Paula, named a ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION IN LAW AND PUBLIC SERVICE’ by the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, practices family law and can help families avoid crisis (mediation, negotiation, collaborative law, parenting coordination, prenuptials, postnuptials, etc) or resolve a crisis (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 and her partners share a wealth of client experience, and they collaborate on cases in whatever manner works for the family. 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 Past President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and is a founding member of the Council; she currently serves on the Advisory Committee, at the request of the President, as well as on various other MCLC committees. 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 section 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 section, Mediation Committee and on its Quality Assurance Sub-committee. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, in the District of Massachusetts and at the U.S. Supreme Court.