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Bernadette Stark

Bernadette Stark

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Landlord & Tenant, Child Custody, Immigration, Child Support, Alimony

About Me

Bernadette Stark was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and received her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY) in 1998.  She received her Juris Doctor degree, with a
concentration in Public Interest Law, from Cornell Law
School in 2001.  Attorney Stark is admitted to practice law in both Massachusetts and New York, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.


 


Prior to starting her own practice, Attorney Stark was a
Staff Attorney at Western MA Legal Services, where she represented low-income
survivors of domestic violence in domestic relations disputes and immigration
matters for 6 years. Attorney Stark is a member of the Immigration Working
Group of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute’s Family Law Task Force.  She was recognized for her work in 2007 and
was awarded the Sarah Betsy Fuller Social Justice Award. She was also honored
in 2008 as a “Woman of Justice” by Massachusetts’
Lawyers Weekly, an award given to individuals who have made meaningful and
inspiring contributions in the fields of social justice and advocacy.


 


Attorney Stark also works with the Student
Legal Services Office at the University of Massachusetts as a Senior Staff Attorney and represents
students before trial, appellate, and administrative tribunals across the
Commonwealth. She works primarily in the areas of Immigration, Landlord/Tenant
Law and Family Law.


 


Attorney Stark also participates in a wide range of pro bono activities.  She participates in the Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer project, as well as the Senior Partners for Justice Lawyer for the Day program.  She is a panel attorney for Safe Passage, a local domestic violence shelter and also accepts pro bono cases.


 


When she is not working, volunteering or attending continuing legal education courses, Bernadette is home caring for her two wonderful boys.  She is also the Commissioner of the Mary Vazquez Women's Softball League in Northampton, MA, and encourages women of all abilities to engage in this wonderful sport.


 


Attorney Stark helps clients with cases pending primarily (but not exclusively) in Hampshire County, Hampden County and Franklin County Massachusetts which
includes the following Cities and Towns:


 


Hampshire:


Amherst
Belchertown
Chesterfield
Cummington
Easthampton
Goshen
Granby
Hadley
Hatfield
Huntington
Middlefield
Northampton
Pelham
Plainfield
South Hadley
Southampton
Ware
Westhampton
Williamsburg
Worthington


 


Hampden:


Agawam
Blandford
Brimfield
Chester
Chicopee
East Longmeadow
Granville
Hampden
Holland
Holyoke
Longmeadow
Ludlow
Monson
Montgomery
Palmer
Russell
Southwick
Springfield
Tolland
Wales
West Springfield
Westfield
Wilbraham


 


Franklin:


Ashfield
Bernardston
Buckland
Charlemont
Colrain
Conway
Deerfield
Erving
Gill
Greenfield
Hawley
Heath
Leverett
Leyden
Monroe
Montague
New Salem
Northfield
Orange
Rowe
Shelburne
Shutesbury
Sunderland
Warwick
Wendell
Whately


 

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    13 years
  2. Child Custody: 15%
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 15%
    8 years
  4. Alimony: 10%
  5. Other: 20%
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Payment

Fees:

Contingent (30-35%), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes), Pro Bono (10%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • James F Gregory

    Atty. Bernadette Stark provides quality and concerned representation to her clients.

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    James Gregory Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kelly Neubauer Griffin

    I endorse this lawyer's work.

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    Kelly Griffin Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bernadette Stark, Attorney At Law

60 Masonic Street.
Suite E
Northampton, MA, 01060

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200204/17/2015
NYCurrently registered 200203/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
"TRT Hero of the Month - July, 2011"The Rainbow Times2011
2010 Gideon's Trumpet AwardSenior Partners for Justice2010
Diversity Hero AwardMassachusetts Lawyers' Weekly2008
Woman of Justice AwardMassachusetts Lawyers' Weekly; Women's Bar Association2008
Sarah Betsy Fuller Social Justice AwardCornell Law School2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerDinsmore Stark, Attorneys At Law2010 - Present
Owner, AttorneyBernadette Stark, Attorney At Law2008 - 2010
Senior Staff AttorneyStudent Legal Services Office, University of Massachusetts2008 - 2010
Staff AttorneyWestern Massachusetts Legal Services2002 - 2008
AttorneyGoulston & Storrs, P.C.2001 - 2002

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Supreme Court of the United StatesAdmitted2010 - Present
United States District Court for the District of MassachusettsAdmitted2009 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationDial-A-Lawyer Volunteer Attorney2008 - Present
Senior Partners for Justice, Volunteer Lawyers ProjectVolunteer Attorney2008 - Present
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic AttorneysMember2008 - Present
Franklin County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Hampden County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Hampshire County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Safe PassageClerk, Board of Directors2004 - 2006
Franklin Community Action Corporation (now known as "Community Action!")Member, Board of Directors2002 - 2004

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jane Doe v. John SmithAlimony Award After Divorced For 10 Years.
Jane Smith v. James SmithMarine Pension Protected in Long-Distance Divorce

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Student Rights AdvocateEmotional Distress Damages in Landlord-Tenant Cases2008
The Daily CollegianUnraveling the Truth to Security Deposit Law2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
State University of New York, BinghamtonEnglish Literature and PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude1998

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
LGBT Life Over the Past 25 Years: Law – A Panel DiscussionLegal Issues and Challenges Faced by Same-Sex Couples in the Areas of Marriage, Adoption and Immigration2010
Guest Lecturer, Sexuality and Society Class, University of Massachusetts, AmherstThe Defense of Marriage Act and Goodridge v. Department of Public Health: Legal Challenges Faced by Same-Sex Couples in Massachusetts and the U.S.2010
Legal Issues Forum for International StudentsImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2009
Consumer Law for the ElderlyConcumer Protection Claims (Ch. 93A) in Landlord/Tenant Cases2009
Investigative Research: Using Court Documents & Other Publicly Available InformationUse of Public Records in Domestic Relations Proceedings2007
Violence Against Women Act TrainingViolence Against Women Act and Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence2006
New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, New Staff and Volunteer TrainingLegal Issues For Victims of Domestic Violence2006
Family Law Task Force MeetingThe Use of Summary Judgment Motions in Modification Proceedings (Domestic Relations)2004