Charlene A. Caldeira

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Charlene A. Caldeira

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Practice Areas

  • Family Law 90%
  • Appeals 10%
Charlene A. Caldeira
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Charlene has over 20 years of litigation experience in family law and appellate procedure handling matters across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Charlene frequently handles the most complex family matters including high conflict custody cases and divorces involving estates in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

In addition to her litigation experience, Attorney Caldeira also focuses her practice on appellate law and co-authored the 2nd Edition of Appellate Procedure of the Massachusetts Practice Series. She also taught Family Law as an adjunct professor at New England School of Law and Suffolk Law School. She continues to lecture and chair numerous Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Seminars.

Charlene has also been appointed as a Guardian ad litem and a Special Master for Discovery by the Probate & Family Court.

Additionally, Charlene has been counsel on numerous notable Appellate cases, including the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals case Whallon v. Lynn, 230 F.3d 450 (2000), the Appeals Court of Massachusetts cases, Britton v. Britton, 69 Mass.App.Ct.23, 865 N.E. 1174 (2007), Akinci-Unal v. Unal, 64 Mass.App.Ct.212, 832 N.E. 2d 1 (2005), A.T. v. C.R., 88 Mass.App.Ct.532 (2015) and Schulman v. Schulman, 51 N.E.3d 509 (2016).

Charlene has also served as a lecturer on the BBA's program entitled "How to Win Removal Cases in Probate & Family Court." She has also chaired the MCLE seminars entitled "The Child's Voice", "Crafting an Effective Parenting Plan" and "Single Justice Practice." For numerous years, Charlene has chaired the MCLE seminar entitled "Advocating & Drafting under Alimony Reform Legislation." She has also served on the faculty at the MCLE's Family Law Trial Advocacy program for numerous years. Charlene is on the Family Law Planning Committee at MCLE.

Charlene earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, cum laude, and obtained her J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 1998.

Charlene was admitted in the Courts of the Commonwealth in Massachusetts in 1998, The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 2000 and The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 2000.


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.S. - 1994
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Psychology

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel


  • Super Lawyer Rising Star

Specialties and Certifications

  • Guardian Ad Litem, MA Probate and Family Court
  • Special Master for Discovery, MA Probate and Family Court

Classes and Seminars

  • How to Win Removal Cases, Boston Bar Assoc
  • The Child's Voice/Crafting and Effective Parenting Plan, MCLE

Representative Cases

  • Whallon v. Lynn 1st Circuit, 230 F.3d 450, 2000, 1st Circuit
  • Britton v. Britton, 69 Mass. App. Ct. 23, 2007, Mass App
  • Schulman v. Schulman, 51 N.E.3d 509, 2016, Mass App