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Paula, named a
Association of Women Lawyers, practices family law and can help families avoid
crisis (mediation, negotiation, collaborative law, parenting coordination, prenuptials,
postnuptials, etc) or resolve a crisis (divorce, post-divorce, co-parenting
issues, custody, paternity, same sex partnerships/divorces, etc). She
emphasizes communication with her clients and the other parties, and believes
in pursuing resolution as the best protocol for most families.  She and her partners share a wealth of
client experience, and they collaborate on cases in whatever manner works for
the family.  She also is able to
draw on her vast network of professionals who believe, as she does, that we must
always cultivate dignity and respect, even in the midst of an emotional
crisis.  Each family situation is
unique and demands a unique approach, and Paula invites the opportunity to work
with families in order to lead them to the resolution that works best for that


Paula is Past
President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and is a founding
member of the Council; she currently serves on the Advisory Committee, at the
request of the President, as well as on various other MCLC committees. She has
trained other professionals in Collaborative Law for the Massachusetts
Collaborative Law Council and for the American Bar Association, and has written
and lectured extensively about Collaborative Law practice and ethics, both
locally and nationally. She is currently Co-Chair of the Family Law Committee
of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution section. She also serves
on the Collaborative Law Committee of the American Bar Association section of
Dispute Resolution, and on its Ethics subcommittee where she co-authored its
2008 Ethics position paper. Paula also serves on the American Bar Association,
Section of Dispute Resolution section, Mediation Committee and on its Quality
Assurance Sub-committee.  She is
admitted to practice in Massachusetts, in the District of Massachusetts and at
the U.S. Supreme Court.


Practice areas

  1. Divorce: 75%
    30 years, 100 cases
  2. Family: 25%
    30 years, 100 cases



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Law Offices of Paula H. Noe

Two Newton Place
Suite 200
Newton, MA, 02458


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Woman of Distinction in Law and Public ServiceMassachusetts Association of Women Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFamily Law Collaborative Solutions, LLC2009 - Present
PartnerBowman, Moos, Elder & Noe, LLP2005 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionChairwoman of Family Committee2007 - Present
American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Collaborative Law CommitteeEthics Subcommittee Member2007 - Present
Massachusetts Collaborative Law CouncilFounding Member & former-President (2005) of Advisory Council1999 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
The Huffington PostWhat Do Divorcing Women Want And Need?2012
The Huffington PostThe Perfect Divorce Toolkit2012
Divorce Center JournalCan Our Family Afford a Divorce?2009
Boston Women's Business Journal“Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Collaboratively: ‘How Can Engaged Couples Plan A New Life Together and Still Protect Their Individual, Pre-Marital, Assets?2007
Massachusetts Collaborative Law JournalRealizing Profound Joy Through Collaborative Practice2007
Divorce Center JournalWhat Should We Do?... The Choices for Divorcing Families2006
Collaborative Law Journal"Modeling" In Collaborative Law: A Surmountable Challenge?2005
The Collaborative Review: Journal of The International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsThe Bumpy Road to That Hug: First Case Lessons2004
Collaborative Law JournalA Textbook CL Divorce: Or CL Looks Easy When the Clients Totally 'Get It'2004
Massachusetts Family Law Journal & Connecticut Law JournalCouples and Clinics - Strange Bedfellows1997
Massachusetts Family Law JournalNISI Problems, Part I: New Trials: Amendment of Judgments1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Simmons CollegeEnglishMA - Masters1975
Simmons CollegeEnglish EducationBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference, American Bar AssociationInterdisciplinary Interventions For Families In Crisis: An Expanded View2010
MCLC TrainingMassachusetts Collaborative Law Training for Attorneys and Allied Professionals2009
ABA Alternative Dispute Resolution ConferenceFacing Family Law Fearlessly2009
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forum“The Ones That Got Away — Lessons Learned From CP Cases That Went Astray”,2008
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution ConferenceHow To Avoid The Breakdown Of A Family Law Mediation Or Collaborative Practice Case; ‘Working Through Impasse In A Collaborative Case’2008
American Bar Association Professional Responsibility ConferenceEthics of Collaborative Law2008
American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution ConferenceHow To Effectively Communicate With Your Clients”2007
Basics of Family LawCollaborative Law2006
IACP Forum“Talk-the-Talk to Walk-the-Walk: Enrolling the Client.”2005
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionThe Consulting Attorney as Chameleon: Adapting to the Landscape of Family ADR Practice2005