Firm Overview

I primarily provide services to individuals in the area of Labor Law (Wrongful Termination, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Unemployment Compensation). I also provide services to individuals in the area of Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy (Chapter 7 and 13), Debt Settlement, and Credit Disputes. I represent individuals in Small Claims Court.

In addition, I provide pro bono services through two Boston agencies in the area of Guardianship of Incompetent Adults, Unemployment Benefits, and Bankruptcy. I will soon be providing 209A (Domestic Violence) pro bono services through the Geiger Center in Newburyport, MA.

I have been in private practice since 2008. Since that time I have worked in the area of HAMP and other home loan modifications, Bankruptcy, debt settlement, collections defense, and employee-side labor law including, demand letters, mediations, and unemployment hearings. Prior to going into private practice, I was involved in union-side labor law.

I've received a certification in mediation through Mediation Works Inc. of Boston.

Example cases

Represented an individual who owed a large debt to the Treasury of the State of Massachusetts and who had an bench warrant for arrest over the issue. Resolved the debt through negotiation and had the charges dismissed upon payment. This person also had a child support case I resolved by demonstrating the state did not have jurisdiction.

Represented a consignor against an international bank in a bankruptcy action where the bank claimed the goods of the bankrupt consignee as store stock. We successfully argued under the Uniform Commercial Code that the bank knew or should have known these were consigned goods. The client was able to reclaim all the consigned goods.

Main Office

Main
300 Brickstone Square
Suite 201
Andover  MA  01810

Phone
  • (978) 314-4100
Fax
  • (888) 551-2119

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes - generally half an hour. NOTE: NO FREE LEGAL ADVISE VIA EMAIL OR PHONE CALLS

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I have flat fees for services such as demand letters and debt settlements. NOLO clients are eligible for a 5% discount.

Hourly Rates

$175 to $250 depending upon the service.

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

American Sign Language

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My practice evolved over time. I grew passionate about Labor Law while working for a union. In private practice I found that employment problems and debt problems usually went hand in hand.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

An educated client understands more about processes and what can and cannot be done through the legal system. In fact, some clients become legal sleuths and greatly enhance their cases because they know details they forget to tell their lawyer and have "aha" moments during their studies.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Absolutely. I view my role in this process as analyzing and improving on the document that is eventually filed and considered by the court.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I'm happy to coach someone in representing themselves in simple legal matters. However, in complex cases my advice is likely to be considering retaining counsel - if not me, then someone else.

Marsha Graham

I provided social work services in Idaho and Alaska to adults and children in the areas of protection, advocacy, adoption, employment related services, and homelessness for almost two decades. In Massachusetts I trained as a Webmaster and worked in high tech doing contract work for a CMGI affiliate. I became a legal research expert while working for Westlaw. I co-authored a book called Essay Success Express that is part of the prestigious Emmanual Bar Review line of Aspen Legal, a division of Wolters-Kluwer Law and Business.

All of it. The social work, the writing, and all my combined experiences including creating cutting edge memorandums of law for the Chief Justice of Probate and Family Court during a two-semester judicial internship, working at Lawyer for the Day in another internship, working in Internet Research in high tech and later for Westlaw all contribute to the skills I bring to the table.

I'm personable, yet assertive, a negotiator who is also a zealous advocate.

My strengths include being a troubleshooter who identifies strengths and weaknesses in cases - theirs and yours - so they can be addressed.

Personal interests:

American Sign Language - and I don't devote nearly enough time to my receptive skills. Also, nature photography (mostly landscapes), reading everything from pop physics to mystery, walking the dog and writing.

License
  • Bar Number: 668370
    Massachusetts , 2007
Education
  • Massachusetts School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2006
    Andover, MA
    Published in MSL's The Reformer - Winter 2006, Editor of the student newspaper, The Writ 2005, 2 Judicial Internships with the Chief Justice of Probate and Family Court.
  • Boise State University
    B.A. , 1973
    Boise, ID

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