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Laura J. Cervizzi

Divorce and separation Attorney at North Reading, MA

4.3   10 reviews

also known as Cervizzi & Associates, Laura J. Cervizzi, P.C.

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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Laura

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Laura founded Cervizzi & Associates in 2002 and has been recognized as a distinguished family law practitioner concentrating in domestic relations litigation in Massachusetts. She has more than 29 years of experience in practice and began her career in litigation as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. In 1992, Laura joined White, Inker and Aronson, a prestigious Boston law firm historically notable for its contribution to the development of modern divorce and family law in Massachusetts. In alignment with her creative and innovative method of practice, Laura established a family law firm with offices in North Reading, Boston and Beverly in recognition of the need for quality, affordable and flexible legal services in a boutique setting. Laura has successfully represented clients in a broad range of family law issues, including divorce, custody, support, parental rights, complex property division, modification and contempt actions. In 2010, she was awarded the Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished Attorney Award and was recently recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as a 2011 VIP Professional Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the legal profession.

Location

Laura J. Cervizzi
350 Park Street
Park Place, Ste. 201 & 203
North Reading, MA, 01864
Laura J. Cervizzi
75 State Street
1st FL.
Boston, MA, 02109
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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by Steve | October 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired a lawyer, I got an entire law firm.
I walked in to Cervizzi and Associates law firm in 2013, a single Father having just lost custody of my daughter unjustly after 8 1/2 years. I brought the firm the most highly contested, confrontational case perhaps in the history of Middlesex Probate and Family Court, six bulging file folders and this was only a paternity case. Most of the time when hiring an attorney, you will get an attorney that will file motions, submit pleadings on your behalf and do the best they can to serve your best interest. This was not my experience with Cervizzi law. After reviewing my extensive case, Attorney Cervizzi sat me down and told me that she felt a clear injustice had been perpetrated upon my daughter and myself. She vowed to me on that day that she would do everything in her power to right the wrongs of the court and correct the injustice that had occurred against my daughter and myself. Her entire team sat down and painstakingly devised a long term strategy to do so as they knew this would be no easy task. Demanding my faith and cooperation, the entire law firm worked on my behalf to implement this plan meticulously and methodically. They welcomed my input and insight. I wasn't just a client, I was a part of their team, something I had never experienced prior to enlisting their services from any of my many previous attorneys. Throughout this very emotional and difficult process, they were not only there for me to handle the legal aspects of my case but were always there for me to help me deal with the emotional roller coaster I had to endure. They were extremely frugal with my monetary costs and I can say with absolute certainty, I got the most bang for my buck humanly possible. You see this was not "just another case" for Cervizzi law. My daughter and I were human beings. Human beings that were hurting and in desperate need of help. I felt the entire practice was invested in us both professionally and emotionally. Our own personal Crusaders on a mission to do what was right and just. Whenever the time came to walk into that courtroom repeatedly, they were never afraid to ruffle some feathers. I can honestly say that not once did they "go along to get along" which happens far too frequently. They willfully put their own reputations on the line in front of countless judges to rightfully advocate for me and my family and that is extremely rare in such a contested case. They were fearless and that was exactly what was needed to turn my case around. On June 13th 2016, the most important person in the world was returned to me after she endured a horrific experience out of my care and custody. Now 12 years old, I wake up everyday to the most beautiful, glowing and happy little girl you could ever imagine. Wrongs were set right, justice prevailed and an entire family's lives were made whole again. I honestly believe that no other law firm would have, or could have won this case except Cervizzi and Associates. I am forever connected to and indebted to Laura Cervizzi and her team. I am still so emotionally overwhelmed by my experience, I have yet to been able to walk into the Cervizzi offices to humbly give my thanks and appreciation to them as I'm sure I would break down. I hope to do so soon. As I'm sure you could guess, I ringingly endorse and recommend Cervizzi and Associates to take care of any and all of your legal needs. As a matter of fact, I think you would be doing yourself a disservice not to. Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
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Posted by Mike T. | March 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Fights for what is right
Laura Cervizzi is an excellent, passionate, and personable lawyer. She has a passion for what is right. I did not have Laura as my divorce lawyer (I wish I did). I am a man who found himself facing off against family court and trying to right the wrong that was the custody part of my previous divorce. Prior to meeting Laura, I met with 4 lawyers and each told me that I would not win in the Massachusetts Family Court. Finally I met Laura Cervizzi. She took on my case and we were able to rescue my son from a terrible situation. Meet with her and you will find a person who will fight for you.
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great law firm
I initially called Cervizzi and associates for a consolation in an emergency situation involving custody. They were very responsive. I got them on the phone the same day. They were helpful with education about my rights, and gave me possible scenarios/ plans. After hearing good things from other clients and the great consultation, I hired attorney Walsh and she helped guide me through a grueling 2.5 year custody battle. The firm is a well oiled machine with great billing, paralegals and secretaries while still being personal and taking the time to get to know me and my situation. They worked with me on finances and were available for regular communication during the more intensive and stressful parts of my case. I have not met attorney Cervizzi herself but Attorney Walsh is down to earth, realistic, compassionate and always well prepared. I have now worked with this firm through a very long custody case involving a GAL as well as multiple contempt hearings and a restraining order. I highly recommend them.
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Posted by Tracey | April 4, 2022
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Tracey
Laura was always so professional but always made me comfortable. She is down to earth when I needed to talk things out, and so honest when I needed to know about the big world I hadn't really been out in for a long, long time. I admired Laura's knowledge of the law and her strength to take on what ever she had too. I always knew she was fighting for me. It was a privilege for me to have worked with both Laura Cervizzi and Chelsea Strauss. They truly made me a better person.
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Posted by James F | March 10, 2022
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Cervizzi and associates care and are with you as a client every step of the way .
Having never before needing an attorney Cervizzi and associates came highly recommended and they did not disappoint. From the first call they listened and were patient as they guided me through the process.Cervizzi and associates returned every call and e mail promptly. Cervizzi and associates care and are with you every step of the way.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2021
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Professionalism, Kindness and Empathy
Attorney Cervizzi made me feel comfortable from the minute we met. She approached my situation with incredible understanding and empathy and worked tirelessly with her amazing team to make sure my questions were answered and our goals were met. I did not have any legal experience but learned so much every step of the way and never felt like I was left in the dark. I would recommend them anytime!
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Posted by J | February 4, 2021
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Divorce
My experience with this office was a great one! I came in pretty intimidated and emotional about the process. Divorce is difficult no matter how you approach it but my attorney along with everyone in the office provided the legal and emotional support I so desperately needed. I would highly recommend Cervizzi and Associates
Posted by Remy | November 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb & Highly Recommended
My experience with Cervizzi & Assoc. has been phenomenal. I had the privilege of having Attorneys Nicole and Cara work on my case. In addition to navigating me through my painful divorce, they were faced with the daunting task of disentangling the legal nightmare created by my former counsel. Not an easy feat! They got my case back on track & kept me centered & focused during the process. Always available, reachable & accessible, providing me with stellar advisement & insight. Their dedication & support was unwavering & always had my family’s welfare at the forefront. They are consummate professionals; well seasoned, fierce & positively brilliant. They have been my lifeline & I will remain eternally grateful!
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Posted by Laura | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Changed lawyers after 8 weeks. Thank god.
8 weeks, 10,000 dollars and 2 court appearances with poor results. This firm is extremely concerned with how much you have and how much they can bill you. Several months now with new lawyer and very happy and have not hit $10,000, still!!! Do your homework.
Response from Laura Cervizzi April 28, 2016
The attorneys here at Cervizzi & Associates take great pride in customer service and being available to our clients, even after business hours, as we understand that client’s lives do not operate within the purview of business hours. This client was no exception. From appearances at the Court to file and obtain documentation as soon as possible, to quick responses and the proper documents filed in an emergency situation, the attorneys worked with this client closely, continuously , responded timely, and moved forward accordingly. In some instances, it is necessary to perform a great deal of work in a short time, especially at the beginning of a case, to set the framework for the remainder of the case. In this instance, a great deal of work was required to be performed with the authorization of the client, in an expeditious and careful manner, which is what the sensitive nature of the circumstances required. While the attorneys here at Cervizzi & Associates cannot guarantee specific results, we stand behind the results obtained and the steps taken in order to zealously represent a client. Those involved in this client’s case worked as a team to keep costs down, including not charging the client for the appearance of an attorney at a hearing, so that the client could receive the best service possible. Further, in several instances, the client was not charged for work performed and/or costs incurred. While we understand that the nature of these family law cases tends to elicit extreme emotion due to the circumstances each and every client is going through, we strive to ensure that each client is provided the attention they deserve, and provided with a careful and comprehensive legal analysis so that they are able to make the best decision moving forward without emotion driving their decisions. We are shocked to have received this review and are unsure about what prompted it, especially considering that this client has referred at least three others to the firm, as well as paid her bill voluntarily and in full.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible Experience
I wish I had read the blistering negative reviews on Yelp and Google Maps about this law firm before I hired them. This is how it went: On September 17, 2019, I deposited $7500 in my retainer account. On September 27, 2019 I deposited $20,000 in my retainer account. Just 13 business days later on October 15, 2019, I received a voicemail from Samantha Nestor in billing requesting another $20,000 be added to my retainer account. On October 16, I received a follow up e-mail from Ms. Nestor stating “ you have a credit balance of $1,477.52. However, Attorney Cervizzi is requesting an additional $20,000.00 to CONTINUE with representation. My retainer was depleted $18,522.48 in just 13 business days (Columbus Day your office was closed). This all happened BEFORE a pre-trial conference. I can only imagine how much my divorce would have cost if I did not FIRE this firm. NEED I SAY MORE…
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Response from Laura Cervizzi December 15, 2021
Every client matter has a different set of circumstances, and a different way in which they fit into the law. No two matters are the same. As is explained to the client at the beginning of the process with our office, there are several stages to a case (we provide our clients with a matter addendum, to remind them of each stage). Depending on the conduct of the players involved, and if the client is privy to the financial circumstances, sometimes a client's matter necessitates a great deal of work to be done in a short amount of time, in order to protect the client's interests and ensure the client has the documents and information needed to move forward with properly preparing for the next hearing. Additionally, depending on the hourly rate of the attorney working on the matter (more experienced attorneys have a higher hourly rate) and the amount of work done, a replenishment of the retainer may be necessary. We strive to ensure that our clients are well informed form the very beginning of the process, which is why each client has the opportunity to ask any questions of an attorney at our office when reviewing the fee agreement. Through each stage of the process, our goal is to ensure that the client is able to appear before the Court, confidently stating that they believe an agreement is fair and reasonable and ensure that the client has the information necessary in their matter to back up that statement. Our fee agreements are frame-worked to ensure that legal fees can be contained as much as possible and the client can make the cognitive choice whether they would like to proceed to the trial stage with the firm or take another path. The attorneys at Cervizzi and Associates advocate zealously for each and every client, which often may require a great deal of work. The client is involved in the process each step of the way and the work is done in conjunction with their authorization. We urge clients to discuss concerns that they may have with our office, so that we can ensure they are educated on the process and what may be needed presently and in the future.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cervizzi & Associates
  • 2002 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • White, Inker, Aronson, PC
  • 1992 - 2000
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Middlesex District Attorney Office, Mass.
  • 1989 - 1991

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Merrimack College
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • 1983

Associations

  • Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts
  • Board of Directors
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
  • N/A
  • Boston Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Women's Bar Association
  • N/A
  • MBA Mentoring Circle Coordinator
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Rating 5 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Customer Service Satisfaction
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Attorney Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • VIP Woman of the Year
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2014
  • Woman of the Year
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2011
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law for Paralegals
  • Training Paralegals
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (9)
Endorse Laura
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura keeps her attention on the big picture, the well being of the family structure when the dust settles, while providing honest advise and exceptional talent throughout the process. She balances heartfulness and toughness extremely well."

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North Reading Divorce and separation Lawyer Laura J. Cervizzi
Laura J. Cervizzi
Divorce and separation Attorney
North Reading, MA
Licensed for 34 years
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