James L. Brick

Jim has tried a wide range of Family Law cases involving custody, removal, property division and support related issues in Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth and Essex County Probate and Family Courts. In addition to his trial expertise, Jim is certified as a Collaborative Lawyer by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Counsel and recognizes that in most family law cases, a negotiated settlement may be the preferred method of resolution. Jim has been appointed by the Middlesex Probate and Family Court to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and Special Master in numerous family law cases.

Jim has been recognized as a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine, Law & Politics; a distinction awarded to only 5% of lawyers in Massachusetts.

Prior to practicing Family Law, Jim served as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Middlesex and Bristol Counties for 6 years where he prosecuted numerous violent felony cases including homicides, sexual assaults and child abuse cases (both jury and jury-waived trials). He also served as the Chief Prosecutor in the Middlesex County Narcotics Unit and tried many narcotics cases.

Jim is a member of the Family Law section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Counsel and has lectured on Family Law Issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE).

Jim is a graduate of Northwestern University and University of Miami Law School and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts state courts and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Thalia H. Sugarman

Thalia has been exclusively practicing Family Law for 20 years and has extensive experience advocating for clients in Massachusetts state courts. She has negotiated and tried numerous cases on issues ranging from custody and parental rights, the enforceability of prenuptial agreements, and complex support and property division issues in Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Plymouth County Probate and Family Courts.

Thalia is certified pursuant to Rule 8 as a trained mediator and has expanded her mediation practice over the past years. Thalia has vast experience mediating all types of divorces ranging from the simple divorces (without counsel) to the most complex, high net worth divorces with both parties retaining counsel.

In 2012 and 2013 Thalia was recognized among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts as reported in Boston Magazine. Thalia has also been recognized as a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine, Law & Politics (2010-2015); a distinction awarded to only 5% of lawyers in Massachusetts.

Prior to forming Brick, Sugarman, Jones & McBrien LLP, she was a partner at Brick & Sugarman, LLP for 8 years. Thalia is an active member of the Family Law Sections of both the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations and has been a lecturer on Family Law issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Thalia has served on the Family Law Sections of the Boston Bar Association (2007-2008) and the Massachusetts Bar Association (2010-2013). Thalia served on the Board of Overseers at the Boston Ballet (2011-2015) and served on the Foundation Board of Trustees at the British School of Boston (2010-2013).

Thalia received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts state courts, the United States District Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alexander Jones

ALEX JONES focuses his practice in all areas of family law, ranging from mediation, to negotiating divorce agreements outside of court, to the litigation of domestic-relations proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels. He can assist clients with the division of assets, child support and alimony, tax advice and resolving child-custody disputes. Alex has also been appointed by various Justices of the Probate and Family Court to serve as a Guardian ad Litem, a parent coordinator and a discovery master.

Alex is actively involved in the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts ("AFCC"), an international interdisciplinary organization of lawyers, judges and mental-health professionals dedicated to improving the court process for children. Actively involved with the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC, he is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter (2008-2009), Treasurer (2009-2012), and a board member (2004 - 2012). Alex has also assisted in planning annual conferences since 2003. Alex has presented at AFCC conferences at both a local and national level and was active in developing the strategic planning process for the AFCC. He was a member of the Boston Bar Association's Family Law Steering Committee between 2006 and 2012, where he served as the Chair of the Family Law Section's Amicus Committee and the Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee. Alex is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Family Law Section and is currently serving as a member of "A Child's Voice" Task Force, being run through the office of the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court. Alex is a member of Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

Alex is a 1996 honors graduate of Binghamton University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2000 he graduated with dual degrees from Boston College Law School and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. At Boston College Law School Alex was awarded the West Publishing Award for outstanding academic achievement, the Boston College Graduate Student Association's Graduate Student Award from Boston College Law School and the Boston College Law School Alumni Association's Meritorious Student Award. After law school he clerked for two years for the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts.

Maureen McBrien

Maureen joined Brick, Sugarman, Jones & McBrien when it formed in April of 2016. Prior to that, she was a partner at Brick & Sugarman since 2012. Prior to joining Brick & Sugarman, Maureen was an associate for many years at Todd & Weld in Boston in their domestic relations department. Maureen focuses her practice on all aspects of family law, including but not limited to divorce, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, modification and contempt actions, and paternity and custody actions. Maureen regularly appears in court, has tried many cases, has acted as a mediator, and has been involved in numerous family law appeals. Maureen has expertise in the relatively new Massachusetts alimony laws. Maureen's practice also involves litigating, mediating and/or acting as a consultant on family law related issues that arise from the use of assisted reproductive technology.

Maureen was elected a Massachusetts Super Lawyers' Rising Star each and every year from 2007 through 2014 and was elected as a "Super Lawyer" in 2015 and 2016. She is the co-author of the 4th Edition of Massachusetts Practice - Family Law and Practice and the co-author of Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Lawyer's Guide to Emerging Law and Science. She was an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School for nine years and a family law section council member for the Massachusetts Bar Association for three years. She is active in the American Bar Association and is board member of the family law section's publications committee and is also a member of the Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law. She is a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Maureen has published several articles and has been quoted on numerous occasions in various periodicals. She has served as a panelist for legal education programs for MCLE, the BBA, the MBA, the ABA, and on NPR. She is a legal consultant to author Jodi Picoult. Maureen is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Gettysburg College.

Maureen brings a pragmatic and reasonable approach to cases yet has the depth and experience to handle all aspects of any family law case from beginning to end.

Gina Calabro

GINA CALABRO focuses her practice on family law matters and has extensive experience in the areas of: Divorce, Complex asset valuation and division, Alimony, Child-related matters, including child support, child custody and removal, Post-divorce modification, Enforcement of alimony, child support and other judgments, Complaints to establish maternity / paternity, Negotiating and drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, Case consultation / evaluation

She also has experience drafting appellate briefs and arguing before the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She routinely works with experts specializing in business valuation, forensic accounting and complex tax issues on behalf of her clients. Gina is also a trained mediator and serves as a neutral both mediating and conciliating family law matters.

Gina was formerly at associate at Ginsburg Leshin Gibbs & Jones, LLP, Wellesley, where she practiced family law from 2011-2016. Previously, she was an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP, Boston, becoming a member of the Family Law Practices group in 2005. Prior to joining Foley & Lardner LLP, she was a law clerk for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court in Bristol, Norfolk and Middlesex counties, assisting the justices in divorce, contempt, modification, probate, trust, guardianship and equity matters.

Gina is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Law School where she served for two years as a student attorney for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and represented clients in family law matters in the Probate and Family Courts. In 2003, she received the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers' Sheila McGovern Award. Gina holds a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University (magna cum laude, 2001). Gina has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the New England Rising StarsĀ® (2009 - 2014) for her work in family law.

Gina is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut. She is a Certified Financial Litigator and a member of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators. She has served as a panelist on Family Law matters at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and has lectured on family law topics for the Massachusetts Bar Association ("Insurance Issues in Divorce Cases" - 2015) and MCLE ("Family Law Financial Forum" - 2016).

She is a member of the Boston Bar Association, where she serves on the legislative committee of the BBA Family Law section, and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM). She is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an international interdisciplinary organization of lawyers, judges and mental health professionals dedicated to improving the court process for children. Gina donates her time through the Attorneys Representing Children (ARC) program in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court and the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Lawyer of the Day program.

Lauren Bussey

Lauren concentrates her practice on all aspects of domestic relations, including matrimonial disputes, modifications, and child-related matters. Prior to joining Brick, Sugarman, Jones & McBrien LLP, she worked for the Honorable Virginia M. Ward of the Suffolk Probate and Family Court. Lauren began her legal career at Greene Smith & Associates, P.A., a high-asset matrimonial law firm located in Miami, Florida.

Lauren graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2014, where she earned the C.A.L.I. Excellence for the Future Award in Mediation. Lauren attended the University of Florida on a Bright Futures Scholarship and graduated with a Major in English and Minor in Business Administration.

Lauren is admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and Florida. She is a Certified Financial Litigator (CFL) and member of the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators (AACFL).

Catherine Spanu

Catherine Spanu focuses her practice on family law matters, including divorce, alimony, child support, child custody, removal, post-divorce modification, complaints to establish maternity and paternity, and drafting premarital agreements. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Ontario, Canada.

Catherine is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law (2013), where she received the Norman Levy Prize. She holds a Master's of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Boston University.

Prior to joining Brick, Sugarman, Jones & McBrien, LLP, Catherine served as a judicial law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. During this time, she worked on a wide variety of domestic relations, probate, and equity matters in the Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth, and Worcester divisions.