Stephen McDonough, Esq
Medfield, MA Attorney & Mediator; Owner of Next Phase Legal
Stephen works closely with clients facing divorce or other family conflict. His is a certificated mediator through the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, a designation that only about 11% of mediators have obtained. In addition to providing mediation services, Stephen regularly appears in Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts for clients involved in court-based cases. He is also a collaborative attorney, conciliator and mediator.
A smaller portion of his practice includes probate/estate administration cases and drafting wills and related estate planning documents.
Stephen is a volunteer conciliator through the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court, helping attorneys and their clients settle difficult cases that otherwise are facing a trial.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Stephen served as a police officer for 13 years. He also served in the MA Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves, receiving an honorable discharge.
Stephen is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School in Boston and admitted to practice law in North Carolina and Massachusetts, although he only accepts Massachusetts cases. Stephen was a featured commentator on Fox news during a segment on domestic violence and has presented to several bar associations and other groups on a range of topics.
Outside the office, Stephen has a life-long passion for music and started playing the drums in fifth grade and continues to perform locally. He may also be found paddling around local waterways in his kayak.
Stephen is a member of the Norfolk, MA Lions Club, having served as co-chair for the annual Santa Parade, and as the chairman of Norfolk’s Community Day. He is also a member of the Bar Association of Norfolk County, where he sits as part of the Bench-Bar Committee. Other associations include the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, International Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Association of Conflict Resolution, and the Medfield Employers and Merchants Organization, where he serves on the Board of Directors.
Most recently, Stephen was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Town of Norfolk, which functions similar to a finance committee in other towns.