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Vicki L. Shemin
Fields Dennis & Cooper LLP

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80 William Suite #210
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Boston, MA 02481
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781-489-6776

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
I am a mediator, collaborative family law attorney and parenting coordinator dedicated to assisting individuals and families facing challenging life transitions to resolve matters in an amicable and cost-efficient manner. My dual degree (and 38 years of combined experience) in clinical social work and family law enables me to bring unique perspectives and skills to my practice.

The cost of divorce can be draining on a number of levels - ranging from the emotional, to the relational, to the financial; my goal is to help ensure that clients opt for the process most tailored to their needs and that I make that process as supportive and streamlined as possible. Even seemingly hopeless high-conflict matters can be resolved successfully through alternative dispute resolution.

I have a specialized interest in assisting clients with Mediation to Stay Married, Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements, Parenting Coordination and Collaborative family law solutions. Clients find that my ability to "think outside the box" - coupled with my advanced training in child development and co-parenting - are value-added components.

Professional Background

Fields Dennis & Cooper LLP
Boston Law Collaborative, LLC
Law Office of Vicki L. Shemin
McDermott, Will & Emery
Lee, Levine & Bowser, LLP
Peckham, Lobel, Casey, Prince & Tye
Hale and Dorr LLP

Experience

Since becoming a formally trained mediator in 1995 and a collaboratively trained attorney not long after, I have exclusively devoted my practice to assisting clients with alternative dispute resolution methods. I have achieved the rank of a Certified Family Mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, a designation reserved for those who have significant mediation experience, advanced training and requisite education.

Degrees

  • B.A., The Johns Hopkins University, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Program, 1977;
  • M.S.W., The University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning, Clinical and Family Concentration,1979;
  • J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, Law Review Note Editor, 1989.
  • Training

    Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
    1995    Divorce Mediation Training Associates    Mediation Training (40 hrs)
    09/28-29/06    Center for Advanced Legal Studies/MCLC    Expanding Professional Skills to Resolve Conflict CL Practice (12 hrs)
    09/24/09    John Fiske, DMTA    Marital Mediation Training (8 hrs)
    11/19/10    Mass Council on Family Mediation    9th Annual Family Mediation Institute (6 hrs)
    12/09/11    Mass Council on Family Mediation    10th Annual Family Mediation Institute (6 hrs)
    04/27-28/12    Mass Coll Law Council    Resistance Reframed: Understanding Barriers to Settlement (11 hrs)
    05/02/14    Mass Coll Law Council Advanced Forum    Power of Expectations in Conflict Resolution (6 hrs)
    03/27/15    AFCC    Parenting Plans & Shared Custody (7 hrs)
    05/01/15    Mass Coll Law Council Advanced Forum    Money Talks:What Does It Say/Mean? (6 hrs)
    10/22-25/15    Academy of Professional Family Mediators    Annual National Conference (Washington, DC) (18 hrs)
    11/20--21/15    Mass Council on Family Mediation    It's All Your Fault in Med'n/Master Class Bill Eddy (9 hrs)
    05/06/16    Mass Collaborative Law Council    Power of Questions: Inquiry With Impact (6 hrs)
    12/09/16    Mass Council on Family Mediation    Long-Term Perspectives & Reflections on Social and Psychological Impact of Divorce (6 hrs)

    Approach

    Although there are some cases that simply need their day in court, I fervently believe that all efforts should be exhausted before opting for litigation. When I first meet with a client, I bring to bear my decades of experience and judgment to tailor the process to that client's needs and goals. I ask clients to consider how they would like their relationship with the other party to look 3 years down the road; in that way, I not only attend to the client's short-term needs but to their long-range objectives as well.

    Fees

    My hourly rate is $400 per hour. Fees for Parenting Coordination services are $325 per hour.

    Other Information

    Honors:
    • 2016-2017,“Top Ten Attorney in Family Law in Massachusetts”
    • 2017, “Top Rated Lawyer: Women Leaders in the Law”
    • 2015, Boston's Top-Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law & Mediation, & Collaborative Law
    • 2014,Top Rated Lawyer: Legal Leaders
    • Since 2011, continuously recognized for selection in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
    • Since 1999, AV-rated attorney (Martindale-Hubbell - highest rating)
    • Certified Family Mediator, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
    • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
    • Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator
    • ACSW (most widely recognized and respected social work credential obtainable)
    • LICSW (most advanced of social work licenses in MA)
    • WorldWide Registry - Inclusion in Top 101 Industry Experts
    • Marital Mediation Training - Basic & Advanced
    • 10.0 "Superb" AVVO Rating
    • Boston University Law Review, Note Editor
    • Best Cross Examiner, Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute (1994)
    • American Jurisprudence Book Award in Family Law (1/110)
    • Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar
    • Paul J. Liacos Scholar
    • G. Joseph Tauro ScholarM

    Areas of Practice

    • Divorce (all issues)
    • Divorce (parenting)
    • Prenuptial

    Professional Services

    • Mediator
    • Advanced Mediation Trainer
    • Communication Skills Trainer
    • Counselor
    • Mediator-Arbitrator
    • Mediation Consultant
    • Mediation Trainer
    • Psychotherapist
    • Representational Lawyer
    • Conflict Coach
    • Mediating Lawyer
    • Collaborative Professional
    • Facilitator
    • Online Mediator
    • Parenting Coordinator

    References available upon request.

    This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.





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