Attorney – Meet Stephen Dawley

More Than 30 Years of Experience at Work for You

My name is Stephen Dawley. I started my own legal practice a number of years ago after being a partner in a firm. I have practiced law for over thirty years representing people in Metrowest and Massachusetts primarily in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, real estate law and probate administration.

My dedication to this community is an essential complement to my legal practice. In law school, I represented indigent women in Essex County who needed a divorce, often from abusive husbands. I have also provided free legal services to indigent men and women in domestic relations cases in Middlesex County. Some of my other volunteer activities have included the Big Brother program, serving on the Board of The 200 Foundation, coaching youth sports, being a hospice volunteer, offering legal counsel at a homeless shelter, and serving as a member and Chair of the Human Rights Committee at The New England Center for Children.

Stephen E. Dawley

DSC_5342-smI graduated with honors from The College of the Holy Cross  in 1974. I then attended Suffolk University Law School on a full academic scholarship, the David I. Walsh Scholarship, and graduated with honors in 1977. After graduating, I  was hired as an associate at Burwick & Burwick, a general practice law firm in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1978 I was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. I am also admitted to practice in Connecticut.

I subsequently started my own practice in Framingham, Massachusetts, and have practiced continuously in Framingham for over thirty years. During that time I have been in several professional associations and was a partner in the firm of Campion, Flynn, Woodworth & Dawley. I have had my own practice for approximately fifteen years. I served on the Hopedale Finance Committee for three years and as Hopedale Town Counsel for almost five years. I have also served as a Board member and President of the South Middlesex Bar Association. I am a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.

I have always felt that community involvement is an essential complement to my professional practice as both a reflection of my own values and a way for me use my education and experience in practical ways for the betterment of others. At Holy Cross I tutored struggling students at South High School. After graduating from law school I volunteered at a non-profit organization in Cambridge that provided free legal services to indigent men and women in domestic relations cases.  For fourteen years I served as a member and chair of the Human Rights Committee at the New England Center for Children, a preeminent organization in the care and education of children who have autism or one of the related spectrum of disorders.  For a number of years I was on the pro bono panel that staffed a legal clinic at St. Francis House, a homeless shelter in Boston.  For a decade I served as the advisor for the Framingham High School Mock Trial Team.

I coached youth basketball for eleven years and served on the Board of Directors of Southborough Youth Basketball. I also coached Little League baseball and soccer. Since 1992 I have been involved with The 200 Foundation, a Framingham based charity that raises funds to support counseling centers, food pantries, and other worthy organizations serving the area’s neediest people. I serve on the pro bono panel for Metrowest Legal Services in Framingham. I am also a hospice volunteer.

Areas of Practice

  • Estates and Other Probate Matters
  • Appeals to Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court
  • Criminal Law
  • Real Estate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Divorce

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1978
  • Connecticut, 2013


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J. D. cum laude – 1977
    • Honors: Recipient, David I. Walsh Scholarship
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
    • B.A. cum laude – 1974
    • Honors: Dean’s List

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association,Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • 200 Foundation, Inc.–Board of Directors/Board of Advisors/Supporter–Since 1992


2016–Received Citation from Massachusetts Legislature for decades of Pro Bono representation of indigent people