Isaac Borenstein


The Hon. Isaac Borenstein (ret.), LL.M. 

Arbitration, Civil Mediation, Case Evaluation, Special Master Hearings

Judge Borenstein is available at The Mediation Group (TMG) to serve as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, and case evaluator. He was an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1992 until 2008, and served as a Judge on the Lawrence District Court from 1986 until 1992. Since leaving the bench in September 2008, he has handled a broad spectrum of civil, criminal, family and probate matters as an attorney, at the trial and appellate court levels. He is currently Of Counsel at Kajko, Weisman, Colasanti & Stein. Serving as a neutral at TMG since 2008, he has resolved a broad range of civil disputes.

Judge Borenstein brings to alternative dispute resolution his expertise across a full range of areas including complex business disputes, wrongful death actions, employment law issues, personal injury cases, medical malpractice, trust and estate matters, probate and family issues, and civil rights claims.  During his sixteen years on the Superior Court, Judge Borenstein was known as a skilled mediator, able to resolve short of trial hundreds of civil and criminal cases. In his 22 years on the bench, he presided over more than approximately 400 jury and jury-waived trials, and thousands of motions. He earned a reputation as an excellent trial judge, known for his fair treatment of all parties, impartiality, and knowledge of the law.

His experience as a Judge, trial and appellate lawyer, are enhanced by his success and many years as a law professor, both part time and full time. During academic year 2013-2014 he was a full time Visiting Lecturer in Law, while during 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 he has served as a full time Visiting Professor of Law, all at Suffolk Law School. In 2017-2018 he will continue at Suffolk as a full-time instructor. His courses have included Evidence, Constitutional Law/Criminal Procedure, co-teaching Conflicts of Law and the Cuba Seminar. From 2002-2013 he was a part time Adjunct Professor also at Suffolk. From 1985-2014, almost every year, he taught as a part time Lecturer in Law, and one year as a full time Visiting Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, where he also taught Evidence and Advanced Criminal Procedure, as well as Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Torts, Civil and Criminal Trial Practice. He has also taught full time at New England School of Law and in the civil clinical program at Harvard Law School. He is one of the originators and co-teaches in a unique academic exchange between Suffolk Law School and the University of Havana School of Law.

 A native of Havana, Cuba, he has worked tirelessly for many years to improve the delivery of legal and interpreter services to the Latino community, including serving as Chair of the Massachusetts Trial Court Interpreter Committee. Details of his many awards as a Judge and law professor, as well as his professional experience are set out in his CV. He received his BA from The George Washington University in 1972, JD from Northeastern University in 1975 and an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1983.

Judge Borenstein is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence and dedication to his students, as well as many honors for his work as a Judge and an ADR professional:

  • In 2014, he received the Thomas J. McMahon Award, “given to a faculty or staff member who demonstrated unparalleled dedication to the student body of Suffolk Law.”
  • In May of 2007 and again in 2012, he received the Cornelius J. Moynihan Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • In 2008, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge Borenstein.
  • In 2003, he received a Leadership Award from the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, VA for his work as Chair of the Massachusetts Trial Court Committee on Interpreter Services.
  • In 2001, he received the highly regarded Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service from the Boston Bar Association.