Attorney Steven Ballard is an experienced Massachusetts litigator practicing divorce and family law and criminal defense, and he is an especially successful trial lawyer in child custody and other high-conflict cases. He boasts a rare set of attributes, combining the broad real-life experience and street-smarts typical of the best trial lawyers together with academic credentials that match or surpass those of top lawyers in blue-chip law firms.
Steven Ballard works hard to achieve the best outcomes for his clients by strategic planning, skilled negotiations, and when necessary, aggressive court representation at hearings and at trial. He represents individuals in divorce and family law cases on a regular basis in the Greater Boston Area, in the courts of Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. He also takes cases in Suffolk, Essex, Plymouth, Hampshire, Hampden, Barnstable and Franklin Counties.
As a family lawyer, Steven Ballard draws on several years of direct experience with children and adolescents, having taught primary school, secondary school and university students both in the United States and abroad, in his previous career as a pianist, music scholar and teacher. He is also the sole custodial parent of his only child after divorce. He is thus uniquely able to understand and handle custody and visitation matters and other issues involving children.
He understands firsthand the problems and challenges of single and divorced parenthood, and many of the typical problems of both men and women as they face divorce and other family law problems. He is eager to help his clients find the best, easiest, and most harmonious long-term solutions to their problems.
Steven Ballard grew up in the Atlanta area, and then attended college at Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York, where he graduated with a Bachelor's in history-sociology.
He thereafter returned to his home state to attend law school, and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992. While in law school, he was a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic and received a coveted fellowship from the Public Interest Law Initiative of Chicago.
Steven Ballard has devoted much energy to serving the public interest. He has acted pro bono on behalf of Massachusetts family law litigants through legal aid agencies in Middlesex and Worcester Counties and has served as Lawyer for the Day for the Middlesex County, Norfolk County and Worcester County Divisions of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. He has fulfilled the training requirements under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:18 as a divorce mediator and as a court-connected conciliator, and has volunteered as a court-connected conciliator in the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court. He has also acted as a judge in years past in several statewide high school Mock Trial competitions sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Attorney Steven Ballard now takes select private criminal defense cases and related civil cases in district and superior courts, particularly when most convenient and practical for clients with related family law matters - including cases involving allegations of domestic violence, restraining orders, and sex abuse allegations.
Steven Ballard also handles appeals in the Massachusetts appellate courts for family law litigants in appropriate circumstances, and has managed to achieve victories for clients on several occasions right at the beginning of the appeals process, by reaching satisfactory agreement out of court before full-blown appeals proved necessary.