Passion. Experience. Success.

At Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, we are experienced trial lawyers who specialize in criminal defense, employment law, students' rights, and other civil litigation.

Passion. We are passionate and dedicated advocates for our clients. We understand that our clients’ lives are impacted by the legal problems they face. They need and deserve strong, effective advocates. Our firm grew out of founder Norman Zalkind’s work in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The ideals of freedom and equality that motivated Norman’s visionary work representing criminal defendants in Mississippi and protestors, radicals, and draft resisters in Massachusetts continue to motivate our lawyers today. Each of our lawyers brings to this firm a background in different areas of the law; they choose to work here because of their commitment to justice and to helping those who have been treated unfairly, whether that means representing the criminal defendant struggling to protect her freedom in the face of prosecution, or the employee fighting for his right to a workplace free of discrimination.

We understand that many of our clients come to us during extraordinarily difficult and stressful moments in their own lives, and we are privileged to fight with our clients to protect their rights in those circumstances. As a result, we provide close personal attention, empathy, sound and thoughtful judgment, thorough preparation, and a creative and vigorous approach in all of the cases we take on. We leave no stone unturned in serving our clients. Whether the fight involves ensuring that the constitutional rights of criminal defendants are not violated; standing strong to ensure that civil rights, workplace rights, and students' rights are respected; or taking a stand for freedom and equality – we bring our passion to bear for our clients.

Experience. Our legal power comes from decades of experience and a breadth and depth of knowledge, skill and creativity that is unmatched. Our experience in both civil and criminal litigation gives us confidence in the courtroom and the skills necessary to craft and write strong, creative and persuasive legal arguments. Our team approach means that our clients benefit from the mix of all our strengths, experiences and backgrounds. While we have no shortage of impressive academic credentials, we are also grounded:  We use common sense and an understanding of human nature – honed over years of practicing law in Massachusetts and around the country – to work to get the best possible results for our clients.

Success. We have a winning track record. In a criminal defense case, nothing beats the sound of a jury saying “not guilty” and our lawyers have stood beside many clients who have heard just those words. In civil cases, too, we are known for achieving some of the best jury verdicts in the state for the practice areas in which we are active. Our ability to win at trial enhances our ability to resolve cases by agreement and we have represented many clients who have had their cases resolved, without going to trial, with excellent results.

Our peers and clients routinely recognize us as leaders in the legal field. U.S. News and World Report ranks us in their Tier 1 ranking for white-collar criminal defense, non-white-collar criminal defense, and employment law on behalf of individuals. The named partners of the firm and our of-counsel attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and New England Super Lawyers. Fortune Magazine also recognizes the firm as one of its top ranked law firms, and Martindale Hubbell, the best known directory of lawyers and law firms, lists our firm in its “Preeminent” category.

We recognize that no two cases are alike. For every client we represent, our goal is to achieve the best possible results and we bring all our passion, skill and experience to that effort.

We would love to talk with you about your case.  Please call us at (617) 742-6020 or use the contact form to speak with one of our attorneys.