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Kathleen P. Ryder

Alimony Attorney at Westford, MA

4.2   5 reviews

About Kathleen

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Kathleen P. Ryder is the managing Attorney at the practice of Ryder and Phelps, P.C. A graduate of Suffolk University followed by Suffolk Law School in 2001.

Attorney Ryder is an experienced trial attorney with over 15 years in and out of the courtroom. Attorney Ryder has concentrated her practice on the litigation of complex divorce, domestic relations, child custody, prenuptial and postnuptial contracts in all trial courts of the Commonwealth including the Probate and Family Court, Superior Court and District Court.

In addition to handling complicated divorce litigation, Attorney Ryder has been appointed by numerous judges as guardian ad litem, parenting coordinator, and discovery master.

Attorney Ryder is an MCLE Rule 8 certified mediator with over a decade of experience. Attorney Ryder ‘s alternate dispute resolutions skills are well respected by the Probate and Family Courts and she is often appointed by Judges and attorneys alike to mediate and conciliate complex matters.

Attorney Ryder has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the Massachusetts and New England’s Super Lawyer/Boston Magazine for 2019 and 2020.

She is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, 2001 and in the U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2016 and has practiced in most counties within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Licensed for 20 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 03/17/2023

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Ryder & Phelps, P.C.
4 Lan Drive, Suite 110
Westford, MA, 01886


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Posted by Erin | March 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family attorney
I have been working with attorney Ryder for a long time. She has helped me get my family back! She is someone you want next to you in court. She is respected by all courts attorneys and judges. She is very knowledgeable and will fight for you.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Conciliation attorney
Att Ryder handled conciliation for our family law / child support case. She was very knowledgeable, professional and supportive to all parties. Thanks to her, the case is resolved and saved us from going to trial...Highly recommend !
Posted by Jessica | August 24, 2013
Highly Recommend
Excellent overall experience. Mrs. Ryder was extremely knowledgeable and every response was prompt. She made the whole legal process as easy as possible. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2011
Real deal when it comes to child advocacy and advocating for her client
A tremendous child advocate!!! It was obvious that she commands a lot of respect in the legal community and that she is very honest and sincere. She was very attentive to my needs and a real inspiration to me as a lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Bad Communicator
My experience as a client of Attorney Kathy Ryder was very negative. I found her to have poor communication skills, to be always late for court hearings and frequently not responsive. She also didn’t get along well with opposing counsel and this caused litigation to take longer than necessary. Attorney Kathy Ryder is clearly quite calloused in her work and acts unsympathetic towards her clients. She also doesn’t take the time to work collaboratively with her clients.
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  • Suffolk University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
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  • Massachusetts Bar Association
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
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  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer!"

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Westford Alimony Lawyer Kathleen P. Ryder
Kathleen P. Ryder
Alimony Attorney
Westford, MA
Licensed for 20 years