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Janet Hetherwick Pumphrey

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About Me

Attorney Pumphrey has handled criminal and civil appellate cases across the state for a quarter century.  She has more than 200 appearances in the state and federal appellate courts.

Since mid-2014, Attorney Pumphrey has achieved four consecutive successes in the Supreme Judicial Court.  In addition, she has obtained two recent reversals in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appellate cases which Attorney Pumphrey has handled span such diverse areas of law as murder, white collar crime, narcotics trafficking, municipal law, business litigation, personal injury, property disputes, alimony and child support.  Attorney Pumphrey has handled a number of high profile cases, which have been the subject of extensive television and print media attention, including Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyThe Boston Globe and Herald, ABC News, The True Hollywood StoryAmerica’s Most Wanted, and many others.

Attorney Pumphrey teaches continuing legal education seminars often, both for  Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and for the Massachusetts Bar Association, as well as several years as an adjunct professor at Western New England College School of Law.  She serves as a mentor to new Committee for Public Counsel appellate attorneys.

Tenacious and thorough, Attorney Pumphrey is a committed and dedicated advocate for her clients.   

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Appeals: 100%
    25 years

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Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • John A. Amabile

    I endorse this lawyer. She is a highly skilled and dedicated appeals lawyer.

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    John Amabile Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Andrea C. Harrington

    Attorney Pumphrey is as tenacious and talented as they come.

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    Andrea Harrington Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Janet Pumphrey

45 Walker St.
Bishop House Offices
Lenox, MA, 01240

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive199004/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Women in Leadership AwardMassachusetts Commission On The Status Of Women2006
Woman In Leadership AwardBerkshire South2005
Henry Downey AwardWestern New England Law School1990
Outstanding GraduateNational Association of Women Lawyers1990
Goodrich Merit PrizeWestern New England Law School1990

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselKopelman & Paige2005 - 2015
AttorneyLaw Offices of Janet Hetherwick Pumphrey1992 - 2015
Adjunct ProfessorWestern New England Law School1992 - 1997
Litigation AssociateCain Hibbard Myers & Cook, PC1990 - 1992

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Massachusetts Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Section2009 - 2012
Massachusetts Bar AssociationAppellate Bench Bar Committee2008 - 2011
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Lenox LibraryBoard of Trustees2007 - 2008
Committee for Public Counsel ServicesAppellate Murder Panel2005 - Present
Office of the GovernorJudicial Nominating Commission2003 - 2004
Shakespeare & Co.Board of Overseers2002 - 2011
Massachusetts Law ReviewEditor-in-Chief2000 - 2003
Pittsfield Economic Revitalization CorporationBoard Member1997 - Present
Town of LenoxSelectman1993 - 2008
Massachusetts Law ReviewArticles Editor1992 - Present
Massachusetts Law ReviewEditorial Board1992 - Present
Western New England Law ReviewEditor-in-Chief1989 - 1990
Criminal Justice Act PanelFirst Circuit PanelN/A
Criminal Justice Act PanelHabeas Corpus PanelN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Massachusetts Bar FoundationLifetime FellowN/A
Berkshire County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association Council of Appellate LawyersMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar FoundationFellowN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Doktor v. DoktorMy client's alimony judgment affirmed
Commonwealth v. BurgosJudgment of conviction reversed
Commonwealth v. WadeSJC reversed denial of motion for DNA testing

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Massachusetts Law ReviewBook review of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Garner, to be published2015
Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.“Subject Matter Jurisdiction,” a chapter in Habeas Corpus in the Federal Courts2014
Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.“Subject Matter Jurisdiction,” a chapter in Habeas Corpus in the Federal Courts2013
Massachusetts Law ReviewBook review of Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates, by Ross Guberman, and How to Write a Sentence: and How to Read One, by Stanley Fish2013
Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.“Subject Matter Jurisdiction,” a chapter in Habeas Corpus in the Federal Courts2012
Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.“Subject Matter Jurisdiction,” a chapter in Habeas Corpus in the Federal Courts2011
Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.“Subject Matter Jurisdiction,” a chapter in Habeas Corpus in the Federal Courts2010
Massachusetts Law ReviewSpecial Issue Editor, Access to Justice Issue2010
Massachusetts Law ReviewBook review of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing by Stephen V. Armstrong and Timothy P. Terrell2009
The Women's Times“Portia’s Complaint”1997
The Women's Times“Divorce Mediation: How and When Mediation Benefits Divorcing Couples”1996
Massachusetts Law ReviewCase comment on State Ethics Commission v. John Doe, 417 Mass. 522 (1994)1994
Massachusetts Law ReviewCase comment on Reardon v. United States, 947 F.2d 1509 (1st Cir. 1991)1992
Western New England Law Review"The 'Bona Fide Offer' of Sale Requirement in the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act"1990

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western New England College School of LawLawJD, magna cum laude1990
Newcomb College of Tulane UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
University of WarwickHistory DepartmentExchange StudentN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Effective Appellate AdvocacyBrief Writing2015
Federal Habeas Corpus PracticeCo-chair of panel2014
Effective Appellate AdvocacyBrief Writing2014
Federal Habeas Corpus PracticeSubject Matter Jurisdiction and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel2013
Federal Habeas Corpus PracticeSubject Matter Jurisdiction and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel2012
Federal Habeas Corpus PracticeSubject Matter and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel2011
Federal Habeas Corpus PracticeCognizable Claims and Subject Matter Jurisdiction2010
Advanced Post-Conviction Litigation SkillsProposed Changes to Criminal Rule 31 and Appellate Rule 62009
Success on AppealBrief Writing2008
Single Justice Practice in the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial CourtThe Practitioners View2008
Litigating Ineffective Assistance ClaimsChair2007
Advanced Post-Conviction LitigationStandards of Review on Appeal2007
Advanced Post-Conviction LitigationStandards of Review on Appeal2006
Effective Appellate AdvocacyWriting for the Courts: Techniques and Strategies for Effective Legal Writing2005