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Massachusetts Divorce Mediators

MWI’s Massachusetts divorce mediators provide services in Boston (Financial District – Main Office), Falmouth, Framingham, Hingham, Jamaica Plain, Mashpee, Medway, Natick, Norwell, Norwood, Peabody, Salem, Sandwich, Walpole, Watertown, and Worcester.


Divorce Mediators – (click on photo for bio)

  • Daniele Natali Goldberg
    Daniele Natali Goldberg
  • Laurie Antone
    Laurie Antone
  • Alan Jacobs
    Alan Jacobs
  • Melinda Milberg
    Melinda Milberg
  • Halee Burg
    Halee Burg
  • Scott Marks
    Scott Marks
  • Crystal Thorpe
    Crystal Thorpe
  • Mary Sheridan
    Mary Sheridan
  • Marcia Tannenbaum
    Marcia Tannenbaum
  • Jody Comins
    Jody Comins
  • Mary Sargent
    Mary Sargent
  • Josh Hoch
    Josh Hoch
  • Nnena Odim
    Nnena Odim
  • Ben Stich
    Ben Stich
  • Michele Keratsis
    Michele Keratsis
  • Patrick Morris
    Patrick Morris
  • Sally Plone
    Sally Plone
  • David Belcher
    David Belcher
  • Anthony Adamopoulos
    Anthony Adamopoulos
  • Laura Fabiano
    Laura Fabiano
  • Kajy Vicinelli
    Kajy Vicinelli
Daniele Natali Goldberg

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Mediating Divorce Cases with MWI in Boston, MA
617-895-4028divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Daniele Natali has been a divorce and family mediator with MWI since the summer of 2017. She is also a mediator and Project Manager with MetroWest Mediation Services where she mentors mediators specializing in consumer disputes, juvenile cases, and divorce matters. She has a Master’s degree in conflict management and resolution from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She is the editor of a book entitled “Re-Envisioning Conflict Resolution: Vision, Action and Evaluation in Creative Conflict Engagement” published in 2017 by Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Daniele has extensive experience mediating a variety of cases ranging from mediations in the labor courts in Tel-Aviv, identity-based conflicts in Jerusalem, and divorce cases in Boston.


Representative Matters

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Property Division
  • South Boston Municipal Court cases
  • Dorchester District Court cases

Professional Affiliations

  • Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation
  • ARIA Group for Conflict Engagement
  • Forward Thinking, Frontline Mediation
  • Bar-Ilan University
  • Israel Democracy Institute

Background and Education

  • Smith College (B.A., 2012)
  • Bar-Ilan University, Israel (M.A. in Conflict Management & Resolution, 2017)
  • Mediation Training Program, Certificate of Completion, MWI, 2017
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Program, Certificate of Completion, October 2017

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Laurie Antone

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Mediating Divorce & Family Cases with MWI in Boston and Hingham
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Laurie Antone is a divorce and family mediator with MWI providing mediation services in Boston and Hingham. Ms. Antone is an attorney by training and a trained legal and medical advocate. She mediates private divorce cases with MWI, cases with court involvement at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court, and cases in District and Municipal Court Departments around Massachusetts. As an advocate for those in a difficult or challenging time of transition, Ms. Antone has volunteered in the Brockton District and Probate court as a certified legal advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, has participated in the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association in connection with guardianship related matters, and has volunteered for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, helping those seeking to apply for citizenship.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • No Fault Divorces (including 1A and 1B cases)
  • Child Custody Disputes
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Post-Divorce Modifications

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Admitted to the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Member

Background and Education

  • Divorce and Family Mediator
  • Mediator, Norfolk Probate and Family Court
  • Mediator, Greater Brockton Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Juris Doctorate,  1989, summa cum laude
    • Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, May 1986, cum laude
    • Colby College, Waterville, ME
  • Certificate, Introduction to U.S. Immigration Law, March 2017

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Alan Jacobs

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Mediating with MWI in Falmouth, MA
617-895-4028divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Alan Jacobs is a mediator with MWI and in private practice in Falmouth, MA. Alan’s goal is to help make divorce, one of the most difficult life transitions, an easier, more peaceful process for everyone involved.  He is passionately committed to making divorce as easy and harmonious as possible for couples who are receptive to working together.

Alan brings over 25 years of experience helping individuals and organizations resolve conflict.  He professionally trained with MWI in 1997 and later with Cape Mediation.  Alan has also completed advanced Divorce Mediation Training and the Barnstable County Bar Association’ Family and Probate Conciliation Training.  He is a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and a founder and director of the Cape & Islands Mediation Collaborative, Inc.  Alan currently assists families and individuals in resolving conflicts and legal disputes as a private mediator through Falmouth Mediation, MWI, and in the Barnstable and Nantucket County Courts with Cape Mediation.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce for short and long-term marriages
  • Parenting plans, child custody and parenting time (visitation)
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Asset and liability division
  • Division of property
  • Post-decree modifications

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Mediator, MWI’s Divorce and Family Mediation Panel
  • Mediator & Founder, Falmouth Mediation
  • Member, Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Mediator, Cape Cod Mediation, Barnstable and Nantucket County  Courts
  • Founder & Director, Cape & Islands Mediation Collaborative, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Falmouth Education Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Falmouth STEM Boosters
  • Board of Directors, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Corporate Member Council
  • Founder & Chair, ASEE International Engineering Education Special Interest Group
  • Advisory Board, ASEE Journal of Engineering Education
  • Member, ASEE Projects Board & International Strategic Planning Task Force
  • Contributor, ASEE “Advancing the Scholarship of Engineering Education: A Year of Dialogue.”
  • Executive Board, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES)
  • Advisory Board, University Film & Video Association (UFVA), Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT), Broadcast Education Association (BEA) & International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa)
  • Board of Directors, Touchstone Training & Consulting Company, Inc.

Background and Education

  • Masters of Education, University of Massachusetts
  • Masters of Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts
  • Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Accelerated Learning Institute of New England
  • Managing High Performance, The Real Learning Company
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Tang Soo Do

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Melinda Milberg

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Mediating and Arbitrating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Natick, MA
617-895-4028divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Melinda Milberg has served as an attorney for over 40 years, representing clients in all courts in employment, probate, personal injury and business cases. She has served as an arbitrator and mediator since 1993, helping people resolve disputes in employment, commercial, personal injury, probate and divorce matters, and serving as an arbitrator with FINRA and as a hearing officer with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She served as a case evaluator for the Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse Panel. She is co-author of MCLE’s Chapter 93A: Rights and Remedies, and has also authored articles for Boston Business Journal, MBA Journal, and other publications. She was appointed by the Governor to serve as a public member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, where she served as a hearing office for physician discipline cases and participated in rulemaking and decision-making for physician registration and discipline. She also serves as a guardian ad litem to review trusts and estate issues for the Worcester, Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk Probate Courts.


Focus Areas

  • Employment trial in Federal Court and Appeals court
  • Numerous FINRA arbitrations
  • AAA arbitrations for commercial and employment panels
  • Mediations for Toyota employment program
  • Mediations for CDSC of personal injury, divorce and commercial cases
  • Appointed as GAL for trust and estate cases
  • Probate litigated case in Norfolk Probate Court

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) – Member
  • Boston Bar Association – Past Co-Chair ADR Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association – Law Practice Section Council and Public Law Section Council
  • Women’s Bar Association – Past President and Past Member of Board of Directors
  • New England Chapter of Association for Conflict Resolution – Past President and Past Board Member
  • Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation – member
  • Panel member, FINRA
  • Panel member, Boston Law Collaborative Employment Panel
  • Panel member, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Case Evaluation
  • Volunteer, Community Dispute Settlement Center
  • Board Member & Volunteer, MetroWest Mediation Services

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • MCLE – Chapter 93A – seminars for attorneys and judges
  • MCLE – Mediation – served as role play coach for trainings
  • ABA – served as role play coach for training
  • MWI – served as role play coach for training

Background and Education

  • Brandeis University (BA, magna cum laude 1974)
  • Boston University (J.D. 1977)
  • Admitted to Massachusetts Bar, 1977; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts 1980; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1985

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Halee Burg

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Norwood and Marlborough, MA
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Halee is a divorce mediator with MWI and provides mediation services in Norwood, and Marlborough MA. Halee has been mediating with MWI since 2010. Her mediation practice focuses primarily on mediating divorce, post-divorce, adult family, elder, small family business, and other relational disputes. Halee believes that by creating a safe space for clients to work together; helping clients consider their goals, needs, priorities, and options; and understanding the emotional upheaval clients may be experiencing, she creates an environment which best supports clients’ success in mediation. Through every stage of the process, Halee helps clients focus on building sustainable solutions for the future. By offering clients tools and strategies to improve their communications, Halee provides clients with skills they can take away from mediation, to enhance their post-mediation communication and conflict management.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Post-Divorce, Modifications, Co-Parenting Mediation
  • Estate, Trusts, Estate Planning, and Inheritance Mediation
  • Elder Mediation
  • Guardianship Mediation
  • Adult family/Adult sibling mediation
  • Small family business mediation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Author of numerous articles related to mediation
  • Member of National Association of Divorce Professionals
  • Member of Metrowest Business Partners
  • Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Probate and Estate Dispute Resolution (MCFM and MCLC)

Background and Education

  • University of Rochester (B. A., Psychology)
  • Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley (J.D.).

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Scott Marks

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Salem, MA
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Scott Marks is a mediator, collaborative divorce practitioner and attorney who believes that a negotiated solution best serves the parties. His mediation practice has addressed the full spectrum of family law cases. He has also mediated cases involving workplace, parent and child and consumer issues.  Scott also volunteers as a Conciliator in the Essex County Probate and Family Court and as a Conciliator and Mediator in the Salem District Court. He has been in private practice on the North Shore for over 25 years. In addition to his own mediation practice he is on the mediation panels of the Essex County Bar Association and the North Shore Community Mediation Center. He meets with MWI clients in Salem, MA.


Focus Areas

Scott has served as a mediator on a variety of family law cases since 2003 including:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Property Division
  • Medical Insurance, and
  • Paternity.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • North Shore Community Mediation Center, Inc. – Divorce Mediator, Board Member, District Court Mediator
  • Salem Bar Association – Conciliator in District Court
  • Essex County Bar Association – Conciliator in District Court and Probate Courts
  • Massachusetts Bar Association – Member
  • American Bar Association – Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – Member
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council – Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Member
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation – Member
  • The Divorce Center – Member and Speaker

Background and Education

  • Boston University – BS
  • New England Law/Boston – JD
  • Basic Mediation Training – North Shore Community Mediation Center, Inc.
  • Divorce Mediation Training – MWI
  • Parent/Child Mediation Training – North Shore Community Mediation Center, Inc.
  • Elder Mediation Training – Elder Decisions
  • Collaborative Practice Training – Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council/Suffolk University Law School
  • Conciliation Training – Essex County Bar Association
  • Limited Assistance Representation Training

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Crystal Thorpe

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Norwood, MA
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Crystal has been a mediator, trainer, and coach with MWI since 2004. She mediates divorce and family cases with MWI in Norwood, MA. In addition to her mediation practice, Crystal has trained hundreds of mediators from around the world in the growing field of Elder & Adult Family Mediation, and she provides trainings in Conflict Resolution Skills for public audiences, eldercare professionals, work groups and others. She has presented seminars and workshops for the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the Association for Conflict Resolution, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Northeast Human Resources Association, among others.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
    • All aspects (division of assets, parenting time, child support, health insurance, alimony)
  • Adult family members discussing:
    • Caregiving
    • Living arrangements
    • Family communication
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Health Care Proxies
    • Estate planning
    • Family real estate
    • Personal property distribution

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Served on the Public Awareness Working Group and the Court Systems Working Group for the Massachusetts Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution

Background and Education

  • MSW and an MBA from Boston College
  • Undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science/Psycholinguistics, magna cum laude, from Brown University.

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Mary Sheridan

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Divorce Mediator and Parenting Coordinator with MWI in Medway and Boston
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Mary has been mediating divorce and family cases with MWI since 2014. As an attorney and mediator she has extensive experience in mediating and litigating Massachusetts divorce and post-divorce issues. She is a former Probate and Family Judicial Law Clerk, served as a Guardian Ad Litem and has been appointed as a Parenting Coordinator in the Probate and Family Courts. Her practice also includes working closely with families of special needs students to help parents get the appropriate educational services for their children in the public schools. Mary is active in numerous professional and community groups. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and previously served on the board of the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN). Mary is also a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. Mary is a special education attorney and family mediator with a strong background in criminal defense and appeals. She has a proven ability to provide effective representation to families of children with special needs, mediate divorce and post-divorce family issues including child custody and financial issues.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Post-Divorce Mediation
  • Special  Needs Children
  • Child Custody Disputes
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Property Division

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts since 1999
  • Special Needs Advocacy Network Board, Member, 2011 – 2014
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), Member
  • MA Council of Family Mediators Board Member 2014 to Present
  • CCD Teacher, St. Thomas Parish, Millis, Massachusetts, 2009 – 2011
  • MA Collaborative Law Council, Collaborative Divorce Attorney, 2012 – Present
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs Parent Consultant, 2009 – 2010
  • Reading Fluency and Classroom Volunteer, Franklin Public Schools, 2006- 2011

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • When Parents Disagree: Practical Strategies for Advocates, Special Needs Advocacy Network, 2013 – Presentation
  • Parents and Teachers : How to Bridge the Communication Gap, Healthy Living Magazine South Shore Special Needs Learning Conference, April 2013

Background and Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1999
    • Honors: Moot Court Trial Team
    • Honors: Judicial Extern in the Cook County Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Court, Domestic Relations Division
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
    • B.A. – 1993
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: Theater and Art History Concentrations
    • Honors: Performed in theater productions including Julius Caesar, Noises Off, and Twelfth Night
    • Major: English

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Marcia Tannenbaum

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Westborough and Worcester
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Marcia Tannenbaum is an experienced attorney, mediator and collaborative lawyer. She serves on MWI’s Divorce and Marital Panel. Marcia maintains a solo practice at Solutions Through Mediation in Worcester County and throughout the Commonwealth. Marcia’s background and experience in education informs her work with clients and colleagues. She is passionate about helping people who are often in the throes of one of life’s greatest challenges, divorce.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Post-Divorce Mediation
  • Probate and Family Court cases
  • Complex Property Division
  • Division of Assets and Debt
  • Alimony
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Process

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Served eight years on Board of Directors for Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Wrote and edited MCFM Newsletter for four years
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
    • Served for six years on the Board of Directors
    • Chaired the Bette Winik Scholarship Fund
    • Active participant in the Worcester Practice Group
    • Member of IACP (International Association of Conflict Professionals)
  • Volunteers at the Worcester Probate and Family Court as Lawyer of the Day
  • Serves on the Mediation Panel of FSCM (Family Services of Central Massachusetts)
  • Member of the Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member of the Probate and Family Court Section and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the WCBA

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Presented a Workshop at the NE-ACR Conference in June, 2015: Marriage, Divorce and a Higher Authority: Mediating in the Shadow of the Lord
  • When Silence is Golden. MCFM Family Mediation Quarterly. Vol 14. No. 1. (Winter, 2015)
  • Trained mediators, mentored and participated in the Court Mediation Program in the Worcester Probate and Family Court
  • Oy vey! Should I have asked about the Get?
  • Presented a Workshop at the national Family Law Conference in July, 2011: Safe Space: Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment for Your Clients
  • Taught a course at the Worcester Institute for Senior Education entitled The Lawyer as Hero, the Lawyer as Lout, the Lawyer as Human. (Winter 2011-2012)
  • Trained mediators through Connecticut Mediation Training Services
  • Served as an adjunct professor of law and literature at the University of Hartford and at Nichols College

Background and Education

  • JD. University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Bar Admissions: CT, 1988. MA, 1994.
  • B.A., M.A., in English Language from Simmons College

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Jody Comins

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Framingham, MA
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Jody Comins is a divorce & family mediator in private practice in Framingham. She has been mediating with MWI since 2015. Jody is an adult child of divorce and uses her experience to create a child-centered practice at A Better Way: Divorce Mediation. Jody is a court-approved facilitator for the Parent Education courses in Massachusetts and currently teaches for the Divorce Center. She is the creator of the workshop, “Honor thy Children; Jewish Parenting through a Divorce Lens“. Her book “Speaking Out; Voices of Adult Children of Divorce” reached #1 in 3 parenting categories and is available on Amazon.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Post-Divorce Mediation
  • Probate and Family Court cases
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support and Child Support Modifications
  • Parent and Child

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM)
  • Member of Massachusetts Collaborative Law Counsel (MCLC)
  • Member of The Divorce Center
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Honored by the MetroWest Jewish Day School at the annual Gala 2015
  • Honored by the Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund, “Celebrating Jewish Women Leaders”
  • Participant in “Victims of Violence” seminar at Cambridge Hospital, 1997

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Facilitates Approved Parent Education Programs with MWI and other providers
  • Presenter at AFCC Conference, 2017
  • Facilitated workshops and group building exercises for visiting leaders from LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Development) from London, England
  • Facilitated a process group for graduate students to share best practices during their internships, Brandeis University 2007-2009
  • Facilitated Leadership and Engagement Workshops, IJE 2004-2005
  • Facilitated Professional Development Workshops, JCCGB 1998-2001
  • Facilitated group supervision for interns, JCCGB 1998-2001
  • Co-facilitated “Teens of Alcoholic Parents” group, Newton Multi-Service Center 1995
  • Facilitated Teen Empowerment group, Newton Mutit-Service Center 1995
  • Supervised Peer Listening Hotline Staff support group, Boston University 1994-1998
  • University Chaplain, Boston University 1993-1998
  • Created & implemented teen identity workshops, Tel Aviv, Israel 1991-1993
  • Presenter, Al Pi Darko conference on Teen Identity, Boston 1995

Background and Education

  • Divorce and Family Mediator, 2014-present
  • Mediator, Norfolk Probate and Family Court 2015-present
  • Divorce Mediation Training Inc, Divorce Mediation Training, 2014
  • Nahum Goldmann Fellowship for International Jewish Communal Strategizing Israel, 2009
  • Sherman Seminar for Emerging Professionals, Brandeis University, 2000
  • Boston University School of Social Work; Master of Social Work, Clinical, May 1997
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 1990

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Mary Sargent

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Mediating Divorce & Family Cases with MWI in New Hampshire
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Mary Sargent has been a mediator since 2009 and she mediates divorce and family cases with MWI throughout New Hampshire. Her 25-year background includes varied aspects of Family Support Services, including Protective Services Social Work and Guardian ad Litem cases. This background has given her unique insight into the legal institutions affecting families wrestling with disputes, and the children all too often caught in the middle. Mary brings a strong commitment to helping people resolve their own disputes, finding solutions that all parties can agree to and work with. In addition to parenting and divorce cases, Mary’s mediation experience includes neighborhood disagreements, workplace disputes, landlord/tenant conflicts, and adoption related issues.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Child Support
  • Parenting Plans
  • Post-divorce modifications & recalculations
  • Short-term marriages
  • Long-term marriages
  • Adoption
  • Probate Disputes
  • Guardianship
  • Workplace Disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Member, New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association
  • Mediator for the NH Human Rights Commission

Background and Education

  • Certified Family Mediator, 2009
  • Fitchburg State College
  • Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

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Josh Hoch

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Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston (Financial District)
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Josh Hoch is a mediator, instructor, and is Director of Mediation Services at MWI. A mediator since 1996, Josh mediates family, divorce, parenting, child support, never married parents, and housing cases. In addition to his mediation work, Josh is also a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads advanced mediation training programs in areas of divorce and housing/eviction. As Director of Mediation Services at MWI, Josh manages mediations and arbitrations in the areas of family law, consumer automotive, real estate, land use, construction, and workplace/employment. Josh also serves as MWI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) liaison. Additionally, Josh coordinates monthly workshops for parents seeking divorce and serves as a mentor to mediators looking to expand their practice to include divorce mediation. Josh is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC for seven years. Josh has been featured in the Boston Globe and on the award-winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce, and the use of divorce and family mediation in Massachusetts.

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Focus Areas

Josh Hoch has mediated over 750 cases, including:

  • Divorce Mediation – short and long term marriages
  • Never married parents – separation, parenting plans, and child support
  • Physical separation, asset & liability division, and property division
  • Same-sex divorce
  • Custody disputes
  • Parenting plans
  • Pro se and with counsel present
  • Post-Divorce
  • Adult sibling
  • Adult child(ren) and parent(s)
  • Several cases mediated with various translators
  • High conflict divorce and family cases
  • Cases involving bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and domestic violence

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Served on the Assistant Judicial Case Manger (AJCM) Transition Working Group for the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court, 2019
  • Served on the ADR Education Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Trial Court, 2019
  • Designed and currently supervise a mediation program where divorce and family mediation services are provided at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court, (September 2013 – present)
  • Received recognition for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the MA AFCC Chapter, an organization working to assist families in conflict through education, research and services
  • Served for 7 years on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Organizational Member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Appeared on the award winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce and the use of divorce and family mediation in MA
  • Featured as a mediator in a Boston Globe article
  • Served as Treasurer for an annual fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families helping to raise over $500,000

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Designed and served as a lead trainer for an Advanced Dispute Resolution Training Program for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court. (May 2019)
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, mediation program mentor and supervisor, (2013 – present)
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Instructor, (April 2005 – present)
  • Provide individual mentoring to mediators looking to increase their effectiveness as mediators, (2003 – present)
  • AFCC’s 54th Annual Conference: Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony, Conference Presenter (May 2017)
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), Housing Mediation Trainer, (February 2017)
  • International Academic Institute of Mediation, Conference Presenter, Divorce Mediation in the Courts, (September 2015)
  • Advanced Refresher Mediation Skills Training Program, Presenter, (2015 – 2016)
  • New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution Biennial Regional Conference, Presenter, “I’m a Trained Mediator, Now What do I Do?”, (June 2015)
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Presenter, On-site mediation project in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, (2014)
  • Emerson College, Guest Speaker, (2014 – 2016)
  • New England Law | Boston, Ethical Standards, Presenter, (2005 – 2013)
  • Liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Mediation Practicum, (2001 – 2011)
  • A Child’s Voice in Court: How to Get It, How to Interpret It and How to Use It, Panel Speaker, (2008)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprise Inc., Trainer. Trained over 950 employees dispute resolution and communication skills and educated over 1700 employees through briefings, (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Vermont), (2004 – 2006)
  • Harvard Law School, Intern Fair, Cambridge, MA, Presenter, (2005)
  • Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Guest Lecturer, Parent – Teen Mediation (2004)
  • Boston University Law School, Court Connected ADR, Guest Speaker, (2003 – 2008)
  • Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center, Divorce Mediation Presenter, (2003 – 2004)
  • Newton and Lexington Community Education, Presenter: Divorce Information You Want to Know, (2003 – 2005)
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Southern New England School of Law, Mediation Trainer and Coach (2001 – 2004)
  • Northeastern University, undergraduate class, Guest Speaker, (2001 – 2002)

Background and Education

  • Divorce Mediator, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Director of Mediation Services, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Divorce Mediator, CLC Inc., Granite Bay, CA, 2004 – Present
  • Court & Divorce Mediator, Cambridge, MA, 2001 – 2012
  • Boston Municipal Court Mediator, Boston, MA, 2004 – 2007
  • Mediator for Prisoner Disputes, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Cambridge, MA, 2003 – 2005
  • District Court Mediator, Middlesex Mediation Program, Lowell, MA, 2000 – 2001
  • Staff Member, Academy of Family Mediators, Jan. 2000 – Dec. 2000
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • Mediation Training, L. Wing Mediation Consulting, 1996

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Nnena Odim

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Jamaica Plain and Boston
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Nnena Odim is a mediator, trainer, attorney, and consultant. She has been mediating since 1997 and has mediated disputes involving issues such as employment, housing, business, consumer, and specializes in mediating the full range of family/domestic relations (elder care, adoption, care and protection, CHINS, divorce, grandparent visitation, and LGBTQ issues, etc.). Nnena also designed and/or led numerous conflict management trainings for several local and national businesses and agencies, including Coca Cola Enterprises, the Boston Public Schools, and the Massachusetts Housing Authority. In addition to her mediation and conflict resolution training background, Nnena is the Director and Senior Clinical Instructor of the Family/Domestic Violence Law Clinic at The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She provides experiential training to law students as she teaches them how to become effective and ethical attorneys.  Nnena has also worked with the Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation to provide trainings for students and various community members and to supervise Harvard Law School students in their mediation and negotiation studies. Nnena has mediated personal, academic, and administrative issues between students and faculty in higher education settings and served as a coach of mediation skills for trainings at MIT, Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, and New England School of Law. In 2013, Nnena was a Top Women in the Law award recipient from Mass. Lawyers Weekly. In 2015, she received the Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Excellence.


Focus Areas

  • Worked with over 100 same-sex couples in both mediation and litigation, on a variety of legal scenarios, such as 2nd parent adoptions, divorce (with and without children), paternity, business dissolution, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and donor agreements for sperm donation
  • Drafted over 100 post-mediation Settlement Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding
  • Guardian ad Litem, appointed by Suffolk and Middlesex County Family and Probate Courts

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Top Women in the Law award recipient, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Training faculty for MWI’s annual Advanced Divorce Training
  • Guest lecturer for Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools’ mediation courses

Background and Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1997)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1991)
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh (1985)

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Ben Stich

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Mediating Divorce & Family Cases with MWI in Natick and Newton
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Ben Stich is a family and divorce mediator with MWI. He mediates conflicts of all kinds, specializing in family disputes. He mediates divorce, co-parenting conflict, parent-teen disputes, marital issues, and elder decisions. Ben also helps families resolve conflicts as an instructor for the state’s only High Conflict Parent Education program at William James College.

In addition to mediating, Ben is Director of Certification for Think:Kids, a division of MGH’s Department of Psychiatry. Ben trains and coaches a wide range of individuals and organizations in the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model, an approach to understanding and working with children and teenagers with challenging behaviors. Ben is a licensed independent clinical social worker, and directed an adolescent residential treatment program for eight years, and counseled students in a local high school for over six years.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce for short-term and long-term marriages
  • Co-Parenting plans
  • Custody disputes
  • Parent-Teen Conflict
  • Marriage Problems
  • Interim separation agreements
  • Asset and liability division
  • Property division
  • High conflict divorce matters
  • Elder and estate disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation (MCFM)
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW)
  • School Adjustment Counselor License
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Collaborative Problem Solving Certification from Mass General’s Department of Psychiatry’s Think:Kids program
  • Member, AFCC

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted & Publications

  • “Better Parent” Parent Education Program, June 2016 – Present
  • Parenting Apart Instructor for the Divorce Center, 2014 – 2016
  • Communication and Conflict Blogger, 2013 – present
  • Communication Workshop for the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, 2014
  • High Conflict Divorce Mediation Training, 2013
  • Collaborative Problem Solving for:
    – Canton School District, Central Cabinet, 2011-2012
    – MENTOR Network – Therapeutic Foster Care Program, 2011
    – Massachusetts School Counselors Association – Guidance Administrators Forum, 2011
  • More Than Words, Workplace Communication Workshop, 2010
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Co-Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Residential Treatment for Adolescent Girls for:
    – National Child Welfare League of America Conference (2005)
    – MASOC Annual Conference (2005-2009)
    – Tenth National Workshop on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (2003)

Background and Education

  • M.Ed in Organizational Development, Endicott College
  • MSW, Boston College, 2001
  • BA, Trinity College, 1996

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Michele Keratsis

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Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston, MA
617-895-4028divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Michele Keratsis serves as a divorce and family law mediator on MWI’s Divorce and Family Mediation Panel. She also works with the Boston Law Collaborative as an associate and mediator. In addition to her mediation work, Michele is a licensed attorney who handles cases in Family Law. She also provides coaching to mediators-in-training during the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Family Law Mediation Training. Additionally, Michele is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), and volunteers as a conciliator in the Suffolk Probate and Family Court. Michele graduated with honors from Saint Petersburg College, and received her law degree at Florida International University of Law. Michele has experience mediating family, divorce (including high conflict), paternity, never married parents and family matters requiring sensitivity and discretion.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorces involving debilitating medical issues
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Never Married Parents
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • IVF/Fertility Issues
  • Post Adoption Contact Agreements

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), Member
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Family Law Mediation Training, Coach
  • Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project for Battered Women
  • Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteers (SERV), Conciliator
  • Boston Law Collaborative, Mediator and Family Law Attorney

Background and Education

  • B.S. Saint Petersburg College, 2009 (summa cum laude)
  • J.D. Florida International University College of Law, 2012 (cum laude)

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Patrick Morris

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Sandwich and around Cape Cod
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Patrick Morris has been involved in family law litigation and mediation since 1994. His practice at one time included bankruptcy law, but for the most part he has specialized in family matters. During his career he has represented clients in approximately 2000 divorces and other family law matters, including child support, alimony, parenting plans- everything related to family law. He learned early in his career that settling a case is preferable to taking a case to trial. It is not wise to allow a judge who knows very little about the client’s family to make decisions for the family which will seriously impact the lives of all family members. As a result of this belief he has advised countless clients to settle a case on terms which were agreeable to them as opposed to taking a case to trial. This mindset carries over to mediation. During his career it was quite common for prospective clients to ask if there was a better way to achieve a divorce. The simple answer is yes- mediation. To this end many divorces which may have otherwise been litigated have been settled in his office with mediation. He estimates he has mediated over 100 divorces during his career.


Focus Areas

  • Child support;
  • Legal and physical child custody;
  • Parenting time;
  • Alimony;
  • Tax deduction status for the children;
  • Division of assets;
  • Division of debt;
  • Health insurance issues;
  • How to handle the marital home;
  • Modification of prior court orders: child support; parenting time; alimony; college expenses, and many others;
  • Health Insurance;

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Barnstable Bar Association
  • Plymouth Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation
  • OCAC: Otis Civilian Advisory Council: a group of civilians who do volunteer work for members of the military and their families who live and work on Joint Base Cape Cod
  • Lawyer of the day: Barnstable Probate and Family Court
  • Associate member of “We Can”- a group which provides pro se legal advice to indigent women

 

Background and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree: LeMoyne College, Syracuse N.Y.  graduated 1976
  • Worked as professional sales representative in the electrical components industry from 1976-2005.  Self-employed manufacturer’s representative. Territories included upstate NY, Massachusetts, Ontario, and Quebec
  • JD: New England School of Law: night student: attended 4 years: graduated 1994- while continuing to work as manufacturer’s representative.
  • Passed bar exam on first try: sworn in January 1995. Licensed to practice in Massachusetts State Courts and Federal Bankruptcy Court.
  • Opened my practice in February of 1995; have concentrated in family law since that time.
  • Been mediating since 1996

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Sally Plone

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Mediating Divorce & Family Cases with MWI in Peabody and Watertown
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Sally Plone is a family and divorce mediator. She mediates family conflicts of all kinds with MWI, including divorce, co-parenting, and custody disputes. In addition to mediating, Sally teaches the Parenting Apart classes as well as is a parenting coach, divorce coach, and therapist in Watertown and Peabody where she has worked with children, couples and families for over 30 years. She has taught at the graduate level, and has served as director and clinical director in mental health and human services programs serving children and families since 1985. Sally is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).


Focus Areas

  • Divorce mediation
  • Marital mediation
  • Family mediation
  • Co-parenting disputes
  • Custody
  • Parenting Plans

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • MWI “Better Parent” Court Approved Parent Education Program Facilitator since 2016
  • MWI Divorce and Family Mediator since 2014
  • Private Practice in Individual, Couples & Family Therapy since 1987
  • Faculty, Master’s Program at Lesley University 2001-2007
  • Clinical Director, Residential & Family Treatment 1994-1996
  • Program Director, New England Home for Little Wanderers 1987-1994
  • Program Coordinator, Mentor Family Support Program 1985-1987

 


Background and Education

  • Basic and Advanced Divorce Mediation Training
  • Master’s Degree Lesley College, 1984
  • Post-Graduate Training in Gestalt Therapy (2 year program), 1990
  • Advanced Family Therapy Seminar, 1987

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David Belcher

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Mediating Complex Divorce & Family Business Matters with MWI in Boston
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

David Belcher is a mediator and practicing attorney with a particular interest in helping divorcing couples through what can be one of the most challenging transitions in their lives. He does not practice divorce law as an attorney, focusing instead on facilitating resolution for couples whether or not they are represented by divorce counsel themselves.  With a math and finance concentration in his undergraduate work and almost two decades of experience counseling businesses of all sizes, he is comfortable helping couples unravel even the most complex financial affairs.  Regardless of the parents’ financial situation, David appreciates well the significant impact failed relationships have on the children involved and how a successfully negotiated parenting plan is priceless.

David has an innate ability to connect with people from all walks of life, from the physicist to the stay at home caregiver to the Wall Street trader to the retiree.  He readily develops trust and enables people to be comfortable around him, even in the most stressful situations.  He is a creative yet pragmatic problem solver who cares deeply about his clients and achieving resolution.


Focus Areas

David can be most helpful with:

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Family Business Mediation
  • Complex assets and/or liabilities
  • Parenting Plans
  • Custody

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • District and Municipal Court Mediator: Dorchester, Newton, Quincy, and South Boston
  • 40-Hour Mediation Training Course
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training
  • Co-authored brief to U.S. Supreme Court
  • Founder and Managing Partner, Belcher Fitzgerald LLP (Boston and Needham)

Background and Education

  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude — Boston College Law School
    • Editor –in-chief, Uniform Commercial Code Reporter Digest
  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude — Fairfield University
    • Major in mathematics and minor in finance
    • Member, Alpha Sigma Nu and Pi Mu Epsilon

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Anthony Adamopoulos

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Mediating and Arbitrating Divorce Cases with MWI in Topsfield, MA
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Anthony began mediating divorce cases in 1990 after mediating cases in two Superior Court programs that he helped establish. His practice grew through client and attorney referrals. Resolution comes to his clients by his showing each party, and their respective counsel, that he listens and hears what they say. After listening, he asks questions to confirm interests and goals. When there are children, Anthony steers each parent’s self-image, and their image of the other parent, from “Plaintiff and Defendant,” “Wife and Husband,” soon-to-be “ex” to Mother and Father. Anthony has a high settlement rate especially in high conflict divorces. Anthony has been appointed as a Judicial Adjunct, Master, Guardian Ad Litem, and Conciliator in the Probate and Family and Superior Courts.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorce Arbitration

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court – Board of Directors & Judge Abber Counsel Assisted Negotiation Program Negotiator & Co-coordinator for Essex County
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council – Co-Founder
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation – Guest Speaker
  • Senior Partners for Justice – Member and Volunteer Attorney through Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Massachusetts Bar Association – Family Law Section and Mentor Program
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Essex Bar Association – Former Executive Board Member
  • Salem Bar Association – Member
  • The Divorce Center – Guest Speaker

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • What Mediators Should Know About Arbitration – Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Co-developer of program concept and panel member for program
  • Trainer, Negotiating Divorce Cases to Resolution |Senior Partners for Justice
  • Chair, How to Settle Family Law Cases, a Boston Bar Association Family Law Section CLE Seminar
  • Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section’s Program Entitled:  Since you Asked – a candid discussion of what judges don’t like to see or hear in presentations
  • Guest Lecturer, Arbitration and Mediation DOs and DON’Ts Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association
  • Panelist, Training Program, Essex County Superior Court Conciliator Program
  • Panelist, Seminar on ADR, Massachusetts Bar Association – Civil Litigation Section

Background and Education

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forum, Chicago, Collaborative Divorce Training
  • The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer AAML Arbitration Training Institute
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and American Arbitration Association – International Arbitration Training Course Boston, MA
  • Harvard University Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers
  • Center for Dispute Settlement, Washington, D.C. – Advanced Mediation Training
  • American Arbitration Association -Intermediate Construction Arbitration Training
  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., Law
  • Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, B.A., Political Science

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Laura Fabiano

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Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston (Financial District)
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Laura Fabiano is a divorce mediator with MWI.  She strives to make divorce a peaceful transition for the parties and minimize any stress in the process. Laura helps her clients find the best options for child custody and parenting plans and has a good understanding of how the various options can best benefit the children in the transition.

Laura has an M.Ed. in School Counseling and has worked with at-risk youth in Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Haverhill. Her work includes several years working with pregnant and parenting teens including running an alternative education program and teaching the girls  parenting and life skills. In addition, she worked with youth transitioning out of foster care whereby she taught them life skills, assisted them in pursuing jobs, housing and education, and advocated for them with various state agencies. Laura’s legal background consists of over twenty years working as a legal assistant for corporate law firms.

Laura volunteers at Girls Inc. in Lynn at a Leadership Academy for high school girls and is also a volunteer for Boston CASA as a court appointed special advocate for kids in the system.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Parents with children (young children and teenagers)
  • Short term marriages
  • Post-Divorce Mediation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate with Boston CASA, 2012 to present
  • Board Member of Victory Human Services
  • Mentor at Girls, Inc.

Background and Education

  • M.Ed. School Counseling from Salem State University
  • B.A. Economics from University of Vermont

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Kajy Vicinelli

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Co-Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston, MA
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Kajy Vicinelli a divorce and family mediator with MWI in Boston. She is also a licensed attorney and has served as a mediator in Massachusetts District and Municipal Courts since 2016. She has mediated and co-mediated numerous cases involving divorce, family law, and a variety of consumer disputes. Kajy studied mediation at the Harvard Negotiation Institute and with MWI.

Before making a shift to provide more mediation and less litigation, Kajy was a staff attorney at Lawyers for Children in New York City. There she represented children placed into foster care. She worked with social workers on every case to protect the rights of her clients in the Family Court system. Her cases included voluntary foster care placement, abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, custody, and visitation.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Family Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Shared Custody Schedules
  • Complex Parenting Plans

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Former board member of Allavida, a non-profit organization focused on international development.

Background and Education

  • Dartmouth College, 1988, BA in History modified by French
  • JD from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1993.

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