Joyce Kauffman

Joyce Kauffman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Roslindale, MA

Kauffman Law & Mediation
 | 4238 Washington St., Suite 313
Roslindale, MA 02131
Phone: 617-577-1505
Fax: 617-469-8440
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Kauffman’s practice focuses entirely on mediation, adoption, and assisted reproductive technology law for both traditional and non-traditional families.  Attorney Kauffman has been in the forefront of lesbian and gay family law in Massachusetts.  She has handled numerous same-sex divorces since same-sex marriage became legal  and was on brief in the historic co-parent adoption case that established the right of same-sex couples to jointly adopt in Massachusetts.  Attorney Kauffman has represented hundreds of lesbian and gay individuals and couples in their quest to legalize their relationships with their children, including obtaining three-parent adoptions for several families.  Attorney Kauffman has written and lectured widely on family law, particularly how family law impacts the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and how same-sex marriage impacts family law.  

    About Joyce Kauffman

    Admitted: 1992, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage:


    • In 2009, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selected Attorney Kauffman as one of its Lawyers of the Year.
    • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Top Women of Law, 2013
    • 2003 Barney Frank Award, Massachusetts School of Law; 2005 Fisher Davenport Award, Family Pride Coalition and COLAGE; 2007 Gwen Bloomingdale Pioneer Spirit Award, Mass. Lesbian and Gay Bar Association

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Elected to Board of Directors, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) in January 2012  
    • Vice President, Board of Directors, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), 2012-present; Mass LGBTQ Bar Association:  Board of Directors, 1997-2003; Co-Chair, Board of Directors, 2000-2003; Chair, Family Law Section, 2003-2006; National Center for Lesbian Rights:  National Family Law Advisory Council, 2003 to present.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • 2006 to present, Volunteer, Senior Partners for Justice

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Quotation of the Day, New York Times, Sunday, June 15, 2008 (; "Marriage, Civil Union, Domestic Partnership - What's the Difference?" Divorce Center Briefs, February 2008 Contributor; "Legal Issues of Importance to Clinicians," Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, Makadon, Mayer, Potter, and Goldhammer, editors, published by the American College of Physicians, 2007; "Protect Your Family," Bay Windows, November 30, 2006 "Protecting Our Relationships," 2006 (  "On Legal Gay Marriage," 2006 (; "Ignoring Children's Needs is True Immorality," Boston Globe, OpEd, March 14, 2006 (; "Red Flags in a Blue State:  Lesbian and Gay Divorce in Massachusetts,"  Family Mediation Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer 2005; "Adoption Basics for One-, Two-, or Multiple-Parent Families," Representing Nontraditional Families, K. Triantafillou, ed., MCLE, 2000; revised 2005"De Facto Parents: State of the Law in Massachusetts," Family Mediation Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2003; "One Egg + One Womb = Two Moms," And Baby Magazine, Premier Issue 2001; "Same-Sex Co-parent Adoptions," Adoption and Reproductive Technology Law in Massachusetts, S. Crockin, ed., MCLE 2000            

    Educational Background:

    • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MAJ.D., May 1992                        Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center, Cambridge, MA Mediation Training, Spring 1993Divorce Mediation Training, Winter 1994             Lesley College, Cambridge, MA; M.Ed., Counseling and Psychology, May 1981 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; B.S., Child Development, February 1971 
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    Office Location for Joyce Kauffman

    4238 Washington St.
    Suite 313
    Roslindale, MA 02131

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    Last Updated: 7/28/2020

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