Attorneys

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Ismail Mohammed Esq. **

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Law Office of Ismail Mohammed Address 185 Devonshire Street Suite 500 Boston MA 02110 Counties served: Suffolk, Norfolk, Middlesex Phone: (617) 532-1911 Fax: (617) 426-5422 Website: www.imbostonimmigration.com
About

Attorney Mohammed has a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and earned his law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the United States District Court of Massachusetts. As an immigrant of Ethiopia, it is with a great sense of passion that Attorney Mohammed assists his clients navigation through the immigration process. Attorney Mohammed is also proud and humbled with his experience as a bar advocate with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) representing indigent clients in criminal defense matters.

Attorney Mohammed has been recognized by various organizations for his achievements. He has obtained the highest rating of Superb from avvo.com, Top 100 Lawyers of Massachusetts by The National Trial Lawyers, and Top 100 Lawyers of Massachusetts by The American Society of Legal Advocates.

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 rational, empathetic 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.

Theodore P. Orenstein Esq.

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Address 29 Ricker Road Newton MA 02458 Counties served: East of Worcester Phone: (617) 964-1173 Fax: (617) 202-9027
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Past President of The Divorce Center and currently on its Board of Directors, 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.

Michelle M. Raymond Esq. **

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Mediator, Collaborative Law Attorney and Family Law Litigator Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. Address 124 Grove Street Suite 220 Franklin MA 02038 Counties served: Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex and Worcester Phone: (508) 541-3000 Fax: (508) 541-3008 Website: www.dcdclaw.com
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By combining her experience with mediation, collaborative law and litigation, Michelle is able to provide clients with a wide range of options appropriate for their needs and goals. As Head of the Domestic Relations Department at DCDC, she assists her clients through their difficult legal and personal times with an emphasis on the prevention of future legal problems. Michelle provide mediation and litigation services for all family-related disputes, such as: divorce, post-divorce, paternity, separation, estate or guardianship, non-traditional family issues, adoption and parent coordination. She works with a team of professionals to guide her clients through the often stressful and overwhelming decisions involved in the area of
family law. In addition to the legal aspects of family law, Michelle focuses on helping her clients maintain and regain control over the decisions that affect their lives, integrity, and confidence all in a confidential setting.

DCDC’s mediation services offer a cost-effective alternative for family, probate, civil, and business disputes, and provide parties with more control over the process. In addition to mediation, Michelle also practiced collaborative law in divorce & family matters.

Michelle firmly believes in the team approach of assisting clients through crisis situations. She understands how legal and financial professionals can support clients by preventing future legal problems through education and preparing for the unexpected.

Jennifer C. Roman Esq.

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Attorney and Mediator Hoffman Law Group Address 501 Providence Highway Norwood MA 02062 Counties served: Norfolk, Middlesex, Bristol, Plymouth and Worcester Phone: (781) 440-9500 Fax: (781) 440-9503 Website: www.johnhoffmanlaw.com
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Jennifer’s family law practice includes divorce, asset division, paternity actions, modification of agreements, custody disputes, guardianships, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and restraining orders.

Jennifer entered private practice after starting her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County where she prosecuted major felony cases in both the District and Superior Courts, and gained extensive trial experience.

Jennifer is also a certified family law mediator and conciliator. Whenever possible, she helps individuals and clients through Alternative Dispute Resolution, including, negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration.

Jennifer is an on-camera contributing legal analyst for WBZ-TV (CBS-Boston). She provides meaningful and insightful on-camera commentary on legal cases of both national and local interest. Jennifer has provided on-camera legal commentary on the Whitey Bulger indictments and arrest, the Clark Rockefeller trial, the Christa Worthington trial and verdict and the Kimberly Cates trial in New Hampshire.

For six years, Jennifer was honored as a Massachusetts Rising Start in Massachusetts Super Lawyers/Boston Magazine, an honor awarded to only 2.5% of young lawyers in Massachusetts.

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
About

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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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 hasbeen 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.

Heather J. Smethurst Esq. **

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Smethurst Law, LLC Address 79 Turnpike Rd. Suite 1, 2nd Floor Ipswich MA 01938 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, and Southern NH Phone: (978) 356-6100 Fax: (978) 560-0644 Website: www.smethurstlaw.com
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Heather J. Smethurst is a family law attorney practicing in Essex and Middlesex Counties in Massachusetts and in Southern New Hampshire, is trained in Collaborative Law, Mediation, was a social worker prior to her legal career, is a court appointed conciliator and Attorney Representing Children through the Essex Probate Court, Limited Appearance Representation and is a Guardian ad Litem.

Attorney Smethurst believes strongly that most cases are best handled through Mediation or the Collaborative Law process. A family law matter is arguably the most stressful time in a person’s life and having an advocate that is committed to resolving your case with the best possible outcome for your family is a must. Attorney Smethurst feels strongly that children must be the first priority in any family law matter and will work with you to help transition your family to the next phase of your lives.

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 (issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, modification, and care and protection matters. Her focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. She believes that her clients are best served by attempting to seek resolution of a matter without going to trial. Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a collaborative coach and financial professional. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 32 years of law practice. However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience.

Ms. Smith also serves as a mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office.  Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.

Lisa J. Smith Esq. **

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Collaborative Attorney and Mediator Lisa J. Smith Attorney at Law Address 220 North Main Street Suite 301 Natick MA 01760 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk & Worcester Phone: (508) 653-0119 Fax: (508) 652-0011 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.

Matthew Solomon Esq.

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Attorney Solomon Law Practice Home 190 Mystic Valley Parkway Arlington MA 02474 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Phone: (617) 201-9060 Fax: (781) 316-1566 Website: www.solomonlawpractice.com
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Matthew Solomon brings over ten years experience as a family law attorney. He has worked as an associate for a small family law firm in Brookline, MA and now practices as a solo attorney for his own firm.

Matthew seeks to establish a strong connection with his clients, which in turn fosters a productive attorney-client relationship and ensures effective communication. Matthew brings an individualized approach to each client and case.

Family Law is often emotional, overwhelming, and disorienting and Matthew seeks to help his clients determine what is most important and to set realistic goals that take into account the impact on the entire family. He has recently begun to offer mediation as a service as well. Matthew has extensive legal expertise and comprehensive experience in probate courts throughout the state.

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 Counties served: Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex, Worcester, Plymouth 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.

Marcia E. Tannenbaum Esq. **

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Attorney – Mediator – Collaborative lawyer Solutions Through Mediation Address 57 Brownell Street Worcester MA 01602-3321 Counties served: Worcester, all of MA for mediation Phone: (508) 798-4090 Fax: (508) 753-5840 Website: solutionsthroughmediation.com
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Mediation and Collaborative Process are paths to peace between parties. By providing a safe space in which conflict can be addressed and options explored, I give my clients the very best opportunity to heal and grow. Shared Parenting and other workable approaches to divorce with children, minimize the damage that divorce can create in the lives of all family members.

When non-adversarial approaches are untenable, I provide compassionate and experienced litigation and settlement representation.

Doris F. Tennant Esq. **

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Tennant Lubell, LLC Address 288 Walnut Street Suite 500 Newton MA 02460 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex 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. Facilitating the resolution of divorces through either the Collaborative Law process, mediation, negotiation, or arbitration, she concentrates on helping achieve reasonable and realistic agreements without a judge imposing a solution. Contact Doris for a 20-minute telephone consultation at no charge, or schedule an in-person substantive consultation with her for 75 minutes at a reduced rate.

Karen Van Kooy Esq. **

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Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC Home 1318 Beacon Street Suite 19 Brookline MA 02446 Counties served: Norfolk 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.

Marion Lee Wasserman Esq. **

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Attorney/ Mediator Reach Accord Law and Mediation Services Address 189 Wells Avenue Third Floor Newton MA 02459 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester Phone: (781) 449-4815 Fax: (781) 433-0405 Website: www.reachaccord.com
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Attorney Marion Lee Wasserman emphasizes dispute resolution, not dispute escalation. In addition to mediation and collaborative law, she offers traditional legal representation emphasizing negotiated settlement. Marion has a special interest in divorce and parent-child issues, including the structuring of parenting plans and including financially complex divorces. She is a former Vice President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and formerly served on the MCFM Board of Directors.

Areas of practice: divorce, post-divorce, custody, parenting plans, temporary separation, prenuptial agreements, relationship agreements.

Fran L. Whyman Esq. **

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Whyman Law and Mediation Home 220 North Main Street Natick MA 01760 Counties: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester Phone: (508) 655-0700 Fax: (508) 653-0019 Website: WhymanLawandMediation.com
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Fran Whyman’s practice, Whyman Law & Mediation, is devoted exclusively to helping individuals and couples reach an out-of-court resolution of their family law matters, in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. The practice helps individuals reach a separation agreement to become divorced, an agreement to stay married, an agreement to modify terms of a previous divorce judgment, a premarital agreement. Child support, alimony, division of assets, health insurance, and payments for college, are some of the family law issues addressed in working with clients, through a number of different methods, including mediation, the Collaborative Law Process, or lawyer-to-lawyer negotiation.

Lorri Seibert Woodacre Esq. **

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Law Offices of Lorri Woodacre Address 8 Grove Street Suite 402 Wellesley MA 02482 Counties served: Middlesex, Bristol, Worcester, Suffolk, PlymouthAddress 45 Summer Street Natick MA 01760 Phone: (781) 237-6020 Fax: (781) 237-6020 Website: www.woodacrelaw.com
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Attorney Woodacre’s practice concentrates in custody, litigation, division of assets, alimony, modification, relocation and child custody cases often involving forensic litigation and mediation skills. It is a full service family law boutique highly experienced in litigation and child custody and removal cases.   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. Her practice is not limited by geography. Spanish facility.

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