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Michael H. Erlich

About me

I made a decision 20 years ago following an internship with the Dade County State's Attorney's Office in Miami that following my graduation from Law School  I would devote all of my practice to the representation of criminal defendants.   My father thought I was crazy and never thought I could sustain a practice like that but following my appearance on the O'Reilly Factor in September of 2003 for a racial-profiling case that received national attention, he looked at me and for the first time in his life, told me he was wrong. 

I handle each client with professionalism & bring a vast amount  of jury trial  experience to the courtroom.   I also pride myself on returning every call prior to leaving for the day. 

Thank you.

Michael Erlich


Languages spoken: Spanish, Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    25 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
    25 years, 400 cases
  4. Violent Crime: 15%
    21 years, 350 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven Lewis Rovner

    I endorse this lawyer. Known Michael for almost 20 years and he is an excellent advocate for his clients.


    Steven Rovner Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Anthony M Salerno

    Attorney Erlich is a strong advocate for his clients. He is always prepared, he knows the law and his courtroom procedures are fawless.


    Anthony Salerno Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Eden, Rafferty, Tetreau & Erlich

238 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA, 01604


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Lawyer Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Legal Counsel2016
Top Lawyers in MassachusettsLegal Network2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Lawyer of the YearLawyers Weekly2003
Courageous Advocacy AwardWorcester Bar Advocate Program2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/OwnerCriminal Defense Worcester2015 - Present
PartnerEden, Rafferty, Tetreau & Erlich2004 - 2015
PartnerErlich & Erlich1992 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Worcester County Bar AdvocatesPresident2002 - 2006
Worcester County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee1996 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Assault & Battery With a Deadly Weapon BullyingDismissed
Aggravated Assault & BatteryNot Guilty both counts.
OUI (4th offense), Operating to EndangerNot Guilty both counts.
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Publication nameTitleDate
BlogIts Time To Reform Our Bail System2012
US News & World ReportsA Host of Trouble (Article about case i defended)2007
Boston.comRace Bias2004
Lawyers weekly (Front page article Re Racial Profiling case)Cops Action Race-Based2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Northeastern UniversityFinanceMBA1987
Nichols CollegeFinanceOther - Bachelors1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TrainingCriminal Defense2006
O'Reilly FactorRacial Profiling2003