Ginsburg Leshin Gibbs & Jones, LLP
Michael L. Leshin  Platinum Member

Available Globally


One Hollis Street, Suite 423


Marital mediation is a growing area of family mediation that helps couples explore the option of staying married rather than getting divorced.


In contrast to mediation, a facilitative process, we also serve as conciliators and provide evaluations for cases. We meet with the parties and their counsel and formulate settlement options.


We also serve as arbitrators. Through arbitration, we write a decision addressing the issues presented. We work with counsel to design a structure for the arbitration hearing that best suits their clients’ needs.

Parenting Coordination

Through this process, we attempt to facilitate the settling of the parents’ scheduling and caretaking disputes. If no agreement is reached, we can then provide written recommendations.

Guardians ad Litem

Where parents disagree about custody and/or ancillary child-related issues, a Court will typically appoint a Guardian ad Litem to investigate and, many times, make recommendations as to custody and/or a parenting plan. Through this appointment we will prepare a report which is filed with the Court.

Advisory Guardian ad Litem Opinions

With decades of experience as a Guardian ad Litem, Julie Ginsburg will provide parents or attorneys with an advisory opinion concerning disputed parenting schedule and custody issues. This service enables either or both parents as well as their counsel to better assess whether to seek the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem. In addition, her advice can assist counsel and parents with developing strategies for addressing their parenting goals during the course of mediations, attorney-negotiations and litigation.

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MICHAEL LESHIN focuses his practice on family law and mediation. He is a fellow of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has served as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and as the president of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. He has been certified as a divorce mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. He serves on the Board of Directors for Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc. In 2013 he received MCFM's John Adams Fiske Award for Excellence in Mediation.

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Michael is the author of the "Massachusetts Family Law Sourcebook," published annually by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Michael is a co-author of "Dispute Resolution Alternatives to Promote Positive Parenting and Childhood Experiences," Chapter 1 of Paternity and the Law of Parentage in Massachusetts (MCLE) and "Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Alternatives," Chapter 4 of Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual (MCLE.)

Michael has lectured on tax, mediation, and family law issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the Boston Bar Association, Mediation Works, Inc., Community Dispute Settlement Center, Suffolk University Law School and Boston College Law School. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A. 1975), Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1982), and Harvard University (M.C.R.P. 1982). He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," (Family Law, 2006-2015 and Family Law Mediation 2007-2015) and in Martindale-Hubbell 'A-V' (highest rating). Michael has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer ® (2005 - 2015) for his work in family law.

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Adoption   ,   Family   ,   Child Law   ,   Divorce

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