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About Me

Admitted to the practice of law in the United States Supreme Court; in all jurisdictions and courts for the state of California; in all jurisdictions and courts for the state of Massachusetts; in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; in the Unites States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit; in the U.S. District Court for the State of Massachusetts; and in the United States Courts of Appeal for the First Circuit.


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
  2. Civil Rights: 5%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

74 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Shaw. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.


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  • Judd S Nemiro

    Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact Info

Law Offices of Robert F. Shaw, Jr.

Cambridge Riverview Center
245 First Street, 18th Floor
Cambridge, MA, 02142-1292



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nations Top 1%National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in MassachusettsASLA, American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in MassachusettsASLA, American Society of Legal Advocates2014
2012 Lawyer of the YearMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly2013
Invited Faculty Member, MCLEMassachusetts Continuing Legal Education2009
Invited Speaker, MACDL Annual Advanced Skills SeminarMassachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Certified Murder List PanelCommittee for Public Counsel Services2008
Appointment for 4 year term to Appellate PanelU.S. First Circuit Court of Appeal2007
Mentor to Attorneys, Post-Conviction PanelCommittee for Public Counsel Services2003
Certified Post-Conviction PanelCommittee for Public Counsel Services2000
Magna Cum LaudeBoston College Law School1997
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberLaw Offices of Robert F. Shaw, Jr.1999 - Present
AssociateRoche, Carens & DeGiacomo P,C,1997 - 1999
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Commonwealth v. J.A.Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside
Commonwealth v. P.S.Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside
Commonwealth v. G.O.Judgments Reversed, Verdicts Set Aside
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
Boston GlobeSJC Orders Resentencing for Man Convicted as Juvenile in Roxbury Slaying2014
Massachusetts Lawyers WeklyRobert F. Shaw, Jr. named a 2012 Lawyer of the Year2013
Associated Press, Boston Globe, Boston HeraldBrockton Woman Gets Retrial in Boyfriend's Slaying2012
Denise Lavoie, Associated PressBoston man gets new trial in student's killing2012
Laurel J. Sweet, Boston heraldCourt orders new trial in gang murder case2012
Associated Press, Boston GlobeSJC to hear appeal of two convicted in Chinatown massacre Five were killed in 1991 shooting2011
ABC News, Australia'False Memory,' Based on Case of Comm. v. Shanley2010
Boston GlobeSJC bans prosecutors from reward programs2010
South Coast TodaySJC rebukes DA for participating in reward prgrams2010
Associated PressMass. court: DAs can't participate in rewards2010
The Nation Magazine.Crisis of Faith2009
The Boston GlobeSJC orders new trial for former South Shore girls soccer coach2009
Associated PressEx soccer coach gets new trial in Mass. rape case2009
NPRMass. High Court to Hear Priests Appeal2009
Boston GlobeSJC to hear appeal by ex-priest in abuse case2009
Associated PressConvicted ex-priest challenges repressed memories2009
ABC NewsEx Priest Questions Repressed Memories2009
New York TimesEx Priest Challenges Abuse Convictions on Repressed Memory2009
Boston GlobeRepressed memory at issue in defrocked priest's appeal2009
New England Cable NewsPriest seeks new trial, challenges repressed memory2009
Daily News TribuneLawyer for ex-priest questions repressed memory science2008
Boston GlobeDefrocked priest Shanley seeks new trial2008
Guide MagazineAny Prayer for Shanley?2008
New England Cable NewsDefrocked priest Shanley seeks new trial2008
Associated PressCourt overturns conviction, cites prosecutorial misconduct2002
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
San Francisco State UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Hardly Common Defenses to Common, But Hard, Criminal CasesThe Statute of Limitation Defense: General Overview and Current Issues2009
Forensic Mental Health & The LawRepressed Memory2009
Advanced Post Conviction Litigation Skills ProgramThe First Complaint Doctrine in Massachusetts2009