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Peter M. Barlow is a founding partner of Kates & Barlow, PC.

In 1987, after four years of service in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he spent considerable time prosecuting court-martials, Mr. Barlow was hired by Widett, Slater & Goldman, PC to be part of Robert Kates’ Family Law Group. Over the next twenty years, Mr. Barlow worked diligently to become one of the preeminent family law attorneys in Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Barlow was a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP. Prior to that, he was a partner at the former firm of Goldstein & Manello, PC, and at Epstein Becker & Green, PC.

Mr. Barlow has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2004 and is listed in the legal profession’s most respected peer-review publication, Woodward and White’s The Best Lawyers in America for Family Law. He has accepted judicial appointments as a Discovery Master and as counsel to a soldier serving in Iraq. Mr. Barlow has written articles on family law topics and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of subjects including: the introduction of expert testimony at trial; high conflict child custody cases; jurisdictional issues; trial advocacy; paternity; payment of college expenses; the Guardian ad litem process; and child removal actions.

Mr. Barlow has extensive experience in litigation, appearing predominately before the Probate & Family Courts throughout Eastern Massachusetts. He also has traveled to other counties, states and countries to serve his clients.

Experience and Expertise:

•  Litigating cases involving the valuation of closely held corporations, residential and commercial real estate; the treatment of inherited property, attribution of income, enforceability of prenuptial agreements; and all aspects of alimony and child support;
•  Negotiating and drafting comprehensive divorce, premarital, post-marital, cohabitation, paternity, and post-divorce modification agreements, including detailed parenting plans and complex property divisions involving closely held corporations, tax provisions, and support provisions;
•  Handling high conflict custody disputes, child removal actions, and incidents and allegations of spousal and child abuse;
•  Discreetly representing professional athletes and other public figures in a variety of domestic and paternity related matters;
•  Preparing appellate briefs and arguments for the Massachusetts Appeals Court;
•  Providing pro bono representation to indigent clients through his membership in the Massachusetts Senior Lawyers for Justice.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    30 years
  2. Family: 50%

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Contact info

Kates & Barlow, PC

21 Custom House Street.
Boston, MA, 02110


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognitionMassachusetts Super Lawyers Family Law2011
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America for Family Law2011
AV PreeminentLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated2011
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America for Family Law2010
RecognitionMassachusetts Super Lawyers2010
RecognizedBest lawyers in America for Family Law2009
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2009
RecognizedBest lawyers in America for Family Law2008
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2008
RecognizedBest lawyers in America for Family Law2007
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2007
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2006
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America for Family Law2006
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2005
RecognizedMassachusetts Super Lawyers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderKates & Barlow, PC2009 - Present
ShareholderFoley & Lardner LLP2005 - 2009
PartnerEpstein Becker & Green, P.C.2002 - 2005
PartnerGoldstein & Manello, PC1993 - 2002
AssociateWidett, Slater & Goldman, PC1987 - 1993
CaptainUnited States Army1983 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Member Curriculum Advisory Committee Member2010 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Bar Association Section ReviewA Review and commentary of the Case of Paternity of Cheryl2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Xavier UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mental Health Issues & DivorceParental Alienation2011
Family Law Trial Advocacy WorkshopMotion Practice2011
Family Law Case Update 2011Chair2011
Attacking and Defending Prenuptial and Post Marital AgreeementsChoice of Law Issues2011
Jurisdictional Issues in Domestic Relations PracticeSubject matter jurisdiction in Probate Court2010
How To Try a Divorce CaseCross examination of experts2010
Family Law Trial Advocacy ProgramHandling motion sessions and Closing arguments2010
Child Custody and SupportChild Custody2010
How to Try a Divorce CaseCross Examination of Expert Witness2009
Family Law Trial AdvocacyMotion Practice2009
Jurisdictional Issues in Domestic Relations PracticeSubject Matter and Personal Jurisdiction2008
Child Custody and SupportRemoval cases and effective Use of third Party Witnesses2008