Legal Services – Greater Boston

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) 236-3365 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.

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.