” as well as a “Top Rated Lawyer: Women Leaders in the Law.” In 2015, she was recognized among “Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers” in 3 distinct categories – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law and Mediation, and Collaborative Law. She has earned a 10.0 “excellent” AVVO rating. Attorney Shemin is also credentialed as a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator. She has met all the requirements for and has been approved for inclusion on, the Category V Parenting Coordinator fee-generating appointment list for the Probate and Family Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is also a Board Member and Founding Member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators.

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