Bill Farias, Managing Attorney
Attorney Bill Farias is the firm’s founder and managing attorney. His focus is on family law, and mainly divorce, custody and support matters.
He chose family law because it provides an opportunity to help people who are at a low point in life. He loves that people come to him in the darkest of times, and that he has the chance to not only get them through it, but to actually turn their circumstances into a positive experience. That’s what this firm aims for in every case, both in terms of the quality of the legal work and the client service.
Before law school, Bill was a case manager at the Department of Children & Families in MA. This experience allowed him to work closely with families, and required work on issues of custody, mental health, substance abuse, medical care, schooling, domestic violence and other issues that are typically addressed in divorce and custody cases.
Bill dedicated the early part of his career to building the litigation skills. He worked as an assistant district attorney and tried a number of cases before juries and judges. When there are contested issues in family law, it’s important that the attorney has the skill, experience and courage to push the client’s position.
For fun, Bill likes to read and to travel with his wife Kenia, and two little girls, Gabriella and Emma. They have a golden-doodle Allie and a shi-tzu mix Teddy. Bill grew up playing hockey and volleyball, but now he’s too old and slow, and gets sore easily, so he stopped. He now channels his competitive drivContact Bill Farias, Esq
Nina Sousa, Senior Associate Attorney
Nina Sousa is an Associate Attorney for Farias Family Law. She’s one of the main reasons that clients rave about the service they receive from the firm (check out the online reviews!). Her primary focus is ensuring that the process runs as smoothly as possible for the client: from helping the client understand the process and what to expect, to timely communication and ensuring all questions are answered and concerns are addressed.
Nina has a skill set that combines legal knowledge with elite personal and management skills. She’s easily accessible and extremely helpful resource for clients as they work through the case. She has the experience and knowledge to keep clients informed and at ease, which is especially important in family law.
Before getting her law degree from UMass Law, Nina received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and. Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Anna Maria College.
Beginning in 2002, Nina worked her way up to becoming a Director of the South Coast Youth Court Program, through which she’s worked closely with courts, schools, police and mental health providers to address child behavior issues. She has the experience and perspective to effectively understand and connect with people working through difficult divorce and custody issues.
Nina continues to dedicate time to the program through grant writing and training young future attorneys.
Nina was born and raised in the Whaling City, where she and her family live. For hobbies, she is a member of the American Pool Players Association and was fortunate enough to qualify for the 2021 APA World Pool Tournament in Vegas! She also loves cooking and traveling.
Nina has a passion for working with people and helping them through difficult times. Her legal knowledge and ability to help people stay calm and focus on what’s important while keeping them informed and involved throughout the case makes what can be a difficult process much easier and smoother for the client.Contact Nina Sousa, Esq.
Phyllis Cook, Attorney
Phyllis is an attorney for Farias Family Law. She brings over 15 years of family law experience to the firm. She is a thoughtful, client-focused attorney who takes a practical approach to family law matters. She is a zealous and passionate advocate and litigator when necessary, but also utilizes cooperative litigation strategies when it helps her client’s interests.
Phyllis received her law degree from Roger Williams School of Law, and is also a graduate of Boston University where she received her bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies.
Phyllis represents clients in a variety of family law matters including divorce, alimony, property division, child custody and support, parenting time, and modifications.
Phyllis prides herself on her ability to educate and empower clients to make informed decisions on their cases based on practical risk-benefit analyses, and she helps clients understand the application of the law to their unique circumstances.
Phyllis enjoys contributing to the legal community through volunteer work, including The Massachusetts Justice Project, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, and Community Legal Aid’s Lawyer of the Day program.
For fun, Phyllis likes to travel with her son Jordan. They love spending time in Florida and Nevada visiting family. Recently, they have developed a passion for visiting the country’s national parks.Contact Phyllis Cook
Meghann Farrell, Paralegal
Meghann is a Paralegal for Farias Family Law. She’s the ultimate combination of experience, skill, and compassion. She provides clients with top-notch service and support throughout the legal process. She keeps clients educated, informed and updated on their cases, and ensures the process runs as smoothly as possible.
Meghann first began working in the legal field in 2008. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Portland State University, where she created her own major to combine two of her passions — legal studies and psychology. Between her education and her vast
legal experience, she’s become versed in family dynamics, mental health, and helping people gain the resiliency they need to effectively navigate divorce and parenting issues.
Meghann enjoys spending time with her husband, Brenden and three children, Ellie, Cameron, and Connor. They can turn any mundane activity into an adventure. Meghann also enjoys chalk art, party planning, embroidery, mindfulness, and listening to
Kendall Kapitzke, Attorney & Paralegal.
Kendall is an Attorney and Paralegal for Farias Family Law. She was just as awesome in law school as she is at our practice, graduating Magna Cum Laude from UMass Law. Before attending law school, Kendall earned a degree in Legal Studies.
Kendall’s competitive nature gives her an advantage in the legal space. While in college, she played four years of Division 1 softball. As a top-performing athlete and student, Kendall developed the resilience, determination, and ability to stay calm under pressure that makes it easy for her to effectively guide clients through difficult times.
Kendall also has unique insight into child-related issues. She came to us with experience working in the Juvenile Court where she developed a passion for helping children and families working through mental health, substance abuse, and financial issues.
In addition, she volunteered at Veterans Legal Services where she was able to give back to our veterans and their families.
Kendall is friendly and compassionate and is easy to talk to. She’s originally from sunny California, but now lives our awesome Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She loves spending time on the lake water skiing, kayaking, or just spending time with her family. She is also a huge Los Angeles Angels fan and loves all things Disney!Contact Kendall Kapitzke
Meg Kerrigan, Client Service Specialist
Meg is a Client Service Specialist” for Farias Family Law. She’s a first point of contact for our clients. Her top priority is helping people feel understood, and helping them take a step in the direction of making the changes they want and need. She does this with a perfect blend of listening, compassion, empathy, and her outgoing personality.
Meg graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Legal Studies. She took a special interest in family law when she realized she could combine her interest in law with her passion for helping people through difficult times.
Meg has been providing elite customer service for over a decade. She previously worked in the restaurant industry, where connecting with people and providing elite service were her main responsibilities.
Meg’s favorite things in life are spending time with family, including her husband Ben, hiking, snowboarding, being in the mountains, and listening to live music. Part of what helps Meg effectively connect with people is her dedication to mental health: she enjoys practicing mindfulness through walking, yoga, meditation and journaling. Meg’s dream vacation is a cross-country road trip to all the National Parks.
Meg is a true difference-maker in client service and we’re lucky to have her on our team!Contact Meg Kerrigan
Lucia Gomez Vargas, Legal Assistant
Lucia is a Legal Assistant for Farias Family Law. She serves as our Onboarding Specialist and helps new clients complete documents, so we have the necessary information for our filings. She also helps support our team’s operations to help us work as efficiently as possible.
Lucia graduated from Marista University in Mexico with a degree in Business Administration. She has several years of experience in administrative positions in a variety of capacities, so she has a diverse background of education and skills that make her a great asset to our team. She has worked in accounting, trained new staff on company policies and procedures, and she was also in charge of finance and budget management.
Our team has realized a significant boost in productivity and efficiency since Lucia joined us, and our clients experience a smoother process. We’re grateful to have her.
Lucia loves spending time with her dog, Marley, and with her friends and family. She enjoys hosting dinner parties, cooking for her guests, and fine-tuning her culinary skills. She also enjoys learning about web3 and crypto. Lucia practices mediation daily. No wonder she’s so calm and cool under pressure!Contact Lucia Gomez Vargas
Andrea Garcia, Client Service Specialist
Andrea Garcia is a Client Service Specialist at Farias Family Law. She is often one of the first team members you will talk to about the specifics of your case. We chose Andrea to be a part of our team because of her compassion and extensive experience in helping people during tough times. Her goal is to understand your unique circumstances and to help you decide your best next step.
Andrea is an independently licensed clinical social worker and worked as a Crisis Clinician in Massachusetts for many years. She has worked in a variety of settings including mental health agencies, schools, prisons, and hospitals. Andrea has a strong background in family systems, child development, trauma, and relationship cycles, and she has expertise in mental health and conflict management.
Andrea was born and raised in San Diego, California where she attended the University of San Diego. But she traded year-round sunny beaches for the excitement and diversity of seasons in Massachusetts! Andrea attended Salem State University where she earned her Masters in Social Work. She now lives in the Greater Boston area with her family. She has plenty of kids (three) and not enough pets (nine). She loves holidays (or any excuse to plan a party with a theme!) and road trips. She can’t cook a decent meal but she will drop whatever she is doing to help you.Contact Andrea Garcia
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