Michael Tumposky is a talented litigator who has tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. He has also represented clients before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
He has defended a wide variety of criminal cases, ranging from simple misdemeanors such as drug possession, gun possession and assault and battery, to more complex felonies such as money laundering, drug trafficking and murder. He also maintains an active appellate practice, handling appeals in cases ranging from sexual assault and murder in state court, to gun and drug trafficking in federal court.
Mr. Tumposky's strengths in both courtroom advocacy and legal research and writing, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the rules of evidence and procedure, allow him to offer a full array of services to his clients. Typically, he will first challenge a case on legal grounds, by moving to dismiss or to suppress physical evidence and any statements made to the police. He will then offer a vigorous defense at trial or reach a favorable outcome which, where possible, preserves a client's record and avoids jail time altogether. Finally, in the event that the trial outcome is unfavorable, he will fight to obtain a reversal of the conviction, either through a motion for new trial or through a direct appeal.
He also represents clients in civil cases in both state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate level. He has tried cases to verdict in areas ranging from police misconduct and First Amendment violations, to employment discrimination and common law torts. He has also extracted favorable monetary settlements from municipal and state agencies, as well as private companies.
Mr. Tumposky is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and got his B.A from Rutgers College. Prior to co-founding Hedges & Tumposky, he worked as an associate for the law firm of Hrones, Garrity & Hedges for five years. In law school, he interned for Judge Stahl of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and defended tenants from eviction while working for Hale & Dorr Legal Services. He recently attended the National Criminal Defense College, located in Macon, Georgia, which is a two-week, intensive program focused on advanced trial practice theories and techniques.
He is also conversant in Spanish. In fact, he has successfully represented clients who do not speak English as a first language, as well as those who speak no English at all.
Michael has lectured extensively in topics ranging from evidence to trial practice and theory. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University School of Law, where he teaches Evidence and Criminal Trial Practice. He is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, located in Macon, Georgia, which is a two-week, intensive training program focused on advanced trial practice theories and techniques. He has been interviewed on issues in criminal law by the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald as well as ABC and Fox.
In his spare time, he is the attorney coach for the Northeastern University School of Law Mock Trial Team, as well as the Boston Latin School Mock Trial Team, which won the Massachusetts Bar Association's state championship in 2006 and was the runner-up in 2011. An alumnus of Latin School, Mr. Tumposky was born and raised in Boston.
Languages spoken: Spanish
Hourly ($300-350/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (5%)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 10 Under 40||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2014|
|Rising Star||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2013|
|Mock Trial State Championship||Massachusetts Bar Association||2006|
|Adjunct Professor||Northeastern University School Of Law||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Hedges & Tumposky, LLP||2009 - Present|
|Associate||Hrones & Garrity, LLP||2004 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2010 - Present|
|Boston Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Suffolk Lawyers for Justice||Panel||2007 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Commonwealth v. Jameel Williams||Murder conviction reversed on appeal|
|Commonwealth v. Depina||Not guilty|
|Commonwealth v. Pham et al.||Not guilty|
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|Boston Globe||Rep. Henriquez sentenced to 6 months in jail||2014|
|Boston Herald||Lab Crisis Hits State House||2013|
|Boston Herald||Experts: State’s drug testing program in jeopardy||2013|
|Brookline Tab||Bouncer Settles Suit Against Police||2013|
|The Berkshire Eagle||State Underage Drinking Law Unclear||2013|
|Hedges & Tumposky, LLP||Website Blog||2013|
|Berkshsire Eagle||State Supreme Court clarifies alcohol law, allows parents to serve their children||2013|
|Boston Globe||Former chemist Annie Dookhan faces 27-count indictment||2012|
|UPI||Chemist at center of drug lab scandal lied on her resume||2012|
|Boston Herald||Man serving time for drug charges seeks to suspend sentence||2012|
|Fox 25||Fox 25 Interview||2011|
|Boston Globe||Bouncer sues Brookline police officers||2011|
|Boston Globe||Police fear homicide witness list got out||2005|
|Northeastern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Criminal Advocacy Clinic||Criminal Advocacy||2014|
|Interview||Drug Lab Scandal||2013|
|Interview||Aaron Hernandez case||2013|
|Criminal Law Clinic||Rules of Evidence||2013|
|Interview||Sexual Harassment Lawsuit||2012|
|Criminal Law Clinic||Rules of Evidence||2012|
|Civil Trial Practice||Civil Litigation||2012|
|Trial Practice Class, Guest Lecturer||Rules of Evidence||2011|
|Presentation on rules of evidence||Evidence||2009|
|Northeastern University School of Law||Presentation||2009|