If traditional litigation adds to your stress during a time of family or business upheaval, many parties are now turning to mediation, conciliation or collaborative law in an effort to avoid the expense and difficulties of litigating in an overcrowded court system. These options provide the parties with the ability to reach solutions driven by their own goals on their own timetable with more control over how the case unfolds. Attorneys trained in mediation take off their legal hat and put on their mediator's cap to assist parties to find their own solutions. The lawyer then commits the agreements to a legal memoranda that may be submitted to court for final approval. That also ensures that the agreements are enforceable by court action if ever necessary or if unforeseen issues arise later. Conciliation provides a evaluative approach by the attorney while still helping the parties to find the solution they can both live with. Lawyers trained in collaborative practice belong to a network of professionals who use a particularly successful model to bring all appropriate professionals together to assist parties in finding creative and respectful ways to resolve legal issues.
Attorney Elissa Flanagan Magnant graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs in 1992 and from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. Attorney Magnant began interning with a bankruptcy law firm, Grafstein and Associates of Farmington, CT, during law school and, after being admitted to the bar in 1995, took a position as an Associate at the same law firm.
Attorney Magnant then enhanced her general practice experience at the Hartford, Connecticut law firm of Howd & Ludorf. There she was responsible for many aspects of insurance defense litigation for clients such as major insurance companies and various CT municipalities. In the year 2000 Attorney Magnant relocated with her husband to Chelmsford, Massachusetts and began a Clerkship for the Honorable Henry J. Boroff of the United States Bankruptcy Court in Worcester, MA. Attorney Magnant then enjoyed the distinction of being Judge Joel B. Rosenthal’s first Law Clerk when he was appointed to the Bankruptcy Bench later in the year 2000. Following a temporary Clerkship in 2002 for the Honorable William C. Hillman, of the United States Bankruptcy Court in Boston, Attorney Magnant took some time away from practicing law to begin raising a family.
In June, 2011, Attorney Magnant was proud to open her own divorce and bankruptcy law & mediation practice in Chelmsford, MA, bringing years of practical experience to the compassionate practice of Law in Middlesex and Worcester Counties, Massachusetts. Attorney Magnant has also been a partner in two family businesses and now teaches Business Ethics and Negotiation at a local University, as well as actively running a Center focused on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. As a result, her practice is now completely limited to MEDIATION cases, as it is her deep belief that disputes must be resolved with dignity in order to have a meaningful impact and lasting positive effects.