Practice Areas

A Single Mission

Zalkind has always had a singular focus: to advocate for individuals facing a criminal or civil crisis. Our legal team is known for helping clients embroiled in the hot-button legal issues of the day, whether defending people accused of avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War, representing students accused of misconduct at college and universities today, or advocating for those who experience discrimination and harassment in their employment or education. We also represent clients in criminal and civil appellate matters.

If You Are Accused of a Crime

From OUI to murder cases, our Boston criminal defense team represents accused individuals in both state and federal court. With a deep understanding of each stage of the criminal process, from the initial stages of investigation through trial and appeal, we promise to work tirelessly for you.

Our criminal defense lawyers are experienced in handling:

If You Face Problems at Work

Few moments in life are as stressful as when an employment relationship sours, and an employee’s job is on the line. Working as your legal advocates or quietly advising behind the scenes, our Massachusetts employment lawyers are ready to help you navigate difficult employment situations involving sexual harassment, gender, race, or disability discrimination, wage and hour violations, and separation agreements.

Our employment law experience spans:

If You Are Involved in a Campus Misconduct Case

Nationally recognized for our work representing students and faculty involved in disciplinary cases at their colleges and universities, we can assist if you are accused of or have experienced misconduct. We have a deep understanding of how college campus systems operate and differ from the criminal and civil legal system, and can help you advocate for your rights in each system.

Our Title IX and Student Rights Practice includes:

If You Have a Complex Civil Legal Problem

Our lawyers have tackled difficult legal issues in complex civil cases, from constitutional law issues to pursuing novel applications of federal and state statutes. Our legal team is ready to take each civil case from negotiations, to filing in court, through trial, and on to appeals if necessary.

Learn more about our civil litigation practice.

If You Need to Appeal a Decision

Our lawyers use their experience as trial lawyers in a broad array of cases, their exceptional academic credentials, and their experiences in clerkships in state and federal court to provide appellate representation to clients in both criminal and civil matters.

Learn more about our appeals practice.

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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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I contacted Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein to assist with a Title IX case. From our initial conversation, Naomi Shatz had a strong understanding of Title IX policies and conducted each step of the process with professionalism, honesty and a responsiveness that did not disappoint. Ms. Shatz displayed confidence and just as important, compassion when needed. Client
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.
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.