Areas Of Practice:

Family Law
Appellate Law

Bar Admissions:

Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  (1998)
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (2000)
The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2000)

Education:

JD Suffolk University Law School, cum laude (1998)
BS Bridgewater State University, cum laude (1994)

Charlene A. Caldeira

Partner

Charlene A. Caldeira joined Lander & Lander, P.C., as a partner in 2017.  She came to the firm with almost 20 years of litigation experience in the Boston area.  Charlene has established herself as a premier family law and appellate attorney in Massachusetts.

Charlene has extensive experience in a wide variety of family law issues and has focused her practice in family law since 1999, after she clerked for the Honorable Justice Neil L. Lynch of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Charlene also focuses her practice on appellate law and has co-authored the 2nd Edition of Appellate Procedure of the Massachusetts Practice Series.  She also taught Family Law as an adjunct professor at New England School of Law and continues to lecture and chair numerous Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Seminars. 

Charlene has handled complex family law matters including custody disputes and divorces with marital estates valued over three hundred million.  Her practice encompasses all aspects of domestic relations matters and litigation including:

  • Divorce proceedings involving high net worth individuals, family businesses (including S-Corporations), complex assets, trust assets and inherited assets
  • Custody proceedings including intra-state removal and inter-state removal, allegations of alcohol and substance abuse, allegations of physical and sexual abuse, false allegations raised in the context of custody matters, and allegations of parental alienation
  • Modification Actions of alimony, child support and custody
  • Defending and obtaining 209A Restraining Orders
  • Negotiation and preparation of pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements
  • Collaborative Law

Additionally, Charlene has been counsel on numerous notable Appellate cases, including the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals case Whallon v. Lynn, 230 F.3d 450 (2000), the Appeals Court of Massachusetts cases,Britton v. Britton, 69 Mass.App.Ct.23, 865 N.E. 1174 (2007), Akinci-Unal v. Unal, 64 Mass.App.Ct.212, 832 N.E. 2d 1 (2005), A.T. v. C.R., 88 Mass.App.Ct.532 (2015) and Schulman v. Schulman, 51 N.E.3d 509 (2016).

In addition to teaching Family Law as an adjunct professor, she has been a faculty member on Suffolk Law School’s Advanced Legal Studies program entitled “Difficult issues in Child Custody Cases.”  She has served as a lecturer on the BBA’s program entitled “How to Win Removal Cases in Probate & Family Court.”  She has also chaired the MCLE seminars entitled “The Child’s Voice”, “Crafting an Effective Parenting Plan” and “Single Justice Practice”.  For several years, Charlene has chaired the MCLE seminar entitled “Advocating & Drafting under the New Alimony Reform Legislation.”  She has also served on the faculty at the MCLE’s Family Law Trial Advocacy program for numerous years.  Charlene is on the Family Law Planning Committee at MCLE. 

Charlene has also been appointed as a Guardian ad litem and a Special Master for Discovery by the Probate & Family Court. 

She  has also made multiple broadcast appearances where she discussed various family law issues including MYOB The Radio Show, Mind Your Own Business (February  2011& October 2012) and the Law Line with Attorney B.J. Krintzman (December  2009).

Charlene has been named as a Rising Star in Massachusetts and New England’s Super Lawyers Magazine/Boston Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.