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Carla's business and commercial law background provides an important component to her work as a family law practitioner.  By combining her respect for the importance of families with an understanding of how businesses function, Carla concentrates a large part of her practice representing business owners or their spouses as they work through the challenges of divorce or other family matters.  

With litigation available as a last resort, she works to resolve the majority of her cases through collaborative law, mediation, or just plain face-to-face negotiation, always focusing on direct, client based case strategies designed to meet her client's goals.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 80%
  2. Business: 20%


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Cash, Check, Credit card

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1500 Main Street
Suite 1600
Springfield, MA, 01103


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Family LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Springfield MA, Family Law "Lawyer of the Year"Best Lawyers in America2015
Recipient for Family LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Super Lawyer - Family LawMassachusetts Super Lawyers2014
Recipient for Family LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Super Lawyer - Family LawMassachusetts Super Lawyers2013
Best Law Firms - Family LawUS News & World Report2012
Karen Yahara Volunteer Service AwardBirthday Wishes2011
Peer Review Rating Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRobinson Donovan, P.C.1998 - Present
Adjunct Faculty - Family LawElms College1985 - 1992
AttorneyHendel, Collins & Newton, P.C.1983 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Providence MinistriesTrustee2015 - Present
Service League FoundationTrustee2005 - Present
Bay Path College Advisory BoardMember2003 - 2009
Eastern States ExpositionTrustee1995 - Present
Sisters of Providence Health SystemsBoard Member1993 - 2013
Holyoke Housing AuthorityMember1990 - 1994
Women's Partnership Springfield Chamber of CommercePresident1988 - 1989
City Solicitor, Holyoke, MAN/A1988 - 1989
Massachusetts Counsel of Collaborative AttorneysN/AN/A
The International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsN/AN/A
Hampden County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawBankingLL.M1990
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Lesley CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cutting Edge Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law PracticeCo-Chair2015
Hampden County Estate Planning Council MeetingIntersection of Family and Probate Law2011
Sophisticated Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law PracticeSophisticated Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law Practice2010
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Family Law2010
Hampden County Bar Association "How To" SeriesHow To Do A Separation Agreement2010
MCLE Alimony Summit 2009The seminar addressed several aspects of alimony2009
Center for Financial StudiesLecturer and Panelist1992
National Business InstituteLecturer and Panelist1990
Pioneer Valley Consumer Credit Counseling ServiceLecturer and Panelist1985