Linda A. Ouellette is a Partner at Kates & Barlow, with over thirty years experience focused exclusively in family law and probate litigation. She is well-known for her formidable trial skills, particularly in cases involving complex financial matters and custody issues. She wrote the brief for the prevailing party in the case of J.S. v. C.C., 454 Mass. 652 (2009), the seminal Massachusetts case concerning the treatment of subchapter S distributions in child support cases. She also successfully represented the appellant in the case of Akinci-Unal v. Unal, 64 Mass. App. 212 (2005), establishing precedent for the exercise of long-arm jurisdiction over out-of-state litigants in divorce matters.
Attorney Ouellette has an AV-Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized repeatedly as a Super Lawyer by Boston Magazine, an honor afforded to no more than five percent of practicing attorneys in Massachusetts. Her love of teaching and mentoring younger attorneys has made her a sought-after and frequent lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and she serves on its Family Law Curriculum Committee (formerly as Co-Chair). She has also served as a panelist for numerous seminars offered by state and local bar associations (including the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association) and previously served on the Boston Bar Association’s Family Law Steering Committee. She has been a guest lecturer on family law topics at Boston College Law School, Suffolk University Law School, and New England School of Law.
Attorney Ouellette is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Anselm College (1980), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School (1984). While in law school, Attorney Ouellette served as Managing Editor of the Boston College Law Review and published “The Domestic Relations Exception to Diversity Jurisdiction: A Re-Evaluation”, 24 B.C.L. Rev. 661 (1983). She was also elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor society for law school graduates in the top ten percent of their graduating class.