Attorney Ruthanne Withers
Attorney Withers graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University in 2000 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. After graduation, she worked for two years as a litigation paralegal for a Washington, D.C., personal injury firm. She graduated with her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2005 where she participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic.
From 2005 through 2013, she was employed as a Staff Attorney at Community Legal Aid specializing in family law and domestic violence law. From January through June, 2010, Attorney Withers worked as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School, where she supervised three law students and co-instructed a family law course as part of the Domestic Violence and family Law Clinics at the University Legal Services Center.
Attorney Withers Experience
Most recently, Attorney Withers was employed as a partner at Coogan Smith, LLP from 2013 to 2021, where she focused her practice on domestic relations matters. Starting in 2020, Attorney Withers started working as an Adjunct Professor in the Paralegal Studies Program at Bristol Community College, teaching Family law for Paralegals.
Attorney Withers served 6 years on the Board of Directors at New Hope, Inc., an Attleboro based domestic violence agency. She also volunteers with the Women's Bar Foundation as a mentor for newer attorneys handling pro bono family law cases and conducting trainings regarding divorce basics.
Attorney Withers is certified in Limited Assistance Representation ("LAR") in the Probate and Family Court Department. She handles cases for full representation, in a limited fashion through LAR, and on a reduced fee basis for individuals who are financially eligible.
Attorney Withers represented the prevailing party in Morales v. Morales, 464 Mass. 507 (2013), in which the Supreme Judicial Court clarified the standards used in child support modification cases. Thereafter, she authored a peer reviewed article in the Boston Bar Journal discussing the implications of the decision.
Attorney Withers was named as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" at the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Excellence in the Law Event. She has also been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, as status that is bestowed on less than 2.5% of attorneys under 40 years of age, recognized by the National Law journal - Boston Rising Stars, a list of 40 outstanding lawyers in the Boston area, age 40 or younger, and selected to the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts as featured in Boston Magazine.