BIO

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.  

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Intellectual Property Concentration, New England Law | Boston, 2013

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2010


BAR ADMISSION

Massachusetts, 2013

Georgia, 2015


CREDENTIALS:

Private Attorney - Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services

Association Membership: Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

Starlene Alves

PARTNER

Sania Santos

PARTNER

BIO

Sania is a partner at Alves|Santos, LLP and concentrates her practice on litigation, including employment discrimination, personal injury, domestic relations, tenant/landlord disputes and real estate transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Sania was an Associate at the Flynn Wirkus Young, PC, a civil litigation firm in Quincy, Massachusetts, where she was involved in insurance defense, personal injury, employment discrimination and domestic relations. 

 

Prior to joining FWY, Sania practiced in the Greater Boston area. Also, she was a volunteer Attorney at the Edward W. Brooks Courthouse Court Service Center where she assisted pro se litigants in understanding court rules and procedures for divorce, guardianship, custody and support actions.

While attending law school, Sania participated in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in addition to joining several public service organizations. Particularly, Sania enjoyed a high level of autonomy and responsibility, working closely with a team of assistant district attorneys to successfully prosecute number of cases at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

During a Legislative Internship with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Inc., Sania worked with a large coalition of immigration advocacy organizations that helped mobilize Massachusetts immigrant communities’ opposition to key components of proposed federal legislation. Moreover, as a Law Clerk with the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition’s Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative, Sania represented immigrants who desired to become U.S. Citizens but faced barriers to naturalization.


EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Immigration Concentration, New England Law | Boston, 2014

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts-

Amherst, 2010


BAR ADMISSION

Massachusetts, 2014

U.S.D.C. District of Massachusetts


CREDENTIALS:

Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Association Membership: Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association