Future-Focused Dispute Resolution
I am a Massachusetts divorce and family law attorney and mediator, and the owner of Next Phase Legal LLC of Medfield, MA.
Although I believe many families are best served by considering mediation or the collaborative divorce process, it is not an option for everyone. In those instances, we provided trusted court representation in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, primarily in Norfolk, Middlesex, Bristol, Plymouth, and Worcester Counties.
I am experienced in guiding my clients through complex, high-net worth Massachusetts divorces. I have focused on divorce and family law throughout my legal career, both here in MA and previously in Charlotte, NC. One of the most important things to me is also providing prompt service and communications to our clients.
At Next Phase Legal, we provide the option of a fixed fee for many of our clients, including our divorce mediation and collaborative cases.
Besides divorce, we work with clients needing help with modifications, parenting issues, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, and other family law matters.
I serve on the Bench-Bar Committee for the Norfolk County Bar Association, and am a member of several other professional organizations, including the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. I am also a volunteer conciliator, and available for private conciliations also.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)
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I have worked with Steve and have referred matters to him with the utmost confidence. Steve is dedicated, pragmatic, and focused on obtaining great results for his clients in a manner that is both effective and rational. Steve is an excellent resource both as an attorney and mediator.
Christopher McHallam Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Steve is an excellent lawyer - I was involved in a case with him a few years ago and was impressed by his legal expertise and his collaborative, problem-solving approach. I would welcome the chance to do more cases with him.
David Hoffman Mediation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2016 Client Satisfaction Award||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2016|
|Volunteer Recognition Certificate||Norfolk Probate and Family Court and Norfolk County Bar Association - Massachusetts||2015|
|Certified Mediator||Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation||2015|
|Honorable Mention - Best Oral Advocate||Suffolk University Law School, Legal Practice Skills||2001|
|Distinguished Brief||Suffolk University Law School - Legal Practical Skills Class||2001|
|Owner, Attorney/Mediator||Next Phase Legal LLC||2014 - Present|
|Owner - Principal Attorney & Mediator||The Divorce Collaborative LLC||2009 - 2013|
|Managing Partner||Wagner McDonough LLP||2007 - 2009|
|Attorney||Rosen Law Firm||2005 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Professional Family Mediators||Member||2016 - Present|
|Town of Norfolk, Massachusetts||Advisory Board||2015 - Present|
|Bar association of Norfolk County, MA||Committee on Bench-Bar Relations||2014 - Present|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||Member||2009 - Present|
|Norfolk, MA Lions Club||Member||2006 - Present|
|Norfolk County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation||Member||2006 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section||Member||2005 - Present|
|International Association of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2005 - Present|
|MEMO - Medfield Employer's and Merchant's Organization||Director||2015 - 2016|
|Bar Association of Norfolk County||Volunteer Conciliator - Probate Court||2014 - 2017|
|Association for Conflict Resolution||Member||2010 - 2015|
|Western Norfolk County Bar Association||Member||2009 - 2012|
|Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council||Board of Directors||2009 - 2010|
|New England Woman Magazine||Returning to Work During and After Divorce:||2015|
|The Norfolk Boomerang||Collaborative Law - The New Kid on the Block||2008|
|Suffolk University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Westfield State College (Westfield)||Criminal Justice||BS - Bachelor of Science||1998|
|Luncheon||Leveraging Technology in the Small Law Office||2012|
|Divorce Basics for Attorneys||The New Alimony Statute in MA||2012|
|Prudential Page Real Estate Agent's Conference||Working With Divorcing Families||2011|
|Norfolk, MA Lions Club Members Meeting||Collaborative Law - A Better Way to Resolve Conflict||2011|
|Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Members Meeting||Making the Collaborative Process More Affordable||2011|
|Television Show, Sharon, MA Cable Access||Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce||2010|
|Montachusett Estate & Retirement Planning Council||Divorce & College Financial Planning||2010|
|Membership Meeting||Fixed Fees in Mediation||2010|
|Attorney/Bar Organization||Use of Fixed Fees in Domestic Relations Cases||2010|
|Alternative to Divorce Litigation||Divorce & Family Law||2010|
|The New Massachusetts Child Suport Guidelines||Major revisions to Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines||2009|