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Barbra Ilene Black

Divorce and separation Attorney at Woburn, MA

4.9   29 reviews

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Learn Barbra’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Attorney Black handles all types of divorce cases from simple uncontested joint petitions to complex cases involving such issues as custody, forensic and business valuation.

    29 years

  2. Child custody
    25%
    Custody is an issue involved in divorce and also in cases in which the parties have never been married, Attorney Black has extensive experience in litigating the complex and sensitive issues relating to custody disputes.

    29 years

  3. Child support
    25%
    Child support is also an issue that arises in both divorce cases and cases in which the parties have never been married. Attorney Black has substantial experience in litigating cases involving disputes over child support.

    29 years

Barbra I. Black has been practicing law for over twenty eight years and is a founding member and the managing partner of The Black Law Group, LLC. Attorney Black was a former partner at the Boston, MA law firm of Burns & Levinson, LLP, where she practiced for over eight years in the firm's Divorce and Family Law group. Prior to that, she was a solo practitioner for several years, focusing her practice in the area of domestic relations litigation.

Attorney Black concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce & family law in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Attorney Black has extensive litigation and trial experience and handles a variety of family law cases involving complex and diverse issues. Attorney Black's divorce & family law practice includes, but is not limited to, prenuptial & postnuptial agreements, joint petitions for divorce, contested divorce actions, same sex divorce actions, custody and or child support cases and modification and contempt cases. Ms. Black is a member of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bar Associations and the Massachusetts Family and Probate Inns of Court. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Brandeis University. Attorney Black has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" as published in Boston Magazine for the past several years.

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Licensed for 29 years
State NH
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 03/25/2020
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 09/19/2022

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The Black Law Group, LLC
400 TradeCenter
Suite 6890
Woburn, MA, 01801
The Black Law Group, LLC
61 Spit Brook Road
Suite 407
Nashua, NH, 03060
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by GL | May 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shrewd, considerate and sensitive.
Attorney B. Black was quick to understand the sensitive spots in my case and maneuvered around to accommodate but be firm when need be. She is quick, sharp and I felt I could trust her as a person and her judgement as an attorney.
Posted by MaryBeth | March 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Team
Barbra and her team made the divorce process tolerable. They communicated well and I felt in the loop at all times. I am glad to have found her. I would recommend this law firm for your divorce.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Tough, (in the best way) responsive, sharp legal mind, and communicative. This divorce, as it is for most people, was one of the most difficult experiences of my life. I am so grateful for Barbra's legal expertise and tenacity in advocating for me. If it weren't for the circumstances under which we met, I'd want to have her as a friend!
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Third time was the charm!
I hired Barbra in the middle of my divorce when two others did nothing to move my case forward. My second attorney insisted that only if I refinance the marital home, that was already paid off, will he be able to work on an agreement. From the very beginning Barbra explained how assets are divided, that I absolutely did not need to "refinance" the home. She was very responsive to emails and phone calls, and I always received an email copy of every single communication with the opposing counsel. Many times I wanted to give up and walk away as the stress and manipulation was so high from my ex. But Barbra was so patient and had my back through the whole process. She fought for my rights and called out on any unreasonable demands from OC. Wish I had hired her first. It would've saved me time, money and a whole lot of stress!
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Posted by Liz | February 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing team and experience
Barbra is truly an amazing person first, and also a great lawyer. I came to her during this pandemic and all our interactions were by phone and email but I never felt like my case wasn't important or that she didn't understand the situation. All replies were timely and showed great consideration for the stress of having legal issues during this time. Barbra has a great team behind her as well and since my case was originally in NH and I live in MA now , the amount of people on her team able to practice to in both states was great. I would recommend this team to anyone and everyone should they need legal representation in family court. I am only sorry I did not get to meet these amazing people in person and shake their hands. I cannot emphasize enough how much it means to have a strong and understanding lawyer through stressful situations! Priceless.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't be more satisfied
Having never gone through a divorce before, I had no idea what to expect. Barbra gave me the education I needed and turned a very emotional and stressful life changing event into something tolerable. I always felt comfortable calling her for even the smallest detail and she was very responsive and managed to calm me down at the same time. She was tough and persistent and left no stone unturned and always protected my interests as if they were her own. Barbra gave me the confidence I needed to stand up for what I wanted and to go after it. My divorce was somewhat complex, no children but many properties in different states, a business and many investment accounts were involved. The outcome of my divorce was very fair and Barbra managed to get me the settlement I wanted. Choosing the right attorney makes all the difference in the world and I would absolutely recommend Barbra if you are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney. I feel very fortunate to have found her. Now that my divorce is over, I think I will actually miss her.......well, maybe not!!
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Posted by Mark | June 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Black Law Group
I hired Barbra to represent me in a contempt case. I was very nervous about it based on my previous experiences in court. She assured me that I had a good case and that there wouldn't be any problems. She did win the settlement and it happened exactly as she told me it would. Barbra was very professional. She was always on time for appointments and would make them on short notice if need be. She was also flexible in that we met most of the time over the phone. She was very reassuring through the entire process and very tenacious when dealing with the opposing attorney which definitely drove to a speedy and positive outcome. Apart from her law knowledge and skills, I felt I was treated very fairly and respectful from her and the entire office staff. Barbra was very generous with her time. So often I felt like I was being overcharged by previous attorneys with no result to show. I didn't get that impression at all from Barbra. In fact, it seemed she spent more time on the case than I was charged. It was satisfying knowing that I was not being nickeled and dimed to death. My only regret is that I didn't know of Barbra and hire her for my divorce. I highly recommend her and would hire Barbra again if need be.
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Posted by Laura | March 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Barbra Black
I will be forever grateful to Barbra Black. She was recently hired to resolve a highly contentious divorce. I highly recommend her and urge anyone looking for a divorce attorney to choose her as your first choice. It will be worth every penny spent. She settled the case when another attorney could not. She made sure that the case progressed in a timely manner and I felt I could call her at any time throughout the process. She and her team are responsive, professional and walked me through my case step-by-step. She was able to work well with my ex husband's attorney to solve the case when another attorney I hired failed. Thanks to Barbra's guidance and expertise I enjoy living in my home today. Thank you Barbra for your hard work! It is appreciated.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Solid Representation
Barbra Black represented me throughout a 19 month long divorce process. Barbra responded to each and every question or concern I had along the way within 24hrs ..... even while she was on vacation. Barbra provided sound advice and I felt she paid particular attention to my many areas of concern and anxiety. There were more than a few “twists and turns” along the path, and Barbra managed them all with calm and informed confidence.....and also succeeded in comforting me personally when I was at my wits end. Barbra accompanied me to court and was fiercely determined to assure my best interests were her only priority. Although this is a process I hope to never encounter again .... I would reach out to Barbra without hesitation for her experienced, prudent, and kind representation
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Posted by Heather | September 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Black Law Group
I hired The Black Law Group after spending a considerable amount of time and money with another lawyer that I had hired to handle my divorce. I was not happy and decided to switch lawyers about halfway through my case. I could not be happier that I did. The difference was night and day. I worked primarily with Barbara and Ivanna and I found both to be responsive, knowledgeable and professional at all times. I found them to be a perfect combination of behind the scenes prepared and also sharp and court room ready when necessary. You will not regret hiring the Black Law Group. My only regret is that I did not retain them initially.
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Posted by Jonathan | August 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
exceptional, top notch. My only regret is that I did not find out about the Black law group sooner. From Barbra on down Sara and Samantha are a pleasure to call with questions and or concerns. Up front and honest a rare find these days. would strongly recommend this practice
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
After 3 months of working with a big Boston divorce attorney and several trips to court and thousands of dollars later, my old Boston divorce attorney DIDN'T get me anywhere but thrown out of the marital home. I knew it was time to find a new divorce lawyer. Someone who was going to be in control and fight for me. Luckily, I was referred to Attorney Black by an attorney I worked with. During this very difficult time in my life, I knew attorney black was finally going to handle my contested case properly and I knew I was in good hands. Her strategy was absolutely rock solid. Thank you for your dedication, patience and all the hard work you did during this emotional rollercoasterride. AR
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Posted by Gregg | August 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got me through this nightmare
Thank goodness that I found Attorney Black. She was/is tough, persistent, patient, thorough and smart. Most importantly for me, she was extremely responsive - readily available by email and/or phone call to clarify legal issues and strategy questions. I appreciated her straightforward advice. What does the law say? And what are the factors that the judge will likely consider? If you are getting divorced, you will find that for the earning party, Mass law is a mechanism purposefully built to attach your earnings and confiscate your assets. Barbra stood up for me and adroitly defended me against the ringing chorus of voices (including my first attorney) demanding that I "just pay her". Barbra did not just defend my assets and earnings but went above and beyond to preserve my sanity.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
the best out there
Barbra and Erin represented me as a team. They were so very upfront and honest with me. What a team, they handled continual aggressive tactics from my ex-wife's attorney with ease. I could not be even a bit more satisfied with their fees. This firm is spot on for anyone looking for the very best representation. These are kind ladies who can fight like pitbulls when the other side gets out of line. Thank you again Barbra and Erin !
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, intelligent, and compassionate attorney
I hired Barbra to help with a visitation modification. My case was not an easy one and my ex was not willing to negotiate at all. Barbra never left me in the dark about what was going on and always advised me on the most cost effective means to achieve the desired results. Barbra and her entire legal team worked very hard to get me a better than expected settlement. I will forever be thankful to Barbra and her team for getting me a fair settlement which allows me to be in my son's life again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Barbra did a fantastic job fighting what I would consider to be a total B/S law suit, my ex wife and her attorney tried suing me for well over a 100K for a child that had been emancipated for several years. Barbra was incredible at the discovery process and was able to dig up the truth in a case that was filled with lies and false allegations, She was tough as nails but also very professional. Obviously my emotions were high as there was a lot at stake and she was able to keep me calm and focused on what mattered, she also encouraged me to try to do as much of the information gathering as possible to keep the costs down. She brought up ideas on how to attack this case that was going to cost me more money but in the end would eventually prove to be the very thing that caused us to win. Although it was not cheap you get what you pay for and she was well worth the cost. As with any attorney you pay for e-mails, calls and everything else but she was real good about handing less important stuff of to the staff in her office in an effort to keep costs from soaring. I would highly recommend Barbra, if your going to be in a dog fight you better bring a pit bull and that's exactly what she was, my ex and her attorney got destroyed in court and Barbra was able to show the judge exactly what this case was about greed and fraud. Although it took almost a year she was truly amazing and I am so grateful I hired her to be my attorney.
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Posted by Bob | June 16, 2015
Barbara was extremely helpful in handling my divorce
I switched to Barbara in the middle of my divorce because I was unsatisfied with my first lawyer. It was like night and day. Barbara listened to me, she understood what my objectives were in the divorce. She was very knowledgeable and went over my options in different situations and asked me how I wanted to proceed. I always felt that Barbara put 100% effort and fought hard for me. She also had another lawyer in the firm work on my case and I saw the same effort and knowledge. Her office was very responsive, when I emailed most of the time I received an email back within minutes. When I called their office, they answered their phone and were available. In the end I was able to come to an agreement and avoided going to trial. I was extremely happy with the way Barbara handles the case.
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Posted by Michelle | August 12, 2014
Barbra Black is a great lawyer
Barbra was an advocate for me throughout my divorce. She was always one step ahead of the process. Her knowledge, skills and abilities were very beneficial to me. I would highly recommend Barbra as a great lawyer.
Posted by Beth | August 2, 2014
Divorce lawyer
Barbra Black represented me in a divorce. We had attempted mediation which was unsuccessful followed by us both hiring lawyers. My first lawyer was not responsive or trustworthy. I found Barbra through a employee assistance program at work. Barbra immediately took charge. She was extremely prompt, knowledgable, and responsive. I felt like she took control and took the lead. She also made sure I understood the process and kept me informed. Barbra was sensitive to time and costs. She gave some responsibilities to her staff to keep my costs down but never delegated work or decision making needing her attention. I have since referred Barbra to a friend who is also satisfied with Barbra's approach. I would highly recommend Barbra Black as a divorce lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2014
Very responsive and straight-forward
Attorney Black handled my difficult contested divorce. She kept me focused on the larger picture in the process which can be very daunting. She got me a fair settlement. I would highly recommend Attorney Black.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Black Law Group, 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
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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Brandeis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Paul Sands
  • Expert testimony required for HGN test

Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Family and Probate Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Focus
  • Division of Inherited and Gifted Assets
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • MCLE seminars (various)
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • 2018
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Effective Use of 3rd Party Witnesses & Modifications of Support
  • 2012
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (17)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barbra is an exceptional lawyer. She is smart and practical, never losing sight of her clients' goals. Most of all, she is a kind, decent person who fights hard, but fair. I endorse her without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barbra Black is a strong and compassionate advocate for her clients. She has the skills needed to take a case to trial and also knows when a case needs to be settled. Barbra is an extremely hard worker and dedicates herself to each and every client. Barbra is an effective listener and strives to understand the needs and desires of her clients. She is a true professional."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked with Barbra Black for several years. She is, by a country mile, one of the best family lawyers I have ever known. Any client should be consider themselves very lucky to have her as their representative."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Attorney Black for any case involving Family Law. She is smart, aggressive and compassionate and always does a fantastic job for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Barbra Black is a very good attorney. She provided comprehensive representation for an opposing party in a case that I had with her. She is intelligent, practical and does not create unnecessary drama in cases."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Black was my Family Law Professor at New England School of Law. Attorney Black left me with a wealth of information and interest in regards to family law. Attorney Black's passion for family law influenced me greatly and let to the opening of my own family law practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Family member
"Attorney Black is highly knowledgeable and effective criminal defense attorney. I do not hesitate referring clients to her in areas of criminal defense I am not familiar with."
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Woburn Divorce and separation Lawyer Barbra Ilene Black
Barbra Ilene Black
Divorce and separation Attorney
Woburn, MA
Licensed for 29 years