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Criminal Defense |  Civil Litigation | Business Disputes

With offices in Boston and Braintree, Massachusetts, and a member of one of the oldest associations of legal professionals in the state (Simonds Winslow Willis & Abbott), Attorney Andrew Berman represents criminal defendants and parties to civil actions – both plaintiffs and defendants – in the Massachusetts State, Federal and Appellate court systems.

Attorney Berman has the extensive and broad experience necessary to advise clients through even the most complex of legal issues at every stage of the proceedings.  A former Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney, Andrew has handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses, including First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, Kidnapping and other Violent Offenses; Drug Trafficking, Distribution and Possession; Aggravated Sexual Assault; Motor Vehicle Homicide, Operating Under the Influence (OUI) of Alcohol and Drugs, Negligent Operation, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and other Motor Vehicle Offenses; Police Corruption and Obstruction of Law Enforcement; Theft Offenses, including Larceny, Embezzlement and Fraud; and Bookmaking and other Gambling Offenses.

A former senior civil trial attorney at a Boston law firm, Attorney Berman has represented businesses and individuals in lawsuits involving often devastating injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective products, social host liability, construction site injuries and negligent security.  His representation of civil clients includes businesses ranging from one-person operations to the biggest retail and construction companies in the country, facing exposure from the thousands of dollars to the millions, and extends beyond physical injury to contract actions, property damage and construction disputes, fiduciary trust litigation, as well as other serious business disputes.

As a testament to his standing in the legal community, Attorney Berman has been appointed as Special Prosecutor by different District Attorneys on serious and high-profile criminal matters involving Kidnapping, Extortion, Police Corruption, Drug Trafficking, Sexual Assault and Attempted Murder.  He also has significant experience as an Appeals Court Lawyer, having appeared in cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as a special prosecutor (involving issues of the 4th Amendment right against Unreasonable Search and Seizure and the 1st Amendment Right to Access Public Records); before the New Hampshire Supreme Court as criminal defense counsel in a First Degree Murder case (involving the Defendant’s 6th Amendment rights to Confront Witnesses and Effective Assistance of Counsel); and again before the SJC as counsel to civil litigants in a Trust & Estates matter (involving the one-year Statute of Limitations associated with a claim against a decedent’s estate). He has also appeared in cases at the Massachusetts Appeals Court in civil cases involving Choice of Law and Employment Discrimination.

With 18 years as a criminal and civil litigator, Attorney Berman has the broad, extensive and unique experience to represent you through every stage of your case, from beginning to end.

Please contact the office to schedule a free consultation.

  • Andrew is a former Assistant District Attorney who has also been appointed as a Special Prosecutor in serious criminal matters involving Police Corruption, Sexual Assault and Attempted Murder. He is an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense trial and appellate attorney who represents individuals in all criminal matters, including…

    • Federal & State Crimes
    • Felonies & Misdemeanors
    • District Court
    • Superior Court
    • Appeals Court
    • Murder
    • Attempted Murder
    • White Collar Crime
    • Sexual Assault
    • Domestic Violence
    • Conspiracy
    • MoneyLaundering
    • Manslaughter
    • Motion to Seal Record
    • Kidnapping
    • Identity Theft
    • Possession Controlled Substances
    • Counterfeiting
    • Illegal Gambling
    • Obstruction of Law Enforcement
    • Domestic Violence
    • Illegal Wiretapping
    • Harassment
    • Bookmaking
    • Motion for a New Trial
    • Clerk Magistrate Hearings

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    Andrew is a former insurance defense attorney who represents people and businesses -plaintiffs and defendants- in both state and federal court. In addition to individuals, he has represented businesses ranging from one-person operations to the biggest retail establishments in the country, facing exposure from the thousands of dollars to the millions, and handles civil cases from pre-suit investigation through trial and, if necessary, to the appeals court. He is an experienced civil litigation trial and appellate attorney who represents individuals and businesses in all civil matters, including…

    • Personal Injury
    • Product Liability
    • Premises Liability
    • Social Host Liability
    • Automobile Accidents
    • Attorney Malpractice
    • Business Disputes
    • Contract Actions
    • Fiduciary Trustee Litigation
    • Estate Litigation
    • Commercial Lease Disputes
    • Property Damage Claims
    • Construction Site Injuries
    • Dram Shop Liability
    • Wrongful Death
    • Victims of Sexual Assault
    • Victims of Assault and Battery
    • Commercial Vehicle Accidents
    • G.L. c. 93A
    • Negligent Security
    • Contractor/Homeowner Construction Disputes

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    • Prospective Client Calls

      Individuals considering retaining Attorney Berman can contact the firm through the Contact form or by calling 617.723.4163. Please include in your message a short statement of the reason for contacting the office, as well as the best method and time to contact you.  Attorney Berman will return your message promptly to learn more about your case and, if appropriate, schedule an initial consultation.

      IF YOUR MATTER REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, PLEASE CALL OR PUT “URGENT’ IN THE SUBJECT BOX OF THE CONTACT FORM.  You will be contacted immediately.

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    • The Initial Consultation

      The goal of the first meeting is for Attorney Berman to gain a clear understanding of the situation and for both attorney and client to determine whether to enter into a longer, more substantial attorney-client relationship. You should bring with you any documents and paperwork relevant to your case or, if possible, provide them beforehand. During this session, Andrew will gather relevant information, ascertain your objectives and provide you with a preliminary assessment of your situation, including possible strategies and tactics. If the decision is made to move forward, future fee arrangements and a retainer agreement (if applicable) should then be discussed.

      The initial consultation will generally last 30 to 60 minutes and is free of charge.

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    • Fee Agreements

      Below is a general description of the various types of fee agreements considered by Attorney Berman. Ultimately, the type of agreement entered into, and the amount charged, depends on the nature of your case.

      Flat Fee

      A flat fee is a set amount of money that is decided upon at the beginning of the representation, before any work is done on the case. This type of agreement is generally used for certain criminal offenses or in situations that require a limited number of court appearances.

      Hourly Rate

      To state the obvious, in an hourly case, the fee you pay is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate by the number of hours the attorney spends working on your case. Hourly rate agreements are generally used in serious criminal matters, civil defense (representation of an individual or company being sued in Civil court) and certain plaintiff cases (representation of an individual or business suing someone else in Civil Court). The hourly rate and the required retainer will vary depending on type and complexity of the case.

      Contingency Fee 

      A contingency fee agreement is standard in personal injury matters (where an individual brings claims in Civil court for his or her personal injuries) and may also be used in certain other types of plaintiff cases.  The fee your attorney earns is, as the name suggests, contingent upon there being a monetary recovery in your case and there is no fee due unless we win your case.   A fairly standard percentage for a contingent fees is one-third of the total recovery.   These types of agreements are not ethically permitted in criminal cases.

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    • Client Bill of Rights

      1. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by Attorney Berman and the other lawyers and non-lawyer personnel in the office.

      2. You are entitled to have Attorney Berman and any other attorney handle your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession.  If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to discharge your attorney and terminate the attorney-client relationship at any time.

      3. You are entitled to Attorney Berman’s independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.

      4. You are entitled to be charged reasonable fees and expenses and to have Attorney Berman explain before or within a reasonable time after commencement of the representation how the fees and expenses will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You may refuse to enter into any arrangement for fees and expenses that you find unsatisfactory.  In hourly cases, you are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill at reasonable intervals.

      5.  You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed promptly and to receive a prompt reply to your letters, telephone calls, emails, faxes, and other communications.

      6.  You are entitled to be kept reasonably informed as to the status of your matter and are entitled to have Attorney Berman promptly comply with your reasonable requests for information, including your requests for copies of papers relevant to the matter.  You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter and make informed decisions regarding representation.

      7.  You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected.  In particular, the decision of whether to settle your matter in a civil case, or enter into a plea agreement in a criminal case, is yours alone.

      8.  You have the right to privacy in your communications with Attorney Berman, and anyone working for him or on his behalf, and to have your confidential information preserved to the extent permitted by law.

      9. You are entitled to have Attorney Berman, and anyone working for him or on his behalf, conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Responsibility.

      10.  You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

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  • Please include in your message a short statement of the reason for contacting the office, as well as the best method and time to contact you. Attorney Berman will return your message promptly to learn more about your case and, if appropriate, schedule an initial consultation.
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