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Darren T. Griffis

Criminal defense Attorney at Worcester, MA

4.4   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Rhode Island - RI 8 years
    Massachusetts - MA 14 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Darren

Learn Darren’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I protect the rights of anyone facing criminal charges in both state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts.

    15 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    I zealously represent clients accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

  3. Education
    I represent college students who are facing disciplinary proceedings for alleged violations of university codes of conduct, including claims relating to allegations of sexual misconduct.

  4. Violent crime
    I have successfuly defended numerous clients facing serious charges for alleged possession of firearms, robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and other felony offenses. I put my years of experience to protect you.

  5. Expungement
    Call me if you are looking to seal or expunge your criminal record so that your past does not limit your success in the future.

  6. Federal crime
    Facing federal criminal charges can be a daunting prospect given the potential penalties. I put my experience to work defending against alleged violations of federal drug, gun, and other laws.

Darren Griffis protects the rights of anyone accused of a crime and anyone who has been convicted of criminal charges in both state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts. In addition to this criminal defense practice, Darren also represents college students who are facing university disciplinary proceedings for alleged violations of student codes of conduct, including allegations related to sexual misconduct.  

Darren is admitted in Massachusetts and Rhode Island state courts, in the federal District of Massachusetts, and in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining GSK&G, Darren worked as an Assistant Public Defender with the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender. In this position, he represented hundreds of clients facing criminal charges in state courts in Providence, Kent, and Newport Counties. Darren’s practice encompassed handling bail arguments, pretrial conferences, motion practice, plea negotiations, bail and probation violations, and trials for cases involving drug possession and possession with intent to deliver, assault and battery, DUI/OUI, violations of no-contact or restraining orders, reckless driving, trespassing, leaving the scene of an accident, vandalism, and breaking and entering. His legal expertise, insight, and analytical skills resulted in victories or reduced sanctions for his clients in a high percentage of these criminal matters.
Before joining the Public Defender’s Office, Darren worked as a senior litigation associate in the Boston office of WilmerHale LLP, a large international law firm. The vast majority of his cases in the litigation department focused on complex white-collar criminal matters.  These cases involved complicated statutory and evidentiary issues in areas including immigration law, securities and health care fraud, and export control regulations.
In his employment practice, Darren draws on his expertise developed during his tenure at WilmerHale, where he advised companies on compliance with anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws and on issues related to disability and family and medical leave laws. He represents employees in matters pending before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the U.S. Department of Labor, and in state and federal courts in Massachusetts.
Darren previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor of the United States District Court in Massachusetts. As a clerk for Judge Ponsor, Darren drafted memoranda addressing legal issues that were presented to the court.


Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski
11 Harvard Street
Worcester, MA, 01609

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4.4 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by Theodore | April 18, 2020
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Personal Attorney
I hired Mr. Griffis to assist me with a university discipline case involving a freedom of expression concern. Mr. Griffis was quite knowledgeable about the pertinent laws and legal precedents, and he was able to help me navigate the complex administrative rules. Ultimately, his counsel resulted in an outcome that was generally favorable. Mr. Griffis was also accommodating with regards to legal fees. I would certainly recommend Mr. Griffis to another student facing an academic discipline issue.
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Posted by Dan | June 21, 2019
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Great attorney
I've hired the best attorney's money can buy. Darren griffis is up there with the best. Ges methodical, articulate just very intelligent. You can't go wrong hiring him. Trust nobody knows lawyers like me
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2019
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Darren is a true professional
Darren was a pleasure to work with from the very start. I had found myself in trouble for a first time shoplifting offense and when I reached out to Darren he was extremely professional at guiding me through out the whole process. He was always available if I had any questions or concerns regarding my case. In the end he was able to get all charges dropped without it ever showing on my record. I would highly recommend him to anyone I knew who was in legal trouble. Very courteous and professional.
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Posted by Chi | December 8, 2018
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The best attorney
Darren griffis you are the bast defense attorney for my husband case thank you so much. To me and Don ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Posted by Nathan | November 30, 2018
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Griffis is a competent, professional lawyer.
Griffis represented me for my traffic citation hearing. He demonstrated an understanding of the law and court system. I felt as if my case was in good hands.
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2018
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You’re in good hands with Attorney Darren Griffis
Darren represented me approximately one month ago and reached a positive resolution to my case. He was responsive, insightful and relentless. Darren fully addressed my many questions and those of my family members. Without hesitation, I fully recommend Atty Darren Griffis.
Posted by Alex | July 27, 2018
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Great Experience!
Attorney Griffis gave great advice and made my situation painless! Each step of the process was explained clearly and professionally. I would gladly recommend him or his firm in the future.
Posted by John | May 24, 2018
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Best ive seen
Got me off possession charges was very nice an knew what he was doing i recommend him to anyone
Posted by Chris | March 1, 2018
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Great experience
Darren was great. Efficient, proactive, understanding and very effective. He was able to help me understand the spectrum of possibilities that were associated with my case and ultimately, the best outcome we could hope for. Very responsive and willing to help to the best of his ability
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2018
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Excellent Attorney!
Darren was able to provide us with the tools we needed to fight a school suspension/possible expulsion. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable and kept us informed of every step along the way. He attended two hearings with us and we are confident that we would have had a much different and worse outcome without his assistance
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Posted by Ana | October 9, 2017
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Great Communication, Amazing Knowledge of the Law and how to work around it
I won my case. Darren was great at communicating how the process would work. I felt safe, he trusted everything I said and was a great listener. He came up with amazing ideas to work around the law system to help my brothers and I from a difficult situation. I really liked working with him. He was always on my side. I was never lost in the process. Thank you Darren!!!
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Posted by Matt | September 29, 2017
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My Review
Darren was great throughout the entire process. He was very accommodating and always had an answer to any question or concern I had. It was very beneficial having Darren represent me, as it shortened the process in court. He also vouched for me when the probation office tried to tack on extra penalties/requirements - however, Darren did not let this happen and I did not face any addition requirements that weren't mandated by the court. Overall, Darren was incredibly helpful to me and most importantly my family throughout the process, and I cannot thank him enough for it.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2017
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Dependable and caring attorney
Darren was amazing. We've never needed a lawyer and had no idea what to expect. He was great explaining to us and my son about what to expect and what may or may not happen. Always available if we needed to talk or had any questions. We ended up with a very positive outcome which I believe would not have happened if we didn't have Darren representating us.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2017
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This was my first time having to hire a criminal attorney and Darren made the whole process painless. On our first meeting he gave me a quick evaluation of my case since I was not sure if I needed to hire a lawyer or not at that point. He went over what he thought possible and probable outcomes could have the potential of being and the agreement was made. During the process Darren kept me well informed of what was happening and was able to get me a favorable outcome in the end.
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Posted by Cam | February 24, 2024
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Worst attorney
He is known for not helping his customers with the service they need and playing both sides with you and the judge in court. DO NOT GET THIS LAWYER
Posted by Jamie | February 23, 2024
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Piss poor public pretender
This lawyer is currently my court appointed attorney. The first few times we met, without him looking into the evidence, he recommended a guily/insanity plea. After my own legal research, I discovered false evidence in my case. After presenting him prosecutorial misconduct, he has refused to promptly address the court of prosecutorial misconduct. I am currently incarcerated and he has ignored all communications and noshowed two times. I am now forced to have to pay for a lawyer who will actually fight for me. He's creating a HUGE conflict of interest. I feel like because he is court appointed and I did not pay for him, his representation is poor. As soon as I can, I'm reporting him to the BBO.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Senior Associate
  • WilmerHale LLP
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • The Honorable Michael A. Ponsor
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • Boston University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MA - Masters
  • 2006
  • Roanoke College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Masssachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • MACDL Advanced Post-Conviction Litigation Seminar
  • Coming Attractions: A Preview of What's to Come from the SJC
  • 2018

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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Giffis has great experience in the areas of criminal defense and employment law. He approaches all clients in a professional and respectful way. I often request his assistance and rely on his expertise when working with my own clients, and I do not hesitate when referring clients to him. I know that many of his clients have benefited greatly from his zealous advocacy."
Worcester Criminal defense Lawyer Darren T. Griffis
Darren T. Griffis
Criminal defense Attorney
Worcester, MA
Licensed for 14 years