Following a bench trial on the parties' claims and counterclaims, damages were awarded to my clients, including triple damages and attorney's fees.
Representation of tenants who were sued by their landlord. We asserted counterclaims on behalf of the tenants alleging unlawful retaliation, violation of the massachusetts security deposit law, improperly metered utilities, and violation of the massachusetts consumer protection statute.
Same-Sex Surrogacy and Pre-Birth Order
Jan 01, 2011
Retained by male couple for representation in starting a family with the use of an anonymous egg donor and a gestational surrogate carrier. After successfully putting in place a gestational surrogacy agreement outlining the rights, obligations, and intentions of the parties, Vaughn-Martel Law successfully obtained pre-birth orders from the Court ordering the hospital to report the male couple on the children's birth certificates as the children's legal parents.
Unique factors in obtaining pre-birth orders included the use of anonymous egg donor and the fact that the gestational surrogate was carrying "twins" - each the product of the anonymous egg donor and one of the father's sperm.
Same-Sex Divorce: Adam v. Steve
Divorce and separation
Dec 31, 2010
Favorable divorce settlement for client.
Represented client in seeking same-sex divorce, negotiated successful condominium conversion and sale of couple's Dorchester multi-family as part of a favorable divorce settlement. We were able to obtain an uncontested negotiated divorce in court, saving the client time, money, and aggravation of a prolonged divorce contest.