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Boston Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Lawyers

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

Experience. Our legal power comes from decades of experience and a breadth and depth of knowledge, skill, and creativity that is unmatched. For over fifty years, our Boston criminal defense lawyers have defended clients in courtrooms in Massachusetts and across the country. Our Massachusetts employment attorneys have won multimillion dollar jury verdicts. Our experience in criminal and civil litigation gives us confidence in the courtroom and the skills necessary to craft strong, creative, and persuasive legal arguments. While we have no shortage of impressive 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.

Advocacy. Our lawyers 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 advocacy and representation. 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 Boston criminal defense 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 criminal defendants struggling to protect their liberty, employees fighting for workplace rights, or students facing disciplinary proceedings at their colleges.

We understand that many of our clients come to us during extraordinarily stressful moments in their lives, and we are privileged to fight with our clients to protect their rights in these circumstances. Our Massachusetts employment attorneys provide close personal attention, thoughtful judgment, thorough preparation, and a creative approach in every case. 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

Success. We have a winning track record. In a criminal case, nothing beats the sound of a jury saying “not guilty” and our Boston criminal defense attorneys have stood beside many clients who have heard just those words. In civil cases, too, our Massachusetts employment attorneys are known for achieving some of the best jury verdicts in the state in our practice areas. 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 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. Our lawyers and our of-counsel attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and New England Super Lawyers. Fortune Magazine 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 our passion, skill and experience to that effort.

If you are interested in speaking with us about your case, please call us at (617) 742-6020 or use the contact form to speak with one of our Boston criminal defense or employment attorneys.

Client Reviews
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I contacted Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein Law in April 2018 to get help for my son on an education-related matter. We worked primarily with Zoraida Fernandez, an Associate, and when needed met with Ruth O'Meara-Costello, a Partner. Zoraida was excellent. The whole process was emotionally exhausting and depressing and Zoraida was the only bright light in all of it... Nancy O
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I worked with Emma Quinn-Judge and Monica Shah. And from my first contact on the phone, on to my first meeting in their office and during the trial, I found them and the firm's entire team to be a group of consummate legal professionals who are very knowledgeable, patient, dedicated, fair, honest and caring... Chantal C.
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I am forever grateful to all the staff at this firm, but in particular, Ms. Shah, Mr. Zalkind and Mr. Silverglate. They represented my son who was being sought for extradition to Scotland. The case took years to fight, covering new legal ground, setting precedence. But each one of these legal eagles went above and beyond the duty of office... Suzanne D.
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