Lawyers and Law Offices

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GLBT Domestic Violence Attorney Program

Wayne Thomas, 617-779-2130 Location: c/o Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, Phone: 617-779-2130, Fax: 617-779-2171, Email:

The GLBT Domestic Violence Attorney Program is supported by the Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project. We provide direct representation, advice, and referrals to survivors of domestic violence. Our program focuses on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Populations Served: HIV, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender. (Link Checked 3/13)

Victim Witness Assistance Program of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

The purpose of the Victim Witness Assistance Program of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office is to provide information, support, and assistance to witnesses, victims of violence and their family members. Victim Witness Advocates are located in each of the district courts in the county and the Boston Municipal Court, in the superior court, and in specialized units.

[LGBTQ Bar Association]

The LGBTQ Bar Association is a voluntary state-wide professional association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers and our allies providing a visible LGBT presence within the Massachusetts legal community. Law students, paralegals and other members of the legal profession are encouraged to become non-voting associate members. Their website provides a lawyer referral list.

(GLAD) Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders

GLAD’s hotline Monday - Friday, 1:30 - 4:30pm English and Spanish
Boston Area: (617) 426-1350
New England: 1-800-455-GLAD
Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression. Providing litigation, advocacy, and educational work in all areas of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights and the rights of people living with HIV, GLAD has a full-time legal staff and a network of cooperating attorneys across New England. GLAD's hotline provides legal information, referrals, and resources. Their website has answers to many LGBT legal questions. (Link Checked 3/13)


Nancy S. Shilepsky (617) 447-2806

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Kelly M. Bonnevie, Partner Email: Phone: 617.964.8090 (Link Checked 3/13)

Immigration Lawyers

Hema Sarangapani Attorney at Law ~ Abogada 11 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 p. 617-435-8005 ~

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Richard Iandoli A national immigration law practice with experience with LGBT (Link Checked 3/13)

Family Law

Elizabeth Roberts
Todd & Weld
28 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
Phone 617-720-2626 (Link Checked 3/13)

Law Office of Joyce Kauffman
Joyce Kauffman and Polly Crozier
231 Third St. Cambridge, MA 02142
Work Tel: 617-577-1505
PRACTICE AREAS: ADR/Mediation/Estate Planning/Probate/Tax/Family Law (Link Checked 3/13)

Oasis Law
Amherst Office
7 N. Pleasant Street, Suite 2F
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 230-3748
(413) 230-3784 fax

Greenfield Office
393 Main Street, Second Floor
(413) 475-3559
(413) 230-3784 fax

Provides legal counsel to individuals and families to take care of their personal, health, financial, and legal affairs so they can live with confidence and peace of mind. Oasis advise clients to prepare for the What Ifs of illness and disability, the certainty of death, and the happy milestones of birth, adoption, marriage, and retirement.
Oasis takes care to strengthen family ties and give special attention to the needs of those whom our clients hold dear: the children, loved ones who are aging or living with a disability, couples and parents denied equality of marriage, LGBT elderly, veterans, single parents, blended families, and their labor-of-love business.
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Estate Planning

Wade Horowitz LaPointe, LLC
1309 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Phone 617-738-1919 (Link Checked 3/13)

Student Loan Law

The Law Office of Adam S. Minsky is the first law office in Massachusetts, and one of the first in the country, with a concentrated focus in student loan law. (Link Checked 3/13)

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal's Help Desk, Overview

How the Help Desk Works: Lambda's Legal Help Desk staff respond directly to members of our communit(ies) who are seeking legal information and assistance with discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status. To the extent that our resources and priorities allow, Lambda Legal takes on legal representation of callers whose situations present impact litigation issues; for many others, Lambda Legal provides leads to other organizations and practical information that might help them address their problems. We also provide a list of suggested questions to ask a prospective attorney. If you would like more information or to request assistance, please call the office which serves your state. Please note that help desk hours are subject to change. (Link Checked 3/13)

If you live in these states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C. or a U.S. territory, contact:
National Headquarters
National Headquarters accepts Legal Help Desk calls at any time during regular business hours and also Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 212-809-8585 and ask for the Legal Help Desk. If Help Desk staff are busy helping other callers, your call will be routed to the Legal Help Desk voicemail. Please leave the following information: name, state, contact info, best time to reach you, and a brief message outlining your legal inquiry. A Help Desk staff person will return your call within one business day.

Western Regional Office

Serving: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming (Pacific Time)
Mondays -- 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays -- 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays -- 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays -- 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday -- 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Call 213-382-7600 and ask for the Help Desk.

Midwest Regional Office

Serving: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin (Central Time)
The Midwest Regional Office accepts Help Desk calls at any time during business hours (M-F 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.). Call 312-663-4413, ask for the Help Desk, and a Help Desk staff person will assist you. If Help Desk staff is busy helping other callers, your call will automatically be routed to the Legal Help Desk voicemail. You are welcome to leave the following information: name, state, contact info, best time to reach you, and a brief message outlining your legal inquiry. A Help Desk staff person will return your call within 24 hours.

Southern Regional Office

Serving: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia (Eastern Time)
Mondays -- 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays -- 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays -- 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Call 404-897-1880 and ask for the Help Desk.

South Central Regional Office

Serving: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas (Central Time)
The South Central Regional Office accepts HelpDesk calls during regular business hours, excluding holidays (M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Call 214-219-8585 and ask for the HelpDesk. If HelpDesk staff is unavailable or on another call you will be routed to the Legal HelpDesk voicemail. You are encouraged to leave the following information: name, state, contact information, best time to reach you and a brief message outlining your legal inquiry. A HelpDesk staff person will return your call within one business day.
It is usually most efficient for Help Desk callers to contact us by phone. If you are in a place where you are not able to make long distance calls, we can make an appointment to call you. If you are absolutely unable to call us, you may e-mail us at

Transgender Law & Policy Institute

(Link Checked 3/13)

The Transgender Law & Policy Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

They offer extensive resources on employment discrimination, safe legal resources, identity change documents, immigration and the criminal justice system.

Other resources:

- College and School Policies

- Hate Crime Laws

- Employer and Union Policies

Email them at (Links Checked 3/13)

IGLHRC's Asylum Documentation Program

The Asylum Documentation Program (ADP) provides support to worldwide claims for political asylum made by those who fear persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV/AIDS status. This is achieved through providing documentation (country packets) on human rights abuses perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and those living with HIV/AIDS to their lawyers/advocates, and occasionally to other interested parties. On a limited basis, the Asylum Documentation Program may also provide contact information for immigration advocates who have handled sexual orientation cases.

As part of IGLHRC's ongoing commitment to disseminate information pertaining to the human rights status of LGBT people worldwide, IGLHRC and have teamed up to create an online library of the ASYLUM DOCUMENTATION PROGRAM (ADP) of IGLHRC. This library, comprised of country packets, is available to all interested individuals and institutions free of charge. All you have to do is register with Asylum Law, a free website, to gain access to the information. (Link Checked 3/13)

Visit International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) for further information (Link Checked 3/13)

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)

322 8th Avenue 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
We provide free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming low-income people and people of color. We represent and advise clients in a variety of contexts. For most clients, the opportunity to access legal services in an environment where gender self-determination is valued and respected is a new and often transforming experience. (Link Checked 3/13)