Attorneys

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.

David L. Rubin Esq.

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Address 929 Worcester Road Framingham MA 01701 Phone: (508) 875-9797 Fax: (508) 820-0371 Website: Law office of David L. Rubin
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David Rubin provides forceful representation in all aspects of divorce, including child support, alimony, division of marital property, parenting plans, retirement plans and other issues. He takes on difficult and contentious issues at trial but is equally adept at negotiating settlements before trial. He is also certified in collaborative law, which is an alternatve to traditional litigation. He is an active member of the Public Education Committee of The Divorce Center.

Anna Shapiro Esq.

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Anna Shapiro, Esq., PC Address 400 West Cummings Park Suite 3900 Woburn MA 01801 Phone: (339) 298-2300 Fax: (339) 298-2099 Website: www.shapirolegal.com
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Anna Shapiro, Esq., PC effectively serves the interest of her clients in the matters involving Family Law, Divorce, Limited Assistance Representation, GAL, Parenting Coordinator, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Restraining Orders, Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Business Set Up, Planning and Corporate Law, Consumer Rights and Protection, Contracts & Commercial Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Estate Planning, Criminal Law, Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Mortgage Modifications and Short Sales, Credit Negotiation, Landlord and Tenant Law, Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Wills and Trusts, Probate Law, Immigration Law, Disability/Social Security and Appeals.

She is an attorney, GAL and Parenting Coordinator for Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties.

Debra L. Smith Esq.

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Address 134 Main Street Watertown MA 02472 Phone: (617) 924-6728 Fax: (617) 924-6797 Website: www.lawdebsmith.com
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Attorney Debra L. Smith provides personalized legal services with a concentration in family and juvenile law, including divorce (on issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, guardianship of children, modification, and care and protection matters. Ms. Smith’s focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. Attorney Smith believes that her clients are best served by attempting at the onset of a case to seek resolution of a matter as a high majority of cases are ultimately resolved without going to trial. Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a divorce coach, financial professionals and if needed, other professionals such as a child specialist. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 28 years of law practice. However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience and a good record in trying cases before a judge.

Other services Ms. Smith offers is acting as mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office. Ms. Smith was on the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. from 2002-2010. She has accepted Guardian ad Litem appointments from the court and has represented children in juvenile matters for over 20 years. Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She acted as the wife’s attorney in the Divorce Center’s DVD called “A Divorce Play in Four Acts.” Attorney Smith has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. To learn more about Ms. Smith’s background, please visit her website.

Lisa J. Smith Esq.

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Collaborative Attorney and Mediator Address 220 North Main Street Suite 301 Natick MA 01760 Phone: (508) 652-0011 Fax: (508) 653-0119 Website: www.FamilyLawChoices.com
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Lisa offers her clients options to resolve divorces amicably and with dignity. With Lisa’s assistance, you and your spouse will make the important decisions about your finances and your family within a timeframe that works well for both of you. All settlement discussions are private. Lisa’s approach to divorce is to view it as a process to move you towards new goals-not just to end a marriage.

You may schedule a first meeting on your own or with your spouse. During the first meeting, Lisa will explain the process options which may be available. Lisa helps clients with issues including divorce, child support, alimony, parenting plans, paternity and mediation to stay married matters.

Lisa is an experienced collaborative attorney and divorce mediator. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (M.C.L.C.) and has chaired many state-wide committees in this field. Based on Lisa’s skill, education and experience, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (M.C.F.M.) has distinguished Lisa as one of the approximately 30 professionals in Massachusetts to be a Certified Divorce Mediator.

Susan D. Stamps Esq.

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Law Offices of Susan D. Stamps Address 9 Damonmill Square Suite 5D Concord MA 01742 Phone: (978) 371-3131 Fax: (978) 371-2378 Website: www.stamps-law.com
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Attorney Stamps has over 25 years experience in family law and specializes in complex custody, financial and tax matters. Her firm offers litigation, mediation, and collaborative law services to clients in divorce and post-divorce matters. They also offer prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements as well as Guardian ad Litem and parent coordinator services. Call or email for a free consultation.

Linda Sternberg Esq.

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Sternberg Law Address 10 Tremont Street Suite 200 Boston MA 02108-2008 Phone: (617) 722-8300 Fax: (617) 722-8350 Website: www.SternbergLaw.com
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Attorney Linda Sternberg has practiced family law in the greater Boston area for more than 30 years. Linda is a collaborative practitioner, mediator and litigator in all aspects of family law. Her areas of expertise and experience include divorce, paternity, child support, alimony/spousal support, custody and parenting plans, guardianships and conservatorships, modifications and contempt actions. Attorney Sternberg serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and also as an attorney for children. Attorney Sternberg is devoted to helping families resolve their disputes as amicably as possible using her wealth of experience, strong advocacy, empathy, compassion and sense of humor. For more information, see http://www.SternbergLaw.com.

Timothy J. Teehan Esq.

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Law Office of Timothy J. Teehan Address 11 East Street Suite 202 Franklin MA 02038 Phone: (774) 571-2893 Fax: (774) 907-3069 Website: www.teehanlaw.com
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Attorney Teehan has been involved in family law and mediation for over ten years, and he has experience with both amicable and contested matters.  He practices in Probate and Family Courts throughout eastern and central Massachusetts, ensuring that his clients’ rights are pursued and protected to the max.  Whether it is a divorce, custody, visitation, support or contempt matter, Attorney Teehan will do everything in his power to make sure that you and your family are put in the best possible position to succeed going forward.  Attorney Teehan offers free consultations to help you better understand your options.

Doris F. Tennant Esq.

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Tennant Lubell, LLC Address 288 Walnut Street Suite 500 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 969-9610 Fax: (617) 969-9611 Website: www.tllawgroup.com
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Doris Tennant specializes in divorce settlements that spare parents and children the emotional toll of court contested cases. Cognizant of the protracted nature of litigation and its long-term effect on the parties, she facilitates the resolution of divorces by focusing on alternative dispute resolution techniques including Collaborative Practice, mediation, arbitration and negotiation. She concentrates on helping parties identify interests, explore options, and achieve realistic and reasonable agreements without a judge imposing a solution.

Karen Van Kooy Esq.

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Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC Home 1318 Beacon Street Suite 19 Brookline MA 02446 Phone: (617) 277-3774 Fax: (617) 277-6520 Website: www.ivkdlaw.com Blog: www.yourfamilymatterslawblog.com
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Karen Van Kooy is a partner at Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC located in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. Karen represents women and men in all stages of family transitions, including divorce, custody, child support and post-divorce matters. Karen also works with people to create fair and loving pre and post nuptial agreements to strengthen their marriage. Central to Karen’s approach in domestic relations matter is to attend to the immediate needs of a client, whose life may be in upheaval, while assisting the client in defining the big picture: life after the transition. Finding the right process for each situation, whether it is litigation, mediation or the collaborative law process is an essential first step, and Karen is trained and practices all three approaches. Karen is a board member of the Divorce Center.

Fran L. Whyman Esq.

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Whyman Law and Mediation Home 220 North Main Street Natick MA 01760 Phone: (508) 655-0700 Fax: (508) 653-0019 Website: www.whymanmediation.com
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Fran Whyman uses mediation and collaborative law to help couples reach agreement on sensitive issues with respect and dignity. Her practice focuses on out-of-court solutions to sensitive and challenging decisions around separation and divorce, child custody, parenting plans, child support, alimony, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial agreements, and agreements to stay married.

Fran is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Human Relations Service, a 3-town community mental health agency. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Lorri Seibert Woodacre Esq.

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Law Offices of Lorri Woodacre Address 8 Grove Street Suite 402 Wellesley MA 02482 Address 45 Summer Street Natick MA 01760 Phone: (781) 237-6020 Fax: (781) 237-6027 Website: www.woodacrelaw.com
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Attorney Woodacre’s practice concentrates in division of assets, alimony, modification, relocation and child custody cases often involving forensic litigation and mediation skills. She maintains two offices, one in Wellesley, the other in Natick working in Greater Boston courts as well as Bristol and Worcester Counties where she can meet clients at a satellite location. Spanish facility.

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