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Boston's Toughest Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing serious criminal charges in Massachusetts and the greater New England area, Boston criminal defense attorney Brad Bailey should be your first choice of representation and defense. Having worked for over a decade as highly successful state prosecutor in both NY and MA, and as a federal prosecutor in MA (as well as formerly serving as a County Sheriff), Brad uses his extensive experience and knowledge of law enforcement and criminal prosecutions to provide unparalleled criminal defense for his clients in state and federal courts.

Contact Brad Bailey Law today for your free initial consultation.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brad has been happily married for over 40 years. He is the father of four adult children, and is a grandfather. A college athlete at Harvard himself, Brad was proud to see each of his children attain athletic success at the high school and collegiate levels, and he is well-versed in MIAA rules and regulations, as well as governing codes of discipline of high school and collegiate athletics. Brad is an avid fan of all of Boston’s professional sports teams, and is active in his local community.

    State Courts Admissions

    • New York (1984) – all state trial and appellate courts
    • Massachusetts (1987) – all state trial and appellate courts
    • New Hampshire (2016) – all state trial and appellate courts

    Federal Courts Admissions 

    • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1991)
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2011)
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2012)
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (2016)
    • United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire (2016)
    • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2003)

    Pro Hac Vice

    Brad has also represented clients in the following jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis:

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Connecticut
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • New Jersey
    • Virginia
    • Wisconsin


    Committed to the ideal and practice of equal justice for all, Brad regularly represents indigent clients accused of serious felonies in both state and federal courts through his appointment to the select CJA and CPCS panels.

    As a three-term member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel, Brad has defended numerous indigent individuals accused of crimes in federal court.

    As a member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) panel, Brad represents indigent defendants charged in MA with Murder.

    Brad Bailey - Your Boston Criminal Defense Attorney for High-Profile Cases

    If you are being charged with criminal accusations that will catch media attention across the country and perhaps across borders, you need to protect your rights with a highly-experienced Boston criminal defense lawyer like Brad Bailey. The pressure of the situation, exaggerated further by the eyes of the world, never cracks Attorney Bailey, and in many ways it motivates him to do even better.

    Contact our firm today to learn more about all we can do for you in your high-profile case.


      Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York, in both state and federal courts, Brad has extensive credentials, knowledge, skills, and experience, making him the go-to attorney for those facing serious criminal charges. Brad Bailey's abilities have not gone unnoticed, and he has been once again named as a New England and Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2017.

      • New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s Office
        Brad started his legal career at the largest and busiest D.A.’s Office in the country, where he was tasked with the prosecution of some of the most serious felonies in New York, including armed robberies, burglaries, attempted murders, felony weapons charges, and felonious charges. Out of the thousands of cases he personally handled during his tenure, 94% of them were ruled a success in his favor.
      • Middlesex County (MA) District Attorney’s Office
        Assistant District Attorney in MA's largest county, Brad Bailey was Senior Trial Attorney assigned to Superior Court cases in both Cambridge and Lowell. As Senior Felony Assistant, Brad prosecuted the Office’s most serious cases including murders, rapes, attempted murders, armed robberies, child sexual assaults, and cocaine & heroin trafficking. During this time he took 26 felony cases to trial in less than 2 years, losing only twice, and achieving a 92% conviction rate.
      • United States Attorney’s Office – District of Massachusetts (Boston)
        At the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts in Boston, Brad worked with the Organized Crime Task Force and the Drug Task Force (OCDETF). He prosecuted the notorious Patriaca Crime Family members, street level soldiers and capos, and major crime family underbosses. He also prosecuted local, regional, national, and international drug operations, including Colombian and Dominican cartels, and Syrian and Lebanese traffickers; his work busted, what was at the time, the largest marijuana smuggling ring in New England history. He was assigned to prosecution efforts, overseeing wiretap operations, uncovering drug trafficking rings, and more. By the end of his career there, he has lost zero cases and achieved the highest Office’s rank of “Outstanding Prosecutor”.
      • Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office
        From 1995 to 1996, Attorney Bailey accepted the role of Sheriff for the largest county in MA, a position of official duty that few other lawyers have ever had the chance of holding. He oversaw a staff of more than 750 county employees and help with the oversight of thousands of detention facility inmates in Cambridge, Framingham and Billerica. Responsible for courthouse security and the service of civil process throughout Middlesex County, Brad instituted a number of correctional activities for inmates that are widely in use today. He was honored by the Greater Boston Jayceesas as one of 1996’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.”
      • Private Practice – Criminal Defense
        Before founding Brad Bailey Law, P.C., Brad was a partner at several prominent Boston law firms. Since 1999, he has focused exclusively on defending clients accused of all manner of state and federal crimes ranging from murder, rape, robbery, home invasion, larceny, theft/embezzlement, white collar offenses, fraud, public corruption, narcotics distribution/trafficking, arson, racketeering, child sexual assault, child pornography, felony assault, DUI, and all other types of crimes and charges.

      Noteworthy Trials Throughout His Career

      • Brad Bailey, Expert in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial
        Attorney Bailey was featured as a legal expert on both CNN and NPR during the full course of the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial. Due to the sensitive nature of the bombing attacks that claimed the lives of 3 and injured 264 more, the media needed a trustworthy source who would act with professionalism and provided unrivaled insight to the criminal defense procedures.
      • Defending Clark Rockefeller
        A mysterious individual who went by the name of “Clark Rockefeller” captured natural attention after he had been accused of kidnapping his daughter, murdering an acquaintance, and had his past, which may or may not have been entirely fabricated, exposed to the public before and during his trials. Attorney Bailey did not back down from the complications and difficulty of the case, earning his law firm fame for crafting such well-executed legal strategies.
      • Defending Sheila LaBarre
        In 2008, Mr. Bailey defended another high profile murder case in NH v. Sheila Labbarre. Labbarre was accused of interrogating, abusing, murdering, and disposing of the remains of two men with whom she had been romantically involved. In response to double homicide charges, Bailey retained two experienced forensic psychiatrists and pursued an insanity defense before a jury in Rockingham County Superior Court. The investigation and trial were also the subject of several subsequently published books and also profiled on television.
      • Timothy Cahill Trial
        Timothy Cahill was in the center of an alleged public corruption trial after airing television ads to promote the State Lottery while the Massachusetts Gubernatorial campaign was ongoing. Attorney Bailey was able to end the case with all criminal charges dismissed with no option of retrial.
      • MA Probation Racketeering Trial
        Represented 1st Deputy to commissioner of Probation in federal reacketeering. (RICO) Jury trial against commissioner and two top deputies alleging mail fraud, job rigging, and bribery. Argued for acquittal on sufficiency of evidence grounds and particupated in successful reversal of verdict on same grounds on Appeal.
      • Law Degree (UVA Law is widely recognized as one of America’s premier law schools) University of Virginia School of Law - Graduate School 1983
      • Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude Harvard - College 1980
      • Massachusetts Bar Association
      • New Hampshire Bar Association
      • Super Lawyer 2022
        Super Lawyer 2022
      • Super Lawyers 2021
        Super Lawyers 2021
      • The Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
        The Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
      • AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
        AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
      • Super Lawyers 10 Years
        Super Lawyers 10 Years
      • Super Lawyers - Brad Bailey
        Super Lawyers - Brad Bailey
      • Avvo 10.0
        Avvo 10.0
      • Superlawyers 2019
        Superlawyers 2019
      • Super Lawyers®
        Super Lawyers®
      • Super Lawyers Brad Bailey
        Super Lawyers Brad Bailey
      • Top Attorney Award 2019
        Top Attorney Award 2019
      • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
        Top 100 Trial Lawyers
      • Lead Counsel Rated
        Lead Counsel Rated
      • Expertise
      • Super Lawyers 2020
        Super Lawyers 2020
      • Super Lawyers Brad Bailey 5 Years
        Super Lawyers Brad Bailey 5 Years

      See Why We Are Boston's Go-To Defense Firms

      Brad Bailey Is Without Question One of the Most Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys in Boston
      • Impressive Results Across the Nation
      • Team Approach to Handling Your Case
      • Experience as a Former Prosecutor
      • One of The Nation's Top Firms

      Award-Winning Lawyers with Unmatched Experience 

      The Go-To Defense Firm for White Collar Crimes, Federal Crimes, & Serious State Felony Charges
      • Dateline: Excerpt from Behind Closed Doors

        In LA courtroom with client Clark Rockefeller.

      • Fox 25: Mistrial in Cahill Case

        Fielding press inquiries with client Tim Cahill.

      • ABC 5: Sex Offender Charges

        Brad as frequent FOX25 legal analyst.

      • CNN: Marathon Bombing Trial

        Brad Bailey featured on CNN.

      • Super Lawyer 2022
      • Avvo Rating 10
      • Super Laywers 10 Year - Brad Bailey
      • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell
      • Best Lawyers 2022 - Brad Bailey
      • Super Lawyers Brad Bailey 5 Years
      • NTL 40 Under 40
      • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
      • Boston Herald
      • Boston Globe
      • Bloomberg News
      • New England Cable News
      • Boston 25
      • KTLA
      • NPR
      • 90.9 wbur
      • iHeart Radio
      • NBC
      • FOX 25
      • WCVB5 ABC
      • CNN
      • 790 KABC
      • NBC Nightly News
      • WGBH
      • 7 WHDW
      • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Boston 2021
      • New England Sports Network
      • Expertise
      • Lead Counsel Rated
      • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
      • Top Attorney Award 2019
      • Super Lawyers®
      • Avvo 10.0
      • Super Lawyers - Brad Bailey
      • AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
      • Super Lawyers
      • The Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
      • Super Lawyers 2021
      • Boston Magazine Top Lawyer for 2022
      • Super Lawyer 2022
      • Super Lawyer 2022

      Client Testimonials

      Read How We Helped People in Your Shoes
        Hiring Brad was the smartest decision we could have made for our son.

        “We cannot recommend Brad Bailey more highly to anyone facing criminal charges in any court at any level.”

        - Anonymous
        We won and my entire case was a success thanks to Brad.

        “Brad Bailey is one of the best attorneys I've had. He's easy to talk to and listens. Gives great advice and is ready to do work hard for a positive outcome.”

        - Krysten O'Donnell
        When you want the very best service, the very best law intelligence, the very best outcome, I would look for Brad Bailey.

        “This is one smart and hard-working attorney. He is attentive and he was ready to fight any angle the prosecutors could come up with. His experience in the legal forum is significant and it shows.”

        - Canda Share
        Would hire him again!

        “Would hire him again! Really listened to our situation to help us the best he could.”

        - Gina Itor
        Exceptional representation!

        “It was great having such a knowledgeable and experienced counselor on my side. Understands the working of the system and puts that to good use for you. I highly recommend him for any criminal defense.”

        - Bubba Hagood

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