about - William M. Levine


I am a full-time Private Dispute Resolution provider, focused primarily on divorce and family law matters, but also probate and other matters. PDR consists of mediation, conciliation, arbitration and master proceedings. Before opening this practice with my wife and partner, Chouteau Levine…

…I worked for 33 years as a family law litigator, negotiator, mediator and arbitrator in Boston. For the 25 years before LDRC, I served as a partner in a premier family law “boutique” law firm, long known as Lee & Levine LLP. I handled financially and emotionally complex divorce, custody and other family related cases.

After establishing a substantial litigation practice, including many trials and appeals, I added private dispute resolution to my practice over my last 2 decades at the firm, providing mediation and arbitration services for clients alone, and for lawyers and clients together.

A host of factors brought me to LDRC. As a divorce and family law litigator, I found that being an excellent trial lawyer and advocate was not enough. Responsible practice demanded perspective, understanding and integrity. I tried always to cultivate the longer view in my clients: to help them appreciate that however high the immediate feelings and stakes, reducing the inevitable damage of the adversarial process to family functioning should be a high priority.

I attended and taught many law school and continuing legal education classes (including mediation and arbitration). I wrote and co-wrote articles and continuing legal education book chapters; and I involved myself in organizational work such as the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (much of it focused on arbitration), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) and the Massachusetts Probate and Family Inns of Court. I also achieved recognitions: the inaugural AAML- MA President’s Award and consistent naming (since the mid-1990’s) to Best Lawyers In America (BLA); Boston Magazine’s “Best Lawyers”; Worth Magazine Top 100 Lawyers in the U.S. (personal services) and Super Lawyers (Massachusetts and New England).

All of this brought me to LDRC in 2012, where we collaborate to provide the very best mediation, conciliation, arbitration and master proceedings that we can, to clients and for their lawyers. By applying professional expertise, life experiences and a healthy dose of common sense, we offer confidential, compassionate, expert, cost- efficient and a comfortable space in which to resolve problems in all a manner of family law, probate and other matters. With my wife’s retirement, I remain committed to this challenging and satisfying practice.

Since our founding, I have continued to write, teach and earn continuing recognition, including MCFM’s designation as a certified mediator and BLA’s Lawyer of the Year in Family Mediation (2014-15) for Massachusetts. I have also joined in founding the Academy of Family Professional Mediators, where I am an “advanced practitioner".

I look forward to serving you.