It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.  
L.R. Knost



Briana Cummings

Briana represents youths, parents, and battered women in child welfare, family, and education proceedings. She also litigates civil rights, employment rights, prisoners' rights, and Social Security disability matters. On the criminal side, she has appealed juvenile delinquency and death penalty convictions, petitioned to expunge the criminal records of rehabilitated convicts, and prosecuted domestic violence cases.

Briana trained in negotiation and mediation and is a member of the North Shore Community Mediation Center and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

Previous Experience:

           Children's Law Center of Massachusetts in Lynn, Massachusetts

           Community Legal Aid in Worcester, Massachusetts

           Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal in San Francisco, California

            Justice First, LLP in Oakland, California

           Goldstein Demchak Baller Borgen & Dardarian in Oakland, California  

Briana clerked for Judges Raymond Lohier of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; Elizabeth Stong of the Bankruptcy Court, E.D.N.Y; and Leo T. Sorokin and M. Page Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 

Briana is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, California (inactive), and in the U.S. District Courts for Massachusetts and for Northern and Central California. She speaks fluent French and proficient German. 


           J.D., Columbia University School of Law (Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review)
          M.Ed., Quantitative Methods in Human Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education
          A.B., Psychology, Harvard College