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John Peter McKenna

John Peter McKenna

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Immigration

About Me

Attorney John P. McKenna is an aggressive and zealous advocate and has an extensive background in Personal Injury, Immigration and Criminal Law. Attorney McKenna has successfully tried hundreds of cases throughout his career. Attorney McKenna has taught hundreds of law enforcement officials in various areas of the law including search and seizure, criminal law, constitutional law and evidence. These officials are members of the U.S. Marshalls, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Massachusetts State Police, Springfield Police Department, Holyoke Police Department, West Springfield Police Department, Chicopee Police, Ware Police Department, Palmer Police Department, Northampton Police Department, Wilbraham Police Department and numerous other departments.

Attorney McKenna in his prior position of Congressional Counsel worked extensively with USCIS, Department of State and the various consulates throughout the world in assisting immigrants through the complicated world of immigration.

We proudly serve as a firm specializing in Immigration , Criminal and Personal Injury Law. Our office is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The practice of law takes us throughout the entire Commonwealth, from the Berkshires to Boston. In particular we focus our practice in the four western counties, Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire and Franklin including the metropolitan areas of Springfield, Northampton, Pittsfield, Greenfield, Holyoke, Palmer, West Springfield, Westfield, Belchertown, Chicopee and Longmeadow.

Our firm possesses strong academic credentials, deep community ties, and a zealous commitment to your success. We speak "plain English." We demonstrate the strictest personal and professional ethics. Above all, we are passionately committed to the needs of our clients.

We utilize state-of-the-art technology and practical, cost-effective methods to provide services in a timely, client-oriented manner. That means we return your phone calls promptly; report to you regularly; and are up front about our fees so that there are no surprises.

In short, at our core, we focus on each client's background, needs, and goals. That's where we start. With you. And we never stray from the idea that your needs set our course.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
    19 years
  2. Immigration: 33%
  3. Personal Injury: 33%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Daniel T. Wright

    Top-Notch Attorney. Highly respected in the legal community. Attorney McKenna has achieved excellent results on high profile cases.


    Daniel Wright Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of John P. McKenna, P.C.

1391 Main Street.
Suite 1006
Springfield, MA, 01103




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100The National Trial Lawyers2014

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Experienced Trial Lawyer / FounderLaw Office of John P. McKenna, P.C.2004 - Present
Congressional CounselCongressman Richard E. Neal2000 - 2004
Adjunct Professor of LawAnna Maria College1996 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyHampden County District Attorney's Office1995 - 2000
Claims RepresentativeTraveler's Insurance Company1989 - 1993


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Hampshire County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association-New EnglandMember2004 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Connecticut chapter)Member2004 - Present
Vietnamese American Civic AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - Present
Partnership for Healthier Community, Baystate Health SystemsBoard of Directors2002 - Present
Hampden County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
U.S. A. v. KnollerSuccessful
Commonwealth v. WeilNot Guilty
Commonwealth v. WatsonNot Guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
I-9 ComplianceI-9 Compliance2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England Law BostonLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Assumption CollegeBusiness ManagementBA - Bachelor of Arts1988

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Anna Maria CollegeCriminal Procedure2015
Anna Maria CollegeConstitutional Law2015
Anna Maria CollegeEvidence2015
Anna Maria CollegeCriminal Law2015
Immigration SeminarHead Start Immigration Seminar2005
Search and SeizureSearch and Seizure1999