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Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)

About the MACDL


  • Founded: 1980
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Website: macdl.com
  • President: Victoria Kelleher

Mission and History

Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1980. MACDL provides the criminal defense bar with support, information, and a strong, credible voice in the pursuit of justice.

MACDL is an organization for Massachusetts criminal defense lawyers, providing them with support in the practice of their craft through an exchange of experience, legal precedent and research. Its members strive to protect the individual rights of the citizens of the Commonwealth, most particularly the right to counsel. MACDL also attempts to educate the public about the role of criminal defense lawyers and coordinates efforts with other associations and legislators to better the criminal justice system. 

Membership in the MACDL is limited to criminal defense attorneys and its associates, as well as those in support of the criminal defense practice. MACDL is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)



Board of Directors

Victoria Kelleher
Salem, MA
John A Amabile
President Elect
Brockton, MA
Derege Demissie
Derege Demissie
Immediate Past President
Cambridge, MA

Past Presidents

Derege Demissie
Derege Demissie
Cambridge, MA
Michael S Hussey
Worcester, MA
Elizabeth A Lunt
Boston, MA

Brownlow M. Speer Award Recipients

The Speer Award is presented annually to recognize those defense attorneys whose appellate work exemplifies the highest standards of  excellence in service of those accused of crime.

Judith Mizner
Judith Mizner
Boston, MA
Ruth Greenberg
Ruth Greenberg
Worcester, MA
Beth Eisenberg
Beth Eisenberg
West Medford, MA

MACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Matthew W. Peterson
Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson
Boston, MA
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Joseph J Goldberg-Giuliano
Joseph J. Goldberg-Giuliano, Attorney at Law
Boston, MA
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Peter Bellotti
Bellotti Law Group, P.C.
Boston, MA
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David R Yannetti
Attorney at Law
Boston, MA
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Brian Murphy
Murphy & Rudolf LLP
Worcester, MA
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Dale Marie Merrill
Law Office of Dale Marie Merrill, Esq.
Homosassa, FL
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Contact the MACDL

Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
1 Mercantile Street Suite 740
Worcester, MA 01608

More About the MACDL


Types of MACDL Memberships

The types of membership to MACDL includes the following categories:

  • Regular Member - available to attorneys of professional competence, integrity and good moral character who are actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases. Prosecutors shall not be eligible to join MACDL.
  • Law Student Member - Law Student Membership shall be available to persons of integrity and good moral character who are students in law school and committed to criminal defense.
  • Associate Member - available to persons of integrity and good moral character who are not actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases, but whose duties and responsibilities are a part of, or contribute to, the defense of criminal cases. There shall be included in this Membership the following: full-time law professors, retired criminal defense lawyers, and non-lawyers who support the goals and objectives of MACDL.
  • Honorary Member - available in limited instances to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the public welfare and aided in the achievement of the goals of MACDL.

Benefits of Membership

Benefits of Membership

For lawyers practicing in Massachusetts, the benefits of belonging to MACDL include:

  • a listing on the MACDL website designed with a "Find a Lawyer" membership directory that is searchable and open to the public;
  • networking opportunities with experienced criminal defense attorneys across the state;
  • access to members only discussion boards and e-mail groups;
  • MACDL Strike Force protection from a team of experienced and local attorneys who can respond on an emergency basis if you are ever threatened with sanctions for zealously representing your client; and
  • Discounts for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses and seminars.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Massachusetts

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense attorneys in Massachusetts which includes both MACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the MACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for MACDL Past Presidents and MACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the MACDL.

Use this directory to find a Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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