Starlene is a partner at Alves|Santos, LLP and has over a decade of legal experience. Prior to joining the firm, Starlene was a solo practitioner servicing the SouthCoast area with a primary focus in estate planning, personal injury and entertainment law. She especially has a passion working with emerging talent.
She began her legal career at the Law Office of Moira E. Tierney, a boutique Domestic Relations firm based in the New England area and remained at the firm for nearly eleven years. During her time there, Starlene represented a variety of clients from different cultural backgrounds in divorce, support and custody matters as well as personal injury and estate planning. Starlene also played an integral part in the firm's day-to-day operations and often provided innovative solutions for policy and procedure.
While attending law school, Starlene interned for the Honorable Dortch-Okara during both her criminal session at Bristol County Superior Court and civil session at Norfolk County Superior Court. During her time with Honorable Dortch-Okara, Starlene was able to hone her writing and research skills by delivering lengthy Memoranda of Decision and Orders on issues including but not limited to the classifications by the Sexual Offender Registry Board and post sentence withdrawal of pleas.
Starlene's goal has always been to give back to her community and to provide legal services to those in need. She volunteers as an advice panel attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project as well as Mass Legal Answers Online, an American Bar Association initiative.