J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston
Colleen’s interest in divorce and family law started in law school, where she participated in the Family Law Clinical Program and worked as a legal intern at Metrowest Legal Services in Framingham, MA. After graduation, Colleen was hired as a staff attorney with the Family Law and Domestic Violence Unit, representing clients in domestic violence, divorce and custody cases.
She later transitioned to private practice, continuing to work with divorcing clients in Norfolk and surrounding counties. In 2006, Colleen joined the litigation unit of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division. Within a short time, she was promoted to a supervisory position. Colleen represented the DOR in actions to establish, modify, and enforce child support orders, tracked down and tried cases against delinquent payors, and supervised other attorneys and DOR staff. In this role, Colleen appeared in court several times a week, honing her skills in the courtroom. Colleen was even picked to work with the District Attorney as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Worcester County to prosecute criminal non-support actions and select who would be placed upon the state’s “Deadbeat” child support list.
Needless to say, if you didn’t pay your child support you did not want to see Colleen in court!
In early 2011, Colleen returned to private practice and joined The Divorce Collaborative. In May, 2013, Colleen became the principal owner of The Divorce Collaborative. She represents clients in divorce and domestic relations issues, including complicated child support matters, interstate child support cases, paternity, modifications, and contempt actions, not to mention Massachusetts divorce cases of course. She also received her certification to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem, and is a trained divorce mediator.
Colleen continues to volunteer her time at the Norfolk and Worcester Probate and Family Courts as a volunteer attorney for the day, and conducts trainings for other lawyers. In 2012, she was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to the Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC). As stated on the JNC website, the “the JNC is a non-partisan, non-political and non-compensated Commission composed of twenty-one distinguished volunteers, appointed by the Governor from a cross-section of the Commonwealth’s diverse population.”
Outside of work, Colleen helps organize Connors Fun Run, a 5k in Norfolk, MA that benefits Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She lives in Medway with her husband and four-legged daughters, “Clover” and “Belle” the worlds most spoiled canine companions.