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Ruthanne Withers

RUTHANNE WITHERS is a partner with the firm and focuses her practice on domestic relations matters, including divorce, custody, child support, contempt, and modification cases.  

In addition, she is a trained mediator in accordance with M.G.L. c. 233, § 23C.  Attorney Withers is admitted to practice in the Massachusetts state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Attorney Withers graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University in 2000 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. After graduation she worked for two years as a litigation paralegal for a Washington, D.C., personal injury firm. She graduated with her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2005 where she participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic.  From 2005 through 2013 she was employed as a Staff Attorney at Community Legal Aid specializing in family law and domestic violence law. From January through June, 2010, Attorney Withers worked as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School, where she supervised three law students and co-instructed a family law course as part of the Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinics at the university's Legal Services Center.

Attorney Withers has served for four years on the Board of Directors of New Hope, Inc., an Attleboro-based domestic violence agency. She also volunteers with the Women’s Bar Foundation as a mentor for newer attorneys handling pro bono family law cases. In addition, she volunteers for Senior Partners for Justice, a non-profit agency whose lawyers represent low-income individuals on a pro bono basis in a variety of legal matters. Attorney Withers is certified in Limited Assistance Representation ("LAR") in the Probate and Family Court Department. She handles cases for full representation, in a limited fashion through LAR, and on a reduced-fee basis for individuals who are financially eligible.

Attorney Withers represented the prevailing party in Morales v. Morales, 464 Mass. 507 (2013), in which the Supreme Judicial Court clarified the standards used in child support modification cases.  Thereafter, she authored a peer reviewed article in the Boston Bar Journal discussing the implications of the decision.

Attorney Withers was named as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" at the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Excellence in the Law event.   She has also been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a status that is bestowed on less than 2.5% of attorneys under 40 years of age, recognized by the The National Law Journal - Boston Rising Stars, a list of 40 outstanding lawyers in the Boston area, age 40 or younger, and selected to The Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts as featured in Boston magazine.

Email: rw@coogansmith.com

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