Marilynne R. Ryan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Walpole, MA

Ryan Faenza Carey
 | 825 Main Street, Walpole, MA 02081
Phone: 508-668-9112
Fax: 508-668-1285
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Marilynne R. Ryan is a founding partner of Ryan Faenza Carey, LLC, located in Walpole Massachusetts. Representing clients throughout the Boston area, she focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters, including divorce and the attendant legal issues such as alimony, child custody and support, and property division. Attorney Ryan has experience in alternative divorce dispute resolution methods such as mediation and collaborative law, but she will also recommend settlement conferences or litigation to her clients where appropriate.

    Whether you are in the midst of a divorce, in need of family law services, or looking to buy/sell/refinance real estate, Ryan Faenza Carey can advise you, guide you and represent you every step of the way.

    After receiving her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Stonehill College in 1981, Attorney Ryan went on to attend New England School of Law in Boston and was awarded her Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1986. At her law school commencement, Attorney Ryan was the recipient of the Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, Ms. Ryan has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and she has been listed as one of her state's Top 100 Lawyers by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

    Attorney Ryan has contributed articles on divorce and other family law topics to several professional journals. A member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, she is also an active participant in the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Bar Association of Norfolk County. Attorney Ryan is equally devoted to her community and donates her time to several organizations, including serving as the chair of the Walpole Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee since 1991.

    *AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law


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    About Marilynne Ryan

    Admitted: 1986, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage:


    • Boston's Top Rated Lawyers in Family Law – Legal Leaders, 2014, 2015
    • Top 10 Attorney Award for excellence in the field of Family Law – National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA), 2014, 2015
    • New England Scholar Award, New England School of Law, 1982 - 1986
    • Accredited with A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
    • Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers, The National Advocates, 2015
    • 10 Best – – Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014, 2015
    • Top Lawyers of Boston – Recognized for excellence and achievements by the legal community, 2013, 2015
    • Timothy J. Cronin Memorial Award, New England School of Law, 1986
    • Designated as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2008 – 2016
    • Boston Magazine Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, 2013
    • Top Women of Law Award, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2016
    • Top 100 Family Lawyers in Massachusetts-American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), 2014, 2016
    • Top Women in Law Award – Lawyer Monthly 2014
    • American Jurisprudence Book Award for Criminal Law, New England School of Law, 1984
    • AV® preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • The Best Lawyers in America - - Family Law, 2017 edition

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certificate in Alcoholism Counseling, New England Alcohol Education Institute, Stonehill College, 1980
    • Certification in Divorce Mediation, Haynes Mediation Training Institute, New York, 1987
    • Certification in Collaborative Law Practice, Collaborative Training Solutions, LLC, Annapolis, Maryland, January 2009

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Board of Delegates, 1990-1993
    • United States Supreme Court, 2004
    • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Bench Bar Committee, Member, 1995-Present
    • Plymouth County Bar Association, 2015
    • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Bench Bar Committee, Co-chair, 1996-1997
    • Plymouth County Bar Association
    • Norfolk County Collaborative Law Practice Group, 2009-present
    • United States District Courts in Massachusetts, 1987
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2009-2019
    • Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, Member, 2008-2009
    • Massachusetts Bar Association Executive Management Board, Member, 1992-1993
    • Norfolk County Bar Association
    • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Member
    • Massachusetts State Courts, 1986
    • Norfolk County Bar Association, Member, 1998-Present
    • Court Management Advisory Board of the Supreme Judicial Court, Member, 2010-2013
    • Massachusetts Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Standing Committee, 1997-1998 and 2004-2007
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chairperson, Council Member
    • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Member
    • American Bar Association 1987-2016

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer, Court Approved Conciliator, Conciliation Program of the Bar Association of Norfolk County, 2013 - Present
    • Panelist, "Do You Wonder How Child Support Can Help Your Children?" Sponsored by the Roxbury Community College Criminal Justice Program and Criminal Justice Club and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, 2014
    • Walpole Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee, Chairperson, 1991-2016
    • Member, Probate Court Working Group to Develop Low Cost Litigation Options, selected by Chief Justice Angela Ordonez, 2014-Present
    • Walpole Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee, Member, 1988-Present
    • Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force, Vice Chair
    • Panelist, Child Support Seminar, Roxbury Community College, March 2009
    • Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Committee, Chairperson

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-Author, Silver Linings, a guide for parents during divorce, 2014
    • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations 4th Two Volume Publication (2003 - 2006), Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a Member of the LexisNexis Group
    • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations 3rd Two Volume Publication (1999 - 2003), Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a Member of the LexisNexis Group
    • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations 2nd Two Volume Publication (1997 - 1999), Lexis Law Publishing
    • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations Two Volume Publication (1982 - 1997), Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company
    • Co-Author, “Antenuptial Agreements, Resolving Division of Assets Upon Divorce,” Boston Bar Journal (1981)
    • Co-Author, “Cost of Living Adjustments: Property Settlement Agreements, Negotiation and Drafting of Separation Agreements – From Whereas to Whereof,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education/New England Law Institute (1980)
    • Co-Author, “For Your Notebook Series,” Massachusetts Bar Association Personal and Probate Section Newsletter (1977 - 1985)
    • Author, “Outline of Preparing Property Settlement Agreements in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Bar Association Personal and Probate Section Newsletter (1977)
    • Author, “Domestic Relations Initial Interview Questionnaire, Massachusetts Divorce Practice and Procedure, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education/New England Law Institute (1976 - 1983)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Fox 25 Television interview on divorce issues 2010
    • WBZ News Radio guest 2014, 2011 & 2008

    Educational Background:

    • Stonehill College, B.A., cum laude, 1981
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    Office Location for Marilynne R. Ryan

    825 Main Street
    Walpole, MA 02081

    Phone: 508-668-9112

    Fax: 508-668-1285

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