About Jo

I am the founder of Windhorse Legal, PLLC, and I created this website specifically to provide Massachusetts women with legal services concerning wills, trusts, and incapacity documents. As women, we have special estate planning needs that are often overlooked by attorneys, such as the lack of time and money when you’re a single mom or the gender pay gap. I am a down-to-earth attorney who uses the law as a tool to benefit you, your family, and your business. Let me tell you a little bit about myself, both professionally and personally.

I graduated from Boston College magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology in 1990, and from Suffolk University School of Law in 1993. I have been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1993. My legal experience includes litigation work as a staff attorney for the Boston Police Department’s Office of the Legal Advisor. I internally prosecuted Department officers and employees who violated department rules and regulations and represented the Department at hearings at the Civil Service Commission and the Division of Law Appeals. I also represented the Department at court hearings concerning the denial or revocation of a license to carry a firearm. I also handled requests by the entertainment industry, such as the television series “The X-Files” and the movie “Blown Away,” to use the Department name and logo. I provided the Police Commissioner, Department officers, and employees with legal advice concerning issues related to their law enforcement duties. I successfully argued a case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concerning the protection of Criminal Offender Records Information. Police Commissioner Paul Evans recognized my work by giving me a Special Citation and a Distinguished Service Award during my time at the Department. After I left the BPD, I worked as a legal writer and Editor-in-Chief of Law Enforcement Publications at Quinlan Publishing, where I wrote “The Internal Affairs Handbook.” I also worked as an online legal editor for Lexis-Nexis, a large legal research company. Since 1998, I have been involved with the nonprofit Tapestry Institute, which helps people reconnect to nature through programs based within Indigenous worldview. I am the current president and have created and direct the Horse-Human Relationship and the Land and the Law Programs.

I have been a horsewoman for more than 40 years. Since 2001, I have been a Mustang advocate and have been fortunate enough to adopt and gentle wild Mustangs. I have helped fearful horseback riders through talks I gave at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, clinics and seminars throughout the West, and even a DVD (the picture on the right is from a video about my horse work). Due to family health concerns, I am unable to live in Massachusetts. I live in beautiful northwestern Nebraska, and I love to photograph nature, hike, practice yoga and meditation, and of course, spend time with my horses.

Contact me today to see how I can help you with your estate planning needs.