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About Steven

I represent individuals in divorce and family law and criminal defense cases in the Greater Boston area. I regularly appear in the probate and family courts of Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties, and the other counties throughout Eastern Massachusetts. I represent a very diverse group of people with divorce and family law cases, and have developed substantial expertise in this area, as well as in the related areas of practice, such as criminal defense, and particularly domestic violence. I also appear regularly in district court and superior courts throughout the state of Massachusetts, in criminal cases of many kinds, but now mostly domestic violence and restraining order cases and sexual assault cases. I have successfully handled family law and criminal defense appeals, in the state and federal courts of appeal, and presently take appellate cases in the Massachusetts state court system. I have been quoted several times in the past few years as a divorce and family law expert, in the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, and elsewhere. I am the publisher and author of the Massachusetts Divorce and Family Law Blog, one of the most frequented and widely read family law blogs in the nation. I am very experienced and very successful in high conflict cases, especially those which involve custody and visitation disputes, but also in high asset cases and all other divorce and family law matters, whether requiring skilled negotiation of agreements outside of court, or instead requiring expert litigation and trial advocacy.

school Education

Columbia University
BA - Bachelor of Arts
- 1987

University of Georgia School of Law
JD - Juris Doctor cum laude
- 1992

New England Conservatory of Music
MM-Master of Music
- 1997

bookmark Awards

SJC Pro Bono Honor Roll 2014
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
2015
Certificate, Collaborative Business Law
Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
2015
Facilitative Co-Mediation, Community Mediation
Mediation Works Incorporated
2014
Certificate, Collaborative Divorce
Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
2014
Certificate, Marital Mediation
Laurie Israel
2014
Divorce Mediation Training Certificate (Rule 8)
Divorce Mediation Training Associates
2013
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2013
Certificate, Court-Connected Conciliator, SJC Rule 1:18
Boston Bar Association
2013
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2012
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2011
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2010
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2009
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2008
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2007
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2006
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service
Massachusetts Justice Project
2005
District Court Certification
Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services
2005
Appointment to Criminal Justice Act Panel
United States First Circuit Court of Appeals
2002
New England Conservatory Scholarship
New England Conservatory of Music
1995
Honors Graduate
University of Georgia School of Law
1992
Public Interest Law Initiative Fellowship
Public Interest Law Initiative (Chicago)
1990
Jacoby Presidential Scholarship
Columbia University
1984

group Associations

Member
Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section
2002 - Current

Member
Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law Section
2002 - Current

Family Law Section Member
American Bar Association
2002 - Current

Criminal Law Section Member
American Bar Association
2002 - Current

Member
Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
2002 - Current

Member
Massachusetts Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
2002 - Current

Member
Boston Bar Association, Litigation Section
2002 - Current

Member
Boston Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section
2002 - Current

Member
Massachusetts Bar Association, Access to Justice Section
2002 - Current

Member
Boston Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Project
2012 - Current

Member
International Society of Family Law
2013 - Current

Attorney Member
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
2013 - Current

Attorney Member
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Massachusetts chapter)
2013 - Current

Member
Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
2013 - Current

Member
Senior Partners for Justice
2013 - Current

Member
Association for Conflict Resolution (New England chapter)
2013 - Current

Member
Association for Conflict Resolution
2013 - Current

Member
Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
2014 - Current

Member
Divorce Center
2014 - Current

Board of Directors
Divorce Center
2015 - Current

Faculty for "Divorce Matters" Workshops
Divorce Center
2015 - Current

Treasurer
Divorce Center
2016 - Current

import_contacts Published Works

Numerous articles from 2007 to date, as publisher and author
Massachusetts Divorce and Family Law
In Search of the Kinder and Gentler Divorce: Mediation, Collaborative Divorce and Traditional Divorce: Part Two
Divorce Source
In Search of the Kinder and Gentler Divorce: Mediation and Collaborative Divorce vs. Traditional Divorce: Part One
Divorce Source

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