Founded in 2020, Community Legal Services, Inc. (formerly known as Chelsea Legal Services) is the first and only Chelsea-based grassroots legal services agency established to provide legal services to the disenfranchised, economically disadvantaged, disabled, and elderly residents of Chelsea, Massachusetts and surrounding areas regardless of income level or immigration status.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, we are funded through grants and donations. The organization is supported by a team of volunteers and part-time attorneys who are all committed to helping the residents of Chelsea, MA and our neighboring communities.
Our mission is clear: We are here to promote equal access to legal justice for all!

About Our Services

Although we began our journey supporting the residents of Chelsea, Massachusetts, as of Spring 2021, CLS has received funding to expand our efforts to help under-served residents in Revere, Massachusetts as well. We hope to broaden our services to include other local communities in the near future.
We are dedicated to helping as many people as possible with our limited resources. Even if you do not quality for our services, we will do our best to offer referrals to other organizations that can help.
All information shared with CLS is private and confidential, regardless of whether you are eligible for our assistance or not.

Our Teams

Currently, CLS has three Staff Attorneys who organize and handle most of the legal matters. Each attorney comes with experience in the local legal issues.

Mark C. Rossi – Founder & Staff Attorney

Mark C. Rossi, Esq. is the founder and staff attorney of Chelsea Legal Services. As a local resident for several years, he is passionate to assist the people of Chelsea as well as the neighboring communities. Attorney Rossi’s personal mission of equal access to representation is the fuel in which CLS was created from. In Mark’s founding private practice, Bostonian Legal Group, his focus is on bankruptcy and insolvency for business and consumer debts, and litigation alternatives. Mark has served as an adjunct professor at New England School of Law, teaching an upper-level course on Bankruptcy and Creditor rights.

Silvia Y. Guzman – Staff Attorney

Silvia attended Suffolk Law School, and after graduating started her own practice. In her private practice Silvia focuses on criminal defense, and business representation. Silvia is fluent in both Spanish and English. As a lifelong Chelsea Resident, she has a passion for serving her community. She gives back to Chelsea in various ways, including working as a staff attorney at CLS representing clients in housing disputes as well as creating a scholarship for Chelsea High School graduates.

Leslie Niedner – Housing Case Administrator

Leslie is a long-term Chelsea resident who has worked and volunteered for the community in a variety of family support positions within the local non-profits. Leslie has a BA in Social Work and a MA in Management with a focus in Human and Organizational Dynamics. Leslie had founded a small local non-profit, Adri’s Legacy, of which awards scholarships to local young people.

Ruth Adeyinka – Intake Coordinator

Ruth Adeyinka is the founder of the Law Office of Ruth L. Adeyinka-Deras, a solo practice delivering services to primarily low-income communities. Her areas of focus include domestic relations, immigration, and civil matters. She frequently represents clients in family and probate matters, as well as representative immigration matters.
Prior to launching her solo practice, Ruth worked with the Support Services Department of the Office of Court Management at the Massachusetts Trial Court, first as Brockton’s Court Service Center Manager and then as their Court Service Center Community Engagement Manager. There, amongst other things, she developed, implemented, and evaluated initiatives aimed at enhancing access to justice resources to the public. She also worked to provide information and explanation about the various court processes, laws, rules, official documents and/or forms to litigants and attorneys, and fostered relationships with individuals and organizations to enhance the resources available through the CSC. In addition to her work in private practice and at New England Law, she works at the newly established, Community Legal Services (formerly known as Chelsea Legal Services).
Ruth is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA), Co-Chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee for the Massachusetts Bar Association, member of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being and the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations. She is also a part of the Immigration Advocates Network, the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Coalition (MIRA), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Gary Allen – Of Counsel

Gary’s career as an attorney and educator has focused on poverty law and the delivery of accessible legal services to underserved populations.
During law school, he completed a clinical internship at St. Louis’ fair housing agency, the Equal Housing Opportunity Council. Since his admission to the Massachusetts bar, he has focused on serving low-income and marginalized client populations, concentrating primarily on civil rights and discrimination actions, Section 8 fraud, eviction defense, homelessness prevention and consumer protection. Gary is also a contributing author to the Massachusetts landlord-tenant treatise, Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts edited by Annette Duke (2017).
Over the past few years Gary’s practice has broadened to include clinical legal education. He is currently supervising law students at New England Law, and earlier worked as instructor at both Harvard Law School’s Legal Services Center and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Earlier, Gary supervised law students at Boston College Law School.

Services Offered

We assist individuals and families in the following areas:

Housing

● Renters facing eviction
● Filing court documents against landlords for bad living conditions
● Homeownership preservation
● Foreclosure prevention

Immigration

● DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) application and renewals
● TPS (Temporary Protected Status)
application and renewals
● Family based petitions
● Asylum

Consumer/Bankruptcy

● Unfair/deceptive trade practices (Ch. 93A)
● Predatory lending
● Consumer bankruptcy (Ch. 7)

Elder Law (Simple Advanced Planning)

● Wills
● Health care proxies
● Powers of attorney
● HIPPA releases

Governmental Benefits

● Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
● Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
● Unemployment

Bringing Equal justice to all - one client at a time.

This website is neither a solicitation nor an offer to represent you concerning any legal problem. The information conveyed on this website is not intended to and does not create an attorney-client relationship with you and Chelsea Legal Services or any attorney at CLS. Please be aware that unsolicited letters, facsimiles or emails do not create an attorney-client relationship and we will not have an attorney-client relationship with you until and unless you and CLS enter into a formal written agreement for representation.

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