246 Walnut Street
Newton, Massachusetts 02460
Attorney Karen M. Buckley is passionate about using her professional strengths to help people resolve life’s complicated issues. She assists her clients through some of the most difficult times of their lives, so she feels it’s essential to inject humanity into the progess.
Since earning her law degree in 1987 from the University of Buffalo, Karen has developed a practice based on competence and compassion. Karen brings over twenty years of experience with the law, together with an intuitive ability to sift the facts of a particular case. By determining how the law fits the facts, Karen can then make sound, supported arguments to the court. She is able to explore creative and reasonable solutions with her clients.
Karen takes the time needed to educate and understand her clients. She discusses with them not only where they are now, but how they arrived at this point and how to move forward. “If I can help clients envision a better future for themselves while I’m looking out for their best interests, I feel I’m doing my job” Karen says. “It’s not only about winning, it’s about doing what’s best for you and your family, not only today but into the future.”
In family law cases, Karen works with her clients to put the children first and to come to an equitable solution. “You do need to be a strong advocate for your client”, she says “but you don’t need to see a protracted fight in every case.” In many cases, there is an appropriate settlement that can and should be reached. Karen is trained in collaborative law, and advises clients going through the mediation process. All avenues of resolution will be analyzed to find a course that best suits her clients’ circumstances.
In civil litigation, Karen particularly enjoys helping clients find a reasonable, appropriate solution to their disputes. Proper use of discovery and a willingness to keep the client’s best interest – in every sense of its meaning – in mind often allow Karen to achieve a positive result.
Karen has litigated cases throughout Massachusetts. She has practiced before the probate and family courts in Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Worcester, Plymouth and Barnstable counties, as well as various superior and district courts in the Boston, Metrowest, and North Shore areas.
While earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Albany, Karen was selected to participate in an internship with the New York State Assembly. She received her J.D. in 1987 from the University of Buffalo Law School. After practicing law in New York State for nearly seven years, Karen moved to Massachusetts where she practiced since 1994. She is admitted to practice in both New York and Massachusetts, as well as the 1st and 2nd Circuits of the Federal Courts of Appeals, the District of Massachusetts and the Northern and Western Districts of New York federal courts.
Karen is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bar Association, the Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, and The Divorce Center. She also volunteers her time as a trial judge in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s annual high school mock trial competition. Karen has been appointed as the attorney for children under the ARC program in Middlesex and Norfolk Probate and Family Court and volunteers as a conciliator in Suffolk and Norfolk Probate and Family Court.
An active community member, Karen coached for many years in the Parkway Youth Soccer League, volunteered on the School Parent Council for her children’s schools, and also serves on the finance council of her church. Karen is also a volunteer in the Boston Main Streets program. Karen is married and has two children.
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