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Attorney Tasha Buzzell

Tasha Buzzell

I am Tasha Buzzell, and I assist my clients with life’s many transitions and changes. I measure success in terms of reaching satisfying solutions that enrich my clients’ lives. I spend time with my clients discussing concerns, fears, and history, while encouraging clients to explore solutions and look towards the future so that clients are empowered to move forward with their lives. After spending two years working closely with the Probate and Family Court judges in Massachusetts as a judicial law clerk, I have a unique understanding of the court process. The vast majority of my cases are resolved before trial using interest-based negotiations, collaborative techniques in which both parties receive what they need in order to reduce conflict, and a steady process of identifying your goals and finding a way to reach them. For those cases that do require time in court, I am always ready to fiercely advocate. I welcome the opportunity to assist you and welcome any inquiries you may have.

  • Court-appointed conciliator for Bristol County Probate and Family Court, with a heavy focus on child custody related conflicts
  • Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in child custody cases in Bristol County and Plymouth County
  • Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in guardianships and conservatorships in Bristol County
  • Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for incapacitated persons in divorces in Bristol County
  • Trained and experienced mediator: divorce, family law, elder law, child custody, divorce avoidance
  • Pro Bono Service Awards from the First Justices’ and South Coastal Counties Legal Services
  • 2006 JD Suffolk University Law School (with honors)
  • 2002 BA Holy Cross (with concentration honors)
  • Rappaport Fellowship Alumna (Harvard/Suffolk/Rappaport Institute)
  • Merit Scholar at Suffolk University Law School
  • Two-term Probate and Family Court Judicial Law Clerk in Bristol, Plymouth, Norfolk, Worcester and Suffolk Counties
  • Featured in Suffolk University Law School Alumni Magazine, Boston Business Journal and the Christian Science Monitor
  • Past 3 year Chair of the Arc of Bristol County’s Human Rights Committee, current committee member
  • Past program coordinator at a family shelter for survivors of domestic violence
  • Drafted legislation funded by then-Governor Mitt Romney, which increased program and service accessibility statewide for survivors of violence who had sensory, emotional and/or cognitive disabilities
  • National Sociology Honor Society and Sociological research presented internationally

Attorney Michael Hochman

Michael Hochman

Michael Hochman joined the office as an attorney in the Fall of 2013 after working here as an intern while he was in law school. He has previously worked as a real estate paralegal and also interned at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program. Michael has extensive experience in family law, real estate, personal injury matters, law office practice management, and legal writing and research.  Michael has a background in radio broadcasting and continues to work with Legal Talk Network, where he has worked on award winning legal podcasts and contributed to continuing education materials distributed through West LegalEd Center. Michael began his radio career as a producer and on-air personality for Radio Disney, where he produced broadcasts and interviewed guests for family-oriented broadcasts.  Clients appreciate his attentive manner, and he has gained a reputation as being both practical in creating options while powerfully advocating for his clients.




Attorney James Goldberg

James Goldberg

Attorney Goldberg has retired from litigation as of June 30, 2017.  His cases are now being handled by Attorney Buzzell.

James Goldberg joined the office of-counsel in 2015 after over forty years of family and divorce litigation at Volterra, Goldberg & Jacobs of Attleboro, MA. He continues to maintain an active case load. Attorney Goldberg has extensive trial experience in the Probate Court and civil litigation experience in the Superior Court. He has also written appellate briefs and argued cases in the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.

Bar admissions:

  • Massachusetts 1971
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court 1990

Classes/Seminars Taught and Professional Associations:

  • Alimony, Separation Agreements and Custody Issues, Massachusetts Bar Association, chairperson 1996
  • How to Try a Divorce Case, Massachusetts Bar Association 2002
  • Annual Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop, Massachusetts Bar Associates 2001-2015
  • MBA Fee Arbitration 2010-2011
  • MCLE Annual Family Law Conference 2008
  • Hearing Officer of Board of Bar Overseers 1996-1999
  • MBA Family Law Section Council 1984-1988
  • Massachusetts Bar Association “Best of the Sections” article on family law co-author 1992
  • Plainville Planning Board 1977-1981
  • Certified Bristol County Probate and Family Court conciliator

Aileen Konanez

Aileen Konanez joined the office in August of 2017. Aileen comes to us from the Rhode Island Center for Justice, where she practiced eviction defense and homelessness prevention advocacy. She has a wide range of experience, including time at the Office of the Child Advocate (RI), juvenile court work and CPCS experience, business law, and criminal work. She continues to be engaged in the community, volunteering for organizations that assist indigent individuals in Massachusetts with housing issues. She works strategically to identify goals and craft tailored solutions for her clients while zealously advocating on their behalf.

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