Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to Mediate.com's required standards of mediation practice.

Michael Leshin

I have been a divorce mediator for over 30 years.


In 1998, after having worked as a family law attorney and mediator at Hemenway & Barnes for 14 years, I formed the law firm of Ginsburg & Leshin, LLC. I transitioned my practice in 2021 from Ginsburg & Leshin, LLC to becoming Of Counsel at the law firm of Goldman & Sidgwick, LLP

ADR Experience

Over the past thirty years I have mediated hundreds of divorces; many involving complex financial issues. I have also served as a conciliator, arbitrator, and case evaluator. I am in the process of expanding my practice as a neutral to providing services as a facilitator and ombuds.

Approach

I approach mediation as a facilitative process; not evaluative. As the need arises, I will provide couples with options of how to resolve particular issues. And, as well, I can provide couples with the “shadow of the law” — sometimes rather clear, sometimes rather diffuse — in service of helping them find a resolution of the issues they need to address. I pride myself on being empathic and concise. Through three decades of practice, I am able to help couples navigate complex financial and parenting issues. If juggernauts arise, I offer couples the option of transitioning to a five-way process with lawyers participating

Education

B.A., Theatre Arts, Brandeis University, 1975
J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1982
M.C.R.P., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1982

Areas Of Practice

  • Family

Additional Services

  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Ombud
  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Online Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Facilitator

Fees and Provisos

My hourly rate is $485 and, absent any unusual circumstance, would request a $5,000 retainer.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • MCFM - Mass. Council of Family Mediation
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators

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