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Katherine J. Bierwas

Licensing Attorney at Pittsfield, MA

4.3   11 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Katherine J Bierwas

Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 13 years
    New Jersey - NJ 21 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Katherine

Learn Katherine’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Licensing
    50%
    Marijuana and Cannabis business start-up, licensing, and compliance in MA and NJ. Cannabis Control Commission and Cannabis Regulatory Commission licensing applications and compliance.

  2. Family
    35%
    Family law includes laws of marriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody and kidnapping. If you need help with a family-related legal issue, a family law attorney can advise in family disputes as well as represent you in lawsuits.

    22 years

  3. Child abuse
    15%
    If a child has been the victim of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, a child abuse lawyer can help you figure out the right child custody, visitation, or guardianship to protect the child. If you are accused of child abuse, a child abuse lawyer can also determine the best strategy to defend against the charges or clear your name.

EXPERIENCED. COMPASSIONATE. KNOWLEDGEABLE. CALL TODAY SO WE CAN HELP YOU!

Experienced Attorney, with a demonstrated history of excellence in the practice of law, the leadership of teams, and the financial success of organizations. Strong legal professional skilled in cannabis regulations and compliance, legislative policy for children and families, litigation, negotiation, mediation, multi-disciplinary cooperation, and child welfare.

Before pursuing a law degree, garnered significant contract and business experience through entrepreneurial and professional positions, including Management Consultant, Director of Operations, Non-Profit Director, and Human Resources/Accounting Administrator.

Location

Law Offices of Katherine J Bierwas
152 North Street, Suite 340
Pittsfield, MA, 01201

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Amanda | June 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Katherine and her team are wonderful!
Katherine and her team are wonderful to work with and she is an amazing lawyer. We just finalized our adoption and couldn’t be happier. Thank you, Katherine!
Posted by Scot | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Massachusetts Cannabis Business Application
Katherine has been wonderful and thorough throughout the process. Application submitted and Provisional Licenses granted. Thank you Katherine!
Posted by David | May 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look No Further
After looking for legal representation specializing in Real estate and Family law I found Katherine Bierwas she was excellent and helped me tremendously. i was extremely satisfied with Katherine's performance inside and outside the courtroom!
Posted by Karin | August 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Katherine and her firm tirelessly advocated for myself and my children. She is extremely knowledgeable and was always available when I needed her. I would recommend her to anyone seeking expert legal representation.
Posted by Danny | July 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice
I was having trouble with filling out divorce forms and I needed advice/ guidance. Katherine told me everything that I needed to know. She laid out all the steps that is needed for the divorce. I feel relieved knowing i had her back me up.
Posted by Kathy | May 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
I reached out to Katherine's practice for an urgent divorce agreement matter. She and her staff were excellent in managing this situation in a very short time frame and took the time to review and gather necessary documents to advise me how to proceed. Katherine is a compassionate and caring lawyer who took time to listen, understand the situation, and counsel me. She is a busy attorney and her staff Derek and Cheryl expertly coordinated communications, documents, and meetings. If you are looking for a lawyer in the Berkshire county area, I highly recommend Katherine.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you need a great lawyer, hire Katherine Bierwas
From the 1st time I called and set up an appointment for a free consultation threw out the entire process of negotiation and finalizing of my divorce, I was treated with compassion, respect, and professionalism. She was available to meet when I needed her and spent a lot of time answering my questions, giving great advice, and helping me stay positive and focused on the steps that needed to be taken. I feel that the fee schedule is reasonable and the service I received was superior. I will always recommend her law practice to anyone needing legal services. Absolutely no regrets.
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Posted by Matthew | May 18, 2014
The best most personal lawyer you could have!
My wife and I were referred too Katherine by a friend who had used her for adoptions in the past. When we first talked to Katherine I was looking to adopt my wife's son from a previous relationship. From the begging of the process to the final court hearing Katherine was in contact with us all the time and she new all the laws and the proper steps and what she didn't know she found out. In the end we got the adoption and now we consider Katherine part of our family for all that she did.
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Posted by Esther | April 26, 2014
She is a 9.5 in my eyes.
Katherine is a wonderful individual who really cares for her clients. I feel like she is handling all my needs in the most responsible way. I also like the quick response to all my questions etc. either from her or her paralegal (who is also, excellent and very efficient). She has expertise in both criminal and divorce law and is doing super work in both for me. I would recommend her to anyone. And her over all score is way to low. She is at least 9.5!
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Posted by Eugene | March 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible experience
I hired Katherine to help me with a dispute with my ex-wife. She seemed really enthusiastic during our consultation but didn’t seem to fight my side very well at all, and encouraged me to take a position that the judge didn’t like. At one point an email was sent to me by accident where her an another person who I did not know made jokes about why I may not want to produce my bank statements. To make matters worse I paid her the retainer of a couple thousand dollars, then over a YEAR after the case is over I receive a bill for around $500! I wish I could send bills to people randomly years after I worked for them and demand payment. This experience has been exhausting!
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Response from Katherine Bierwas April 16, 2021
My professional obligations do not allow me to respond as I would wish. Please contact me at my office to discuss.
Posted by Abbie | January 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce draft
I went to Katherine with a divorce draft already written that need some changes made. Her communication was so bad that I started taking notes on how long it took her to respond to my emails and phone calls. The average was about two weeks. She changed an appointment time with me only a few hours before the scheduled time due to a personal issue and when I arrived she told me it was a hair appointment. After 8 months I was frustrated and feeling like I was fighting my own lawyer. She finally wrote a draft and it was so bad I could even show it to my ex. The other lawyers I took it to said it was a joke and no judge would accept it. I warn anyone looking for a divorce lawyer never never hire Katherine! She took advantage of me and did a terrible job! Took my whole retainer just to edit a draft document. She is an embarrassment to her profession.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy Attorney General
  • NJ Office of the Attorney General
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • NJ Essex County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • NJ Judiciary
  • 2002 - 2003

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DYFS v. J.G., In the Matter of T.G. and K.G. (Minors)
  • Supreme Court Docket No. 69,970

Associations

  • Berkshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Emerging Cannabiniods: Unique Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • 2022
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Cannabis Regulators and the Long Haul
  • 2022
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Tri-State Licensing and the Next Biggest Market
  • 2022
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • KYC Affirmative Due Diligence for Lawyers
  • 2022
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Moot Court: Sisley vs US Drug Enforcement Administration
  • 2022
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Annual Summary of Precedential Rulings and Litigation Trends
  • 2022
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Federal Policy: The Elephant in the Room
  • 2022
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • International Drug Law: The Birth of Maverick Nations
  • 2022
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Marijuana Business Law in 2021- Speaker
  • 2021
  • Sociology Honor Society Annual Keynote Speaker
  • Sociology in Life
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Katherine
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Very fair to work with on contentious matters."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Friend
"Katherine and I went to law school together and were involved in the moot court program together. Katherine was a dynamic litigator even before she began practicing law! Since those early days, Katherine's knowledge, litigation savvy and experience have increased exponentially and her professionalism is unparalleled. I highly recommend Katherine Bierwas to anyone seeking legal representation."
Bankruptcy and debt
Bankruptcy and debt
Pittsfield Licensing Lawyer Katherine J. Bierwas
Katherine J. Bierwas
Licensing Attorney
Pittsfield, MA
Licensed for 21 years
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