As a former longshoreman and commercial fisherman out of Gloucester I bring that longstanding work ethic to my practice. I began representing clients while still in law school under the District of Columbia's Law Students in Court Program.

 

On returning to Gloucester I represented tenants in eviction and conditions cases as staff attorney for Action Inc., Cape Ann's designated anti-poverty agency. I also served in that capacity, practicing public interest law, at the North Shore Community Action Program in Peabody Massachusetts working in cooperation with the Attorneys General Consumer Protection Agency.

My solo practice opened in the 1990s with a focus on marine and fishery issues that provided consultation and research services to institutions and organizations which included: MIT SeaGrant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, The Ocean Conservancy and Fisheries Technology Associates.

In addition to representing and advising clients I teach law to college students. Presently instructing undergraduates in Hospitality Legal Perspectives at Endicott College as well as Law in Nature and Society. Past courses I've taught both at Endicott College and Salem State University include: Business Law I & II, Legal Perspectives for the Business Manager and Law in Literature and Film.

I am fortunate to sit on the boards of several non-profit organizations; The Fishing Schooner Adventure,

and The Gloucester Writers Center.

I look forward to bringing my skills and experiences to your service.

 

Education and Licensure

Northeastern University

BS

Boston, Massachusetts

University of the District of Columbia Law School

Antioch University

JD

Washington, DC.

 

Massachusetts & Federal District Court Bars

 

Past and Present

Affiliations

City of Gloucester

Capital Improvements Advisory Board

Board Member

The Cape Ann Farmers Market

Advisory Board

Gloucester Writers Center

Advisory Board

Schooner Adventure

Board of Directors

Cape Ann Historical Commission 
Culture Award Recipient
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Public Interest Law

Action Inc. • Gloucester, MA

Staff Attorney


While with Action Inc. I represented individuals on a range of civil court matters while working with lending institutions in the community to identify and implement economic development strategies for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations under the Community Reinvestment Act.

North Shore Community Action • Peabody, MA

Director of the Consumer Protection Program

While at North Shore Community Action Program, I served as the Director of the Consumer Protection Program and worked in cooperation with the Massachusetts Attorneys General Consumer Protection Division, Public Protection Bureau. My responsibilities included, department management, in-court representation and resolving consumer complaints in the 19 towns and cities served by the program. I also conducted challenges to bank mergers and acquisitions under the Community Reinvestment Act.

189 Main Street, Suite 3,
Gloucester, MA 01930

Ken@KenRiaf-Law.com

Tel. 978.995.3415

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