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Meet the Team: Meet the Team


Stephen M. Linsky is a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator and collaborative attorney providing dispute resolution services in many hundreds of private, court and public agency connected matters in nearly all areas of civil practice, particularly in the areas of family and employment. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in political economics and labor relations, he is a former member of the board of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Boston Bar Association.

Stephen first entered the field of dispute resolution in 1985 when he helped staff the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He was appointed to the first-ever conciliation panel to the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) and received his initial mediation certification in 1986. In 1989, he was appointed General Counsel, Special Assistant Attorney General and designated hearing officer, presiding over various administrative hearings. In 1991, he was appointed the
department’s Acting Commissioner and in 2009 he was appointed by Governor Patrick to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Board of Review, a three-member appellate body, where he completed his six-year term in 2015.


Stephen is also a former six-term member of the Newton City Council, having been first elected in 2001.
He opened a private law and mediation practice in 1997 and in 2001 became a founding member of The New Law Center, the first collaborative law firm in the Boston area. He then co-founded Family Co-Mediation, providing co-mediation services to numerous
families and businesses since 2005.



ALLISON J. BELL, Psy.D. has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. She also holds a Master’s degree in dance/movement therapy from Hunter College. She has been in private practice in Westchester County, N.Y. since 1987, and is specialty-trained in child psychology, neuropsychological evaluation of children and marital therapy. She is currently practicing remotely in Northfield, MA. Since 1997, Dr. Bell has performed forensic custody evaluations in both Family and Supreme Courts in the southern New York State region and testified as an expert witness. She also performs parenting evaluations, bonding assessments, and testifies throughout Western Massachusetts. Dr. Bell is certified to practice EMDR and performed critical incident stress debriefings for victims of 9/11 around New York City. In her 35+ years of clinical practice, Dr. Bell has lectured widely throughout Westchester County, including teaching at the Judicial Institute in Westchester. She has been an advocate for children with special educational needs in many school districts throughout the county.

Currently, Dr. Bell is a member of Collaborative Practice Associations in New York and Massachusetts: the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. Dr. Bell serves as both a Divorce Coach and a neutral Child Specialist on Interdisciplinary practice teams, and trains other practitioners of Collaborative Divorce. Dr. Bell is also a founding member of the New York Civil Collaborative Group. She has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Harvard Program on Negotiation and completed her training as a Mediator through the Center for Understanding in Conflict, along with additional advanced training hours in mediation. She is a founding member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and a charter member of the Forensic Division of the New York State Psychological Association.

Dr. Bell has made television and radio appearances on local cable access networks in Westchester, Long Island, and MA, and appeared on the CBS Early Show in August 2007 with her former husband, advocating for Collaborative Divorce on a program called “Reconcilable Differences”.


She has lectured numerous times at the annual International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Forum on child development, collaborative practice issues, gender bias in negotiation and neuroscience. In 2012, the NYCCG made a video for Westlaw continuing legal education, in which Dr. Bell is featured, depicting the use of interdisciplinary collaborative practice in settling employment cases.

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Attorney Daniell began practicing law in Massachusetts in 1985.  Her areas of specialty include litigation in family law, employment and discrimination. She has advanced training in mediation and is also trained in collaborative law. Attorney Daniell was honored by the ACLU with the David Burres award, Avvo awarded her the  Client’s Choice Award in 2018. In 2018 she received trauma-informed practice training so that in her litigation, mediation and collaborative law work she could better serve children, families and individuals. Attorney Daniell began practicing law in Massachusetts in 1985. In order to serve families best Attorney Daniell, an experienced litigator, became an experienced mediator and collaborative attorney to offer additional effective tools to help you to fairly resolve conflicts. Attorney Jenny Daniell is trained in trauma-sensitive school practice and brings her knowledge to working with families as well.

She is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the 
Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is trained to work with the Family Resolution Specialty Court. She is experienced with the Family Resolution Specialty Court, which offers an inexpensive holistic approach to conflict resolution. Her areas of specialization include in the area of family law:

- Divorce
- Unmarried couples’ issues
- parenting time and custody disputes
- Child support and alimony issues
- Division of assets, including retirement and inheritance
- Domestic violence.



Jacob Rosenblum, a rising Junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been working in peer mediation and alternative dispute resolution since 2018. His area of specialty is Restorative Justice, and he aims to offer services to youth clients with a focus on communication and consideration of youth input where applicable. He has experience working with teens and adolescents in academic settings.

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