Firm Overview

Justice is not found in a courtroom. We assist you in negotiating deals, resolving disputes, drafting agreements, policies, and other legal documents, all while educating you enough to comply with the law and help you stay out of court. These are some of our methods.

Advice & Consultation:

Candid, straightforward advice about legal rights, obligations, and their practical implications.

Honest assessment, evaluation, and examination of your legal affairs using independent professional judgment, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Includes moral, ethical, and related considerations relevant to how the law will be applied.

Consultation, legal research, and document preparation.

Will not represent in court or hold client funds.

Will recommend referral and consultation with another attorney or with a professional in another field as necessary to provide the best representation possible.

Conflict Resolution:

Negotiation. As negotiator, zealously represents your interests in getting the best deal possible, consistent with honest and fair dealings. Typically this is the negotiation of a contract, settlement, or other agreement.

Mediation. As mediator, acts as a neutral third-party to facilitate dialogue, identify issues of dispute, explore solutions, and help the parties reach a mutually-acceptable agreement in order to resolve and settle a civil dispute out of court. The mediator does not make a decision, only helps the parties come to one.

Arbitration. As arbitrator, acts as a neutral third-party to hear arguments from both sides, review evidence, and render a decision to settle the a dispute without going to court. Unlike mediation, the arbitrator makes the decision using professional judgment.

Restorative Justice. As circle keeper or facilitator, uses restorative practices to address the needs of and repair the harm done to all stakeholders. About more than just arriving at an agreement, restorative justice focuses on needs, roles, obligations, collaboration, engagement, and empowerment to help repair the harm caused. Used in cases where a more comprehensive approach than mediation is necessary.

Main Office

John Espinosa, Esq.
141 John Street
Suite R18
Lowell MA 01852

Phone

(351) 201-9561

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Office Information

Office Hours

Flexible

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Greek

Business

Entrepreneurship | Small Business | Non-Profit

Represents small business clients in all stages, micro entrepreneurs, for-profit, non-profit, and other ventures. Have an idea for a business or any kind of organization? Talk to us first. About to sign a contract? Better have us look at it or help you draft a better one. Want to make sure your business is complying with all laws and regulations? We can help. Buying, selling, merging, acquiring, or dissolving a business? You need representation.

We focus on the legal aspects of your business so that you can focus on actually doing business:

Legal business entity choice, drafting of organizing documents, and formation.

Compliance with laws, regulations, licenses, procedures that affect all aspects of your business, including industry regulation, employment, and public accommodation.

Contract review, negotiation, and drafting for all business transactions, agreements, purchases and sales.

Advice and consultation, document drafting, conflict resolution services, education and training for all business legal matters to avoid court involvement.

Administrative advocacy with local, state, and federal agencies that regulate your business.

Referrals to and consultation with outside counsel and related professionals as necessary to meet the needs of your business.

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

As a paralegal, John Espinosa, Esq. served clients in small business and real estate matters for several years. As an educator, John has taught multiple sections of business law, business organizations, and real estate law to both business and paralegal students. John uses this combined industry experience to serve several unmet client needs.

In business, John advises entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and others small businesses and organizations who often do not seek legal counsel until after a problem has arisen. Larger companies have the benefit of in-house counsel and big law firm attorneys on-call. John ensures that smaller businesses, both for-profit and non-profit, also have access to high quality legal representation.

In real estate, John focuses on the needs of the buyer, seller, landlord, or tenant as appropriate, but will not represent banks or conduct real estate closings for banks. As a Real Estate Attorney-Broker with experience in both teaching and practicing real estate law, John is uniquely qualified to help ensure that all parties to a real estate transaction are informed, educated, and have the best representation possible to protect their legal interests.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

John Espinosa, Esq. has over 15 years experience in the legal field. John has worked as a paralegal, attorney, legal educator, and mediator. John has served as program director and coordinator of an ABA-approved paralegal program, and as associate director of a community mediator center. John has taught college courses for multiple schools in legal studies, paralegal studies, and conflict resolution.

With a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (2009) and a M.A. from UMass Lowell in Peace & Conflict Studies - Conflict Resolution (2012), John combines education and experience to provide quality advice, consultation, and services in both legal matters and conflict resolution. John focuses on keeping you out of court.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

John Espinosa, Esq. encourages client empowerment and independence by providing advice, consultation, education, and direct services in both law and conflict resolution. John is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts and lives downtown. The virtual law practice model allows John to focus on client needs, providing both high quality and accessible legal representation to clients. John is especially interested in helping underrepresented and under-served clients in the community.

Professional Affiliations:

American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education - Sponsor Member

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

As a legal educator, John strives to educate all clients on the legal issues relevant to their concerns by providing resources and discussing legal issues together with clients.

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

John will provide coaching for pro-se clients representing themselves.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

John Espinosa, Esq. engages in significant pro bono work in the community by serving on boards and committees of several local organizations. In December 2016, John co-founded a new public charity to help further the pro bono goals of the law practice.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

John Espinosa, Esq. strives to keep clients out of court and avoid litigation by using a variety of conflict resolution methods, practices, and techniques to help resolve disputes.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Absolutely. We are here to provide as little or as much help as you need with your legal issue or dispute.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Having been a career paralegal and a paralegal educator, John is dedicated to utilizing paralegals and other professionals as appropriate to help meet the needs of every client.

John Espinosa

John Espinosa, Esq.

Career paralegal turned attorney, mediator, and legal educator. John has over 15 years experience in the legal field from multiple perspectives. Raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, John is dedicated to serving the underrepresented needs of the community by providing advice and consultation, education, and services in both law and conflict resolution.

License

Bar Number: 677710
Massachusetts, 2010

Education

University of Michigan Law School
J.D., 2009

UMass Lowell
M.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies - Conflict Resolution, 2012

Suffolk University
B.S. in Paralegal Studies, minor in Philosophy, 2006

North Shore Community College
A.S. in Paralegal Studies, 2004

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