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Massachusetts lawyer criminal family immigrationI am a lawyer in Massachusetts who represents people charged with crimes, in family law matters, and in immigration.

If you’re looking at this, you probably have a legal problem that seems insurmountable.  You may feel helpless and frustrated in the face of going to battle outmatched by the government, some faceless corporation, or even your neighbor.  The legal system may seem complicated, intimidating, and unfeeling.  

I’m here to help.

I decided to be a lawyer because I wanted to fight to fix people’s problems, whether it’s as big as protecting their constitutional rights or as simple as a dispute with their neighbor.  I will take your case personally.  I will work tirelessly to find the best solution to your problem.  I will not shy away from a fight.

I know how difficult it can be to find a lawyer you can trust.  You may be wrestling with one of the toughest problems of your life, whether it’s a criminal charge or the possibility of being deported to a country you don’t know.  You deserve an attorney who will give your case the attention it deserves, explain the situation in terms you can understand, and treat you with respect.  I commit to doing that for every case I take.

EDUCATION​

  • Harvard Law School, J.D.

  • University of South Alabama, B.A.

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN

  • Alabama, 2015

  • Massachusetts, 2018

Where I Came From

Matthew Peterson, Massachusetts lawyer, criminal, family, immigration

I first came to the Boston area when I attended Harvard Law School.  During law school, I didn’t just spend my time learning the law.  I went into the community to practice what I was learning, representing everyone from those charged with domestic violence to people who were over their head in credit card debt. 

 I represented more than 50 people charged with minor crimes in the Boston area with Harvard Defenders.   Even during law school, I also represented five adults and a juvenile throughout the entire process of district court in Boston, and worked for the public defender’s office in Boston, CPCS.

But my attention wasn’t solely on criminal defense.  I worked for one of the best civil rights attorneys in Boston during law school, representing those who were the victims of police brutality.  I also helped educate those who were in danger of losing their homes, and worked for the Harvard Legal Services Center helping victims of predatory loans.

After I graduated from law school, I clerked for a circuit court judge in Alabama.  During my time there, I did my best to soak up all the knowledge I could – what to do and what not do when practicing law.

I cut my teeth in Mobile, Alabama for several years, handling hundreds of criminal cases, winning several high-stakes jury trials, and winning many cases pre-trial.  See results here.  

While I enjoyed practicing in Mobile, I decided to move my practice back north after practicing there for several years.  Now, I am a lawyer who represents people all over Massachusetts in family law matters, criminal matters, and immigration.

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