Michael R. DiStefano

Biography

 Michael R. DiStefano concentrates his practice in the areas of government investigations and criminal defense, including defending clients at trial and in pre-indictment government investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DiStefano was an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, where he prosecuted multi-jurisdictional criminal enterprises involving narcotics, firearms and human trafficking. He also conducted extensive white collar criminal investigations.

Before moving to the Office of Attorney General, Mr. DiStefano was an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney, where he conducted 38 jury trials. As a Gang Unit Prosecutor, he was responsible for all aspects of prosecution, including grand jury investigations, charging decisions, suppression motions, pre-trial motions, plea-bargaining, and search warrant review. He also served as Safe Neighbor Initiative Prosecutor and prosecuted gang members in the Mattapan area of Boston for violent felonies.

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  • Background
    • Todd & Weld LLP, 2014-Present
    • Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, 2014
    • Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney, 2010-2014
    • Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Gary Hicks, New Hampshire Supreme Court, Fall 2009
    • Judicial Intern to The Honorable Robert Cordy, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Fall 2008
    • Judicial Intern to The Honorable David Lowy, Essex Superior Court, January-August 2008
    • Teacher, Advisor and Athletic Coach at Kingswood-Oxford School, West Hartford, CT, 2003-2006
  • Professional Activities
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Council Member (2016-2017)
    • Boston Bar Association
    • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Publications / Lectures
    • "Defining Substantial Burden under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act: The Third Circuit's Successful Clarification, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, Vol. 35 (2009)
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Excellence in the Law 2018, Up & Coming Lawyer
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