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Judith Bowman has specialized in family law for the past 25 years. She now limits her practice to Guardian ad Litem appointments, parenting coordination, and mediation.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Katie D. Cintolo, Esquire joined the firm in September 2010. She earned her law degree from New England School of Law in 2008 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar that same year. Thereafter, she worked as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court in the Administrative Office, as well as in Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. Katie D. Cintolo is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association.
Marjorie Suisman is a Trusts and Estates lawyer with 35+ years of legal experience. She works with post-divorce clients to revise their estate plans and analyze insurance needs, coordinating the planning with the client’s Separation Agreement. She consults with family law attorneys on the estate tax aspects of Separation Agreements and estate planning options to include in pre-nuptial agreements.
Marjorie works with clients to understand their family and financial situations, explains available options and provides counsel to create a comprehensive plan that will achieve their goals. She has experience drafting plans for individuals with complex asset or family situations and has a particular expertise in estate planning for nontraditional families, for persons with disabilities, and for families with vacation homes or other “heirloom” properties. For clients who own interests in privately held businesses, she provides succession planning geared toward a tax-efficient ownership transfer of the business.
Marjorie graduated from Boston College Law School and Sarah Lawrence College. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Boston Estate Planning Council, and the Boston Probate & Estate Planning Forum. She is a former board member of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the ACLU of Massachusetts.
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.
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