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Marissa Leigh Elkins

Criminal defense Attorney at Northampton, MA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 17 years
    Texas - TX 18 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2005
    MCLE Non-Practicing No misconduct found

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Marissa Elkins is a proven litigator, with experience in courts throughout Western Massachusetts as well as the rest of the Commonwealth. Whether a trial before a jury of twelve in Superior Court, six in District Court, or complicated legal motions and arguments before a judge, Attorney Elkins has the experience and legal expertise to represent clients zealously and with integrity.


Zurn, Sharp, Heyman, and Dolven, LLP
100 Main Street
Suite 2
Northampton, MA, 01060

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Posted by Aaron smith | August 2, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Best I’ve ever had and seen in the courthouse
Marisa did a amazing job and was always in tune with my family every step of the way and turned out with the best results
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I hired Marissa to represent a family member for a minor in possession. She was incredibly responsive, called us back on Sunday, and guided us through the entire process. She was in total control of the proceedings and gave us complete confidence in the way she professionally represented us. I did not know Marissa before I chose her on Avvo, and I am so happy I selected her.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2014
Incredible defense attorney
Marissa came highly recommended, and exceeded all expectations. She is professional, hard-working and an extremely talented lawyer. She developed a plan of action for my case, clearly explained the issues, my options and her recommended course of action, and then executed the plan. The result was actually better than we would have hoped for. She knows the court system, DAs and judges in her area, and has great relationships with them. She is also very reasonably priced, and was flexible in terms of structuring her fees. I cannot recommend her services strongly enough.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Zurn, Sharp, Heyman, and Dolven, LLP
  • 2024 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Connecticut School Of Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff
  • 2012 - 2023
  • Partner
  • Allison, Angier, Bartmon, Elkins, & Fernald, LLP
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Staff Attorney
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Federal Magistrate Court
  • 2005 - 2005
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  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Houston
  • MA
  • 2002
  • Austin College
  • BA
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Client Acquitted of Armed Robbery
  • Not guilty on all counts
  • Client Acquitted of 209A Violation
  • Required Finding of Not Guilty
  • Drug Trafficking Acquittal
  • Not guilty on all counts
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  • Hampshire County Bar Association
  • President Elect
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Indigent Defense Committee Search for
  • Life Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • LexisNexis Pblishing Award
  • University of Connecticut
  • 2005
  • Best Oral Advocate
  • Whittier Nat'l Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2004
  • CALI Award, Civil Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • UConn Law
  • 2004
  • Champion
  • UConn Loiselle Moot Court Competetion
  • 2003
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
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"Attorney Elkins is a compassionate advocate, with excellent training and a dedication to defending her clients."
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Northampton Criminal defense Lawyer Marissa Leigh Elkins
Marissa Leigh Elkins
Criminal defense Attorney
Northampton, MA
Licensed for 18 years