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In 1994, I founded Amherst Mediation Services. My decision to offer mediation as an alternative to the traditional litigation system stemmed from my years of experience in the Probate and Family Court and in particular my concern that in many ways the court system was not the most efficient and best equipped system for handling family crisis such as divorce. Mediation offers participants more control over their own destiny and works to increase rather than discourage communication. Mediation is also far cheaper and often far quicker than traditional litigation. However, mediation is not appropriate in every situation. I continue to provide my clients with legal services. In my capacity as an attorney I provide services which are professional, courteous and sensitive to my clients' financial needs, emotional needs and family situation.

In my ongoing effort to provide my clients with the widest range possible of solutions that meets their needs, in 2004 began offering collaborative law as yet another alternative approach to resolving divorces and other domestic relations issues. In the collaborative law model, I represent my clients just as I would in the traditional litigation approach. The primary difference however is that both lawyers and both clients sign a contract that the matter will be handled without resorting to the courts to resolve disputes. If a client decides to utilize the courts during the divorce process, both attorneys must withdraw and both clients need to retain new attorneys.

I now focus my practice almost exclusivley on helping clients through mediation.  I offer services througout Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, Berkshire and Worcester counties including such towns as Amherst. Northampton. Springfield, Pittsfield and Worcester.


Languages spoken: Hebrew, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 50%
    22 years
  2. Unspecified: 10%
  3. Divorce: 10%
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    19 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Contact info

Law and Mediation Office of Oran E. Kaufman

417 West Stret
Suite 110
Amherst, MA, 01002-3818

Amherst Mediation Services

417 West Street
Suite 110
Amherst, MA, 01002

Greenfield, MA, 01002



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Best Lawyers in America- MediationBest Lawyers in America2014
John A. Fiske Award for ExcellenceMassachusetts Council on Family Mediation2014
Advanced PractitionerAcademy of Professional Family Mediators2013
Best laywers in America- MediationBest Laywers in America2013
Best lawyer- MediationBest Lawyer In America2011
Best Lawyer- MediationBest Lawyer In America2010
Best Lawyer- MediationBest Lawyers in America2009
Community Service AwardMassachusetts Bar Association2009
Advanced PractitionerAssociation for Conflict Resolution2005
CertificationMassachusetts Council on Family Mediation1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw and Mediation Office of Oran E. Kaufman2004 - Present
Associate/PartnerBurres, Fidnick, Booth and Kaufman1989 - 2004
ClerkMassachusetts Superior Court1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsCertification2013 - Present
Best lawyer- MediationN/A2009 - Present
Hampshire County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMemberN/A
Massachusetts Council on Family MediationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Collaborative Law CouncilMemberN/A
Parents and Children in TransitionClerkN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Washington UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Academy of Professional Mediators Annual ConferenceMediation Marketing2015
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Divorce Mediation2014
Divorce mediation Training 2011Divorce Mediation Training2011
MCLE Family Mediation Training- MCLEDivorce Mediation2010
Divorce Mediation Training- TMTCDivorce Mediation Training2010
Amherst Chamber of Commerce Brown Bag SeriesConflict Resolution Training2010
Family Law Mediation TrainingMediation2009
Family Law Mediation Training- MCLEMediation Training2008
Divorce Mediation TrainingDivorce mediation2008
Annual Conference“Alzheimer's: Dispute Resolution Options When Family Disputes Arise2008
Divorce Mediation TrainingDivorce Mediation2006
Annual ConferenceAlzheimer's: Dispute Resolution Options When Family Disputes Arise2006
American Bar AssociationUsing Parenting Coordinators to Resolve High Conflict Family Cases2004
Annual ConferenceOn What Level are We Mediating2000
Continuing EducationThe Joy of Conflict1998
Annual ConferenceSuperglue or Velcro: How to Get Unstuck During Mediation1998
Continuing Legal Education WorkshopUpdating Your Boilerplate1996
Continuing EducationPractical Skills Workshop: Divorce Demystified1996
Annual ConferenceDrafting Separation Agreements: Can You be Neutral1996
PanelistFamily Law Motion Practice1995