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J.W. Carney Jr.

J.W. Carney Jr.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991


  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1975


Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense

Past Positions

  • Public Defender, Boston, 1978 to 1983
  • Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, 1983 to 1988

Published Works

  • Opening Statements at trial, Closing Arguments, and Sentencing Advocacy, Contributing Author, Massachusetts Criminal Practice
  • Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference, Editor of the Treatise
  • Take the Witness: The Experts Speak On Cross-Examination, Contributing Author


  • One of The Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts
  • One of The Five Best Private Criminal Defense Attorneys, Boston Magazine
  • One of The Most Influential Lawyers in Massachusetts, The Preeminent Legal Publication in Massachusetts
  • The Best Lawyers in America

Classes & Seminars

  • Annual Criminal Law Conference in Massachusetts, Co-Chairperson
  • Presenter, Annual Educational Conferences of the Judges of the Superior Court and the Juvenile Court

Professional Associations

  • Boston Bar Association, Past Officer