“My husband and I worked with Gail and her team on issues stemming from my first marriage/divorce. They were knowledgeable and supportive. It was a stressful situation made easier by the guidance we received. I would recommend their services without hesitation.” C.F. August 2013
Gail Otis has practiced in the field of family law for 19 years, both in Boston and in Hingham, MA. Now focusing on mediation, Gail has for the past few years brought her extensive experience to assist parties to resolve disputes involving family law issues such as divorce, custody, support, paternity, parenting, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, as well as elder issues, and other areas in which mediation can enable parties to reach a negotiated settlement - a better resolution. Mediation can even be used to help parties remain married and to prepare an agreement for their relationship going forward.
A skilled mediator possesses the knowledge, compassion, and creativity to facilitate an agreement if the parties are motivated to engage in the process. “Parties choose how long each session will last, how often to meet, and how rapidly or slowly the process will take. Since parties are more in control of the process, they are typically more satisfied when they reach an agreement that they feel is fair. When compared with a litigated matter, where the parties involved are often told what the result will be by a judge, parties in mediation feel that they are able to craft a resolution that will allow them to move forward without the emotional and financial harm that so often results in litigation. Mediation is a creative process that allows parties to feel more in control of their lives.” Gail Otis
Prior to her legal and mediation career, Gail was employed in the health care management field for 16 years at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, and Tufts-New England Medical Center, in Boston.
- BA summa cum laude, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 1994
- JD, Northeastern University School of Law, 1997
- American Bar Association, Family Law and Dispute Resolution Sections
- Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
- Academy of Professional Family Mediators
- Norfolk County Bar Association
- Plymouth County Bar Association
- Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
- Association for Conflict Resolution
Gail is a volunteer conciliator with the SERV program at Suffolk Probate & Family Court. In addition to her professional activities, Gail has volunteered rescuing homeless pets for many years in Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. She is a staunch supporter of the trap, neuter and release method for feral cats, and she recently had to say farewell to a blind rescue dog she adopted four years ago.