Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Dr. Lynne C. Halem, Director, Mediator
37 Walnut St., Suite 220, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-2107
Phone: (781) 239-1600
Fax: (781) 239-0404
The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution is under the directorship of Lynne C. Halem. Dr. Halem, the author of two widely acclaimed scholarly books on divorce, has worked in the mediation field since 1982. She has been certified as a Divorce and Family Mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, was a past board member of the Divorce Center, Inc., and served two terms as President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
CMDR is an exclusively mediation firm, having mediated thousands of divorce cases. For both traditional and non-traditional couples, we specialize in all aspects of separation, divorce, and post-divorce mediation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as custody and parenting plans.
Our mediators are known and recognized for their high level of professionalism, experience and depth of knowledge.
We, at the Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution, help clients structure individualized solutions that will provide a thorough and thoughtful road map for each couple's present and future interactions.
Fern L. Frolin
Grindle, Robinson, Goodhue & Frolin, LLP
40 Grove St., Suite 190, Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 235-3300
Fax: (781) 235-8090
Attorney Frolin provides neutral services as a mediator, arbitrator, parent coordinator and guardian ad litem. She also accepts a limited number of litigation clients. Attorney Frolin served on both the alimony task force and child support guidelines task force, each of which drafted new support laws for the Commonwealth.
Rachel B. Goldman, Esq.
Boston Law Collaborative, LLC
99 Summer St.,Suite 1600, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 439-4700 x220
Fax: (617) 439-0700
Rachel Goldman's practice is devoted to mediation and collaborative family law. She also serves as a parent coordinator assisting parents with crafting a parenting plan and other child-related matters. Attorney Goldman's areas of pratice include divorce, post-divorce, child support, child custody, alimony , and prenuptial agreements.
She is a board member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Council and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
Howard I. Goldstein, Esq.
Rosenberg, Freedman & Goldstein LLP
246 Walnut St., Suite 201, Newton, MA., 02460
Phone: (617) 964-7000
Fax: (617) 964-4025
Howard Goldstein has been a practicing lawyer since 1973, engaged in mediation, collaborative practice and divorce litigation.
He has been received the designation of "Super Lawyer" and is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America, for Collaborative Family Law.
Tanya Gurevich, J.D., LCSW
Ginsburg & Leshin LLP
One Hollis Street, Suite 423, Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 235-3332
Fax: (781) 235-3021
Tanya Gurevich, J.D., LCSW has been a family law practioner since 1999 and is also a licensed clinical social worker. Currently, she is "of counsel" with the family law firm of Ginsburg & Leshin in Wellesley and a part-time mental health provider specializing in individual and family therapy in Walpole. Ms. Gurevich combines her legal and mental health expertise to provide divorce and family mediation, parenting coordination and Guardian ad Litem services. Her goal is to assist the clients in developing solutions that work for the entire family and to help reduce the level of conflict between the parents during and post-divorce. Ms. Gurevich also teaches the court-mandated parenting classes. She speaks fluent Russian.
Rebecca Hall, LICSW, Mediator
Mediation Resources, LLC.
56 North Main St., Suite 202, Fall River, MA., 02720
Phone: (508) 697-6797
A family oriented mediation practice, owned and operated by practicing LICSW social work professionals. Providing divorce and family mediation services to minimize confrontation while increasing collaboration and positive outcomes. A cost-effective alternative to litigation.
Barry S. Harsip, Esq.
Harsip & Stuart, P.C.
289 Great Road, Acton MA 01720
Phone: (978) 264-0250
Fax: (978) 264-4990
Barry Harsip practices in the area of Family Law, including divorce representation, divorce mediation, collaborative law, and litigation. He has been practicing in Acton for 28 years and has 32 years of experience practicing family law. He represents individual clients, is an experienced mediator, and also practices collaborative law. Barry was selected as a Boston Magazine Family Law Super Lawyer from 2007 through 2010.
Barry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a member of The Massachusetts Probate and Family Inn of Court, Massachusetts Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation, and the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce. Several times each year Attorney Harsip teaches seminars and information sessions at various centers for adult education, including Acton-Boxborough, Concord, Harvard, and Littleton.
Joyce Kauffman, Esq.
Kauffman Crozier, LLP
231 Third St., Suite 720, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 577-1505
Fax: (617) 577-1012
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.
Justin L. Kelsey, Esq.
Kelsey & Trask, P.C.
160 Speen St., Suite 202, Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: (508) 655-5980
Fax: (508) 655-5981
At Kelsey & Trask, P.C., we work with families to resolve disputes relating to Divorce, Paternity, Child Support, Alimony and Custody, as amicably, quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
To achieve these goals, we offer both mediation and individual representation. Attorney Kelsey can assist both parties in reaching a resolution together as a mediator, or can represent
one party individually as counsel in litigation or in a Collaborative setting. Either way, we have the motivation to conclude your case as efficiently as possible because we recognize that ongoing disagreement or litigation is not a healthy situation for your family. For more information about Attorney Kelsey visit his profile page at: www.kelseytrask.com
Carol Konvalinka-Connolly, Mediator
1037 Pleasant St., Attleboro MA 02703
Phone: (508) 380-1025
Carol Konvalinka-Connolly is an independent consultant working in the field of mediation and education. Services include divorce and family mediation services. Carol first studied peer mediation with a small group of fellow teachers and students in 2003. She has gone on to pursue advanced training in divorce and family issues as well as elder mediation. Her goal is to assist families in transition and to help them reach solutions that fit their unique needs.
Karen J. Levitt, Esq.
Levitt Law Group
- Karen J. Levitt, Esq.
- Andrea Wells, Esq.
- Emily Weber, Esq.
4 Meeting House Road, Suite 3, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: (978) 458-5550
Fax: (978) 458-5562
The Levitt Law Group, a firm dedicated exclusively to family law, is a team of professionals who bring compassion and hard work to the legal services they provide to clients. Attorney Karen J. Levitt, founder of the Levitt Law Group, has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of family law and conflict resolution including mediation and collaborative law. She serves as a Guardian ad Litem and parenting coordinator in addition to providing legal services. Karen works closely wth clients to help them understand their options and to choose a process that will best serve their interests. Services provided range from representation in the traditional litigation process, to the creative solutions offered by mediation and collaborative law. Areas of focus include divorce, post-divorce, paternity, alimony and child support, parenting plans, division of assets, and other family law related concerns.
Karen has a law degree from Boston University School of Law, is a founder and past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and has served on the board of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Attorneys Levitt, Wells, and Weber of the Levitt Law Group bring years of experience to helping clients with divorce and other family law problems. For more information, go to www.levittlawgroup.com
Carol Lynn May, Esq.
260 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Phone: (508) 358-3350
Fax: (508) 358-3365
Carol Lynn May is an experienced attorney whose practice is concentrated in family law (divorce, separation, custody, visitation, prenuptial,
postmarital, and living together agreements, adoptions, and guardianships), mediation, and collaborative law.
Carol Lynn has served for two years as Co-President of the Divorce Center, and is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association
of Family and Conciliation Courts; a member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association,
and a member of the Worcester County Bar Association and Metrowest Bar Association. She also is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
Rebecca Munini. LMHC
12 Alfred Street, Suite 300, Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (781) 775-1564
Rebecca Munini has had many years of experience as a Mental Health Counselor working with families and children in the Massachusetts public school litigation. Her clinical experience has made her able to establish rapport with others quickly and easily. Rebecca would like to help struggling couples to come to a fair and equitable agreement that is acceptable to both parties while remaining neutral and non-judgmental. Her experience working with children specifically will ensure that couples with children will receive an agreement that is in the best interest of any child involved. She believes that divorce agreements can be handled in a humane manner that will allow individuals to maintain their dignity and privacy without exorbitant fees. She is a member of the American Association of Mediators (AAM).
Diane Neumann & Associates
Diane Neumann, Esq.
126 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 926-9100
Fax: (617) 926-9101
DIANE NEUMANN, J.D., M.A is the principal of Diane Neumann & Associates, the only full-service divorce mediation firm serving Boston area clients for 31 years. Diane has offices in Watertown, Newton, and the South Shore and will be opening a North Shore office. She began her mediation practice in 1981 and is recognized as one of the foremost mediators in the country. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books: Divorce Mediation: How to Cut the Cost and Stress of Divorce and Choosing a Divorce Mediator,
published by Henry Holt & Co. Her experience as a licensed Massachusetts attorney, a couples and family counselor, a real estate broker, and an Internal Revenue Service Representative make her uniquely suited to help each client reach the best possible settlement.
She is past president of Academy of Family Mediators and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Diane is also an Advanced Practitioner of the Association of Conflict Resolution. In addition to her practice, she has been training mediators since the mid 1980s.
Ellen Waldorf, Esq., joined Diane Neumann & Associates in 2000. Along with Diane, Ellen specializes in the mediation of clients
with complicated financial situations that require a high level of expertise with couples' high income and complex assets. She clerked
on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado.
Kirk Fallis, LL.M., began his association with the firm upon his relocation from California. He worked for the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution,
providing mediation and training to the courts and government agencies. At Diane Neumann & Associates, he specializes in the mediation
of all aspects of a divorce settlement.
Miriam Kosowsky, Esq. is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude. Miriam was an attorney with Sullivan & Worcester, LLP in Boston where she litigated,
negotiated, and settled business contractual and tort disputes for U.S. and international private and corporate clients. She provides mediation for a full divorce settlement.
Dr. Lynn Cooper is a noted expert in the field of divorce psychotherapy, which encompasses the
relationships among family members as well as a child's adjustment to separation and divorce.
Paula H. Noe, Esq.
Law Offices of Paula H. Noe
Two Newton Place, Suite 200,Newton, MA. 02458
Phone: (617) 658-2913
Fax: (617) 965-1694
PAULA H. NOE, named a 'WOMAN OF DISTINCTION IN LAW AND PUBLIC SERVICE' by the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, BOSTON'S BEST by the Boston Phoenix (December 12-23, 2010), and who has been recognized in the 2011 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
(as an attorney who has received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from her peers), practices family law and represents clients in divorce, pre- and post-marital agreements and complex property, support and parenting issues; she also co-mediates
in Adult/Elder Family situations, (which can arise when an aging parent is or should be, according to the family involved in potential life changes) and also mediates for divorcing families. . She counsels families in avoiding crisis (using mediation, negotiation, collaborative law,
parenting coordination, prenuptials, postnuptials, etc.) or in resolving the crisis (pursuing divorce, post-divorce, co-parenting issues, custody, paternity, same sex partnerships/divorces, etc.). She emphasizes communication with her clients and the other parties, and believes in pursuing
resolution as the best protocol for most families. She also is able to draw on her vast network of professionals who believe, as she does, that we must always cultivate dignity and respect, even in the midst of an emotional crisis. Each family situation is unique and demands a unique approach,
and Paula invites the opportunity to work with families in order to lead them to the resolution that works best for that family.
Paula is a Past President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and is a founding member of the Council. She has trained other professionals in Collaborative Law for the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and for the American Bar Association, and has written and lectured extensively
about Collaborative Law practice and ethics, both locally and nationally. She is currently co-chair of the Family Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution section. She also serves on the Collaborative Law Committee of the American Bar Association of Dispute Resolution,
and on its Ethics subcommittee where she co-authored its 2008 Ethics position paper. Paula also serves on the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, Mediation Committee, Quality Assurance Sub-committee, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Paula is also a founding partner of DivorceAndRenewal (www.DivorceAndRenewal.com)
Debra L. Smith, Esq.
134 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 924-6728
Fax: (617) 924-6797
Attorney Debra L. Smith provides personalized legal services with a concentration in family and juvenile law, including divorce (on issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, guardianship of children, modification, and care and protection matters.
Ms. Smith’s focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. Attorney Smith believes that her clients are best served by attempting at the onset of a case to seek resolution of a matter as a high majority of cases are ultimately resolved without going to trial.
Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a divorce coach, financial professionals and if needed, other professionals such as a child specialist. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 28 years of law practice.
However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience and a good record in trying cases before a judge.
Other services Ms. Smith offers is acting as mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office. Ms. Smith was on the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. from 2002-2010.
She has accepted Guardian ad Litem appointments from the court and has represented children in juvenile matters for over 20 years. Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She acted as the wife’s attorney in the Divorce Center’s DVD called "A Divorce Play in Four Acts."
Attorney Smith has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.
To learn more about Ms. Smith’s background, please visit her website at www.lawdebsmith.com.
Lisa J.Smith, Esq.
Lisa J. Smith, Attorney at Law
220 North Main Street, Natick MA 01760
Phone: (508) 652-0011
Fax: (508) 653-0119
For 25 years Lisa has practiced law and for the past 20 years her focus has been primarily on divorce and family law. Often clients know that they want a divorce but are not aware that there are many ways to obtain a divorce other than the 'I'll see you in court' method. Therefore, as a collaborative lawyer and mediator, she offers her clients many options. Also, when necessary, she has a team of experts ready to help develop good solutions to problems.
Lisa understands many of the fears and emotions which are involved in a divorce and understands the need to move forward to create a solution which will move her clients and their families forward to new after-divorce lives. SHe helps clients with divorce, support, parenting, paternity and mediation to stay married matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and other family law matters.
Susan D. Stamps, Esq.
Law Offices of Susan D. Stamps
9 Damonmill Square, Suite 5D, Concord, MA 01742
Phone: (978) 371-3131
Fax: (978) 371-2378
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.
Doris F. Tennant, Esq.
Tennant Lubell, LLC
288 Walnut Street, Suite 500, Newton, MA. 02460
Phone: (617) 969-9610
Fax: (617) 969-9611
Doris Tennant specializes in the out-of-court resolution of family matters, including those with
complex financial and business issues. She represents parties in “Collaborative Practice” in which the
parties and their attorneys commit to settle the case without going to court.
Doris also mediates and arbitrates family law matters and family business disputes, and serves as a parenting coordinator in high conflict cases.
Karl Topor, Esq.
Law Offices of Karl W. Topor
275 Grove Street, Building Two, Suite 400, Newton, MA 02466
Phone: (617) 969-8889
Fax: (617) 415-1497
ADDITIONAL SATELLITE OFFICES LOCATED IN BOSTON and FRAMINGHAM
Karl W. Topor focuses primarily on issues involving Family and Matrimonial Law. He acts as a mediator to assist parties to settle their disputes as an alternative to a long drawn out battle in the court arena.
He has acquired special advanced training in mediation.
Karen Van Kooy, Esq.
Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC
1318 Beacon Street, Suite 19, Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 277-3774
Fax: (617) 277-6520
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.
Reach Accord Law and Mediation Services
100 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
Phone: (781) 449-4815
Fax: (781) 433-0405
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 is currently on the MCFM Board of Directors.
Areas of practice: divorce, post-divorce, custody, parenting
plans, temporary separation, prenuptial agreements, relationship agreements,
nontraditional relationships and family business.
Fran L. Whyman, Esq.
Whyman Law and Mediation
220 North Main Street, Natick MA 01760
Phone: (508) 655-0700
Fran Whyman uses mediation and collaborative law to help couples reach agreement on sensitive issues with respect and dignity.
Her practice focuses on out-of-court solutions to sensitive and challenging decisions around separation and divorce, child custody,
parenting plans, child support, alimony, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial agreements, and agreements to stay married.
Fran is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Human Relations Service,
a 3-town community mental health agency. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council,
the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Law Offices of Lorri Woodacre
Lorri Seibert Woodacre, Esq.
8 Grove St., Suite 402, Wellesley, MA. 02482
Phone: (781) 237-6020
Fax: (781) 237-6027
Experienced Family Law attorney concentrating in matters of divorce, litigation and mediation and collaborative law. Custody; modifications; GAL and parenting coordinator; relocation cases.
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