Attorneys

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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
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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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Fields, Dennis & Cooper, LLP Address 80 William Street Suite 210 Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 489-6776
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With more than three decades of indispensable contributions to the legal sector, Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW, has been recognized for her professional success as an attorney at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, a multidisciplinary law firm notably devoted to an alternative conflict resolution orientation to the practice of law. With her dual-degree in clinical social work and family law, Ms. Shemin is distinctively well-suited to offer clients an array of dispute resolution options including mediation, collaborative law, consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, parenting coordination, guardian ad litem evaluative opinions, pre-marital and post-nuptial agreements – and even has a sub-specialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.”

Her interest in “paying it forward” is evidenced both in the writing and publication of her scholarly articles and chapter for “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning” for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), as well as in her time that was devoted to being an adjunct instructor in family law, ethics and mental health law at Boston University School of Social Work, and as a guest lecturer for the American Bar Association, MCLE, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. (MCFM).

Attorney Shemin is also a Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediator, is credentialed as a certified family mediator by MCFM, has earned a 10.0 “excellent” AVVO rating, and has recently been inducted into the Worldwide Registry for her many accomplishments. She is also a founding member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators; an Executive Board Member of MCFM; and co-chair of the Greater Boston Collaborative Law Practice Group.

Attorney Shemin is currently working on a book entitled – “Letters To Ex-Spouses:…And I Just Wanted You To Know”. (If interested in contributing anonymously to the book, please contact Attorney Shemin directly.)

Heather J. Smethurst Esq. **

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Address 79 Turnpike Rd. Suite 1 Ipswich MA 01938 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, and southern NH Phone: (978) 356-6100 Fax: (978) 356-6100 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) 652-0011 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 Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC Home 1318 Beacon Street, Suite 19 Brookline MA Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Phone: (617) 277-3774 Fax: (617) 277-6520 Website: www.ivkdlaw.com
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Matthew Solomon is an associate at Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC located in Coolidge Corner, Brookline.

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.

Maura L. Sullivan Esq. **

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Maura L. Sullivan, Esq. Address 785 Washington Street Suite 11A Canton MA 02021-3017 Counties served: Norfolk and Plymouth Phone: (781) 828-1515 Fax: (781) 821-1515
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Primary practice areas are family and probate court matters. Attorney Sullivan has 25+ years of experience. Her services include mediation, collaborative law, negotiated settlements and selected litigation cases.

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, Middesex, Hampden Phone: (508) 798-4090 Fax: (508) 753-5840 Website: solutionsthroughmediation.com
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Marcia E. Tannenbaum has been mediating in Worcester since January, 1994. She was the first Worcester County attorney trained in Collaborative Practice.

Attorney Tannenbaum volunteers in the Lawyer for the Day program and the Pilot Mediation program as a mentor at the Worcester Probate and Family Court.

She offers a free initial half hour consultation in her home office. Appointment may be made by calling during regular hours of 8:30 to
5:00 M – Th or 8:30 to 2:00 on Friday or for an evening or Sunday appointment as available.

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, Worcester, Barnstable 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 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 Phone: (781) 449-4815 Fax: (781) 433-0405 Website: www.reachaccord.com
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Attorney Wasserman emphasizes dispute resolution, not dispute escalation. In addition to mediation and collaborative law, she offers traditional legal representation emphasizing negotiated settlement. Attorney Wasserman has a special interest in divorce and parent-child issues, including the structuring of parenting plans. 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, Plymouth Address 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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