|NH||Authorized to practice law||2010||12/30/2010|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Managing Partner||Black, Vitelli & Pennock, LLC||2010 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||New England School of Law||2008 - Present|
|Associate/Partner||Burns & Levinson LLP||2001 - 2009|
|Associate||Friedman & Atherton||2001 - 2001|
|Solo Practitioner||Law Office of Barbra Ilene Black||1993 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Hampshire Bar Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Massachusetts Family and Probate Inn of Court||Member||2003 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|Boston Bar Association||Member||2001 - 2010|
|Commonwealth v. Paul Sands||Expert testimony required for HGN test|
|See all legal cases|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)||Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual||2011|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)||Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual||2008|
|Focus||Division of Inherited and Gifted Assets||2002|
|Suffolk University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Brandeis University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.||Effective Use of 3rd Party Witnesses & Modifications of Support||2012|
|MCLE seminars (various)||Divorce and Family Law||2011|
|Judge Edward Ginsburg - Family Law Class||Pre Trial Conferences in Divorce||2011|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.||How to Try a Divorce Case||2010|
|A Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings||Divorce||2008|
Posted by Linda
After many years of contemplating a divorce I finally decided to move forward. I met with one lawyer who made me feel like I lost before I even got started! I knew at that point I had to do some homework before pursuing this life altering challenge. Barbra was recommended to me so I gave it a shot as I had nothing to loose after meeting with the 1st lawyer. I scheduled an appointment to meet with her and I have to say Barbra was very accommodating working around my schedule. When I walked into her office and saw her I was a bit skeptical as she was such a petite woman and I wasn't sure if she was the timid type who would let other lawyers walk all over her! After spending about 15 minutes with Barbra I knew she was the type of lawyer I wanted to represent me. She made me feel like we had known each other for years. I gave her a brief synopsis of the outcome I was looking for when all was said and done. What impressed me the most was the fact that Barbra was honest right from the beginning. Everything was laid on the table, including her fees, and then she told me to take some time to think about what I wanted to do. Right then and there I knew she was the person I wanted as my representative. Not only was Barbra honest and sincere but she portrayed herself in a professional and confident way. That was the beginning of our journey. Barbra and I had numerous meetings to prepare for the case. She included me in ever aspect of the divorce consulting with me as to what I wanted vs what she wanted and I felt like this was definitely going to be a team Working together as one. She always offered different options in an effort to save me money if at all possible. The time came when we needed to stand before a judge for our pre-trial hearing. Once again, Barbra exhibited her professionalism while firmly getting her point across. While waiting our turn to be heard, I remember explicitly how Barbra said to me "I hate having to wait cause it is costing you money to just sit here." The outcome was better than I expected and it was all due to Barbra's kindness, caring and nurturing that gave me the confidence I needed to approach the situation head on without fearing what the outcome would be. The most important part of the teamwork was the trust and respect we had for one another which turned an unknown situation into a pleasant experience. I walked away feeling as though I had a friend by my side. Barbra has an excellent staff who were always pleasant to deal with and willing to help in anyway possible. I am so happy I trusted my instincts and chose Barbra as my attorney. I would not hesitate for one moment to recommend her to anyone in need and I thank Barbra from the bottom of my heart for being who she is not only as a lawyer but also as a friend.
Posted by anonymous
Barbra handled my divorce settlement with great results. She is a very clear communicator who took the time to explain the process, pros and cons of various approaches, and how to keep things moving along efficiently. Barbra was always upfront about fees and from the very beginning offered advice about how to get the best results without excessive costs. She struck the right balance between being compassionate and staying focused on the legal and financial aspects of achieving a good settlement. When needed, she steered me away from pursuing trivial issues based on emotions, and I appreciated her candor and common sense.
She was a great advocate and negotiator--cordial and professional when communicating with opposing counsel, but also tough when needed. After seeing her skillfully manage our first face-to-face meeting with my ex and his attorney, I was thrilled to have Barbra on my side.
Barbra helped me get an excellent settlement agreement, under difficult circumstances, in less than one year. I was divorced at the pre-trial hearing because she worked very hard to get the agreement done by that date so that I could avoid the trouble and expense of going to trial. She made sure I understood and agreed to every aspect of the settlement negotiations during the intense week before the pre-trial hearing, and we got it done. The judge complimented her (and opposing counsel) for their fine work.
I would highly recommend Barbra.
Elizabeth Crowley, Family Attorney
Barbra is a tenacious lawyer who zealously advocates for her clients. I had the pleasure of having Barbra as a colleague at Burns and Levinson for several years prior to her opening-up her own practice. Whatever the challange, Barbra is always prepared to attack it head on and secure the best possible deal for her clients. Practical and focused, Barbra is valuable resource to have in your corner.
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