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Justin Lee Kelsey

Divorce and separation Attorney at Southborough, MA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Includes work on Collaborative Divorce, Paternity, Modification, Child Support, Custody and Contempt cases.

    20 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Mediation
    Includes work on Divorce, Paternity, Modification, Child Support and Custody Mediations.

    15 years, 500 cases

Justin L. Kelsey has been a practicing attorney since 2004.  He is the owner of Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C., in Southborough, Massachusetts. Justin concentrates his practice on Collaborative Divorce and divorce mediation.

Justin graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S. 2001) and Boston University School of Law (J.D. 2004).  Justin was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 2004 and is also a member of the Bar of the Federal District Court for Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Justin is a Past President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, President of the Massachusetts COuncil on Family Mediation and Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Council.    

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Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C.
9 Main Street
Southborough, MA, 01772

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Posted by Richard | February 12, 2014
An Intelligent and Patient Approach
Justin Kelsey and his office handled my divorce between 2011 and 2014. Due to the circumstances the divorce was a lengthy process. Throughout that process Justin remained level headed and thoughtful. By refraining from any overly emotional responses the communication remained level-headed and rational. Justin is a well studied and informed lawyer that has an acute sense of details. I'm very grateful for his hard work and intelligent approach. I'd recommend his practice in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Mary Ann | October 7, 2013
Pragmatic, confident representation
I hired Justin Kelsey to facilitate a support modification. In addition to his unquestionable understanding of the law, it is his pragmatism and clear thinking that is so impressive. Justin diligently managed the negotiations; kept us out of Court; and in the end enable a result that was satisfying to all, but most importantly protective of our kids. I would not hesitate to retain him again.
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Posted by Clare | December 13, 2011
I am a current very satified client.
Justin Kelsey has represented me for my divorce since 2005 and is currently still providing legal assistance. He is very responsive, knowledgeable and most importantly has my best interest in mind. He is fair and always explains both sides of the situation which has been extremely helpful in my very contentious arrangement. I can sincerely say he has never steered me wrong. Justin was co-counsel for me during the two day divorce trial - yes I am one of very small percent that actually had a trial. While I do not recommend a trial - there was no option for me with my particular situation. Justin provided a very keen financial perspective and his attention to detail was a huge asset which was reflected in the judgement. I cannot say enough positive things about Justin. I would higly recommend him and have.
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Posted by Julie | November 21, 2011
Excellent Lawyer!
I used Justin Kelsey for my recent divorce. He did a great job at explaining the whole process, my choices, and possible consequences for those choices. During the entire process he was very in tune with my needs, empathetic, and really did a great job at making the process go as fast as possible. During negotiations his style was great and achieved the goals we had discussed with the least amount of friction possible. Perfect!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2011
Family Lawyer
I recently used Attorney Justin Kelsey for a family court matter. From the initial free consultation on through the courtroom interactions, he was practical, straight and efficient. Attorney Kelsey knew the law, and knew what would and wouldn’t fly in the courtroom. It is easy to let emotions run high in these sorts of matters; Attorney Kelsey always had my best interests in mind, and kept me grounded and focused on my desired results. I have no hesitation in recommending Attorney Kelsey.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate / Of Counsel
  • Stevenson & Lynch, P.C.
  • 2004 - Present


  • Boston University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2004
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Bachelors
  • 2001
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Bachelors
  • 2001


  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Steering Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2018
  • The Divorce Center
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • First Justices' Award for Pro Bono Publico Excellence
  • South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • MCFM Member's Meeting
  • Mediation Issues for Unmarried Parents
  • 2014
  • Family Law Brown Bag CLE
  • The Initial Divorce Filing: Complaint v. Joint Petition
  • 2014
  • Affinity Bar Leadership Institute Series
  • Marketing & Event Planning
  • 2014
  • 2014 MCLC Advanced Training Interdisciplinary Forum Workshop
  • A Case Study on Building a New Team
  • 2014
  • Spreading the Collaborative Message with Social Media
  • Social Media Engagement
  • 2013
  • CLE
  • 10 Tips for New Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Changes to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines for Mediators
  • Child Support Guidelines
  • 2013
  • MCFM Professional Development Workshop
  • Alimony Reform: Where Does Child Support End and Alimony Begin?
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (16)
Endorse Justin
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is an excellent collaborative attorney and mediator who is very skilled at resolving family conflicts outside of court."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is a very thoughtful and competent attorney. I'd highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Attorney Kelsey for a few years now and know that he is practical, knowledgeable, and a demonstrated leader in family law mediation and litigation. There are a number of family law practitioners who owe Attorney Kelsey a debt of gratitude for the family law related tools & calculators he has generously provided on his website and through his application released on Apple's iOS. It is my pleasure to endorse attorney Kelsey without any reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very bright, well spoken, reasonable, and dedicated to his craft and the profession."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Justin as an attorney. He is knowledgeable and highly skilled, and I would be confident referring clients and matters to him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Those of us in the family law ADR arena are very fortunate to count Justin among our ranks. He is a thought leader who works tirelessly to share his experience and insights about mediation and collaborative practice. I look forward to seeing how his contributions will help transform Massachusetts family law — both private practice and the courts — in coming years."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is an honest, reasonable and competent lawyer. He has shared his knowledge of technology with his fellow lawyers and his time with groups dedicated to better ways to move through a divorce. I endorse Justin Lee Kelsey."
Mediation Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I referred a client to Justin for mediation and he was able to resolve in a few hours what had become a intractable divorce litigation. He brings skills, compassion, and common sense to the process; without hesitation, I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Justin is a Collaborative attorney who has brought integrity and empathy into each settlement conference which we have had together. His exceptional ability to organize, plan and work cooperatively with collaborative counsel creates an environment in which clients can really hear and understand each other in a way which promotes settlement. In the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with Justin on two divorce cases which have been resolved in a fair and amicable manner."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Justin and I had worked on the opposite sides of a divorce case which settled amicably. We remained in contact. I found Justin to be a zealous and solution focused advocate. In the mediation realm, his reasonable and realistic approach to settlement puts the parties at ease and tends to bridge any gaps of contention."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Clients represented by Attorney Kelsey should feel comfortable knowing that their attorney is at the forefront of the field of family law in Massachusetts, and will intelligently advocate for their interests. He has demonstrated the ability to excel in complex litigation matters as well as to deftly handle collaborative cases and mediations. His blog, Scaling the Summit, and mobile device applications serve as valuable resources to some of the most seasoned family law practitioners, and is a frequent speaker at divorce- and custody-related seminars."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Kelsey with confidence. He is very knowledgeable in his areas of law and is compassionate towards his clients. I have no doubts referring people to him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I am very impressed with his writing, particularly with his blog in the areas of divorce and family law and bankruptcy."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Justin Kelsey was an associate at our firm from his admission to the Bar in December 2004 until July 2008 when he left to start his own firm. During that time, I supervised him and watched his professional development with great satisfaction. Integrity, diligence and superior command of the law were the hallmarks of Justin’s service to his clients during his tenure at Stevenson & Lynch, P.C. I witnessed the way his clients uniformly responded to his attentive approach to their cases and take strength and confidence from his unflappable presence in the courtroom. His faithfulness to his clients’ cases was consistently met by their great confidence in his legal judgments. Justin has also become a decided asset to the bench and bar of the Probate & Family Court. His development of the Stevenson-Kelsey Spousal Support Calculator has contributed to his emergence as an authority in domestic relations law. I am proud to call Justin my friend and give him my unreserved recommendation."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have met Attorney Kelsey a number of times over the last few months. Prior to that, I have been a fan of his firm's blog on family law and bankruptcy. I am especially interested in law firm management and client relations, and am impressed with the innovative ways that Justin is reaching out to clients through the use of social media and the web. Justin and I shared many of the same thoughts on helping clients through divorce and other family law issues. I can understand how his relaxed demeanor will help put clients at ease when undergoing stressful situations. Justin and I are both divorce lawyers and mediators, but I would refer people to his firm in the future, whether for a family law issue or bankruptcy and feel very comfortable doing so."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Prior to starting Kelsey & Trask, Attorney Kelsey was an attorney at Stevenson & Lynch. I took Attorney Kelsey's full-time spot at Stevenson & Lynch when he and Attorney Trask started their practice, and then worked with him on numerous matters as he transitioned his workload to his new firm. I am uniquely qualified to speak to Attorney Kesley's abilities, given that so many of my own cases were shaped by his earlier involvement. His abilities are, in a word, excellent. Virtually every client I have encountered at Stevenson & Lynch has raved about Justin's professionalism, temperament and clear judgment as an attorney. And in case after case, I observed that Attorney Kelsey's work placed the client's family law and/or bankruptcy case on solid footing, built on a bedrock of fundamentally sound legal work that, in turn, provided the groundwork for positive legal and real world outcomes. I would endorse Attorney Kelsey without hesitation for any client considering Kelsey & Trask."
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Southborough Divorce and separation Lawyer Justin Lee Kelsey
Justin Lee Kelsey
Divorce and separation Attorney
Southborough, MA
Licensed for 19 years

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