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Marc Jay Cooper

About me

Marc J. Cooper brings a long and successful history in the
practice of Family Law. He began his legal career in 1982 at
McClellan and Zack. He then joined the firm of Bowser and
Lee in 1987, which ultimately became Lee and Levine LLP,
and remained with them as an associate for 11 years and as
a partner for 13 years.
He became a partner at Kates & Barlow in January of 2011,
and has recently joined the firm of Fields and Dennis LLP as
a partner on March 9, 2015. Since his admission to the
Massachusetts Bar in 1982, Marc has practiced extensively
and exclusively in all areas of Family Law. His practice has
focused on issues related to the negotiation, mediation,
arbitration and litigation of divorce and divorce related
matters including, but not limited to:
agreements; paternity; support; complex property
issues/valuations and forensic investigations; child custody
and parenting plans; postjudgment
and appellate practice;
and other family law matters. Marc also performs case
evaluations of all family law matters for both attorneys and
Marc has been widely recognized for his professional expertise, both locally and nationally. He has
been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2013. He has been awarded the "AV Preeminent"
rating by Lexis/Nexis Martingale Hubbel in recognition of legal ability and ethical standards, which
is the highest possible Peer Review rating granted. He has been a fellow in the AAML since 1995,
has held every office in the Massachusetts Chapter including the office of President from 2011 to
2013, and has been involved at the National level as well. He is a Family Law Certified Bar
Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, which certifies only a total of 4% of attorneys
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across the country in each area of practice for which Certification is possible, and he has been a
Massachusetts Super Lawyer and a Top New England Attorney since 2005. Marc is also a
Founding Member in the American Association of Certified Financial Litigators, an AAML Certified
Family Law Arbitrator, and a member of various other legal organizations.
Marc is committed to the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in furthering the interests
of his clients and their children, and he is committed to treating the interests of children as a
priority in every way. He was appointed to the Governor's Workshop for Child Related Legislation
in 2012.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 100%
    34 years

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  • Jeffrey C. Melick

    Marc is an excellent lawyer with a very sophisticated understanding of complex financial issues in divorce cases. He is a very creative thinker and has the ability to resolve difficult cases or try them. I highly recommend Marc.


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Contact info

Fields & Dennis, LLP

80 William Street
Suite 210
Wellesley, MA, 02481


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNew England Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2015
Honored MemberWorldwide Registry2015
Certified Family Law Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2015
MemberBest Lawyers in America2013
RecognitionMassachusetts Super Lawyers2010
RecognitionNew England Super Lawyers2009
RecognitionNew England Super Lawyers2009
RecognitionMassachusetts Super Lawyer2009
RecognitionMassachsuetts Super Lawyers2008
RecognitionMassachsuetts Super Lawyers2007
RecognitionMassachsuetts Super Lawyers2006
AV Preeminent RatingLexis-Nexis Martindale Hubbell2005
Presidents Service AwardAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFields & Dennis, LLP2015 - Present
PartnerKates & Barlow, PC2011 - Present
PartnerLee and Levine LLP1998 - 2011
Associate AttorneyLee and Levine1987 - 1998
Associate AttorneyMcLellan & Zack1983 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Worldwide RegistryHonored Member2015 - Present
American Academy for Certified Financial LitigatorsFounding Member2015 - Present
MA Chapter - American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPresident2011 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeMember1982 - Present
Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1982 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeMember1982 - Present
MA American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersChairman: Board of Examiners2009 - 2011
MA American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPresident-Elect2009 - 2011
MA American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersChairman: Nominating Committee2009 - 2011
MA American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersTreasurer2006 - 2009
MA American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersSecretary2005 - 2006
Massachsuetts Super LawyersAward Recipient2005 - 2015
MA American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Massachusetts Chapter), Program Education CommitteeChairman2003 - 2005
MA American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Massachusetts Chapter), Program Education CommitteeChairman1998 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Effective Family Law Practice in MassachusettsPreparing for Court-Litigation Techniques and Strategies1996
Effective Family Law Practice in MassachusettsCommencing the Dissolution Process-Initial Considerations1996
Boston Bar JournalChildrens Needs Under Section 34: A Review of Chapter 559 of the Acts of 1989, Its Antecedents and Implications1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Muhlenberg CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Case Update 2011Case Law Review2011
MCLE ProgramFamily Law Year in Review1995
Bar Association of Norfolk County SeminarOverview of Bankruptcy Aspects of Divorce Proceedings1992
Boston Bar CLEThe Needs of the Children as a Factor in Property Division in Divorce1991
MCLE ProgramDepositions in Matrimonial Cases: When, Why and How to Take Them1990