Board Officers 2017-2018




Karl W. Topor, Attorney
Email: Karl Topor

Karl W. Topor, Esq. is the President of The Divorce Center. He is also the co-chair of the Membership. This is his third elected term as president. He has held various leadership roles in the organization since 2006.

Karl established his own Family Law firm in 1999. He began his career working with his father and uncles over 25 years ago. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association Family Law Section, Massachusetts Bar Association, founding member of the AFCC New York Chapter, fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and served two terms as a council member for the American Bar Association Section of Family Law.

Karl is involved in several pro-bono groups including the Senior Partners for Justice of the Volunteer Law Project of the Boston Bar Association which is dedicated to promoting justice for all litigants in the family court system. Karl has written articles on a variety of topics covering family law issues. He has participated as a speaker, moderator, and producer of various CLE programs on a state and national level.


David H. Goodman, CPA/ABV/CFF,CVA
Email: David Goodman

David Goodman is a Certified Pubic Accountant, admitted as an expert in business valuation and forensic accounting in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Middlesex County and a court-appointed forensic accounting expert in Suffolk County.

He is a regular presenter on “Selected Tax Matters in Divorce” and “Do I Need to Have the Business Valued?” to professional associations as well as the courts. His professional affiliations include: Chair (2010-present), MSCPA Litigation Consulting and Business Valuation Committee and President (2012 – 2013), NACVA- Mass Chapter. His specialties include: Business valuation, litigation support, divorce services including complex tax issues, forensic accounting, income tax preparation for individuals, businesses and trusts. David has also completed Collaborative Practice Training.

A former Board member of The Divorce Center, David often commutes to work on his bicycle and can be found wandering his neighborhood with his pet cat Baboo.

Steven Ballard

Steven Ballard, Attorney

Email: Steven Ballard

Steven Ballard is an attorney who represents individuals in the family courts of Greater Boston, often in challenging,high-conflict cases, most of which ultimately lead to negotiated settlements. Some of his high-conflict cases do need to go to trial, and he conducts several multi-day trials in a typical year, as either solo or lead counsel. His practice, however, offers a wide range of options, including collaborative divorce, interest-based settlement negotiations outside of court, un-bundled legal services through the “limited assistance representation” program, full representation in family court litigation as necessary through trial, and appellate advocacy in the higher courts.

Steven proudly volunteers his services in court-connected mediation and court-connected conciliation, and as Lawyer for the Day in the family courts of Greater Boston. He has been quoted in recent years in the media on divorce law issues, including in the Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal. Steven is a member of many professional organizations. He has presented workshops at regional and national conferences on issues of shared parenting and child support, and on mediation and conciliation, and is a faculty member of the “Divorce Matters” workshops offered by The Divorce Center. Steven also serves on his town’s Finance Committee.

When not busy in these professional and volunteer activities, Steven will usually be found at home or traveling with his family.


Robert DiGiammarino, PsyD.
David Feldman, Esquire
Ellen Klapper, Mortgage Loan Officer
Donna Marsella, CDFA
Theodore Orenstein, Esquire
Jeanne Seaquist, Copy Editor
Renee Senes, CDFA
Matthew Solomon, Esquire