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Thomas H Estes Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Northampton, MA

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Thomas Estes, Thomas H. Estes

  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 20 years
    Virginia - VA 27 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1996
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Defense of all areas of criminal law. OUI, Felonies, assault, murder, misdemeanors, etc

    27 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Litigation

    27 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Violent crime
    Defense of all types of violent crime

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  4. DUI and DWI
    I have successfully defended OUI's in Massachusetts and Virginia for 22 years. Multiple successful appeals for this as well

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Appeals

    27 years, 40 cases

  6. Divorce and separation

    6 years, 2 cases

  7. General practice
    I am available on retainer for general practice

    27 years, 3 cases

  8. Child custody

    6 years, 2 cases

  9. Constitutional

    25 years, 30 cases

  10. Debt collection
    Debt Collection Defense for consumers

    6 years, 1 case

  11. Debt settlement
    Debt Settlement for Consumers

    6 years, 1 case

  12. White collar crime

    27 years, 400 cases

  13. Workers compensation

    6 years, 1 case

Criminal Law Expert and Former District Judge in Massachusetts

Thomas Estes has practiced law for over 23 years in various capacities, including as Associate Justice of the District Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

After receiving his law degree from William & Mary School of Law in 1996, he worked as a successful Patent and Trademark Litigation Attorney before moving on to becoming a Public Defender in Fairfax, Virginia, where he passionately defended his indigent clients.

Thomas moved to Massachusetts in 2002. He first worked as a Public Defender representing clients in Superior Court. In 2006 was promoted to Attorney-in-Charge of the Northampton District Court Office for Committee for Public Counsel Services.

In 2014, Thomas became a District Court Judge in Massachusetts where he presided over a wide variety of of cases including felony & misdemeanor criminal cases, housing court matters, restraining orders and various types of civil cases.

If you are in need of an experienced, zealous advocate, call Attorney Estes.


Thomas Estes
150 Main St.
Suite 358
Northampton, MA, 01060

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Posted by Joe | December 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Legal Representation by Attorney Estes
I recently faced a daunting array of charges, including Assault & Battery on a Family/Household Member, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, and Improper Storage of a Firearm. With mandatory minimum incarceration looming, my freedom hung in the balance. Attorney Estes proved to be an invaluable ally during this challenging time. Through his skillful negotiation with the prosecutor, he orchestrated a plea arrangement that resulted in the dismissal of a majority of the charges. Remarkably, he secured a Continuance Without a Finding (CWOF) for the most serious offense, effectively avoiding the mandatory jail time that seemed inevitable. The resulting disposition was probation for one year, a far cry from the harsher alternatives I was initially facing. I cannot overemphasize the significance of having Attorney Estes as your defense lawyer when your freedom is on the line. His expertise, strategic approach, and unwavering dedication make him the advocate you want in your corner.
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Posted by Erik | January 19, 2022
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Dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyer
I needed Thomas H Estes Jr. law services to help me with a criminal case and he went above and beyond in giving me excellent service. Thomas and Stephanie are very polite, respectful and kind. They both make you feel welcome and comfortable when you have them at your side dealing with Your legal issues. Thomas and Stephanie make dealing with the court system seem like a breeze. If you ever need legal counsel and have to deal with any of the issues that Thomas specializes in I would highly recommend hiring him as your lawyer.
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Posted by stephanie | September 9, 2019
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Incredible Litigator
His trial strategy is impeccable. Very professional and straight forward. He seems to be very well known in the field of criminal justice. He was very kind in my situation and it was greatly appreciated. He was always on time and always addressed my concerns.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Justice of the District Court
  • Trial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Attorney-in-Charge
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Public Defender
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender for the City and County of Fairfax
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Patent and Trademark Litigation Attorney
  • Oliff and Berridge, PLC
  • 1996 - 1998
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  • William & Mary Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies and Foreign Affairs
  • 1990

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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
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"Attorney Estes a stellar and top notch advocate and trial lawyer. I recommend him highly."
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Northampton Criminal defense Lawyer Thomas H Estes Jr.
Thomas H Estes Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Northampton, MA
Licensed for 27 years
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