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Laurel Anne Barraco

Divorce and separation Attorney at Westborough, MA

4.8   22 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 12 years
    Connecticut - CT 10 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Laurel

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I HANDLE EVERY CLIENT'S CASE AS IF THEY WERE A MEMBER OF MY FAMILY.

Business people and other savvy clients looking for efficient and effective representation count on Senior Attorney Laurel Barraco to roll up her sleeves and get the job done, especially when it comes to complex divorce cases.

Attorney Barraco views divorce as the ultimate business deal, requiring intensive research and preparation, as well as skillful advocacy, to ensure the best possible result.

She has earned a reputation as a masterful negotiator, often able to settle cases without going through the time and expense of a trial. But she also is a passionate and fierce litigator, ready to tackle opposing counsel in front of any judge, at any time.

Her straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to resolving cases makes her the choice of business owners and other high-net-worth individuals who want to make sure their interests are protected throughout the entire divorce process. She will fight to ensure that any alimony or spousal support is fairly apportioned, based on facts  not emotion.

Attorney Barraco is also the attorney more parents turn to in cases of parental alienation, when the other spouse is trying to sabotage his or her relationship with the children. She values the importance of the parent-child bond and will aggressively fight to ensure that no mother or father is denied that relationship – especially in cases in which a parent has relocated.

Anyone seeking a business-like solution to divorce – one based on fact and not emotion – would be well-served to call Attorney Barraco for efficient and effective representation.

Laurel Barraco is a graduate of the New England School of Law and Northeastern University. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Location

Callahan Barraco, P.C.

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant attorney
I went through a difficult divorce and Attorney Barraco helped me navigate this painful process every step of the way. She is a consummate professional and knows divorce laws inside and out. She always thinks 2 steps ahead of the opposition and fights for your rights. Thank you attorney Barraco.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2020
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Anonymous
Attorney Barraco is a true professional. From the moment we first spoke, she put me at ease, with her calm and professional demeanor. Having never met before we discussed my needs and within a few days we met for the first time. When we met she was kind, welcoming, and to the point. I enjoyed her ability to weed through the nonsense and get down to business. Throughout the process she was just a phone call or email away. She returns messages in any form very quickly and with great tact. While Attorney Barraco represented me her knowledge of the law and preparation for the case came to light throughout the process. I had full confidence from day one and she did not disappoint at the conclusion. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking for representation.
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Posted by Arthur | March 17, 2020
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Couldn't have done it without her
My case started in 2017 and mostly just ended in my mind yesterday. Laurel was there every step of the way. Not only that, I had the entire firm assisting me whenever it was needed. This was a very ugly case. We went up against multiple lawyers. With many issues that needed to be tackled. She kept her cool, while I being emotionally attached needed her guidance to not let it get the best of me. Not that I will ever consider marrying again, although she told me to never say never. (She tells me she has divorced multiple people, multiple times) I will do my best to never make this mistake again. What I know from this hell that I went thru, is I would never have come thru it as well as I did without her knowledge and support of her team of well educated people. So if you are going through a divorce I would highly recommend using Laurel as your lawyer. She will stand by you from beginning to end! Thank you Laurel for your support and guidance. Goog or bad, I will always remember our days in court together.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2020
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Power House
I met with Attorney Barraco and quickly felt at ease. She is compassionate, confident, knowledgeable, and patient. Throughout my case she quickly returned my calls and e-mails and created a feeling of security; in a time where you are feeling anything but. She walked me through each part of my case. I felt prepared and confident because she took the time to listen and understand. I would highly recommend Attorney Barraco!
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Posted by Vanessa | November 13, 2019
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Divorce and custody
Attorney Barraco has been fantastic. Switched to her firm from another attorney who did not address my concerns regarding custody. My first meeting with her I was impressed within minutes regarding her professionalism, knowledge and genuine concern for my case. She has made moving though this difficult process easy. She understood custody was of utmost importance and was upfront and honest regarding the direction we should take. She worked with me as her client and partner in my case. Appreciate her prompt communication via email, phone or text. Support staff also great. Highly recommend Attorney Barraco.
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Posted by Emilia | September 16, 2019
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Divorce
Attorney Barraco and Attorney Callahan are fantastic. They have helped me get through the most difficult period of my life. My divorce took almost two years and required, among other things, a Guardian Ad Litem investigation to help determine the custody of the children. When a final agreement was eventually reached, it was primarily thanks to the hard work and determination of Attorney Barraco, who has worked diligently to make sure all concerns got addressed during the proceedings, while also allowing me to remain fully involved and (with her skillful guidance) to make the decisions on what I wanted out of my settlement, and what would work best for me and my children. Laurel has spent many, many hours helping me understand the intricacies of the process, such as details of the GAL investigation, and answering my countless questions. We had frequent contact in person, via phone, email and text messaging. Laurel was always meticulous with her review of any documents, and timely with her responses. I never felt I had to wait an unreasonable amount of time for her to get back to me, which hugely eased the anxiety I was feeling about my highly contested custody case. Even at the time when things were prolonged and confusing, when I had questions outside of typical business hours, or if any sudden developments occurred, Laurel was easily reachable and would get back to me quickly and help me navigate the unexpected in a calm, rational manner. Words cannot express how supported I felt, especially having previously worked with an attorney who was very unresponsive and, at times, condescending. Throughout the course of the divorce Laurel and her amazing paralegal Megan, stayed on top of each individual concern (and there were many) and made sure everything was always followed up on and resolved. Laurel has done a fantastic job organizing my notes into coherent documents, helping me understand how the process worked, and explaining the outcomes I could likely expect. Her advice was always spot on, even when she had to gently guide me to adjust my approach or expectations. Attorney Dave Callahan, who represented me alongside Attorney Barraco, has also helped me tremendously. He, like Laurel, took a lot of time to answer entire lists of questions I would bring with me to appointments. He participated in strategy meetings and frequently collaborated with Attorney Barraco to combine their expertise for most beneficial results. Laurel and Dave are a strong, experienced team; while working with them I knew I was in good hands, and felt confident that they would successfully guide me over to the other side, which (of course) they did. I would recommend both Attorney Barraco and Attorney Callahan to anyone, they are not just excellent lawyers, but most importantly great people who truly care about the wellbeing of their clients.
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Posted by Brian | September 5, 2019
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Highly Recommend!
I came to Laurel after previously hiring another attorney for my child custody case. I was looking for an attorney that would put the time in to win my case. Since our first meeting she went above and beyond always making sure I was aware at the different outcomes for different scenarios along with how best to approach each situation. She is extremely knowledgeable, detailed, respected by other attorneys and very responsive to her clients. She is calm but assertive in the court room, always prepared and never distracted by other cases she had that day. She was right by my side, supportive and calming with her approach. I would highly recommend her for any Child Custody case as she will own it and come up with creative ideas to help reach your goals.
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Posted by Sarah | May 8, 2019
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Smart, efficient and get's the job done!
I highly recommend Attorney Barraco to help with any legal issues involving divorce. I hired Laurel when our mediation broke down. Attorney Barraco was able to salvage what we had worked hard on up to that point and helped to find some middle ground when we were stuck. Attorney Barraco is highly intelligent, efficient, resourceful, kind, sympathetic, and detail-oriented. I had full confidence in Attorney Barraco the minute I spoke with her during a consultation and the entire time I retained her as my attorney. She gave me the confidence and peace of mind that I needed through the last stage of my divorce. She made the entire process quick and painless. Divorce is highly emotional and she helped to guide me through this sad and devastating time by speaking for me, and by helping me think through the last details. Thanks to Attorney Barraco we were able to finish the divorce quickly. I have been extremely impressed and completely pleased with the result Attorney Barraco achieved. Don't hesitate to call her with any family law issues. She will have your back and produce the best possible outcome for you.
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Posted by Zachary | December 29, 2018
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Best Support, Guidance, and Counsel
After an extensive search to find the perfect lawyer for my case, I found attorneys Laurel Barraco and David Callahan. I met Laurel Barraco in one of the darkest points of my life and she dragged me into the light. I found myself blindsided and in a contested custody case. The best quality about this attorney is her strategy. Attorney Barraco took the time to listen. After listening to what I wanted she laid out several strategies and ways to accomplish it. Always taking the time to explain everything to me as many times until I felt comfortable. Laurel Barraco is a attorney that will not stop fighting for you! There were circumstances, I needed answers to difficult questions in a tight time-frame. Laurel was there for me, day, night, weekend or holiday; always prompt and immediate to answer a text, email, or a phone call. A attorney that takes to time to know you as person and genuinely cares. I highly recommend Attorney Barraco 10/10. Will continue to retain Laurel Barraco in the future because custody and support issues truly never end. This is a lawyer you need in your corner.
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Posted by Tenney | November 9, 2018
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Supportive, Dedicated, Amazing!
Laurel is without a doubt the best attorney I could have asked for. My case was challenging to say the least and Laurel was with me every step of the way. I truly felt how invested she was in my case and that she wanted the best outcome. Even with all the fear and unknown surrounding any divorce, Laurel made me feel secure in my case and comfortable with each decision we made. The outcome was everything I hoped it would be and that was all because of Laurel and her team. I feel lucky to call her my lawyer and will continue to work with her and her team in the future!
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Posted by Branko | October 25, 2018
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I highly recommend Laurel Barraco as an attorney.
“After searching for and interviewing multiple attorneys, I was extremely lucky to find Laurel A. Barraco, Esq. I believe that I had a fairly complicated case with many intricacies and she was able to guide me and advise me each step of the way and do the necessary research on items that were out of the norm. Laurel was able to collect all the relevant facts through well thought out questions in interrogatories and depositions and skillfully organized these facts for the actual trial day. Ultimately I was awarded the decision in a very difficult case for this I am very grateful to Laurel for her service and I recommend her without reservation.”
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Posted by Jerry | March 19, 2018
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Amazing attorney
Laurel and her partner Dave represent me in two separate custody cases. All I can say is that they are fricken geniuses and phenomenal attorneys! They are always available for me and walk me through every step of this long and daunting process. I tend to worry about things at times when I have absolutely nothing to worry about. They are fantastic at calming me down and making my worries go away enabling me to enjoy my life with my 2 boys. They are hands down the best! You can search for months but you won’t find any other better attorneys out there.
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Posted by Casey | September 13, 2016
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Attorney Barraco & Callahan Are Life Savers!!!!!
My son visited this summer from The United Kingdom, where he lived with my Ex-Wife (who had physical custody). During the visit, my son expressed that he felt in danger of going back because he was witness to my Ex-Wife and her new British citizen boyfriend fighting constantly. I immediately contacted David Callahan and Laurel Barraco because I heard they were no doubt "the best." Their calm but calculating personalities immediately put at me at ease because I was so frightened of my son being in the middle of that mess in a foreign country and having absolutely no recourse if something were to happen. What made my case even more complicated was that our original divorce decree and custody had been decided in the Hawaiian Court System. They let me know right up from once they had all the facts how much hiring them would cost and I have to say, not only was the cost very reasonable but they were totally transparent as well. They used their wealth of experience and absolute knowledge of the law and the court system to strategize a plan. Within just 3 short weeks, Attorney's Callahan and Barraco won my case. I went from being absolutely petrified thinking about my son being in this horrible living situation in a foreign country, to legal and physical custody (overriding the previous Hawaiian Court System Decree). My son is now a happy productive member of a local 7th Grade class and he and I both have the dedication to duty, knowledge of the law, and calming personal demeanors of Attorney's Callahan and Barraco to thank for it.
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Posted by Rachel | August 30, 2016
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Laurel
Laurel did a great job during my 8 month divorce process. She was always quick to respond to my emails/phone calls. She helped me me focused when emotions were running high. Laurel is truly dedicated to her clients and gives 110%. I would absolutely recommend her as a divorce lawyer.
Posted by Divorced Father | April 21, 2016
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Eases The Confusing Divorce/Legal Process!
The difficult situation I find myself in has only been made worse by an extremely difficult ex. Laurel has kept me focused on the details that matter in my case and not the nonsense that tends to come with it. Emotions have the ability to run high yet she has kept me grounded. Laurel has stood up for me when it seemed like no one else could. She was strong in court and gave me the confidence that helped me through this difficult time. I never felt like I was bothering her and she always had the time for me when I needed her advice. Unfortunately I will likely need legal representation down the road but I am happy to say it will remain as Attorney Barraco and her team. She is a great lawyer to have in your corner.
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Posted by Jenny P. | April 20, 2016
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Many thanks
Excellent attorneys. Both Attorney Callahan and Attorney Barraco helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. They were there whenever I needed them, even if it was after hours or on a weekend. I truly appreciate their guidance and refusal to back down to my ex and his attorney.
Posted by Michelle | April 20, 2016
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Great attorney
I want to thank Laurel for everything she did! I wasn't entirel sure what to expect when hiring an attorney, but I felt comfortable immediately after meeting Laurel. She's incredibly knowledgable and articulate, and supportive throughout the entire process. I'm so grateful to have had her in my corner - thanks Laurel!
Posted by Katie | April 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Laurel has been such a tremendous help. She fought hard for me and my family during a difficult situation, and helped us get the results we were looking for. If you're looking for someone who really cares about your case, and works hard to support you and your family, I highly recommend Laurel.
Posted by Mike | May 3, 2015
child custody
One of the first things that Laurel told me during our first meeting was that she "works" for me as the client, and she did just that! I was very nervous about entering into the legal process of establishing my paternal rights with my son but Laurel eased my fears and made me comfortable right off the bat. She spoke to me as an equal, very friendly and not looking down on me from a high horse, as my previous experience with other lawyers had shown me. As she explained how the process goes, I began to feel more confident about my situation. She was extremely poised when negotiating with the opposing party involved. I was very pleased with the outcome and I am very grateful for all the hard work that Laurel put in helping me with a custody battle that is an extremely stressful situation to go through.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2013
Divorce case support
Laurel and her team were excellent to work with. I found them to be fair, knowledgeable, compassionate, and responsive. My divorce case was particularly intense, and financially complex. I was able to build relationships with lawyers having specific expertise in the subject matter at hand. I found all three lawyers I worked with to be equally professional, and just simply good people to work with. They supported me through what could have been a disaster, to a very good resolution.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Callahan, Barraco, Inman & Bonzagni, P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Pollack Law Group, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Kathleen Ann Foley, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Litigation Associate
  • Law Office of Mitchel Garabedian, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Judicial Extern
  • Superior Court Of Massachusetts
  • 2011 - 2011
  • 3:03 Certified Student Attorney
  • Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
  • 2010 - 2010
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Northeastern University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Father vs. Mother
  • Child remained in the Commonwealth

Associations

  • Boston Bar Association Council
  • 2008 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in the Law Award - Up & Coming Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Seminar 2016
  • Divorce
  • 2016
  • Divorce Seminar
  • Divorce
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (20)
Endorse Laurel
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Barraco is a dedicated and professional lawyer."
Child support Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is well respected by her peers."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Barraco is a true professional at her craft, she is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of her practice. The thing that sets Attorney Barraco apart from others is that she truly cares about her clients and will take that extra steps to achieve great results. I strongly endorse this lawyer. You are in good hands with her!"
Unknown Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laurel Barraco is an excellent attorney. She gives each of her clients individual attention and works hard to get the best result for them. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laurel is an outstanding attorney who always puts her clients first. Her attention to detail and creative approach to the practice are admirable and any client would be lucky to have her on their side."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Every day, Laurel brings tremendous energy and passion to her work for each client. She is fearless, always willing stand up for her clients where others would probably stand down (I have personally witnessed this on many occassions!); yet she is also practical, seeking fair resolutions for clients as quickly and amicably possible."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Barraco is a hard working, dedicated attorney who works tirelessly for her clients' best interests."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Barraco's enthusiasm and knowledge of the law helps her to be the zealous advocate whom her clients rely on in Court."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse Attorney Barraco for her passionate divorce work. I have known Laurel for about 5 years, dating back to our first year in law school. She is a hardworking lawyer that is truly committed to what she does. I would not hesitate to recommend Laurel to anyone in need of representation in a divorce matter."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Baracco makes the client's goals her first priority. When it comes to a complex divorce case, Attorney Baracco's focus is immeasurable. She is a fighter in the courtroom and an exceptional writer. Her written and oral arguments are crafted with knowledge, precision and expertise. Whether a divorce is simple or complex, Attorney Barraco will bring knowledge, skill and professionalism to the table."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laurel is a rising star on high conflict child custody cases. I worked together with her on a matter where she was able to get a father custody of his children."
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Westborough Divorce and separation Lawyer Laurel Anne Barraco
Laurel Anne Barraco
Divorce and separation Attorney
Westborough, MA
Licensed for 12 years
Virtual consultation available