Michael L. Rich

Practicing Law since 1979

Phone: (781) 373-1582
Emergency: (339) 707-0050
Fax: (339) 368-7662
Email: mike@michaelrichlaw.com
Blog: www.michaelrichlaw.blogspot.com

Areas of Practice

  • Accusations of Child Abuse or Neglect
  • Care and Protection cases
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF, formerly Department of Social Services, DSS) investigations (51As), Fair Hearings and Judicial Review
  • Ensuring that the needs of special education students are met
  • Termination of Parental rights
  • Guardianships of minors
  • School Discipline including Child Requiring Assistance (CRA, formerly CHINS) cases
  • Adoption defense and stepparent adoptions
  • Home Schooling
  • Student rights violations
  • Training and consultations for mandated reporters

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1979


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1979

  • City College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, 1976
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Law Office of Michael L. Rich, Waltham, MA, since 2012

  • Mentor for the Children and Family Law Program of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services since 1995

  • Law Office of Michael L. Rich, Arlington, MA, 1984 - 2012

  • Law Office of Michael L. Rich, Somerville, MA, 1982 - 1984

  • Staff Attorney, Northeast Kentucky Legal Services, Morehead, KY, 1981 - 1982

  • Reginald Heber Smith Community Law Fellow, Howard University/Northeast Kentucky Legal Services, 1979 - 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Restorative Justice Task Team of Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ


  • Contributor to "Attorney Perspectives of Child Protective Services 'Legal Kidnapping'", Pollack D, ed., Policy & Practice, Feb. 2019, pp. 36-37; American Public Human Services Association publisher

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