Roderick MacLeish, JD is a nationally known trial lawyer having participated as an advocate in more than a hundred mediations.
He was picked as one of the top ten winning trial lawyers by the National Law Journal in 2003 and has regularly appeared as one of Boston Magazine’s “Superlawyers.” He is a graduate of Vassar College and Boston University School of Law (cum laude). He was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro. He started the Boston offices of two national law firms and was the Co-Head of the Litigation Department of one of the firms. He was elected to senior equity partnerships in both firms.
MacLeish has received specialized divorce mediation training which satisfies Massachusetts Rule 8 training requirements for family mediators. This training also satisfies confidentiality requirements for all mediations, family, business, personal injury or otherwise, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 233, section 23C.
MacLeish has handled a broad spectrum of litigation, ranging from complex business and commercial disputes, education and special education law, personal injury law and some of the most significant sexual abuses cases in the country. From 2002 to 2004, he was the lead counsel in the Boston priest abuse cases where he and his firm represented more than 300 victims over three years.
MacLeish also founded the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, which provided millions of dollars of financial support to surviving families as well as a host of other services. From 2001 to 2004, he was President and Chairman of the Fund and is now Chairman Emeritus. He has served on other non-profit boards, and, was an elected member of the Newton Board of Alderman for six years.
MacLeish has been teaching in New Hampshire for the past six years, yet he continues to be well known in the Boston legal establishment. While his teaching focus has been on legal issues, he has also taught four semesters of stress management for criminal justice majors.
MacLeish is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country and prolific author. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award from the National Crime Victims Bar Association. A full copy of his curriculum vitae is available on request.
Celia Woolverton LICSW, LCSW, MSW, has had a private practice in psychotherapy for over 25 years and extensive experience in mediation.
She is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediator, and received specialized mediation training which satisfies Massachusetts Rule 8 training requirements for family mediators and the confidentiality requirements in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 233, Section 23C. She graduated from The Colorado College and went on to receive a Masters in Social Work. She has a post-graduate certification in advanced psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the Washington School of Psychiatry. She is licensed in the states of Tennessee, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She currently has a private psychotherapy and mediation practice in Nashville, TN, Plymouth, NH and Cambridge, MA, and works as a part time psychotherapist at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
Ms. Woolverton has done extensive work and lectured in the area of child development. She has worked with numerous victims of childhood sexual abuse, and has lectured nationally on the subject. Ms. Woolverton served on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, and volunteered for the Tennessee Department of Child and Family Services, supervising cases. In addition, she continues to supervise clinicians in the area of psychotherapy. She works extensively with individuals, couples and families, and with adults, adolescents and children in both her psychotherapy and mediation practices. She has been appointed by courts to serve as a Parent Coordinator in divorce cases, and as a psychotherapist for court evaluations. In addition, she has been an expert witness in many court cases involving divorce and custody. The majority of her practice has involved treating professionals in the legal, medical, business and entertainment fields.
Ms. Woolverton also has experience treating substance abuse and dependence. She has worked as the clinical director of two chemical dependence and domestic violence treatment facilities. She continues to lecture in this area, and has taught university courses in substance abuse and child sexual abuse.
Ms. Woolverton is also avaialble for couple counseling and individual psychotherapy. See Clinical Services.