Attorney Nicholas J. Plante is a partner at Schwartz & Plante.
Nick received his B.A. from Worcester State College in 2002, and his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law in 2005. While in law school, Nick was the recipient of the first year law student Best Oralist award. He also served as a member of the National Environmental Moot Court Competition, where he was twice awarded the Best Oralist award.
Nick practices in all areas of Domestic Relations, including, but not limited to divorce, child custody, modifications and contempt matters. He also handles all matters relating to same sex marriage and divorce, including the dissolution of civil unions. Additionally, Attorney Plante handles all matters relating to contested and uncontested Adoptions.
Nick has also appeared in the District Court and Superior Court in the prosecution and defense of restraining orders.
Attorney Plante has been appointed by the Justices of the Probate and Family Court to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem, Discovery Master, Trustee, Attorney for children (ARC Counsel), and Conciliator.
Nick also leads the firm’s appellate practice, having appeared numerous times before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, both before Single Justices and full panels of the Court. Additionally, he has appeared before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Nick also practices in the area of education law, representing children and families in the disciplinary process and appeals of disciplinary decisions, as well as representing children and families in the IEP and 504 process relating to Special Education, including at 504 meetings, IEP Team Meetings and appeals to the Board of Special Education.
Nick has lectured and presented for the Worcester County Bar Association in the areas of domestic relations appellate decisions, the law of removal, and trial skills. Attorney Plante has been an instructor in the Legal Assistance Corps of Central Massachusetts divorce representation skills program, and co-authored the handbook for the program.
Attorney Plante is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester Bar Association, where he serves on the Probate and Family Law Committee and the Trial Skills Committee.