Marilynne (Mal) R. Ryan

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Marilynne Ryan is the Founder of Ryan Faenza Carey since 1986, concentrating exclusively in divorce and family law. Her vast experience and knowledge in the field of divorce and family law have earned her respect and recognition amongst the family bar.

Honors and Awards

Selected as “Best Lawyers in America” — Family Law, 2017 – Present

  • Voted and selected to be featured in Boston Magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2022
  • Designated as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2008 – 2023
  • AV® preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Accredited with A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • 10 Best – – Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014, 2015
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in Massachusetts-American Society of Legal Advocates(ASLA), 2014 – 2016
  • Top Women of Law Award- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2016
  • Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers, The National Advocates 2015
  • Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers in Family Law – Legal Leaders, 2014, 2015
  • Top Women in Law Award – Lawyer Monthly 2014
  • Top 10 Attorney Award for excellence in the field of Family Law – National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA), 2014, 2015
  • Boston Magazine Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, 2013
  • Top Lawyers of Boston – Recognized for excellence and achievements by the legal community, 2013, 2015


New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 1986
  • New England Scholar Award, 1982-1986
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award for Criminal Law, 1984
  • Timothy J. Cronin Memorial Award, 1986

Stonehill College, North Easton, Massachusetts

  • Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, May 1981

The Center for Self Leadership/Boston Law Collaborative,

  • The Inner Dimensions of Mediation and Negotiation, 2014

Collaborative Training Solutions, LLC

  • Certification in Collaborative Law Practice, Annapolis, Maryland, January 2009

Haynes Mediation Training Institute

  • Certification in Divorce Mediation, New York, New York, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts State Courts (1986)
  • United States District Courts in Massachusetts (1987)
  • United States Supreme Court (2004)

What Our Clients Say

“Mal: This will seem random, but ‘R’ and I were musing the other day how much more difficult our lives would have been the last five years had we not been able to resolve the mistakes of my earlier divorce agreement.

My new business partner and I have been enjoying great success, and there‘s no way they would have joined me if the turmoil of the old agreement were in place.  So, here’s one grateful client.  Thank you for your guidance, experience and willingness to help.”

G.R., client of Marilynne (Mal) R. Ryan

“I was just thinking how much comfort you gave me all those years ago when I walked into your office broken from my relationship.”

W.R., client of Marilynne (Mal) R. Ryan

“First of all I want to thank you for all of you and your staff’s hard work in bringing my divorce case to a final solution.  I truly believe that without you, and your expertise, I would have fared much worse in my settlement.  I am very proud of you and your staff for your representation and true professionalism.  I was told from the onset that you were a respected lawyer, one of the best in Norfolk County.  I can vouch for this as fact. . . . . Your whole staffs made me feel like I was in the best of hands during my life’s most difficult times.”

C.S., client of Marilynne (Mal) R. Ryan

“…know you put your heart into my case and I will be forever grateful that you were my voice and spoke for me when I was unable to speak. . . .”

“I am so grateful for everything you have done for me. I have a connection to you more than lawyer/client. This is why I trust in you whatever the outcome of the trial may be. I am most grateful for having met you. You call me brave; but I was brave because you where always there cheering me on and I knew I was well-protected by your presence. I could never had done it without you.”

“You are a wonderful person with such a big heart. You deserve to feel complete. I am so blessed to have met you. Because of you today I am a stronger and happier woman. Far cry from when we first met.”

M.N., client of Marilynne (Mal) R. Ryan

“Just a note celebrating my first anniversary of the finalization of my divorce and the most difficult time in my life.  I just want to thank you again for you and your team for all of the hard work to bring to proper resolution to the mess caused by those other two attorneys and my now ex.

In the year since we finished I have moved on in many ways.  My life has grown better, I am more at ease then I ever was, and happiness is something that I almost take for granted.”

“I feel blessed beyond belief these days….. amazing man in my life, wonderful friends, lovely home, happy/healthy family!  I want you to know I think about you pretty much every day in my prayers/meditation.  My life would not be what it is today without your help Mal.  I feel that God put you in my life back then to help me/protect me when I could not do it myself.  I will always be grateful for you and your help.”

M.D., client of Marilynne (Mal) R. Ryan

“From the moment I entered your lovely office, I felt that I was in the “right place”…a feeling that was confirmed when I met with Mal for the first time and witnessed her warmth, humor and sharp intellect.

For the next eight months, Mal (and her excellent paralegal, Mary) worked with me to ensure my divorce settlement was complete and fair (more than fair!) and that every last detail was covered with expertise and clarity. Although the first blizzard of 2015 arrived to delay our first court date, we concluded our case a mere three weeks later, with Mal calmly and professionally by my side. I will be forever grateful that I found my very own “Super Lawyer”.

Thank you, Mal, and your wonderful staff, from the bottom of my heart, for being my advocate during a difficult life passage.”

M.S., client of Marilynne (Mal) R. Ryan

“Life is good for all of us. We credit you and sing your praises every day. You save lives.”

E.A.M., client of Marilynne (Mal) R. Ryan
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