Laurie Israel

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1318 Beacon Street Suite 19
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 277-3774
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Description of Practice

I practice in a 4-lawyer firm which I founded in 1991 and which became an LLC in 2010. My partner, Karen Van Kooy and I are the managing partners of the firm. Mediation services are provided by myself and my partner, Karen Van Kooy. We do divorce mediation and also marital mediation, for clients who wish to use mediation to assist them in going foward with their marriages. We also do mediation in probate and in civil matters and serve as reviewing counsel for mediations. Another part of our practice is Collaborative Law and other types of divorce work, including negotiated divorce. Karen also does litigated divorces. One of my specialties is mediating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. I am a blogger (writer) at The Huffington Post writing on these topics and have also been published in the Wall Street Journal on prenuptial agreements. I am the author of the forthcoming book, "The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls."

Professional Background

I went to law school at age 38, and now have been practicing for 29 years. I started out as a tax lawyer in a large downtown firm. I started my own practice 25 years ago, and it has grown to 4 lawyers, an of-counsel attorney, a paralegal, and other supoort staff.


I have been mediating since 1996. Most of my clients have been divorcing couples. I also do mediation to stay married (marital mediation) with couples. A significant part of my practice is mediating prenuptial agreements, a topic on which I've written extensively. I believe that mediation is a talent, and that remaining neutral and unbiased are two of the most important aspects for success in the process.


A.B. Barnard College, New York, NY 1967 cum laude. M.A. University of Califoria, Berkely, 1969. J.D. Dickinson School of Law (now part of Pennsylvania State University), 1987, magna cum laude.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1994    Metropolitan Mediation     Basic Mediation Training
2006    Boston Law Collaborative    Advanced Mediation Training
2006    Mass. Collaborative Law Council    Advanced Training
2009    Mass. Collaborative Law Council    Advanced Training
2007 - 2009    Laurie Israel     Presented on Marital Mediation
2006 - 2010    Laurie Israel and John Fiske    Presented on Marital Mediation
2010    Mass. Collaborative Law Council    Advanced Training


I believe in practicing mediation in the "shadow of the law". This means that I will make sure mediation clients are informed as to what a legal court process or application of the law would suggest as an outcome, or a range of outcomes. This is because I believe the "law" is a distillation of equitable principles. Then people can make knowing and thoughtful choices. Another important quality of an effective mediator is responding truthfully to what is happening in the room. People trust you if they perceive that you're being truthful. That helps in the mediation process. Another area of my practice is estate planning and probate of estates. I formerly practiced real estate law as part of my practice and started my law practice as a tax lawyer in a large downtown firm. This knowledge and skill set works well with issues that come up in mediation.


Contact the office for our rates for mediation, mediation review, divorce work, and collaborative law. My fee is $325/hour for all work.

Other Information

Aside from my work as a divorce and maritalmediator, I also do significant work in the area of prenuptial agreements. This includes serving as counsel, mediating prenuptial agreements, and serving as reviewing counsel for mediated prenuptial agreements. I believe prenuptial agreements can be corrosive in the case of first marriages and am very careful to try to limit that negative effect. See my articles on my website IVKDLaw and more about postnuptial agreements and marital mediation and my articles on The Huffington Post.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Art
  • Civil (general)
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • LGBT
  • Marital Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Estate Planner
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator

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