Post-Conviction and Criminal Practice

Since leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2003, I have focused my practice on criminal appeals and post-conviction practice, as well as white-collar criminal defense primarily in the federal court for the District of Massachusetts. I currently serve on the private counsel post-conviction panel of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, and am qualified to handle murder appeals. I am also a member of the federal Criminal Justice Act appellate panel for the First Circuit and the habeas panel in federal district court.

Over the years, I have chaired, co-chaired, or participated in numerous continuing legal education panels and spoken widely on computer fraud and abuse, the process of doing business with the government, and other topics involving federal criminal and appellate practice.

In the last year, I have given several talks to Boston and national defense audiences on the use of forensics in criminal trials, particularly in arson cases. In 2010, I successfully challenged the government's forensic evidence in a noted arson federal habeas case, United States v. Hebshie, resulting in my client's release from custody after serving three years of a fifteen-year minimum mandatory sentence. The government ultimately withdrew its appeal and dismissed the indictment.

I bring to my criminal appellate practice eleven years of experience as a federal prosecutor as well eight years of experience representing defendants in state and federal court.