Schaefer Law


Our Trusted Team


Attorney Pamela Schaefer is a compassionate and diligent attorney continuously striving for the best outcome for her clients. As a trial attorney, practicing in all aspects of family law for over 25 years, Attorney Schaefer has litigated numerous complex divorces and other domestic relations matters, child custody, and probate cases in the Probate and Family Courts, District Court, and Appeals Court. Attorney Schaefer also represents clients in the negotiation and drafting of prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements and offers mediation services to couples who wish to proceed with the dissolution of their marriage on a collaborative basis.

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts Bar, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1999



  • New England School of Law, J.D., 1998;
  • University of Massachusetts, B.S., 1993;
  • LaSalle Junior College, Associate in Nursing, 1987
  • Certified Mediator



  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Member, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Member, Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Member, Bar Association of Norfolk County
  • Member, Massachusetts Probate and Family American Inn of Court


Associate counsel Elizabeth Chernus has extensive experience with all aspects of family law. Elizabeth represents individuals in complex divorce and family litigation law matters including issues pertaining to child custody and parenting plans, alimony and child support, asset division, modification and contempt actions, prenuptial agreements, and paternity actions. Elizabeth’s experience includes both litigation and resolving cases outside of the courtroom.

Elizabeth brings her dedication, experience, and compassion to each of her cases.

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts Bar, 2013



  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 2012
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 2005


Honors and Awards:

  • Massachusetts SuperLawyer Rising Star


Ms. Annie Chan graduated summa cum laude with a degree in paralegal studies in 2012 and has worked as a litigation paralegal for our firm since 2014. Her work focuses primarily in family law and probate litigation matters; conducting factual and legal research, preparing documents for legal transactions, as well as draft pleadings and discovery notices. She is a zealous advocate who often serves as the liaison between client and counsel.

Prior to joining our firm, Annie, worked as a real estate paralegal at Connelly, Geaney, Ablitt, and Willard and interned with the U.S. Department of Labor.


  • Northern Essex Community College, A.S, 2012
  • Newbury College, A.S, 2003
  • Northeastern University



  • Notary Public
  • Westlaw Certified