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An Unmatched Defense

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Nationally Recognized Defense Lawyer With Unparalleled Experience

Boston criminal defense attorney Jay Carney has a passion for challenging cases. He has overcome difficult odds to win numerous not-guilty verdicts and mitigate criminal charges for his clients. With over four decades of experience practicing law, Jay is nationally recognized for representing high-profile clients such as “Whitey” Bulger, Tarek Mehanna and John Salvi. He has been spotlighted on television shows and in publications such as CNN, The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal for his work. Jay Carney is named as one of The Five Best Private Criminal Defense Attorneys in the state by Boston Magazine.

Jay is a true advocate for his clients, listening to their story and fighting to achieve beneficial results. He is known for his strategic criminal defense in both state and federal courts. While he is recognized for representing high-profile cases, Jay spends most of his time helping people navigate their first and possibly only encounter with the justice system. He and the attorneys at our Boston criminal defense firm represent clients in Suffolk County, Norfolk County, Middlesex County and throughout Massachusetts.

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Attorney Carney recently appeared in a full-length documentary regarding the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger.

The film aired in movie theaters and on CNN. He has participated in several panel discussions regarding the film.

Why Choose Carney, Gaudet & Carney

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Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
“#8 of the 30 most memorable trials of the past 30 years”
– Lawyers Weekly 2002
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
“One of the 81 most influential lawyers in Massachusetts”
– Lawyers Weekly 2009
Boston Magazine
Listed as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Boston
– Boston Magazine
Above The Law
“Best Firm to Keep You Out Of Prison”
– Above The Law
Listed as “one of the top 14 criminal defense attorneys in the country”
– Newsweek
The Boston Globe
“Jay is an extraordinarily well-prepared, hard-working, and able advocate, and when he gets in the courtroom, he’s the guy who is calm and deliberate and at the same time knows how to move a jury.’’
– Attorney Howard Cooper, stated in The Boston Globe, 7/01/2011
WSJ | The Wall Street Journal
“He has become in my view one of the most sophisticated, effective trial attorneys here both in state and federal court,’ said former Massachusetts state Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, who served as Middlesex County District Attorney during Mr. Carney’s tenure there.”
– Wall Street Journal, 06/12/2013