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Attorney Wetstein


Renée Wetstein was born in the Bronx and grew up in Rockland County, New York. In high school, she participated in the world's largest student-led community service organization, Key Club. Renée volunteered regularly throughout high school, and during her senior year, she became the first female trustee on the Key Club International Board, which was in charge of the over 100,000 members of Key Club. In 2012, Renée received the G. Harold Martin Fellowship award for her contributions to Key Club, and she was featured in this video celebrating the achievements of females in Key Club.

Renée attended Brandeis University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Honors in Politics and a Sociology double major. While at Brandeis, she was a Phi Beta Kappa member, competed frequently with the Debate Team, and volunteered at a homeless shelter in Waltham, MA. After graduation, Renée attended the New York University School of Law and received her J.D. degree.

After marrying her husband and moving to Western Massachusetts, Renée began practicing at the Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas law firm in Springfield. Her specialty became family law, and she honed her abilities to draft and negotiate separation agreements, argue motions, and litigate. She also developed extensive contact with her clients and began representing clients in domestic and international adoptions as well as care and protection cases. Renée started her own family law practice in 1994 in Northampton. Most notably, she successfully argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Court in the Hodas case which established that out-of-state parents, with an out-of-state surrogacy birth mother, could obtain a pre-birth order to have their names placed on the child's birth certificate.

Renée has lived in Western Massachusetts since 1989 and has practiced family law for over 30 years. Her primary focus with clients is to hear and understand what they want while working to find a creative solution to achieve their desires. She has three sons and served as the advisor of the Northampton High School Key Club for its first six years of existence.