Panel of Neutrals

C. Michele Dorsey, Esq.

C. Michele Dorsey began practicing law in 1983, beginning her own firm in 1984. After a career as a Registered Nurse helping families with disabled children, Michele gravitated toward assisting families  who were struggling in the legal system. Michele has concentrated on complex issues in family law in the Probate and Family Court, the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court.

In 1990, recognizing the need for a more constructive way to resolve family conflict, Michele opened one of the first mediation firms on the SouthShore. Michele is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New England Law/Boston where she has taught since 1986, first teaching Family Law and later teaching Mediation beginning in 1995.

Michele now includes services as Parenting Coordinator in her practice, helping parents who are engaged in high conflict to work together on issues regarding their children through an innovative mediation/arbitration role.  She has also served as Guardian ad Litem and as Counsel for children numerous times.

Read her article on Parenting Coordinators here.

Practice Areas

Divorce (High Asset), Health Care


  • Quinnipiac School of Law (J.D. 1983); Southern Connecticut State University (B.S. Magna Cum Laude Political Science); Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing (Diploma)

Bar Admissions

  • Michele is a member of Association of Family Conciliation Courts(National), Association of Family Conciliation Courts (Massachusetts Chapter).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Michele was the first woman elected to the Scituate Planning Board and currently serves on the Scituate Library Foundation.