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Steven R. Ballard

About me

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.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 35%
    15 years
  2. Child Custody: 30%
    15 years
  3. Family: 15%
    15 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    15 years
  5. Mediation: 10%
    3 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ann Sullivan

    Steven Ballard’s unique combination of intelligence, street smarts, compassion, and integrity make him a standout even among the best attorneys. I know that he offers his clients a very high level of services whether it be mediation, negotiation or litigation. He is an effective, wise and ferocious advocate for his clients and I have recommended to my family and friends with great confidence that he will work with them to obtain the best possible outcome whether it be through mediation or litigation.


    Ann Sullivan Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Todd Allen Davidson

    I strongly endorse Attorney Ballard. On several occasions, I have been very impressed by his great ability to handle extremely difficult cases. His extensive knowledge about family law and his compassion for his clients and their cases make him a tremendous advocate!


    Todd Davidson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Steven Ballard

354 Washington Street
Suite 323
Wellesley, MA, 02481


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SJC Pro Bono Honor Roll 2014Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts2015
Certificate, Collaborative Business LawMassachusetts Collaborative Law Council2015
Certificate, Collaborative DivorceMassachusetts Collaborative Law Council2014
Certificate, Marital MediationLaurie Israel2014
Facilitative Co-Mediation, Community MediationMediation Works Incorporated2014
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2013
Divorce Mediation Training Certificate (Rule 8)Divorce Mediation Training Associates2013
Certificate, Court-Connected Conciliator, SJC Rule 1:18Boston Bar Association2013
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2012
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2011
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2010
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2009
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2008
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2007
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2006
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal ServiceMassachusetts Justice Project2005
District Court CertificationMassachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services2005
Appointment to Criminal Justice Act PanelUnited States First Circuit Court of Appeals2002
New England Conservatory ScholarshipNew England Conservatory of Music1995
Honors GraduateUniversity of Georgia School of Law1992
Public Interest Law Initiative FellowshipPublic Interest Law Initiative (Chicago)1990
Jacoby Presidential ScholarshipColumbia University1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Divorce CenterBoard of Directors; Faculty for "Divorce Matters" Workshops2015 - Present
Divorce CenterMember2014 - Present
Massachusetts Collaborative Law CouncilMember2014 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember2013 - Present
Association for Conflict Resolution (New England chapter)Member2013 - Present
Massachusetts Council on Family MediationMember2013 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Massachusetts chapter)Attorney Member2013 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsAttorney Member2013 - Present
Senior Partners for JusticeMember2013 - Present
International Society of Family LawMember2013 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers ProjectMember2012 - Present
Massachusetts Bar Association, Access to Justice SectionMember2002 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm SectionMember2002 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2002 - Present
Massachusetts Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMember2002 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationCriminal Law Section Member2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationFamily Law Section Member2002 - Present
Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2002 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. Client, Worcester Superior CourtNo prison time, agreed disposition of probation on much lesser charge of indecent assault. Worked up the case for defendant client so that prosecution feared it would lose case at trial.
Commonwealth v. Client, Westborough District CourtNot guilty after jury trial. Brought out faulty field sobriety test administration through cross examination of arresting officer.
Commonwealth v. Client, Uxbridge District CourtNot guilty after two-day jury trial.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England Conservatory of MusicPiano PerformanceMM-Master of Music1997
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor cum laude1992
Columbia UniversityHistory-SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Divorce Center's Workshop Series (April, June, October, December), Greater Boston, MA“Divorce Matters for You” – What You Need to Know about Divorce in Massachusetts2015
New England Association for Conflict Resolution's Biennial Conference: "What's So Hard About Conflict Resolution?" Waltham, MAFlexible Court-Connected Mediation and Conciliation: Alternating Between Facilitative and Evaluative Approaches (co-presented with Kim Whelan)2015
Annual Conference, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Toronto, CanadaShared Parenting and Child Support: Formulas, Incentives and Consequences2014