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The need for legal help is often precipitated by stressful, complicated, and personal circumstances. However, finding the best team of lawyers to have on your side – those that are capable and committed to working for you in your specific situation – doesn’t have to add to that stress! The following pages are a resource of lawyers on the North Shore across a variety of fields of law who can help guide you, while protecting your rights every step of the way.

Cervizzi & Associates: Nobody wants a divorce. Everyone needs experienced legal representation in the face of family crisis.

Divorce shifts and fragments the patterns of family life, undermining basic rights.  Changes in divorce law and policy further confuse personal and financial positions.  Cervizzi & Associates offers tailored legal solutions to a broad range of family law issues.  In light of the complexity and high stakes involved in issues surrounding the family, the attorneys at Cervizzi & Associates offer specialized knowledge and expertise focusing exclusively in divorce and family law.  Every case is unique and uniquely important.

Cervizzi & Associates provides the bridge to a new beginning for you and your family.

Lead Attorney, Laura J. Cervizzi, P.C., grounded her firm in over twenty years of experience in practice. Prior to launching Cervizzi & Associates in 2002, Laura began her career as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County and contributed her litigation skills to the preeminent divorce and family law firm of White, Inker and Aronson in 1992.  Laura has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the legal profession by the National Association of Professional Women in 2011 and was awarded the Martindale Hubbell Distinguished Attorney Award in 2010.

Practice Areas: Divorce, Family Law Mediation, Father’s Rights, Mother’s Rights, Custody, Visitation, International Custody, Division of Marital Property, MA Alimony, Reform, Alimony, Child Support, Restraining Order, Prenuptial Agreements, Inheritance, Financial Misconduct, Hidden Assets, Contempt, Modification, Removal Same Sex Divorce

Contact Cervizzi & Associates for a free consultation – 978-276-0777,,

Schwartz Hannum P.C.: Helping Dynamic Organizations Succeed Since 1995

For over 15 years, Schwartz Hannum PC has served as an invaluable ally to organizations looking to effect positive employee relations and resolve disputes. A management-side labor and employment law firm that works with local and national businesses in industries ranging from financial services to healthcare, we also provide guidance and advocacy to distinguished educational and non-profit organizations.

Our practice is characterized by responsiveness, confidence, creativity and candor, and our services are delivered by a team of ten seasoned professionals who have established the firm as a leading provider of thoughtful, result-oriented legal counsel. Schwartz Hannum’s growth and success reflect our long-standing commitment to help organizations address their employment-related challenges in a responsible and proactive manner.

Counseling • Litigation • Labor Relations • Training • Immigration • Education • Compliance

Schwartz Hannum P.C. 978-623-0900,

Law Office of Thomas J. Taranto P.C.: The Truth About Divorce Attorneys

You deserve an attorney with the expertise to make a difficult time in your life easier. Attorney  Thomas J. Taranto of Salem, MA has been in your position. As a divorced and experienced father, he understands and is sensitive to the needs of children and divorcing parents. You deserve an attorney who will approach your case with creative and effective methods.

Prior to becoming a practicing attorney in 1996, Attorney Taranto started a business which grew successfully over twenty years. With a B.A. in Business from Boston College, he began managing people and negotiating contracts; years of interacting with accountants, bankers, lawyers and business executives have tailored his craft. These skills are the core foundation of a solid negotiator and exceptional litigator, which make for a successful divorce and trial attorney. Since its founding, his office has expanded to include Maria Tilkens, a legal assistant experienced in the emotional and psychological issues of parenting during and after divorce.

You deserve to be represented by the Law Office of Thomas J. Taranto. We believe in counseling and empowering clients by keeping them fully informed.

Law Office of Thomas J. Taranto, P.C. 978-825-0070,

McLane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton, P.A.: We Understand Your Business

The McLane Law Firm, historically a New Hampshire-based law firm has quickly established a strong reputation among Boston-area businesses and is attracting both new clients and new attorneys since opening its doors in 2008. Located just 15 miles north of the city in the TradeCenter 128 Complex in Woburn, the office of 21 attorneys has gained attention from business leaders, in-house counsel and business owners.

“We have been successful in Massachusetts because we have stayed true to our fundamental principles of client service, while maintaining a billing structure that is attractive to companies trying to reduce their legal budgets,” says Steve Burke, the TradeCenter Managing Director.

Anticipating Client Needs McLane attorneys spend a significant amount of time understanding clients’ businesses and objectives. Attorneys visit with clients to discuss their strategic business plans and will then continually check in with them throughout the legal process to maintain a consistent set of client objectives. The firm’s ability to evaluate matters efficiently is reflected in its focus containing costs.  By streamlining its technology and reducing overhead, the firm has been able to offer clients skilled legal work at reasonable rates.

McLane has 90 attorneys and 23 paralegals across four locations with experience in virtually every area of the law that affects businesses.  Although the rate structure is an enticing incentive, the strength and variety of attorneys in the firm’s New Hampshire and Massachusetts offices has proved to be an invaluable benefit for clients who have shifted their work to McLane.

Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Creditor’s Rights, Commercial Finance, Corporate, Education, Environmental, Government Affairs & Regulatory Law, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Personal Injury, Criminal, Family Law

McLane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton,

Exceptional Care for Exceptional Children: Helping Parents Find the Resources & Information They Need

Does your child have a disability that is affecting their education? Our children mean the world to us, so it’s only logical when they are struggling at school that we want to get them the help that they need.

Attorney Laura Gillis is a mother of two children on Individual Education Plans. Her intimate knowledge of Special Education law gives her unparalleled insight into the challenges and difficulties parents face. Special Education Law can be frustrating for parents and difficult to navigate. Laura provides knowledgeable guidance to parents who often feel lost or unsure of the options that are available to them. Her representation includes consultations on Individual Education Plans (IEP), letter writing, bullying, attendance at TEAM meetings, negotiation for change of placement or out of district placements, representation for school discipline, and BSEA mediations and hearings. Laura truly cares for her clients and maintains a personal stake in the resolution of their issue. Every child deserves the chance to succeed at their education.

Exceptional Care for Exceptional Children: 978-338-6611,,

Pierce, Pierce, & Napolitano: A Workers’ Compensation Law Firm

Our name and look may have changed but our unwavering commitment to our clients has not. We are pleased to announce that the law firm of Alan S. Pierce & Associates is now to be known as Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano. PPN Law is a firm of lawyers with over 70 years of combined legal experience.  The lawyers are regularly nominated as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Boston Magazine, enjoy excellent AVVO ratings, have been selected to contribute to continuing legal education seminars, and have spoken on radio and television. Clients and lawyers have praised the firm. PPN’s practice areas and focus will remain the representation of injured workers and their families in: Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury.

Pierce, Pierce, & Napolitano: 978-745-0914, Fax: 978-745-1046,,,,

The Pitman Law Offices, LLC: Your Family Matters are Our Business

Your family matters are our business. Guided by this philosophy, our legal professionals are privileged to represent tremendous people during some of the most challenging times of their lives. In every case we handle, we are dedicated to seeing our clients through to better times. We are proud to help men, women, mothers and fathers to a brighter future.

At The Pitman Law Offices, LLC, we represent clients in every aspect of family law, from divorce to child support and custody disputes between married and unmarried couples, from paternity to prenuptial agreements, and the modification and enforcement of court orders. For the past 17 years, Attorney Pitman has earned a reputation for excellence. He was selected as a Rising Star for Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2009 and 2010, is a long-time faculty member of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, teaching evidence and deposition tactics to other attorneys. As an accomplished trial lawyer, he provides compassionate and effective legal services for individuals throughout eastern Massachusetts.

The Pitman Law Offices, LLC: 978-462-0243,,

AndoverLaw, P.C.: A Big Firm in a Small Package

At AndoverLaw, P.C. our mission is simple.  We aim to provide our clients with the best legal services available in the areas of Estate Planning, Protection of Elders and Fiduciary Litigation.

Attorney Timothy D. Sullivan’s skill and dedication to his clients has been recognized with the Lexis-Nexis Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.  He is a lecturer and writer on subjects related to Probate Law and Trust Law.  He sat on the committee that drafted the recently enacted Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code, sits on the Probate Council for the Massachusetts Bar Association, is the director of the Massachusetts Inn of Probate and Family Court, and a member of the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council.

Associate Attorney T. Michael Sullivan is a Director of the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council and Young Lawyers Division of the Essex County Bar Association.

Oriana Gucciardi has four years experience as a legal assistant.  She recently completed her Juris Doctorate, has taken the Bar exam and expects to become an associate in the fall.

AndoverLaw P.C.: 978-470-2700