Diana Velez Harris | West Springfield Divorce & Family Lawyer

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Diana S. Velez Harris

Divorce & Family Law, Real Estate, Criminal, Estate, Bankruptcy & Debt

www.divorcebankruptcylaw.com

413-732-8356


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Attorney Velez Harris has focused her practice on high conflict family law and civil litigation matters for nearly 16 years, in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as Federal District Court in both States. She is a trained and experienced Mediator and Conciliator and provides full representation and Limited Assistance Representation in the Probate & Family Courts in Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire, Franklin, and Worcester Counties.

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Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
Most of my cases deal with people going through difficult transitions. My most rewarding moments generally surround a circumstance where someone was lead to believe that there were limitations in the law and Judge's perspectives that just are not true. Helping my Clients navigate through such a difficult transition and having them express appreciation for listening and guiding them to follow their instincts as it relates to their children, is extremely rewarding. At the same time, educating my Clients as to misconceptions in the law, while challenging at times, can be very rewarding as well. I enjoy Mediation and Conciliation for the same reasons. People often need someone to listen, validate and put things into the legal perspective for them. They can often then move on to find a solution to their own problems. Those breakthroughs are extremely rewarding.

How did you build a successful practice?
Consistent, ethical, unrelenting advocacy for my Client; always being kind and respectful to other counsel, even when undeserved; and being honest with my Client, at all cost.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Experience, although that is not necessarily indicative of knowledge; willingness to listen and advise, not to be confused with willingness to make decisions for them; and respect within the legal community. Oftentimes, an Attorney's reputation is a hurdle that is difficult to overcome when you step in a courtroom.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Knowing how Judge's have rules, what they prioritize, and how they deal with conflict is crucial in successfully presenting your case to that particular Judge.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
General legal and procedural guidelines relative to the type of case, and practical advice as to how to proceed.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
Names and dates of birth for the parties and any children involved; date of marriage (if applicable); and general understanding of the cause of the conflict.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I am a litigator, Mediator, Conciliator and state approved Guardian Ad Litem. That experience allows me to provide my Clients with the skills necessary to resolve most cases in a way that accomplishes the Client's goals. When that is not necessary, my experience allows me to successfully take my Client's matter to trial (preparing them and the case for same) so that they feel that the Court finally heard their perspective and are comforted by the opportunity to speak directly to the Court.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
A happy and appreciative Client. There is nothing better.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
With three small children I do not have the luxury of a lot of free time. Any free time I have is spent with them, coaching teams, traveling to practices (back when that was a thing we could do - pre Covid), and enjoying them.

Are you involved in your community?
I coach Little League and have been involved in various community organizations since moving to Western MA in 2002.

Position Organization Location Duration
Associate AttorneyJohnson, Sclafani & MoriartyWest Springfield, MAPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
New England School of LawJ.D. Law School2002  
University of MassachusettsBachelorsLegal Studies and History1999
State / Court Date
Massachusetts2003
Connecticut2002
  • Massachusetts Bar Association | Member
    Hampden County Bar Association | Member
    Hampshire County Bar Association | Member
  • Recognized as Business West Forty Under 40 | 2008
    New England Law/Boston | Awarded the Charles Hamilton Houston full-tuition Academic scholarship
    New England Law/Boston | Associate Editor of the Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement
    University of Massachusetts | UMass Judicial Hearing Board Member, Student Judge
  • Springfield Republican | Ask the Experts | 2017
    Springfield Republican | Ask the Experts | 2016
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Verified Credentials Date Verified
(2003) Licensed as Attorney in Massachusetts. Verified with The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.May 18, 2020
(2002) Licensed as Attorney in Connecticut. Verified with Connecticut Bar Association.May 18, 2020

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Service Type: Private

Language: English | Working knowledge of Spanish

Update Date: 2019-07-26

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West Springfield, MA 01089
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