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Peter M Barlow

About Peter Barlow

About me

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.