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Maura Jennie Tansley

Criminal defense Attorney at Worcester, MA

5.0   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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About Maura

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Attorney tansley is an owner and partner at Tansley | Halloran and is a highly experienced litigation attorney with a focus on all aspects of criminal defense. Attorney Tansley trained in the Boston University School of Law Criminal Defense Clinic before graduating law school and joining the Massachusetts public defender’s office. As a public defender, Attorney Tansley distinguished herself as a fierce advocate and skilled trial attorney.

Early in her career, Attorney Tansley led litigation challenging the use of standardized field sobriety tests in operating under the influence of drug cases. The resulting decision by the Supreme Judicial Court limited the scope of officer testimony and established new jury instructions. (Commonwealth v. Gerhardt (477 Mass. 775, 2017)

Throughout her career Attorney Tansley has represented clients from the initial stages of police investigation through trials in the District and Superior Courts. She has extensive experience handling rape, sexual assault and sexually dangerous persons matters as well as representation before the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Attorney Tansley has been certified to accept murder cases.

Attorney Tansley recognizes that every case has the potential to have a lifelong impact on her clients and structures her representation to consider all of the implications on a client including immigration, employment, and criminal history.

Attorney Tansley’s litigation skills and experience are also assets to clients in the probate and family court as well as personal injury claims.


Tansley | Halloran
11 Pleasant Street
Suite 110
Worcester, MA, 01609

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Posted by Yashira | May 30, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guidance/thorough explanations all process and systems
Over the course of 2 years, Ms. Tansley provided us with comprehensive guidance through a multi level complicated legal matter. Diligently worked processing and presenting motions on our behalf and ensuring that we understood every step of the way. She is knowledgeable and resourceful.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Everything you want in a criminal defense attorney
Attorney Tansley is who you want defending you in court. I had almost no chance at a good outcome. I was facing multiple firearm related felonies. At the beginning she explained how the court process works, what motions are available for us to file, and she made some predictions about how the commonwealth would approach the case. We won the first hearing to get me out of custody, and then she went to work. Court date after court date, hearing after hearing, she showed up for me. In the end we won a motion to suppress all evidence which led to dismissal of all charges. She always treated me with respect and professionalism. I felt like she understood that I was a good person in a bad situation. Thanks to her I can move on from this with no record. I am so thankful that someone recommended her. I felt like she did the impossible and I'll forever be grateful. Thank you.
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Posted by E | March 15, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Maura Tansley, Rock Star!
Maura stepped into my legal case at a time where there was uncertainty and an unexpected transition in legal counsel. Having very limited experience with legal representation up until the last year and a half, I hadn't experienced someone like Maura. She is thorough, supportive, has a plan and tells you the truth. She gives you the reality of what is in front of you and a razor sharp plan of attack. Maura was able to represent me in a way no one else has until this point. She was able to give me a voice which I had not experienced. If you are in the unfortunate position to be tasked with defending yourself in court, do yourself a favor and consult and retain Maura!
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Posted by Charlotte | March 13, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely understanding and had my case closed before I knew it.
Maura and her office had everything under control. They were very kind and extremely helpful. It was the first time I had ever been brought up on charges for anything so naturally I was a wreck but Maura told me it was ok to take a breath and from there she had my case handled and closed before I knew it. They are the best. Thank you Maura
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Pleasant and efficient
I consulted and hired Maura as my lawyer in a dispute with neighbors. Never having been in this situation before I found it very stressful but after consulting with Maura I felt much better about things, and she was able to efficiently resolve this case in the time she stated and with a positive outcome.
Posted by Anthony K | March 12, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Maura is the best attorney I’ve ever had and I’ve used the supposed ‘best in the Springfield area’ attorneys. She’s professional, responsive, and treats you like a human being. Hopefully I’ll never need her again, she’s truly is a class act. Thanks Maura
Posted by Heather | May 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind, Knowledgeable, and will get you the results you want
It was a pleasure working with Maura. From the very beginning she was reassuring of a positive outcome for my criminal issue. She was always available via email, text, or phone call with any questions I had. She is very kind and listens to your concerns. She explains the legal process in a way that you can understand. She went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and informed of what was going on. I would highly recommend this attorney for all criminal cases. She got me the best possible outcome by being creative and hard working.
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Posted by Regina | February 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Maura was wonderful to work with. She is very professional. She and her staff were very respectful and helpful throughout entire process. I am very pleased with her and Brianna. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t ask for better representation
Tansley & Halloran were top notch. You want Maura Tansley in your corner. She will advocate for your family with determination and energy. She will listen and take time to understand your family’s situation.
Posted by Pablo | December 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I ever had!
First I would like to give my thanks and gratitude to Maura and her team. I will be forever grateful. I thank god everyday for putting Maura in my path. She has always put up a good strong fight and never once did I question or doubt her ability to fight for me. She has always made me feel comfortable and no decisions were ever made without us both being on the same page. I appreciated that even with her busy days she was always available to speak on the phone or meet with you. With Maura you will never feel in the dark or out the loop. You will always have the confidence that you have someone by your side that cares and won’t stop fighting for you. Never any judgment or persuasions to do something you’re not comfortable with. She understands your morals and respects any decisions you make. I can continue but I’m sure my opinion and my point was made. Again thank you Maura! Just know that with Maura you feel more like you have a friend fighting for you instead of a lawyer. Thank you!
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Posted by Tracey | September 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended Attorney - Super Effective!!
I highly recommend Attorney Tansley. From day one, she demonstrated compassion, caring, professionalism, and deep knowledge of the law and the court system. She represented my sister and assisted me with an unfounded, medical-related charge. This was a highly stressful time for my sister, who is plagued by health issues, and attorney Tansley took on the burden of the stress for us and did everything in her power to drive a successful, positive outcome. She is smart, effective, knowledgeable, compassionate, caring and just highly impressive. Her no-nonsense demeanor is impressive to say the least. I cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Maura Tansley; and if ever I found myself in need of an attorney, she would be my first choice every time. Thank you so much Attorney Tansley. You've helped to restore my faith in a broken system (in my opinion).
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Posted by Frederick | March 28, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Defense attorney
I have to say maura is the best attorney I’ve ever had and I have had a few, she not only beat my case and got me home while I was facing a lifetime sentence she was supportive, helpful, kind and always there to pick up the phone for either me or my mom, she has your back and is always looking out for your best interest so thank you I had her as a lawyer would recommend her to anyone in need especially for serious matters!
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Posted by Meghan | February 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Estate planning made approachable and easy!
Working with Attorneys Tansley over the last year was a wonderful experience from start to finish. When working on complicated estate planning documents we were offered helpful tools and advice for discussing what we wanted to achieve in the documents, and always felt welcome to ask for clarification. Attorney Tansley is responsive, extremely professional, very knowledgeable but also very approachable, which made the experience of estate planning much less overwhelming. I would recommend her services for estate planning or legal representation without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer!
Maura Tansley is an amazing Lawyer. She was always fighting, and always doing everything she could do to represent me in the best way. What she did for me is priceless. Thank you
Posted by Steven | February 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Light at the end of the tunnel
Maura Tansley took on my case when I was being evaluated to see if I was a threat to society upon my release of a 19-year sentence. Maura made every attempt to keep me informed of what was happening, what I needed to do, and even kept my family informed on their part of my hopeful release. All this was happening during the pandemic which made the meetings and conferences more difficult. My family was in a different state even, but Maura did all she could to make sure we were informed of everything thru zoom meetings, emails, and phone calls. Maura also brought on an independent evaluator/social worker, Christina Patts, who with Maura’s direction was able to prepare a post-release service & treatment memo which gave my family and I step by step processes to go thru once released. We found this extremely helpful as after being out of society for the past 19-years many things have changed. They supplied us with phone numbers and addresses to each part of our plan for re-entry. Maura broke off and started her own company within this time frame without missing a beat. She was still there for us when we reached out to her! When Maura was in the process of starting her new company, I ended up contracting COVID-19 and just wanted to slip away from it all. Maura reached out and helped me see the end of the tunnel and kept me going. I am extremely thankful for all Maura has done for me. I am now, home with my family and have another chance to be a dad and grandfather to my family. Maura could have easily left me behind at her old company, but she took the chance on me and helped bring me home to my family. Forever grateful Maura! Steven & Christina
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Posted by Kathy | January 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding criminal lawyer
I was fortunate to find Attorney Tansley a few years ago when my 18-year old son was in serious legal trouble. I liked her right from the start when I saw her compassion and professional at our first meeting. She’s nonjudgmental and a good listener who truly cases. I’ve never felt rushed or unimportant. Her legal skills are second to none and she’s always ready with a game plan. She’s assertive in a respectful non-aggressive way and I like that! We have had the unfortunate need for legal assistance twice since and didn’t hesitate to hire Attorney Tansley.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
An Amazing Lawyer!
She believed me when nobody else would! An amazing lawyer, Maura took every route and opportunity during my case. Highly recommended!
Posted by Ted | November 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very personable and after my best interest. Got me in the clear
I very recently retained the services of Attny. Tansley I made my needs very clear and she understood my situation. I was found "Not Responsible" at the end and that was due to her representation of my case. I was told that specifically by the court. I honestly didn't have a way out of it, but Attny Maura Tansley got me in the clear.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't Be Happier
Ms. Tansley went above and beyond everything I asked her to do. I was having trouble with the conditions of my sentence and she fixed it all for me and got everything straightened out for me. She was very responsive and always kept me updated with everything that was going on. She truly takes care of her clients and I am so grateful for everything she has done for me. She changed my life.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense Case
I was put into contact with Murphy & Rudolf LLP through a mutual connection where I was then put into contact with Ms. Tansley. Maura Tansley represented me in a criminal defense case I was incredibly satisfied with the results. I was charged with resisting arrest, A&B on a police officer, and disorderly conduct and Ms. Tansley worked with the DA to have me placed on pretrial probation, what her and I believed to be the best possible outcome of the situation. Ms. Tansley advocated for me while I went through a hiring process with a potential employer. She counseled me as to how this would affect my future job search as well as looked into potential careers that would be a viable option. I felt she was a complete professional whiling having a genuine compassion. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic this was all done through calls and Zoom meetings. Despite this hurdle I still felt incredibly confident with Ms. Tansley representing me and she did an incredible job communicating as the situation progressed.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Tansley | Halloran
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Murphy & Rudolf
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • 2012 - 2017


  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Simmons College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • OUI-marijuana
  • The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that police officers may not testify that the results of the standardized field sobriety tests indicate impairment.


  • Westover School Board of Trustees
  • Secretary
  • 2018 - Present
  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Westover School Alumnae Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2018
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
Endorse Maura
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Tansley is a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney. She clearly and effectively advocates for her clients. She is also an extremely competent and compassionate mentor. I would highly recommend her for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Maura Tansley is a highly skilled and dedicated attorney whose confidence and talent makes her a tremendous asset and advocate for her clients. There is no doubt that obtaining the best result possible for her clients is her top priority. I highly endorse Maura."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Maura is a very bright lawyer who works hard for her clients and gets good results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Tansley is one of the most talented and dedicated lawyers I know. She is an extremely effective advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Tansley continuously demonstrates passionate representation of her clients. As a former prosecutor, I have had the opportunity to work with Attorney Tansley on many occasions. She maintains the highest degree of professionalism while zealously protecting the rights of her clients and obtaining the best results. Her superior experience and skill would benefit any client."
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Worcester Criminal defense Lawyer Maura Jennie Tansley
Maura Jennie Tansley
Criminal defense Attorney
Worcester, MA
Licensed for 11 years
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