Divorce Lawyer in Needham MA

Rosemary Purtell, Principal

Attorney Rosemary Purtell is a distinguished family law and domestic relations attorney in Massachusetts.  For 32 years, Attorney Purtell has committed herself to her clients, ensuring the best possible results.  Prior to starting her own practice in 2006, Attorney Purtell was a Partner at two elite Boston law firms: Barron and Stadfeld, P.C. and Deutsch, Williams, Brooks, DeRensis and Holland, P.C.  Attorney Purtell also serves as a mediator and a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem which provides her with unique insight into her clients’ family law matters.  She is licensed to practice in all courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as the U.S. District Court (District of Massachusetts).  In her free time, Attorney Purtell enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, travelling, and spending time with her daughter and two dogs.


  • New England School of Law, Boston, 1988— J.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1982—B.A, French, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Affiliations:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association Member, Family Law Section; Fee Arbitration Board (1993 to present)
  • Boston Bar Association, Member, Family Law Section
  • Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court, President-Ex Officio
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Plymouth County Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation


  • Lawyer of the Day, Norfolk County Probate & Family Court
  • Arbitrator, Massachusetts Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Board
  • Norfolk County Bar Association Conciliation Program
  • SERV Conciliation, Suffolk County Probate and Family Court
  • Honorable Jeffrey Abber We CAN Settle Initiative, Committee Chair
  • Sister Mary Hart Children's Program, Board of Advisors


  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation