Alethea Shaddox

Of Counsel

Licensed in Massachusetts

Location: Woburn, Massachusetts

Phone: 781-569-5840

Fax: 781-569-5841

Email: AShaddox@blb-law.com

FAMILY LAW & BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY

Family Law Expertise  | Mediation |  Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy

Family law attorney and mediator, with a track record of working closely with parties, counsel, and the courts to resolve complex family law matters in all areas of domestic relations. Seasoned attorney, with extensive knowledge of chapter 7 & 13 bankruptcy law, with a history of helping clients discharge or restructure their debts. Trusted relationship builder

and negotiator, skilled at collaborating with other attorneys to develop long-term strategies to efficiently resolve sensitive family law matters, while respecting the unique circumstances facing family law clients.

Key Accomplishments

  • Senior Family Law Associate & Certified Mediator – Wright Family Law Group: Build strong relationships with clients, to help navigate complex family law matters relative to divorce, alimony, asset division, custody, and child support, in addition to drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Associate Attorney, Bankruptcy – Heney & Associates: Prepared petitions for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13; Managed all aspects of cases, helping individual and business debtors restructure debts through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 protection
  • Paralegal: Supported a bankruptcy attorney and a civil litigation attorney
  • Consumer Complaint Mediator – Middlesex Law Center: Mediated and resolved consumer complaints in a satellite division of the Consumer Protection division of the Attorney General’s office

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Law including Divorce & Custody Disputes
  • Mediation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Client Relationship Management

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Consumer Protection
  • Collaboration
  • Training & Mentoring

 

WRIGHT FAMILY LAW GROUP                                                                                                Tewksbury, MA

Senior Associate Attorney & Mediator                                                                               December 2017 to present

  • Independently maintain a large case load of clients needing assistance in all areas of domestic relations for a boutique law firm in Middlesex County
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with a diverse client population; Explain processes and develop a strategy to promote an understanding of how to maintain family relationships; Actively encourage clients to take a long- range, solution-oriented view of their matters
  • Gather and organize the facts of each case; Negotiate with opposing counsel, and build consensus for resolution
  • Provide mediation services for all family law matters, primarily divorce, parenting time, and custody disputes, meeting with parties and their counsel to assist them in finding a balance to enable them to settle contested matters
  • Draft all legal documents, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, discovery requests, motions and objections, and separation agreements; Articulate issues clearly and concisely, supported by relevant case law; Attend court hearings in Middlesex, Essex, and Worcester County
  • Foster a culture of compassionate client service, legal diligence, and long-term, strategic case planning, in addition to integrity and ethics
  • Manage client files in the Clio legal case management software
  • Support the infrastructure of a growing practice, helping to establish workflows, policies, and procedures, in addition to problem solving issues related to new systems

 

HENEY & ASSOCIATES                                                                                                                    Beverly, MA

Associate Attorney – Bankruptcy                                                                                              January 2012 to 2018

  • Represented clients in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy for a well-established boutique bankruptcy and real estate practice with clients throughout the North Shore
  • Oversaw all aspects of bankruptcy cases, from client intake and collaboration with financial planners, CPAs, and accountants, for wealthy clients with large, complex estates
  • Responded to trustee document requirements; Attended 341 meetings and court appearances

Additional experiences include

  • Bankruptcy Paralegal Attorney Richard Gaudreau, P.C., Salem, NH, January 2004 to December 2011
    • Supported an attorney in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases; Prepared chapter 13 plans; Drafted responsive pleadings as well as adversary proceedings for creditor violations
    • Coordinated cases with clients, opposing counsel, and trustees, as well as support attorneys on other cases
  • Paralegal Harvey Law Firm, LLC, Albuquerque, NM, September 2006 to March 2007
    • Supported litigation involving wrongful death and nursing home negligence; Coordinated depositions and drafted and filed motions with the court; Ensured that discovery was served and answered
    • Provided clients with regular updates
  • Consumer Complaint Mediator Middlesex Law Center, Lowell, MA
    • Served as a liaison between consumers and businesses in collaboration with the Consumer Protection division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
    • Helped to resolve disputes regarding services not provided, or to release consumers from contracts and memberships, among many other issues
    • Maintained a case load of complaints with heavy client and business contact and negotiated mutually acceptable resolutions; Documented all conversations

    EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Massachusetts School of Law, Andover, MA

    Juris Doctor, 2011

    University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

    Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, 2006

    Member of Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society

    Licensure & Certifications

    • Member of the Bar, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Member of the Bar, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
    • Notary Public, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Certified Mediator, pursuant to Rule 8(b)(iv)

    Memberships and Community Service

    • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)Member, Boston Bar Association
    • Former Volunteer, Merrimack Valley Legal Services
    • Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court
      • Judge Abber We Can Settle Committee

    Software & Platforms

    • BestCase
    • Clio
    • PACER/ECF
    • CaseText
    • LexisNexis
    • Microsoft Office Suite