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Deborah A. Katz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wellesley, MA

4.8   52 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Deborah

Learn Deborah’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    38%
    My divorce practice includes uncontested and contested divorce, challenging custody disputes often requiring a Guardian ad litem, visitation, child support, alimony, asset division with high net worth estates, post-divorce modifications and enforcement / contempt proceedings and prenuptial agreements.

    26 years

  2. Alimony
    19%

  3. Child custody
    18%

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    My trusts & estate planning practice includes planning, probate administration & litigation such as will contests, trust disputes and defending & prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty claims.

    26 years

  5. Family
    10%

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I am a zealous and passionate advocate for my clients.  My practice focuses on litigating civil matters in the Massachusetts State Courts and providing exceptional legal services in a variety of areas of the law. I have successfully tried and handled cases in Superior Court and the Probate and Family Court. I have also argued appellate matters before the Massachusetts Appellate Division of the District Court.

 

My family law practice includes divorce, custody disputes, visitation, child support, alimony, asset division involving high net worth estates, post-divorce modifications and enforcement/contempt proceedings, paternity actions and prenuptial agreements. 


My trusts & estate planning practice includes planning, probate administration & litigation such as will contests, trust disputes and defending & prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty claims. 

I have vast experience in general civil litigation included premises liability, motor vehicle tort and personal injury matters. 

I am a certified Conciliator through the BBA/MBA conciliator training program pursuant to SJC Court Rule 1:18.

I am an member of the Women's Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association and the Norfolk County Bar Association.

 

When you have chosen me to represent you, I understand that you are trusting me and relying on me to advocate for you during what very well may be the most emotionally exhausting and stressful time of your life.  I take each case very seriously and I will zealously advocate for you to achieve the best resolution. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2018,2016,2014
Client's Choice
2024 2018 2016 + 1 ...

Location

Katz Legal Group LLC
60 Walnut Street
4th Floor
Wellesley, MA, 02481
Deborah A. Katz
50 Mall Road
Burlington, MA, 01801
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  52 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by JEFF | February 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Issue
Deborah was wonderful! From the consultation call all the way through to the final judgement, Deborah was responsive and on top of all the intricacies needed for my case. Deborah’s sound legal advice saved a ton of unnecessary procedural headaches and got us to the finish line quickly. I highly recommend using the Katz Legal group and will do so again in the future.
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Posted by Sergiy | May 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Deborah A. Katz is the one who is helping solving problems and not just patching your life
As you can imagine, the legal matter comes with a huge frustration, a lot of stress and lots of unpleasant time. Sometimes, well most of the time, when we end up in this situation, we can be extremely rude and inpatient. Well, when it comes to hire someone to deal with your problems a lot of times lawyers just saying "ohh, well, don't be a silly jerk just sign it" however this approach is NOT acceptable, it is all about your life in a long time. I have been in that situation but i was lucky enough to find Deborah who isn't just helped me but also explained to me in very fine details all the implication of making one or other decision moving forward, she was so patient with me and helped me to make educated decision and not just a "whatever" approach. I'm so grateful that i have had such lawyer who helped me to deal with a craziness of our laws and next to nothing protection of me as a citizen. To conclude, if you are looking for a solution in your life, long term solution so Deborah A. Katz is your answer and great help. I would recommend her not just a 100% but 200% or even more.
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Posted by John | May 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Deborah is a great attorney!
She was calm and firm leading to a fair divorce. It was reassuring to have her experience and advice through this challenging process. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I hired Attorney Katz after mediation failed in an emotionally complex case. Her vast experience, knowledge, and thoughtful advice positioned me to be able to settle the divorce in a far better financial position than would have resulted from mediation. The other party spent tens of thousands of dollars more on a large firm and in the end the settlement was 100% equitable. I feel that I received tremendous value from my investment in retaining Katz Legal Group.
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Posted by jason | March 1, 2021
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JT construction inc. ( owner )
helped me with unsettled case from 12 years ago with my ex wife Deb did a amazing job thanks again
Posted by Karen | August 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive!
I was very impressed that, even though it had been 2 years since my case was settled, Deborah responded rapidly to my current questions and got me the documents I requested.
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional lawyer, professional, highly talented and good to have on your side
I was very grateful to have Attorney Katz represent me during my divorce. She is highly knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled at her job. An excellent communicator who always gets the point across and is a true advocate on your behalf. She knew every aspect of my case inside and out and presented very strong arguments in court. Even more admirable was her personable nature and professionalism. She was highly sympathetic, easy to communicate with, and readily available. She quickly responded to my calls and helped me get through some stressful times, even during weekends and outside of office hours. When it comes to hiring a lawyer, there is no one I would recommend more highly!!
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Posted by Janis | December 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Deborah Katz is the best
I highly recommend Deborah Katz. I needed a lawyer to represent me for my divorce. Upon our first meeting, I knew she was in my corner and I could trust her to give me the very best advice and representation. She was very honest and competent and her office personnel were also very helpful. Along with her knowledge and advice, she was very conscientious about not milking me of my money. She was very straightforward and was able to come to an agreement with my ex and his attorney in a very reasonable amount of time… less than a year! Deborah Katz is the very best!!
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Posted by Nicole | February 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great divorce lawyer!
I've been working with Deborah for 3.5 years now on a very difficult divorce. Deb's approach is to be sure her clients are always doing the right thing (and she'll tell you if she thinks you're not being reasonable). Deb is also very fair. That doesn't mean she's a wallflower, the opposite - she will fight for her clients. Deb also knows a ton of people in the industry - this is very helpful and you want someone who is connected and Deb is. But I think the part that makes Deb a really great lawyer is that she truly cares about her clients. She's not the type of lawyer that is just out churn a file and make money, she legitimately wants to help people.
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Posted by Pamela | December 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Deborah Katz Gets The Job Done!
I was in a long, drawn out, extremely difficult divorce. It took Deborah Katz just a few months to finally resolve everything that my initial attorney could not handle in 3 years. I only wish I were referred to Deborah Katz from the very beginning. Deborah is compassionate, thorough, knowledgeable and aggressive (when she needs to be). I highly recommend Deborah Katz!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Katz Legal Group LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Behman Hambelton LLP
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Gibson Behman, P.C.
  • 1999 - 2010
  • Law Intern
  • Suffolk County Juvenile Court
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Payne & Hall, P.C.
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Law Intern
  • Suffolk County Superior Court
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993
  • UCLA
  • Advance Politcal Science Courses
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Alimony
  • Father shall continue to pay Alimony for four more years.
  • Will Contest
  • Settled for a nominal sum.
  • Negligent Hiring, Supervision & Security
  • The defendant employer/property owner was granted summary judgment and the case was dismissed against it.
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Associations

  • Women's Business Group
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Probate and Family Court Certified Conciliator
  • 2013 - Present
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Probate Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers Recognition 2023
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer Recognition
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Massachusetts 2019
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorenys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys Massachusetts 2018
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers 2018
  • The National Advocates
  • 2018
  • New England Scholar
  • New England School of Law
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • WBG Business Forum
  • Planning for Divorce
  • 2017
  • Planning for Divorce
  • Planning for Divorce
  • 2015
  • Educational Seminar for PGA Members
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (5)
Endorse Deborah
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Deb is a fabulous lawyer. She gives her clients sound advice in a clear, concise manner. She tirelessly advocates on behalf of clients in order to obtain a fair and just result."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Deborah is an outstanding divorce attorney. Highly recommended!"
Family Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the great pleasure of teaming with Deborah on a high-conflict divorce and custody matter (Middlesex County). Deborah's drive, determination and creativity impressed me so much that I sough an "Of Counsel" relationship with her firm in Wellesley, MA. I take pride in the cases that Deborah and I work together. Family law practitioners of this caliber are rare."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an extraordinary advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the great good fortune of knowing Deborah Katz personally and professionally for a number of years. She is fiercely devoted to her clients, whom she zealously represents, and she possesses a keen legal mind and ability to appreciate nuanced areas of the law. Attorney Katz has handled complex family law cases with vigor and integrity, and I am pleased to endorse her services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Deborah and she is the ultimate professional She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been the opposing attorney on a number of family law cases in which Deborah was involved, and found her to be intelligent, knowledgeable and skillful in her representation of her clients in those matters. She is an extremely effective advocate and I do not hesitate providing my endorsement of her."
General practice Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"As a former co-worker, I know full well that Deborah is a well organized, thoroughly prepared and extremely knowledgeable general practice attorney with a focus on family law matters. Inside the courtroom, she vigorously fights for her clients armed with a complete understanding of courtroom procedure and etiquette. In the office, she is equally good. With her clients, she effortlessly translates her legal expertise in an easy and compassionate manner allowing those unfamiliar with the legal process to fully understand the important issues of their case. As a co-worker, she always went out of her way to assist myself and other attorneys whenever asked. In sum, Deborah is an attorney who you can trust to fully understand the issues of your case, easily explain what your case means to you and then go to the courtroom and defend your claim before the courts. For all those reasons, I highly recommend Deborah."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Deborah was professional in all dealings , has a complete command of the law concerning defense of personal injury fall down accidents and zealously represented her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my distinct pleasure to endorse attorney Katz; her service is extraordinary according to the clients we refer to her. She is not only knowledgeable and skillful in maneuvering a maze of family and estate planning fields of law but she also has a lovely personality that most clients connect with on a spot. Attorney Katz wins her cases in court when situation requires it yet she is looking for ways to avoid conflicts whenever it is possible. She is fair in all aspects of representation and is easy to work with."
Family Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Deborah for over 15 years. She is conscientious, diligent, caring, and very thorough. I recently referred a client to Deborah and the client was very pleased with Deborah's services and guidance. Deborah took the time to walk the client through their situation and provide much needed guidance. I wouldn't hesitate to refer another client to Deborah."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked on a civil litigation matter with Attorney Katz in which she represented a co-defendant. I was able to observe Attorney Katz throughout the litigation process, including trial court practice and written and deposition discovery practice. Attorney Katz was intelligent, professional and most importantly, very invested in her client. She is on my short list for referrals in the Boston area."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Katz for more than fifteen years and have referred many cases to her. She is diligent, knowledgeable and consistently succeeds at providing superior representation for her clients in family law and estate planning matters. I recommend Attorney Katz without any reservations."
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Wellesley Divorce and separation Lawyer Deborah A. Katz
Deborah A. Katz
Divorce and separation Attorney
Wellesley, MA
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation
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