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I concentrate my practice in Children's and Family Law, especially child abuse and neglect defense, DSS, DCF, 51As, care and protections, termination of parental rights, guardianships, students' rights, special education, school discipline, expulsion, foster care, guardianship, adoption. Consultant and staff trainer in child abuse and neglect reporting practices and liability prevention. Also delinquency and criminal defense and CHINS cases.  More at


Practice areas


  1. Child Abuse: 70%
    36 years
  2. Education: 20%
    33 years
  3. Guardianship: 4%
    23 years
  4. Juvenile: 3%
    36 years
  5. Other: 3%
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Hourly ($180-330/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael Charles Doland

    I endorse one particular aspect of Mr. Rich - his professional courtesy. In the day to day life practice of law, it is not the nasty aggressive attorneys like those on television that normally prevail. It is those attorneys Like Mr. Rich who are well prepared and know how to communicate politely and reasonably with their colleagues who normally prevail. Mr. Rich demonstrates this in answer after answer and should be on any client's "short list" to interview.


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Contact info

Law Office of Michael L. Rich

37 Middlesex Circle
Unit 21
Waltham, MA, 02452



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer FellowshipHoward University1980
Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer FellowshipHoward University1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MentorChildren and Family Law Program, MA Committee for Public Counsel Services1995 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Michael L. Rich1982 - Present
Staff AttorneyNortheast Kentucky Legal Services1979 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMemberN/A
Council of Parent Attorneys and AdvocatesMemberN/A
Restorative Justice Task Team of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of ChristChair2000 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
Arlington AdvocateMore on Corporal Punishment Bill2007
Boston GlobeAssessing impact at DSS2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
City University of New YorkPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Experience a Restorative Justice CircleRestorative Justice2013