A sampling of results from criminal and civil cases are provided below (many litigated cases, and cases resolved outside of litigation, are not represented). Where appellate opinions are available, clicking the link will provide the opinion.

 

Commonwealth v. Gonzalez, Supreme Judicial Court, First Degree Murder Conviction Reversed, Verdict Set Aside, Judgment Entered for Defendant

Supreme Judicial Court; Murder in the First Degree; murder conviction challenged on multiple grounds, including but not limited to legally insufficient evidence, improper testimony by a cellular expert, the improper presentation of an FBI image analyst, the improper introduction of police accusations and the defendant's repeated denials during an interrogation, the improper introduction of flight evidence, the improper introduction of "consciousness of guilt" evidence, an improper closing argument by the prosecutor, and ineffective assistance of trial counsel on several grounds, including the failure to object to testimony from the FBI image analyst, allowing in highly prejudicial portions of an interrogation without objection, and the failure recognize an improper jury instruction. The Supreme Judicial Court was persuaded that the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was the driver of a car involved in a shooting or that the defendant shared the intent to kill. "Accordingly, the judgment is reversed, the verdict is set aside, and the case is remanded to the Superior Court for entry of a judgment for the defendant. So Ordered."

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Commonwealth v. Gray, Supreme Judicial Court, First Degree Murder Conviction Reversed, Verdict Set Aside

Supreme Judicial Court; Murder in the First Degree; murder conviction challenged on multiple grounds, including but not limited to constitutional right to confront evidence and present a defense, introduction of a music rap video as evidence of gang membership and intent to kill, standards for determining gang membership, use of photographic evidence. "Because we conclude that it was error to preclude the defendant from impeaching Williams's testimony as to Jamison by introducing Jamison's contrary grand jury testimony, to permit irrelevant and prejudicial identification testimony concerning certain photographs, and to allow admission of the prejudicial rap video, the convictions must be reversed." 

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Commonwealth v. Anestal, Supreme Judicial Court, First Degree Murder Conviction Reversed, Verdict Set Aside

Supreme Judicial Court; Murder in the First Degree; murder conviction was challenged on multiple grounds, including but not limited to prosecutorial misconduct, refusal to allow a defense of self defense, and legal standards for mitigating murder to manslaughter that are discriminatory towards women; "The defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree is reversed, the verdict is set aside, and the case is remanded to the Superior Court for a new trial."

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Commonwealth v. Howard, Supreme Judicial Court, First Degree Murder Conviction Vacated

Supreme Judicial Court; Murder in the First Degree; murder conviction was challenged on multiple grounds, including bit not limited to police violations of the constitutional right to remain silent during interrogation, prosecutorial misconduct, and erroneous jury instructions: "The defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on theories of extreme atrocity or cruelty and deliberate premeditation is vacated."


Commonwealth v. Joseph Cousin, Superior Court, Murder Conviction Overturned and New Trial Ordered

Superior Court; Murder Conviction challenged on grounds of trial counsel's conflict of interest. "“Here, the defendant alleges that, a result of the divided loyalties of his trial counsel, he was deprived of effective assistance of counsel in violation of his rights under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution and article 12 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. The defendant bears the burden of proving such a violation. This Court concludes that the defendant has met his burden and that a new trial must be granted.” 


Commonwealth v. Ray, Supreme Judicial Court, Life Without Parole Sentence from First Degree Murder Conviction Vacated

Supreme Judicial Court; Murder in the First Degree; sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole challenged as an unconstitutional violation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment and article 26 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. Sentence vacated and remanded for resentencing.


Commonwealth v. Odegard, Supreme Judicial Court/Superior Court, First Degree Murder, 278A Motion

First Degree Murder case in Supreme Judicial Court; successful motion pursuant to General Laws Chapter 278A governing post-conviction access to forensic and scientific analysis.


Commonwealth v. O'Neill, Superior Court, 278A Motion

Second Degree Murder case; successful motion pursuant to General Laws Chapter 278A governing post-conviction access to forensic and scientific analysis.


Commonwealth v. Scott, Appeals Court, Judgment Vacated, Verdict Set Aside

Massachusetts Appeals Court; Alleged Sexual Offenses; Appeal from convictions in the Middlesex Superior Court. Judgment on charge of assault with the intent to rape resulting in concurrent sentence of 19-20 years challenged as violation of Double jeopardy Principles: "the judgment is vacated, the verdict is set aside, and the indictment is dismissed." 


Commonwealth v. A.N., District Court, Evidentiary Proceeding on Remand, New Trial Granted

District Court after remand; evidentiary proceeding on claims that defendant's constitutional rights were violated. Verdict: constitutional right under 5th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution and Art. 12 of the Massachusetts Constitution were violated; new trial granted. 


Commonwealth v. A.N., Appeals Court, Denial Vacated of New Trial, Case Remanded

Appeals Court; Alleged Indecent Assault & Battery; Challenge to denial of Motion for New Trial; Denial Vacated, Case Remanded.


Commonwealth v. Miranda, SJC, New Prospective Rule banning Prosecutor's from Reward Programs

Supreme Judicial Court; Second Degree Murder; Court creates new rule for all future cases throughout state barring prosecutors from participating in reward programs. "[W]e declare, exercising our superintendence authority, that prosecutors in the future may not provide (or participate in providing) monetary awards to witnesses contingent on a defendant's conviction. In so declaring, we recognize that, to prove the crime charged, prosecutors often need to procure the cooperation and truthful information or testimony of reluctant witnesses. The interests of justice, however, are not well served when a witness's reward is contingent on the conviction of a defendant rather than the provision of truthful information or testimony."

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Commonwealth v. Jordan, Superior Court, New Trial Granted

Superior Court;  Various Counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Firearms Violations; New Trial Ordered. 


Commonwealth v. Yarde, Superior Court, New Trial Granted

Superior Court; Trafficking in Cocaine; Post-Appeal Motion for a New Trial; "It is hereby ordered that the verdicts be set aside and [the defendant] be granted a new trial." 


Commonwealth v. Vallejo, SJC, Case Remanded with Order to Vacate Sentence

Supreme Judicial Court; Alleged Sexual Offenses; Appeal from convictions in the Middlesex Superior Court; Sentence imposed found to violate the Ex Post Facto Clause of the United States Constitution; Case Remanded with Order to vacate the sentence imposed.


In Re. Confidential Medical Malpractice Litigation

Lead counsel for Plaintiff in United States Federal Court malpractice litigation. Settlement: $1,200,000.00.


Commonwealth v. Arana, Supreme Judicial Court, Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside

Supreme Judicial Court; Alleged Sexual Offenses; Appeal from criminal convictions in the Plymouth Superior Court; Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside. 


Commonwealth v. Ortiz, Appeals Court No. 2007-P-1388, Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside

Massachusetts Appeals Court; Attempted Murder, Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. The defendant was denied his constitutional right to confront the witness against him. "The judgments are vacated, the findings are set aside, and the case is remanded to the Superior Court for further proceedings." 


Commonwealth v. Stuckich, Supreme Judicial Court, Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside.

Supreme Judicial Court; Alleged sexual offenses; Appeal from criminal convictions in the Norfolk Superior Court; Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside.

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Commonwealth v. West, Appeals Court No. 2005-P-0174, Remanded for Evidentiary Hearing.

Massachusetts Appeals Court; Unlawful Possession of Firearm & Ammunition, Resisting Arrest, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; Appeal from the Suffolk Superior Court; Challenge to trial courts denial of request to hold evidentiary hearing; trial court reversed, case Remanded. 

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 Commonwealth v. Pittman, Appeals Court, Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside

Massachusetts Appeals Court; Home Invasion, Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Intimidating a Witness; Appeal from the Suffolk Superior Court; Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside.

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Commonwealth v. Gallagher, Appeals Court No. 2003-P-0002, Trial Court Order Vacated, Case Remanded

Massachusetts Appeals Court; Appeal from denial of motion to revise and revoke sentence as untimely in the Barnstable Superior Court; Rule 1:28 Decision: "The order denying the motion to revise and revoke as untimely is vacated, and the matter is remanded for a decision on the defendant's motion." 


Commonwealth v. Wynter, Appeals Court), Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside

Massachusetts Appeals Court; Unlawful Possession of Firearm & Ammunition, Discharge of Firearm during shooting; Appeals from conviction in the Suffolk Superior Court; Reversal on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. 

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Medicus Systems Corp. v. Hospital Dr. Pila, Civil Action

Lead counsel representing defendant 183 Community Hospital based in Puerto Rico against financial claims of publicly traded company with revenues of more than $30 million per quarter asserted in US Court; mounted vigorous defense on constitutional, jurisdictional grounds and forced settlement at less than 20% of amount sought in lawsuit. 


Juila Greene v. Golden Gate Transit Authority, Civil Action

Lead counsel representing plaintiff against Golden Gate Transit Authority and multiple other defendants in Superior Court; Severe Injuries resulted from bus accident; Settlement: confidential six (6) figure settlement.


Lam v. Golden Security Management Agency, Inc, Civil Action

Lead counsel representing plaintiff against major security firm after Safeway was robbed at gunpoint and serious injury resulted; Superior Court; Settlement: Confidential. 


In re. Confidential Legal Malpractice Litigation, Civil Action

Lead counsel representing plaintiffs in legal malpractice action arising out of multi-year real estate and fraud litigation; Superior Court; Settlement: Confidential six (6) figure settlement.


Morgan v. City of Oakland, Civil Rights Action

Lead counsel representing plaintiff in police brutality civil rights litigation against multiple officers and police department; Superior Court; Settlement: Confidential. 


 Rein v. Novak, Civil Action

Lead counsel representing plaintiff in personal injury accident resulting from high speed collision; Superior Court; Settlement: Confidential six (6) figure settlement.


Sansone v. Torres, Civil Action

Representation of plaintiff in negligence action against cleaning company due to slip and fall in supermarket; Superior Court; Settlement: Confidential five (5) figure settlement.