MICHAEL LESHIN focuses his practice on family law and mediation. He has served as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and as the president of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. He has been certified as a divorce mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. For six years he served on the Board of Directors for Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc. In 2013 he received MCFM’s John Adams Fiske Award for Excellence in Mediation. He is expanding his neutral practice to include work as an ombuds and facilitator; he is a member of the International Ombuds Association and International Association of Facilitators.
Michael is the co-author of the “Massachusetts Family Law Sourcebook,” published annually by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.; and, as well, the author of “Sources of Income,” Chapter 1 of Financial Aspects of Divorce in Massachusetts (MCLE). Michael is a co-author of “Dispute Resolution Alternatives to Promote Positive Parenting and Childhood Experiences,” Chapter 1 of Paternity and the Law of Parentage in Massachusetts (MCLE) and “Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Alternatives,” Chapter 4 of Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual (MCLE.)
Michael has lectured on tax, mediation, and family law issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the Boston Bar Association, Mediation Works, Inc., Community Dispute Settlement Center, Suffolk University Law School and Boston College Law School. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A. 1975), Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1982), and Harvard University (M.C.R.P. 1982). He is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” (Family Law, 2006-2022 and Family Law Mediation 2007-2022) and in Martindale-Hubbell ‘A-V’ (highest rating). Michael has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer ® (2005 – 2022) for his work in family law.
For the past 23 years Michael was a partner at Ginsburg & Leshin, formed with Julie Ginsburg. At Goldman & Sidgwick, he has transitioned his career to Of Counsel.
In his spare time, Michael cherishes spending time with his family; particularly his two granddaughters. He’s an avid lap swimmer and musical theatre junkie. He speaks French and Dutch.