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Sean M. Smith

Criminal defense Attorney at Worcester, MA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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I am a criminal defense attorney who practices in the District and Superior Courts of Massachusetts, as well as the Federal District Court of Massachusetts.  I also represent clients at the Immigration Court who are seeking asylum or facing deportation.  It is my sincere belief that in today's courts, justice only occurs when the accused are well represented by counsel.  It is my goal to provide that excellent representation.

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Murphy & Rudolf LLP
One Mercantile Street
Suite 740
Worcester, MA, 01608


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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Eliminated Misconceptions Through Remarkable Intuition
Mr. Smith represented me for a possible OUI, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and other charges that could have been brought into the situation. I was facing life altering possibilities that would have affected my young kids, husband, work, and other things I worked so hard to accomplish. I could have lost everything in my eyes. Mr. Smith was instantly empathetic and honest and connected facts with my situation to ease as much anxiety as possible. He knew the facts and figures of my case, never forgot any detail, and explained how best to handle this based on his professional and personal experiences. He included me in every choice and set deadlines that held everyone accountable and stuck to them. Because of his experiences, choices, and integrity, he set up exactly what we needed to do and have in order to have the best possible outcome. This resulted in everything being dropped instantly in the beginning of my hearing. Without his choices in what we needed for documentation, without his professional expertise, and without his ability to judge people/situations so well, this would have never happened. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Smith as an attorney. Thank you!
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Posted by Diane | February 7, 2020
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Highly recommended
I hired Sean Smith to represent my son. I couldn't had asked for a better attorney. Sean went far and beyond to fight for my son. I am forever grateful. Sean will always call you back with any concern; showing care and compassion during a very difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2019
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Professional, Responsive, and Highly Intelligent
I recently hired Attorney Smith to represent me in a civil case that I was involved in. Suffice it to say, that Attorney Smith did an excellent job in his representation of me. He was thoroughly professional, thoughtful, and highly responsive throughout the process. He completely made me feel at ease with the process and kept me informed of every step. When you are feeling overwhelmed and under extreme stress/pressure, you need an attorney that you can trust to advocate on your behalf and be sensitive to your needs during a confusing time, Attorney Smith was that and more for me. He is intelligent, down to earth, and knows what he is doing. If you want bang for your buck and an attorney who is there to help and not con you, then choose Attorney Smith. I got the result I wanted and couldn't be happier, and I was glad to have Attorney Smith on my side.
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Posted by Justin | April 19, 2019
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Larceny over under false pretenses
I recently hired attorney Smith to represent me in an alleged larceny under false pretenses felony charge case against me than which did some research online for a good attorney that could afford that I just liked I'm honestly not easy to please in terms of council however i found this firm online & after meeting with Mr Smith giving him my facts & side of the story I was confident with both him & attorney Merrille Grenier would fight for me which both my opinion had done an amazing job & amazing is to say the least after Mr Smith's performance I'll never hire another attorney or firm again very easy to work with & doesn't hose you everytime you speak to him for advice regarding the case have nothing negative what so ever to say but thank you Attorney Smith you nailed it Flawlessly!!!
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Posted by Nestor | March 12, 2019
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Sean Smith
Hired mr smith and he made sure I had the greatest results didn't stop until I was satisfied. Would recommend mr.smith to anyone Best money I ever spent.
Posted by Dave | February 11, 2019
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Sean fought for my freedom relentlessly
I served a lot of time when I met Sean I was afraid of the unknown, hopeless and did not know where to turn. Sean worked me through the legal avenues step by step. He always made himself available to myself and my family. In the courtroom this man is confident and fights tenaciously for his client. I saw his courtroom demeanor first hand. I would highly recommend him without hesitation to anyone in need of an attorney who’s willing to go the extra mile for a client. Thanks for giving me my life back Sean!
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Posted by Bobby Souza | August 24, 2018
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My life was in his hands...
After so many years of running away from my past, I hired Sean Smith to represent me on an old felony case. Retaining Mr. Smith was one of my life’s BEST decisions. The representation, care and support I received from him was phenomenal. Words can never express the gratitude and respect I have for Mr. Smith. He gave me my life back and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you Mr. Smith and his team for all that you did for me.
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Posted by Jennifer | January 11, 2018
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Thanks SEAN SMITH !!!
Due to a Magistrates Hearing date I received in the mail, I immediately began calling my lawyer. Although he was not able to help me by attending the hearing, I benefited even more by getting his top 3 recommendations for the Worcester County area. When I called the 2nd name on the list, "Sean Smith", I was very happy to hear a person answer the phone, who, within seconds, connected me straight to Sean himself. Sean was very inquisitive. He asked all the right questions, while remaining very patient and understanding. Sean made sure that I understood everything that he was doing, everything that I should do, and everything I may expect to happen, in a very calm, content manner. I felt like i was "in the loop". This made me feel very relaxed, even confident about the entire situation. After our first meeting, Sean gave me his personal cell #, and I did have to use it several times. Each time I reached out via text, Sean responded within the hour, more than not even quicker, no matter how small or insignificant the questions. Sean made my case seem and feel important. Best of all, Sean Smith won this hearing for me. He is now my "go-to" guy, if ever the time should arise, for myself, or anyone that I know. I highly recommend Attorney Sean M. Smith at Murphy & Rudolf...!!!
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Posted by Bella | May 11, 2017
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Fantastic lawyer
Sean Smith represented me with a complicated criminal/ immigration case. Sean is highly professional, detail oriented and knowledgeble in his work. I would like to thank him over and over again for achieving great results for me, being understanding, kind and resourseful. He is truly an expert and I would recommend him to you without any reservation!!!! Thank you Sean Smith
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Posted by Teresa | February 8, 2017
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He is always on your side and always with you.
Sean Smith is the best lawyer that I have ever met. His professionalism and proper approach to another person is surprising. Searching for a proper way to defend, I spoke with a lot of professionals but Sean overcomes them with his knowledge, correct, psychological approaches the client as well as unprecedented in this profession the respect and dignity to another person. Taking all the burden of his clients case on his shoulders working constantly on his success did not spare his own time. He is understanding and patient. He is able to work in the hardest of situations bringing the proper solutions. He is always nice, cordial and dedicated to the cause immeasurably. He is a highly professional, without which you can not appear at the hearing. With Sean you can destroy the biggest nightmare. Sean is the best of the best. In a duet with Brain Murphy they are unstoppable.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Murphy & Rudolf LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • 2010 - 2014


  • Boston College Law School
  • JD
  • 2010
  • University of Chicago
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. John Doe
  • Not Guilty


  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award for Service While a Law Student
  • Boston College
  • 2010
  • Fulbright Doctoral Research Grant
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • 2004


  • Doctoral Dissertation
  • From Charitable to Social Assistance: Transformations In The Care Of The Poor In Colonial Latin America
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • CPCS Training Certification
  • Sexually Dangerous Person Law
  • 2019
  • New England AILA Conference
  • Criminal Practice for Immigration Practioners
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
Endorse Sean
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Smith is an aggressive advocate for his clients. He is well respected in the area and has an impressive record and reputation within the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sean Smith is the lawyer that you need standing by your side, fighting for your rights. He meets every challenge head on and passionately defends his clients. Attorney Smith is intelligent and highly skilled in the court room and I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Smith is a smart, dedicated and highly skilled attorney. The preparation and thought he puts into each case and client set him apart from other attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is dedicated and effective advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"A very smart lawyer who knows his way around a courtroom. Dedicated to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Smith is one of the most talented and dedicated lawyers I know. He is an extremely effective advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sean is a well respected, bright, and professional attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a smart, zealous, and effective advocate for everyone he represents."
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Worcester Criminal defense Lawyer Sean M. Smith
Sean M. Smith
Criminal defense Attorney
Worcester, MA
Licensed for 12 years