Family Law Lawyer

Family Law Lawyer – Lynda Robbins

Family Law Lawyer, Lynda J. Robbins is a family law mediator and collaborative lawyer with over thirty years experience. She believes that family law issues are best resolved by those most involved, the parties themselves. Lynda is committed to assisting families through this difficult time in their lives in the most constructive ways possible. Mediation and Collaborative Law give parties the tools to help themselves through this process.

Boston’s Best Lawyers Family Law Mediation & Collaborative Law

Lynda has been voted one of Boston’s Best Lawyers every year from 2008 to 2016 in Family Law Mediation and Collaborative Family Law categories.

Lynda has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer every year from 2011 to 2016 for Family Law. According to Super Lawyers, this distinction is only granted to the top 5% of practicing attorneys in the state of Massachusetts.

Credentials

  • J.D. Suffolk University Law School
  • B.A. magna cum laude, Suffolk University

Professional Background

  • Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts since 1979
  • Admitted, District of Massachusetts, 1980
  • Admitted, Supreme Court, 1984
  • Mediation training with Divorce Mediation Training Associates, October 1989
  • Collaborative Law Training with Pauline Tesler, April 2000
  • Conflict Resolution Training with Chip Rose, May, 2003 and June, 2005
  • Collaborative Law Interdisciplinary Training with MCLC, May, 2004
  • Conflict Resolution Training with Jeffrey Kerr, June, 2005
  • Parenting Coordination: Working with High Conflict Families Training with Robin M. Deutsch and Hon. Eileen M. Shaevel, May 2006
  • Advanced Collaborative Law Workshop with Sherri Goren Slovin and Victoria Smith, May 2006
  • Instructor—Collaborative Law Trainings sponsored by Mass. Collaborative Law Council, 2002-2006
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills: The Delicate Balance of Advocacy and Neutrality November 2008
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills: Deepening Your Role as a Collaborative Professional with Kenneth Cloke, J.D., June 2010
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills: Breaking Impasse: Practical Techniques for Diagnosing Resistance and Moving Beyond Obstacles to Settlement with Nina Meierding February 2011
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Advance Collaborative Negotiation Skills to Start and Keep the Process Going with Forrest S. Mosten, March 2011
  • Effective Advocacy in Collaborative Practice with Nancy Cameron and Julie Macfarlane, March 2012
  • Facilitation Skills Training for Collaborative Professionals with Catherine Tornbom and Rita Pollak, March 2013
  • Parenting Coordination 2014:  Practices and Pitfalls with Robin Deutsch, Ph.D et al, March 2014
  • The Power of Questions with Public Conversation Project May 2016

Professional Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Founding Member and Past President
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Past President
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Past President
  • Co-Founder, Merrimack Valley Mediators Group
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Massachusetts Chapter
  • Association for Conflict Resolution and NE-ACR
  • North Suburban Mediators Group

Presentations

  • Northern Middlesex Bar Association Legal Ease video presentations:
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Divorce law
    • Adoption
    • Child Custody In Divorce
    • Divorce Mediation
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminars:
    • November 1999, GALs in Guardianship and Domestic Relations Cases
    • July 2003, Paralegal Conference: ADR and Mediation
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals:
    • October 2011, 12th Annual Networking and Educational Forum
    • Who “Leads” in the Collaborative Practice Team Meetings: When, Why & How? – Advanced Panel Workshop
    • October 2006 7th Annual Networking and Educational Forum Professions Colliding: Addressing the Tension Between Mediation and Collaborative Law Panel Workshop
    • October 2005, 6th Annual Networking and Educational Forum
    • The ‘Art’ of Four-Way Meetings Panel Workshop
  • Boston Bar Association:
    • January 2006, How to Help Clients Avoid the ‘Stranger in the Black Robe’ Mediation and Collaborative Law Practice
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, Family Section Mid-Year Conference 2006: Mediating Happily Ever After: Marital Mediation and the Fairy Tale Complex
  • New England ACR 2007 Conference: Expanding the Toolbox: Collaborative Practice for Family and Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation: MARITAL MEDIATION: How Couples Can Use Mediation to Change the Terms of Their Marriage
  • American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, 2010 Spring Conference, April 7-10, 2010, Two Processes are Better than One: Combining Mediation and Collaborative Practice To Help Families Resolve Estate and Elder Conflicts
  • Collaborative Practice California, CELEBRATION V, April 23-25, 2010, Two Processes are Better than One: Combining Mediation and Collaborative Practice To Help Families Resolve Estate and Elder Conflicts
  • MCLC Tri-River Practice Group, September 2010: “Collaborative Practice: Helping Families Resolve Estate and Elder Conflicts”
  • MassNAELA October 2010: Solutions That Maintain Relationships for all Parties and Interests in Elder Law and Probate Disputes through Collaborative Practice and Mediation
  • IACP Networking and Educational Forum, October 2014: Marketing and Public Outreach
  • MCLC Practice Group, April 2016: Don’t Let Transparency Become Opaq