Charles River Law Partners LLC
a Boston law firm focusing on all aspects of residential and commercial real estate, including buyer and seller representation, closings, title work, and general practice areas including fertility law and adoption, real estate and housing disputes, and other civil litigation

About

The Firm

Our Story

Charles River Law Partners LLC specializes in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. In addition, we provide legal counsel and representation to clients in the negotiation and litigation of civil disputes and in matters of adoption and family formation.

We opened our doors in 2015 as a collaboration between attorneys Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel and Donald H. Angus, Jr. Chris and Don each bring more than a decade of legal experience with substantive knowledge in litigation and transactional practice. Both Chris and Don operated successful law practices in Boston prior to teaming up with the goal of better serving our growing and dynamic client bases.

Our attorneys are appointed by courts, conduct trainings and seminars, and volunteer and support the local community. We have also received honors for pro bono work and advocacy and have been named "Rising Stars" in Boston Magazine's list of Super Lawyers in 2009, 2016, and 2017. We draw on our collective strengths and experience to offer sound advice, creative legal strategies, and zealous advocacy for our clients.

 

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Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel, Esq.

Partner

Attorney Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel's practice focuses on all aspects of real estate law, including purchases and sales, condominium development and governance, lender closings, and other transactional matters. Christopher draws on years of litigation experience in representing clients in disputes ranging from real estate partitions, landlord-tenant, personal injury, wage law violations, and other civil matters.

For over a decade, Christopher has practiced in the unique and growing field of family creation and fertility law, including adoption, donor agreements, surrogacy, and parentage. The proud father of an adopted son, Christopher has advocated for gestational surrogates, donors, step-parents, same-sex parents, and trans parents throughout Massachusetts in growing and protecting their families.

Christopher has been recognized by colleagues as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer - Rising Star in 2009, 2016, 2017 and a Top Attorney in New England - Rising Star in 2017.

Prior to establishing Charles River Law Partners, LLC, Christopher was the owner of Vaughn-Martel Law, a general practice law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Christopher lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts, with his husband Brian and their son Elliott.

 

Education

SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2006

MARIST COLLEGE
B.A., History, 2000

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Real Estate Broker, License No. 9539830

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2006

Pro Bono & Community Involvement

Christopher has worked with the Victim Rights Law Center as a pro bono attorney for over a decade, representing victims of sexual assault in matters of privacy, safety, housing, education, employment, and financial compensation. In 2000, Christopher was honored with the Shining Star Award, awarded each year to an attorney in recognition of outstanding advocacy on behalf of sexual assault survivors.

Christopher is a proud member of GLAD's referral network, providing friendly and knowledgeable representation to LGBTQ clients in matters ranging from name changes to adoption and reproductive law to civil disputes.

 
 

Donald H. Angus, Jr., Esq.

partner

Attorney Angus practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions. Don’s experience in the real estate industry began in 1988 when he first began selling homes. Since that time, he has worked in almost every area of the business – as a real estate broker, title examiner, and as an attorney. Don has worked on closings in almost every area of Massachusetts, from Pittsfield to Nantucket.

In addition to representing home buyers, sellers, and lenders, Don also works as title counsel on complex commercial transactions. He is a Land Court-appointed title examiner and manages projects ranging from strip malls to sports arenas and downtown office buildings. He has also conducted several condominium conversions and has significant experience in commercial lease analysis and negotiation.

 

Education

SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2004

MARIETTA COLLEGE
B.A., English & Philosophy, 1992

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Real Estate Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2004
 
 
 
 

Jonathan F.X. O'Brien, Esq.

partner

Attorney Jonathan F.X. O’Brien’s practice concentrates on corporate law and residential and commercial real estate. Jonathan is licensed to practice in Paris, New York and Boston and enjoys leveraging his prior experience both here in the U.S. and abroad on behalf of his clients. Jonathan’s work spans corporate formation, contract negotiation, resolution of shareholder and director disputes, mergers & acquisitions and the purchase and sale of assets. Jonathan also has a significant real estate practice, working on both residential and commercial real estate matters involving purchases and sales, leasing, financing and development of real estate.

Jonathan is also actively developing a practice in aquaculture and maritime matters, as he is committed to the sustainable and elevated development of the New England coast and its resources which he believes could lead to tremendous economic opportunity in the region. Whether the project involves maritime finance, acquiring equipment, or zoning and permitting, Jonathan is a zealous and committed advocate for clients in the industry.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Real Estate Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2004
  • New York, 2000
  • Paris, 2002

Education

TULANE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1999

MCGILL UNIVERSITY
B.A., French Literature, with Honors 1996

Pro Bono & Community Involvement

Jonathan represents New England farmers on a pro bono basis in corporate and real estate matters via Legal Food Hub,a legal services clearinghouse for farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations. Jonathan is Former Chair, and current Member of the Town of Sudbury Zoning Board of Appeals. Outside the office, Jonathan has been an annual participant in the Pan Mass Challenge since 2014, raising money and awareness for cancer research and treatment.

 
 

Brian R. Vaughn-Martel, Esq.

Practice Consultant

Attorney Vaughn-Martel provides practice management consulting for Charles River Law Partners. In addition, he is the Director of Private Practice Initiatives and J.D. Advising at Suffolk University Law School. Prior to Suffolk, Brian was a Litigation Associate in the Boston office of K&L Gates, LLP, where he represented corporate clients in matters involving commercial litigation, mortgage banking, class action defense, bankruptcy, and government enforcement. He also served on a trial team that represented generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in the nationwide Average Wholesale Price litigation.

Prior to his legal career, Brian worked for Columbia Management Group (a division of Bank of America) as a trainer in career, leadership, and management development. He was also a Series 6 and 63 licensed financial representative.

 

Education

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2008

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
B.A., Psychology, Minor in Music, 2001

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Law School Consortium, Secretary
  • Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Law Placement, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2008
  • U.S. Dist. Ct. for Dist. of Mass., 2009
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., 2009

Community Involvement

Brian presents on topics such as professional communication, law practice management, and building a professional network for the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. He is also a supervisor in Suffolk Law's Accelerator to Practice Program.

In his spare time, Brian is an actor in the local theatre community and has performed on stage with various companies, including Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham, The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain, The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, and the Woodland Theatre Company in Medfield, among others.