Our People

Our Partners

feldman-cropJoel Feldman (Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1988; Columbia College, cum laude, B.A., 1985) has been a shareholder of the firm since 1998. Mr. Feldman serves on the Access to Justice Commission of the Supreme Judicial Court where he is co-chair of its Housing Court Working Group and the Attorney’s Fees Group. In addition to teaching at Western New England University (along with the other partners), he has taught housing law and fair housing law at many legal seminars. He also served on the steering committee for Springfield No One Leaves, a grassroots group fighting bank foreclosures. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Feldman worked as a housing lawyer at Greater Boston Legal Services, Western Mass. Legal Services, and the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, where he was a supervising attorney. He was the Legal Director of the Housing Discrimination Project in Holyoke for three years, litigating fair housing cases in western Massachusetts. Mr. Feldman is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and for the federal District Court in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

mccormick-cropThomas McCormick (University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1982; Penn State, B.S., 1974) joined the firm as a shareholder in 2001. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McCormick was a public defender in Utah and an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, where he worked in the Consumer Protection and Civil Rights Divisions. He has served as a volunteer small claims court judge in Utah. Mr. McCormick is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

 

Of Counsel

heisler-cropHugh Heisler (Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1984; Colorado College, B.A., 1979) was a shareholder of the firm since it was originally founded in 1996 until he assumed Of Counsel status in 2016. In addition to his work at the firm, Mr. Heisler served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Justice Project for seventeen years, and was its President for the last eight years. He also worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He, along with the other partners, taught as an adjunct professor at Western New England University during the 2011-2012 school year, in the school’s consumer law clinic. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Heisler was the Executive Director of the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, and a Litigation Director and Acting Executive Director for Essex-Newark Legal Services. Mr. Heisler is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Associates

grossberg-portrait-3778Susan Grossberg (Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. 1992, University of Michigan, B.A. 1982) joined the firm in the fall of 2016 after two decades representing debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, the last seventeen in solo practice as Grossberg Law Offices.  Ms. Grossberg taught consumer bankruptcy law as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law. She is a former co-chair of the legislative & public policy committee and the consumer bankruptcy committee of the bankruptcy section of the Boston Bar Association.  In 2004, Ms. Grossberg received the Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award for representation of the indigent from the Volunteer Lawyers Project and was recognized as a 2013 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Ms. Grossberg was also awarded the 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award, Eastern Division, by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts. Ms. Grossberg is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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Christa Douaihy  (City University of New York School of Law, J.D. 2008, cum laude; University Of Pittsburgh, B.A. 1999, cum laude) joined the firm in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Douaihy was a Team Leader and Supervising Attorney in the Civil Action Practice at the Bronx Defenders in New York City, where she oversaw daily operations of an interdisciplinary holistic defense team including social workers, attorneys and advocates. She represented clients fighting the life-altering civil consequences of criminal court or family court involvement, including eviction, employment discrimination, loss of social security benefits and other government benefits. There she edited a manual on best practices for representation of veterans. She also served as Staff Attorney at the Disability Rights Project of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in White Plains, New York. There, she represented people with disabilities in their civil legal matters including landlord & tenant, discrimination, creditor/debtor, child support defense and permanency planning. Ms. Douaihy was the Secretary of the New York City Bar Association’s “Special Committee on AIDS”, and served as the legal expert on the prominent HIV/AIDS web resource TheBody.com. She has trained attorneys, advocates and law students on collateral consequences, the civil justice system, housing and HIV/AIDS issues. She received certification as a mediator and accreditation to represent veterans before the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Ms. Douaihy is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and the federal District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Our Staff

will-cropWill Van Heuvelen (Middlebury College, B.A., magnum cum laude, 2010) joined the firm as a paralegal in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Van Heuvelen worked overseas in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza in youth development, and domestically as a political campaign manager. He is also an active local foods entrepreneur and a high school coach.