Jessica MacRae Sousa
When Attorney Jessica MacRae Sousa takes on a case, she fights as hard for each client as she would if she were fighting for her own family.
Whether representing an unmarried father who wants more parenting time with his children or a mother seeking to maintain her family’s lifestyle after divorce, she is the attorney you want and need. She will fight tirelessly and relentlessly to pursue your goals and needs.
With nearly 20 years of experience, Attorney MacRae Sousa has earned the respect of her clients and peers – including opposing counsel -- for her devotion to clients, vigorous advocacy and professional integrity. She has represented hundreds of men, women and families throughout the state in a multitude of cases, including divorce and parenting plans, child support, spousal support, modifications, fathers’ rights, grandparents’ rights, paternity, contempt actions and more.
“I recently represented a mother in a post-divorce case and she told me afterwards that she wished she could carry me around in her pocket all the time to deal with her ex,” Attorney MacRae Sousa said. “This was someone who was really being pushed around and intimidated. When we left court that day, she looked like she had just shrugged the weight of the world off her shoulders. She was smiling and looked like a totally different person.”
Clients rave about Attorney MacRae Sousa, calling her caring, protective and passionate. She takes the time to get to know them and their families and their objectives, then works with them to devise the best possible strategy for their particular circumstance. She’s also accessible, making sure she responds when clients need her. “It may take me until 8 p.m. to be able to give a client some quiet, focused time to chat, but I always get right back to them to let them know when they will hear from me,” she said.
Other attorneys describe her as fair, easy to work with, professional and realistic. While easy-going, one thing she is not is a pushover. If negotiations break down or things turn ugly, Attorney MacRae Sousa is ready to do battle. She provides aggressive, effective and laser-focused legal advocacy. She’s not intimidated by anyone, especially not bullying spouses or contentious counsel. She’s uncompromising when it comes to protecting her clients’ rights.
“My clients have told me that when I stand beside them in a courtroom, they feel strong,” she said. “I have absolutely no tolerance for injustice or people being mistreated.”
A mother of two young children, Attorney MacRae Sousa appreciates the tremendous financial and emotional toll of divorce and family law cases. She is committed to helping clients get through the process with as minimal impact as possible, so that they are ready to move on with their new lives.
“My number one goal is to help people come together and settle their cases as quickly and efficiently as possible. I get great satisfaction in that,” she said. “However, when that is just not possible, my favorite part of going to trial is seeing the smile and the relief on my client’s face when I am able to get them something that’s very important to them.”
Jessica MacRae Sousa is a graduate of Boston College and the New England School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. She lives on the North Shore with her husband and two daughters, as well as their rescue dogs, Luna and Beckett (named after former Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett). In her free time, she likes to go to the theatre, watch Boston sports and walk Cranes Beach.