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Michael L. Tumposky

Michael L. Tumposky

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor

About Me

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.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    11 years, 500 cases
  2. Employment & Labor: 20%
    11 years, 100 cases
  3. Civil Rights: 20%
    11 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-350/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (5%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Jose L. Serpa

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a dogged advocate with the talent to get the finest results for his clients.

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Contact Info

Hedges & Tumposky

15 Broad Street, Suite 240
Boston, MA, 02109-3804

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200404/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarMassachusetts Super Lawyers2014
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Rising StarMassachusetts Super Lawyers2013
Mock Trial State ChampionshipMassachusetts Bar Association2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorNortheastern University School Of Law2013 - Present
PartnerHedges & Tumposky, LLP2009 - Present
AssociateHrones & Garrity, LLP2004 - 2009

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Suffolk Lawyers for JusticePanel2007 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Commonwealth v. Jameel WilliamsMurder conviction reversed on appeal
Commonwealth v. DepinaNot guilty
Commonwealth v. Pham et al.Not guilty

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Criminal Advocacy ClinicCriminal Advocacy2014
InterviewDrug Lab Scandal2013
InterviewAaron Hernandez case2013
Criminal Law ClinicRules of Evidence2013
InterviewSexual Harassment Lawsuit2012
Criminal Law ClinicRules of Evidence2012
Civil Trial PracticeCivil Litigation2012
Trial Practice Class, Guest LecturerRules of Evidence2011
Presentation on rules of evidenceEvidence2009
Northeastern University School of LawPresentation2009