Recent News

David Hoffman gave talk on Lawyers as Peacemakers at TEDxNorthernIllinoisUniversity.

Boston Law Collaborative, LLC has been ranked a "Tier One" firm in 2016

Boston Law Collaborative, LLC has been ranked a "Tier One" firm in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report- Best Lawyers rankings, in three practice areas: Mediation, Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation  BLC has been named a Tier One “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report since this Listing began in 2010.

David Hoffman was selected as 2016 "Lawyer of the Year".

David Hoffman was selected as 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Mediation in the Boston area, an honor allotted to only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area.  David was listed this year, as in past years, as a "Best Lawyer in America" in the practice areas of Arbitration, Collaborative Law: Civil, Collaborative Law: Family Law, and Family Law Mediation. In 2014, David was named Boston's "Lawyer of the Year" in Collaborative Family Law.

Katherine Triantafillou publishes article, Tips for Mediators Feeling the Heat of Hysteria on 

Vicki Shemin Publishes Article on Covenant Marriages in Family Mediation Quarterly

Vicki L. Shemin’s article on covenant marriage, entitled "To Covenant or Not To Covenant: That is the Question!" (page 11), was published in the Spring 2015 Family Mediation Quarterly. Covenant marriage, which exists currently only in three states (not Massachusetts) is an alternative to the traditional marriage contract: it requires pre-marital counseling, a waiting period before divorce, and introduces far more limited grounds for divorce.  Could this signal a new trend in family law?

Vicki Shemin publishes article in Huffington Post, "4 Benefits of Being A Child of Divorce."

Vicki Shemin Joins OverDivorce and Family Matters Radio Shows to Discuss Prenuptials, Postnuptials, and Her New Book

Recently, Vicki L. Shemin was a guest on two national podcasts (OverDivorce and Voice America) discussing “Agreements to Stay Married,” “Prenuptial and Postnupial Agreements” and the opportunity to become part of publishing history by contributing confidential letters to her book-in-the-making entitled - LETTERS TO EX-SPOUSES: AND I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW. You can listen to her on OverDivorce or on Voice America.

Katherine Triantafillou Publishes Call to Action in Mass Lawyers Journal

BLC Affiliate Katherine Triantafillou, Esq., published an article regarding the interplay between domestic violence and the division of marital assets under Chapter 208 Section 34 in the May issue of Mass. Lawyers' Journal. Katherine, who co-authored Chapter 209A, under which survivors of abuse can obtain a restraining order against their partner, argues that courts must take into account a spouse's abuse when considering "conduct" of the parties in dividing marital assets.

Vicki Shemin's Relative Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor

Vicki Shemin, Of Counsel to BLC, was at the White House and the Pentagon this past week for a ceremony in which her relative, William Shemin, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in WWI. The Shemin family has been working for over a decade urging recognition of individuals whose acts of courage were overlooked due to anti-Semitism and racism. Together with Army Sergeant William Shemin, Army Private Henry Johnson also received the Medal.

David A. Hoffman Scholarship Fund to train lawyers who serve the public interest

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) is establishing a scholarship fund in David Hoffman’s honor for the purpose of funding scholarships for legal aid attorneys, private practitioners who accept pro bono cases, and other deserving lawyers who, without financial assistance, could not attend MCLE programs.  If you would like to make a contribution to this fund, in support of training lawyers who serve the public interest, please visit and select the David A. Hoffman Scholarship Fund from the drop-down menu to make a gift online. To make a contribution offline, print out and complete a pledge form, and forward it directly to the David A. Hoffman Scholarship Fund, c/o Sal Ricciardone, Esq., MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108-4751 or email it to  If you have any questions, please call Sal at MCLE at (617) 896-1596.

BLC Founder Honored for Outstanding Service in Dispute Resolution


The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution named BLC Founder David Hoffman the recipient of the 2015 D’Alemberte-Raven Award. The award, created to recognize outstanding service in dispute resolution, is the Section's highest honor. Previous recipients have included Roger Fisher, Frank Sander, Janet Reno, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Sen.George Mitchell. Read the press release here

Vicki Shemin Launches Book Project on Divorce

Vicki Shemin launched a book project on divorce, which will feature letters written by people who have been through a divorce. The book, “LETTERS TO EX-SPOUSES: . . . AND I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW,” will contain candid reflections on love, marriage, children, and divorce. The letters, contributed anonymously, are not necessarily ones that the writer has sent or would actually send, but rather messages that a divorced person, looking back, would like to communicate with his/her divorced spouse.  BLC is encouraging people who have been through divorce to participate in this project.  For more info, click here.

Recent Recognitions

Vicki Shemin Named one of Boston's Top Lawyers in 2015

Legal Leaders named Vicki Shemin one of Boston's Top Lawyers in 3 categories- ADR, Family Law and Mediation/Collaborative Law.

Vicki Shemin Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

This recognition is exclusively for women attorneys who have received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from their peers. Less than 5% of women lawyers have been recognized with an AV Preeminent Rating. Vicki Shemin has been selected continuously since 2011.

Past News & Recognitions

Vicki Shemin Honored

In January, LinkedIn named BLC Attorney Vicki Shemin a Top Influencer.  

Vicki Shemin Recognized

The WorldWide Registry recognized BLC Attorney Vicki Shemin as an expert attorney resource. She is honored to be qualified for inclusion in Top 101 Industry Experts.

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