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Vaughn-Martel Law was founded in 2007 with the goal of providing clients with exceptional civil legal representation in a personal and responsive small-firm setting.  Our firm provides clients with quality representation and counsel in a variety of practice areas and we are proud to be a leader in the area of LGBT rights and protections.  Because your legal issue or concern is unique, we offer results-driven legal representation and advocacy with an emphasis on custom-tailored client services.  Make us your law firm today.


Chris Vaughn-Martel received his B.A. from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.  Prior to founding Vaughn-Martel Law, Chris worked as a Clerk and First Year Associate for a small real estate firm on Boston's South Shore.


Chris is currently admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He is an active member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Boston Bar Association, as well as the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association.  He serves as a private pro bono attorney in connection with the Rape Survivors' Law Project at Boston's Victim Rights Law Center, providing legal representation for victims of sexual assault in privacy, safety, housing, education, employment, and financial compensation matters.


Chris lives in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston with his husband, Brian, and their springer spaniel, Charlie.


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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
    9 years
  2. Family: 30%
    9 years
  3. General Practice: 20%
    9 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Charles River Law Partners, LLC.

1180 Washington Street
Suite 101
Boston, MA, 02118


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2011 Shining Star AwardVictim Rights Law Center2011
Rising StarBoston Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerCharles River Law Partners, LLC.2016 - Present
OwnerVAUGHN-MARTEL LAW2007 - Present
Associate AttorneyThe Hawthorne Law Office2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Victim Rights Law CenterPro Bono Attorney, Rape Survivors' Law Project2006 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Same-Sex Surrogacy and Pre-Birth OrderSuccess
Same-Sex Divorce: Adam v. SteveFavorable divorce settlement for client.
Landlord v. TenantFollowing a bench trial on the parties' claims and counterclaims, damages were awarded to my clients, including triple damages and attorney's fees.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NYHistory and Secondary EducationBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Scuola Lorenzo De' MediciSpring SemesterFlorence, Italy1999
Simsbury High School, Simsbury, CTCollege PreparatoryDiploma1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Shining Start Awards GalaIntroduction of Shining Star Recipient for Representation of Sexual Assault Survivors2012
Tenant-Landlord WorkshopTenant's Rights & Strategies in the Wake of Sexual Assault/Rape2011
Shining Star Award ReceptionSexual Assault Advocacy2011
Hanging Your Shingle Panel DiscussionPanel Member2011
Annual Diversity Dinner ReceptionParticipant2009
Career FairParticipant2008
Annual Diversity Dinner ReceptionParticipant2008
Annual Diversity Dinner ReceptionParticipant2007