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Tipping the Scales: “When There’s Incivility Present, It Can Inflame a Case That’s Emotionally Charged”

Kelly Leighton is a partner at Barnes & Leighton, where she focuses on all aspects of domestic relations.  Prior to entering private practice, she was a Senior Attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services and spent thirteen years representing low-income victims of domestic violence in family law cases.  Kelly serves on the BBA Council and Nominating Committee; she is a past Co-Chair of the BBA’s Family Law Section and the Section’s Policy and Legislative Subcommittee. She was the BBA’s liaison to the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Task Force, which produced the bill that ultimately became the Alimony Reform Act of 2011. Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s Massachusetts Chapter, and has long served as a trainer and mentor for the Family Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation. She also is a frequent panelist and author on domestic relations topics.

Read her interview here.

Family Law Committees

  • Family Law Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the family law bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or writing for the newsletter or blog, contact the Co-Chairs.

    Contact Information

    Melinda Markvan

    Markvan Law LLC

    (617) 784-6832

    Brian McLaughlin

    Brian McLaughlin Esq. LLC

    (617) 236-5847

  • Family Law Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover family law issues.

    Contact Information

    Peter Jamieson

    Perocchi Family Law Group

    (978) 681 5665

    Alisa L. Hacker

    Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

    (617) 227-3030

    Katherine M. Potter

    Law Office of Katherine M. Potter

    (617) 877-8664

    Jessica M. Dubin

    Lee & Rivers LLP

    (617) 266-6262

  • Family Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes in the law. Family law attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Gayle Stone-Turesky

    Stone, Stone & Creem

    (617) 523-4567

    Wendy O. Hickey

    Nissenbaum Hickey LLC

    (617) 330-9090

  • Family Law Public Service Committee
    This committee focuses on educating and training members about various pro bono opportunities. The committee also organizes community service and student outreach projects for the section.

    Contact Information

    Abbe L. Hershberg

    Greater Boston Legal Services

    (617) 371-1234

    Claire C. Tutwiler

    Rubin and Rudman, LLP

    (617) 330-7045

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.