Advisory Board

Lawyers for Affordable Justice is fortunate to have a distinguished advisory board to help guide the mission and focus of LAJ.

ALEX DEAL

Alexandra Deal is the principal of the Law Office of Alexandra H. Deal.

Alex counsels individuals and small businesses on federal and Massachusetts workplace laws and reviews and negotiates employment contracts and separation agreements.  She also handles litigation for individuals, small businesses and nonprofits, including employment and business disputes and civil rights claims.  In addition, she represents clients in post-conviction criminal proceedings in both federal and state court.  Alex has been named by Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” every year since 2009.

Prior to starting her own firm, Alex was an associate at Stern Shapiro Weissberg & Garin for eight years and at Burns & Levinson for a short time.  Alex graduated from Boston College Law School in 2004.

 

EMMANUEL J. DOCKTER

Emmanuel is a partner of Baum & Dockter LLP with offices in Boston and Quincy. His practice includes divorce, custody, alimony, child support, property division, prenuptial agreements, paternity, guardianship, and equity matters. He accepts Category F Guardian ad Litem appointments to conduct child custody investigations and determine waiver of privilege on behalf of a child. Mr. Dockter is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem and Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts as well as a MCLE lecturer and editor of the Financial Aspects of Divorce in Massachusetts MCLE book. Prior to attending law school, he was an active duty member of the United States Marines Corps. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and the University of Maryland.

 

MONICA HALAS

Monica is a Lead Attorney in the Employment Law Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Northeastern University School of Law. She has represented countless clients in unemployment claims and works closely with labor on systemic changes to the Massachusetts unemployment law. She also represents community based organizations in public policy campaigns securing new statutory rights for workers including workers in temporary or domestic work.  She is a member of UAW Local 2320 and serves as a vice-president on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO

KELLY LEIGHTON

Kelly Leighton is a partner at Barnes & Leighton a firm dedicated to family law located in Salem.

Kelly was a member of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Alimony Reform Task Force, the committee that drafted the recently-enacted Alimony Reform Act of 2011.  Kelly is a member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association, and is former co-chair of the BBA’s Family Law Steering Committee.  She is current President-Elect and former Secretary the Board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, as well as a mentor and trainer for the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selected Kelly as a “Top Women of Law 2012” honoree.

Kelly was a staff attorney at Merrimack Valley Legal Services for three years and then a Senior Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services for 10 years before starting her own firm.  Kelly graduated from Boston College Law School.

 

DAVID ROSEN

David is the principal of David Rosen, LLC. With more than 25 years of litigation experience, David’s practice focuses on providing financial institutions and loan servicers with personal, hands-on legal representation in all phases of mortgage and real estate-related litigation. David is admitted in state and federal court in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and frequently appears in Bankruptcy Court and in the Massachusetts Land Court.

David is a regular panelist at Legal League conferences and speaker at ALFN Te@ch Seminars. He has presented discussions on topics including Massachusetts Legislative Changes and Hot Topics, HAMP litigation, Qualified Written Requests (including changes under the new CFPB rules), Affidavits, FDCPA, and working with outside counsel on defending wrongful foreclosure claims. He has also provided training sessions at several client locations on numerous topics affecting the mortgage foreclosure industry.

Specialties: injunctions, consumer protection claims, challenges to standing, wrongful foreclosure, debt disputes, adversary complaints, breach of contract, negligence, fraud and misrepresentation, identify theft, TILA, RESPA, Fair Debt, Federal Forfeiture, contested eviction, code violation, tax and mechanics liens, deficiency claims, condo/HOA litigation, and interpleader actions. David  also works on a wide range of equity and title matters.

 

MICHAEL SAMS

Michael P. Sams is a founding member and shareholder of Kenney & Sams, P.C. He received an AV Rating, the highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics from The Martindale Hubbell National Law Directory. Mike was selected for inclusion in Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyers, from 2004 through 2015. This designation is limited to the top five percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth and New England. His primary area of practice is construction litigation. Mike also has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 and 2016.

In addition to his litigation and trial work, Mike spends considerable time consulting with clients regarding risk management policies and procedures, as well as contract analysis and preparation, all to lessen the potential for future litigation. He writes and speaks frequently concerning trial and litigation skills including best practices in taking depositions, sound legal writing and Massachusetts evidence law. Mr. Sams also has served as a faculty speaker to industry groups concerning matters such as risk management and claims investigation. Mike has spoken to industry and legal organizations including the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, The Massachusetts Bar Association, Construction Financial Managers Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Associated Builders and Contractors, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. He also has presented at both Build Boston and Residential Build Boston.

 

CHRISTOPHER STRANG

Mr. Strang is a partner of the firm and head of the Civil Litigation practice at Strang Scott. He received his B.S. degree with honors from the University at Albany in 1998 with a major in Marketing and a minor in Political Science. He served as a Project Coordinator for a construction contracting firm in New York before attending the Boston University School of Law.

Mr. Strang held the position of Associate at Corwin & Corwin, LLP from 2005-2010 where he specialized in construction litigation. He represented clients through all phases and forms of dispute resolution including bid protests at the Attorney General’s office, mediations, arbitrations and first-chairing at trial.

He completed the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program in 2008 and is current co-chair of the BBA’s Public Policy Committee in the Litigation Section. He is also an Executive Committee member of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees and serves on many of the BBF’s charitable fundraising events and committees.

Mr. Strang is the current President of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association’s Executive Committee. He was awarded the Career Development Alumni Award by the Boston University School of Law in 2008 and the Public Interest Project Pro Bono Award in 2013.

He spearheaded the firm’s pro bono project, pairing law students with attorneys to assist veterans and other Massachusetts residents in their job search by assisting qualified applicants in sealing CORI records.

Mr. Strang was selected as a New England Super Lawyer – Rising Star by his peers in each year from 2009 through 2013, and a New England Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015.