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Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and West Roxbury

The south-western neighborhoods of the city of Boston include Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park, and West Roxbury. They are known for their public parks and green spaces, such as Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, the Forest Hills Cemetery, Allendale Woods, and a substantial portion of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, including Jamaica Pond and Franklin Park. Between them, these four neighborhoods have a population of over 130,000 residents, about 20% of the residents of Boston. New multi-use developments in these neighborhoods promise to attract more businesses and residents to these already-vibrant areas of the city.

Like the rest of the city of Boston, these neighborhoods are part of Suffolk County and are subject to the jurisdiction of the Suffolk courts. Cases arising out of these neighborhoods are heard in the Suffolk Superior Court, the Suffolk Probate and Family Court, and the Boston Housing Court (all located downtown near Government Center), and the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court, which is located at 445 Arborway in the Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain. Cases that might be heard in the West Roxbury Division of the BMC include certain criminal cases (both misdemeanors and felonies), civil cases where the amount at issue is less than $25,000, and small claims cases worth less than $7,000. The West Roxbury Division of the BMC also hears eviction matters and issues harassment prevention and abuse prevention orders.

Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein has had a long and successful history of representing clients in cases arising out of Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Roslindale, and Hyde Park. For more than half a century the firm has been recognized as one of the best criminal defense firms in Boston. We handle cases at any stage of a criminal matter, whether it is under investigation, preparing for trial, or appealing a decision. Our criminal practice in Boston includes (but is not limited to) the following types of cases: drug crimes, computer and internet crimes, drunk driving, gun crimes,sex crimes, violent crimes, white-collar crimes and fraud, foreign extradition, clerk-magistrate’s hearings, restraining orders, sealing and expungement, criminal appeals.

We also represent residents and employees of all Boston neighborhoods in civil matters in both state and federal courts. Our civil cases include employment disputes, civil rights claims. Because of their easy access to various universities, including Northeastern University, Emmanuel College, Simmons College, Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Harvard Medical School, Jamaica Plain and its nearby neighborhoods are home to a significant student population. Our firm has spent 40 years representing the students of these, and other Boston-area colleges in academic and disciplinary matters (including charges of sexual harassment and sexual assault), making us nationally-recognized experts in the field of college discipline law.

If you have a criminal case in Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, or Jamaica Plain, or need a Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, or Hyde Park civil attorney, please contact Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP today.

Client Reviews
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I hired Mr Duncan to deal with a very sensitive issue that my daughter had. Since the first contact, I had a very good impression of him. He transmitted confidence and appeared to know exactly what to do. I called and emailed him many times, he was polite and comprehensible with the anxiety of a father and appeared to know every step to solve the case. I strongly recommend Mr Duncan. Flavio Lajoia
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If you are reading this review, it means either you or a family member is in trouble and needs immediate legal counsel. Please know your search can end right now because Zalkind, Duncan & Bernstein is the law firm to hire. They are honest, responsive, compassionate and have the experience and expertise to bring... Client
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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.