Criminal Defense
Personal Injury
Family Law

Family Law


University of Massachusetts (Bachelor of Arts, 1975)
Suffolk University Law School (Juris Doctor, 1978)

Bar Admissions
Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – December, 1978
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts – February, 1979
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit – March, 1979
Supreme Court of the United States of America – April, 1982
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut – September, 1985

Special Permission to appear in:
United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
United States District Court for the District of Maine
United States District Court for the District of Vermont
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Superior Court of the State of New Hampshire
Superior Court of the State of Maine
Circuit Court of Broward County, Florida
District Court of the State of New Hampshire

Bar Associations
Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Michael Natola began practicing criminal law upon his admission to the bar in 1978.  He has never been a prosecutor.  He worked for the first six years of his career in the office of one of the best-known, successful and busiest lawyers in the Boston area.  From the very beginning of his practice he was involved, as lead attorney or associate, in the most serious of criminal cases, including the trials of an accused member of the so-called MCI Walpole “hit squad” of the late 1970’s and the very first and second RICO cases prosecuted in the Federal Court in Boston.

Michael has represented thousands of criminal defendants in all divisions of the Trial Court throughout Massachusetts.  For approximately 15 years he was on the “Murder List,” maintained by the Committee for Public Counsel Services of lawyers specially qualified to represent indigent defendants accused of murder in the courts of the Commonwealth.  He has represented defendants throughout the entire state in cases charging everything from simple assault to drunk driving to minor and major drug offenses to murder.  He considers his greatest achievement as a lawyer the “Not Guilty” verdicts he won in the case Commonwealth v. Kathleen Hilton in the Essex County Superior Court in February, 2009; a case in which the defendant was charged with the murder of five people in a suspected arson fire.

Michael also regularly represents criminal defendants in the federal court in Massachusetts, and has represented defendants in other federal courts from Bangor, Maine to Key West, Florida, from Columbus, Ohio to Corpus Christi, Texas.  He has also appeared on behalf of individuals charged with crimes in state courts in New Hampshire, Maine and Florida.  For approximately the past twenty years, he has been on the list of lawyers found specially qualified by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to represent indigent defendants in that court.

He also represents a select number of plaintiffs who have been seriously injured in automobile and other kinds of negligent accident cases.

Michael brings his thirty-five years of experience to every case and to every client individually, and believes that his one and only job is to ensure that his client is treated fairly and justly and receives the most favorable result possible in the circumstances of his or her unique case.


Barnard College (Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology,1975)
New York University Law School (Juris Doctor,1980)

Bar Admissions
Bar of the State of New York, 1981
Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1990

Bar Associations
Massachusetts Bar Association
Essex County Bar Association

Born on Long Island and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Judith Cowan is a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College in New York City and a graduate of New York University Law School.  She worked as a paralegal for the internationally known law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City between college and law school.  She worked from 1978 to 1988 first as a legal assistant, then as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society of New York City, the largest and busiest legal aid organization in the country.

Judith returned to Massachusetts and worked from 1990 to 1993 as a lawyer for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the state agency that represents indigent criminal defendants throughout the Commonwealth.

She went into private practice in 1993 and began to concentrate on representing women and men involved in divorce and other family law matters in the Probate and Family Court.  In that time she has represented thousands of parties in all aspects of family law matters, including divorce, alimony, division of marital assets, modifications of existing judgments, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and all issues pertaining to the care and custody of children, including child support, custody and visitation.  She has earned the highest reputation as a zealous and effective advocate for both women and men in family law matters, and is held in great esteem by other lawyers, who often call upon her to consult in their own cases, and by the judges before whom she practices regularly.  She is a vigorous, results-oriented advocate who enjoys a high rate of success at trial and an equally high rate of settling cases on terms favorable to her clients.

Judith is a Certified Mediator, and has acted as a voluntary conciliator for the Essex Probate Court and Essex County Bar Association for thirteen years, during which time she has been able to bring many, if not most, couples together to resolve their domestic legal issues by agreement. At the same time, she has established a robust mediation practice.  As a mediator, Judith acts a neutral, trained and experienced professional, and meets with couples who mutually agree to attempt to resolve their contested domestic issues in the private setting of our offices rather than in court.   She gives each of the parties the opportunity to express their positions fully, and then works with them to bring them to common ground.  She is a highly skilled, effective and successful mediator, whose goal is to assist couples in resolving their differences in a fair and just way.  She continually helps couples in conflict resolve their issues promptly and fairly, without resort to oftentimes lengthy, costly and very stressful court action.  Judith also offers mediation services to create mutually agreed-upon parenting plans, and parenting coordinator services in appropriate cases.  Her mediation services are available to parties who are represented by counsel and parties who do not have a lawyer.  Finally, in certain cases, where a complaint for divorce has been filed and the parties have reached an impasse in the litigation or settlement negotiations, she offers private conciliation services, an abbreviated form of mediation, generally after the parties have attended a pretrial conference in court.  As a result of her many years as a successful mediator and conciliator, Judith has earned a widely known reputation for her exceptionally high rate of case settlement.

Judith has taught other lawyers in several continuing legal education seminars and has been on the faculty of Trying Divorce Cases, an intensive training program for lawyers produced by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.  She was an instructor for the Women’s Prison Project at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York in the late 1970’s, and served on the Rape and Sexual Assault Advisory Committee of the Judicial Training Institute of the Trial Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1998 and 1999.

Whether you are involved in or contemplating legal action, or are interested in exploring mediation as an effective way to address your family law issues, Judith Cowan will bring her outstanding educational background, professional training and many years of experience to assist you, as she has assisted countless others, in obtaining a reasonable and fair resolution of your domestic relations matters.

Casey L. CochranCASEY L. COCHRAN

Casey L. Cochran is a native of Massachusetts. Casey has practiced family law since September 2008, and has been associate counsel to Judith N. Cowan since September 2010. Casey volunteers for the Essex County Lawyer for the Day Program, and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Casey is coordinating counsel for the Attorneys Representing Children (“ARC”) program in Essex County.

During her time at Suffolk University Law School, Casey interned with the Director of Advocacy of the MSPCA, participated in the Battered Women's Clinic, and was president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Casey practices with sound judgment and zealous advocacy while striving for reasonable, equitable results for her clients. Casey’s practice is concentrated in Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties, and she also represents clients in Worcester County and Norfolk County.

Bar Admissions
Massachusetts, 2008

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D. – 2008

Union College
B.A. in Sociology (Cum Laude) – 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships
Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
Essex County Bar Association, Member

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