Legal Services – Greater Boston

** Denotes Collaborative Law Attorney

Amaral & Associates, P.C.

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Contact: Edward Amaral, Esq. Address 63 Atlantic Avenue Boston MA 02110 Address 246 Revere Street Winthrop MA 02152 Phone: Winthrop - (617) 539-1010 Phone: Boston - (617) 742-2020 Fax: (617) 539-0505 Phone: Toll Free - (800) 290-1012 Website:

Amaral & Associates, P.C. is a small firm that concentrates in all aspects of divorce and family law, including, but not limited to: including divorce, divorce mediation, child custody and support, alimony, modification and contempt actions, paternity, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Amaral & Associates, P.C. has offices in Boston and Winthrop.

Attorney Edward L. Amaral, Jr. is the President of Amaral & Associates P.C. His practice primarily focuses on providing divorce, divorce mediation, probate, and estate planning services for his clients. For the last 23 years, he has negotiated, mediated and tried hundreds of cases on issues including divorce, divorce mediation, property, support, custody and parental rights, ante-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and complex financial matters in front of the Commonwealth Courts and has achieved extremely favorable results for his clients. Amaral has also authored over 100 articles and several eBooks on divorce, divorce mediation and the division of assets and liabilities.

Attorney Talia Simonds concentrates her practice in all aspects of Family Law and Divorce. Talia’s philosophy in representing clients is to provide aggressive representation for her clients in a caring and compassionate manner, knowing that issues pertaining to Family Law are often emotional and stressful for her clients. In addition to her experience in private practice, Talia has experience working for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division. While in law school, Attorney Simonds also clerked for the Honorable Peter P. Charnetsky of the Broome County Family Court and Integrated Domestic Violence Session of the New York State Supreme Court in Binghamton, New York.

Judith Farris Bowman Esq.

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Attorney at Law Bowman, Moos & Elder, LLP Address 222 Third Street Suite 3220 Cambridge MA 02142 Middlesex Phone: (617) 494-8808 Fax: (617) 494-8960 Website:

Judith Bowman has specialized in family law for the past 25 years. Her practice now focuses on mediation and parenting coordination as well as serving as a Guardian ad Litem in the Probate and Family Court.

Rackham Karlsson Esq. **

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Family Law Mediator and Collaborative Attorney Zephyr Legal Services, LLC Address 2294 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge MA 02140 Phone: (617) 475-0861 Website:

Attorney Karlsson is a family law mediator and collaborative attorney offering services in a broad range of family law matters, including:

  • contested and uncontested divorces
  • out-of-wedlock child custody and child support
  • modification of prior judgments
  • removal of children from Massachusetts
  • prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

His practice emphasizes out-of-court resolution and interests-based negotiation to find creative and respectful solutions.

Joyce Kauffman Esq.

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Kauffman Crozier, LLP Address 231 Third Street Suite 720 Cambridge MA 02142 Phone: (617) 577-1505 Fax: (617) 577-1012 Website:

Joyce Kauffman is a 1992 graduate of Northeastern University Law School and specializes in family law, co-parent adoption, and mediation, with an emphasis on legal issues affecting lesbian and gay families. Attorney Kauffman has written numerous articles on these issues and is a frequent speaker at seminars, conferences, and in community settings on issues of importance to lesbian and gay parents, co-parent adoption, and family law, and more recently, on how same-sex marriage impacts the lesbian and gay community.

Attorney Kauffman is a past Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association (MLGBA) and past chair of the MLGBA’s Family Law Section. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Family Pride Coalition, a national organization advocating for lesbian and gay families. She is the recipient of the 2003 Barney Frank Award from the Massachusetts School of Law, the 2005 Fisher Davenport Award from the Family Pride Coalition honoring her for her contributions to lesbian and gay families, and the recipient of the 2007 Gwen Bloomingdale Pioneer Spirit Award from the MLGBA.

Brian J. McLaughlin Esq.

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Address 745 Boylston Street Suite 209 Boston MA 02116 Phone: (617) 236-5847 Fax: (617) 236-5849 Website:

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

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.

Anita Wyzanski Robboy Esq.

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Partner Prince Lobel Tye, LLP Address 100 Cambridge Street Suite 2200 Boston MA 02114 Phone: (617) 456-8000 Fax: (617) 456-8100 Website:

Anita Wyzanski Robboy is a 1974 graduate of Boston University School of Law and specializes in all aspects of family law. She has written numerous articles on different areas of family law and published several books, most recently “Aftermarriage: The Myth of Divorce.” She is a frequent speaker at seminars, conferences and community settings.

Attorney Robboy is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a member of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Inn of Court, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association. She has been recognized as a Boston Magazine Family Law Super Lawyer; she was awarded the Gideon’s Trumpet for her commitment to access to Justice by Senior Partners for Justice, Volunteer Lawyers Project.

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

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Boston Law Collaborative Address 99 Summer Street Suite 1600 Boston MA 02110 Phone: (617) 439-4700 Website:

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, guardianad 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 on mediation, collaborative law, diversity, domestic violence and power imbalance issues in family law cases, post- divorce financial planning, and co-parenting topics 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 and has also been 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. An active member within her industry, Attorney Shemin is 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” – combining her interests in psychology and law, which she fervently believes will be a contribution to those professions, as well as to the fields of medicine and theology.  (If interested in contributing anonymously to the book, please contact Attorney Shemin directly.)


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:

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

Stone, Stone & Creem P.A.

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Address One Washington Mall Boston MA 02108 Phone: (617) 523-4567 Fax: (617) 523-5061 Website:

Stone, Stone & Creem is a unique law firm in the heart of downtown Boston concentrating in the area of Family Law. The firm has a long-standing tradition of providing superior legal representation for such matters as Divorce, Appeals, Separation, Child Custody and Visitation, Alimony, Asset Division, Child Support, Post-Judgment Modifications, Complaints for Contempt, Paternity Actions, Interstate Removal, Pre-nuptial Agreements, Abuse Protection Complaints, Non-traditional Family Issues, and Adoptions. Family law can be a complex and emotional area of the law. A family law matter is rarely simple and each case requires its own approach. Retaining experienced counsel is essential to ensuring that your rights and welfare will be protected.

Cynthia S. Creem, Esquire – a partner at Stone, Stone & Creem has established herself as one of Boston’s best attorneys, specializing in the above mentioned areas of family law for over 40 years. Cynthia S. Creem also serves as Special Master for private parties and as appointed by the Court.

Gayle Stone-Turesky, Esquire – a partner at Stone, Stone & Creem has been an attorney in the family law field for over 30 years. Gayle Stone-Turesky was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts in 1980. Since 2005 and every year thereafter, Gayle Stone-Turesky has been selected as one of Boston Magazine’s Super Lawyers specializing in the area of family law.

Judith McKinnon, Esquire joined the firm in September 2000. Judith McKinnon received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1999 and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar that same year. Thereafter, she worked as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court system. Since 2007 and every year thereafter, Judith McKinnon has been selected as one of Boston Magazine’s Rising Stars, an honor given to young attorneys in Massachusetts.

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: Blog:

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.