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Peter J. Parlow

Criminal defense Attorney at Lowell, MA

4.1   9 reviews
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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 26 years
    Massachusetts - MA 26 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
    Member in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1997
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Represent criminal defendants in the District and Superior Courts in OUI and Criminal Motor Vehicle Offenses, Drug Offenses, Domestic Violence, Assault and Batteries, Larceny Offenses Restraining Order Violations Firearms Offenses and Failure to Register as Sex Offender

    26 years

  2. Family
    All facets of Divorce and Separation, including Modifications and Contempts, Alimony, Child Custody, Paternity, Child Support, Grandparent Visitation, Guardianships, and Removal of minor children

    26 years

  3. General practice
    General civil litigation

    26 years

  4. Estate planning
    Estate planning, including preparation of Wills and Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Estate and Probate Administration, Will Contests

    26 years

  5. Landlord or tenant
    Represent landlords and tenants in the District and Housing Courts on a wide spectrum of issues, including: eviction, nonpayment of rent, tenant caused damage, repair/maintenance issues, lease violations, security deposit violations

    27 years

The Order of Barristers. Member, Editor and Competitions Coordinator, Moot Court Society. Notary Public, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Formerly with Morrissey & Parlow, P.C.


Law Office of Peter J. Parlow
212 Central Street
Lowell, MA, 01852


4.1 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Erica | July 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peter is a truly stand up guy. Peter walked us through the court proceedings making sure my husband was treated fairly and he went above and beyond to reassure me and my anxieties that everything would be okay. He kept in contact with us throughout the proceedings and was always able to be reached even if he was in court. I can’t thank him enough for all that he did for us. A lot of lawyers are not in it for their clients but Peter truly is!
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Posted by Waldemar | December 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was charged with driving without a mass license, leaving the scene of an accident and illegal uturn. All charges were dropped. He is intelligent, smart and honest.
Posted by Marion | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
FABULOUS Attorney-actually cares!
Attorney Parlow is one of those rare people that actually cares. He is experienced and very smart. My faith in the system is restored!!! I would give him a 100 stars!
Posted by John | September 16, 2014
He's a Great lawyer that been with u till the end
I was charged with attempt to commit a crime and assault and battery because the girl took advantage of my disabilities. He was there to give me support and courage throughout the process , he used everything in his mean to help. Parole finally got my case dismissed because he cares a lot I recommend him indeed
Posted by Stephen | February 8, 2013
Very Happy with Peter Parlow's knowledge and the results he helped me attain in my case!
I am in the financial industry and sought out Peter Parlow to represent me in my divorce case. I had a complex situation which involved promissary notes and bonus agreements between myself and my employer. Peter was able to represent and convey to the concilliator and the other party the restrictions and obligations regarding the notes and bonuses accurately which allowed the assets to stay in my name. He always acted in a professional manner and always made you feel that he had your best interests at heart. His billing and how he bills is extremely fair. I would highly recommend Attorney Peter Parlow to represent anyone whom may need an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2012
Peter Parlow was great in Criminal Defense Case!!
I was arrested on multiple criminal charges including misdemeanors and felonies in 2 different courts. He worked great with my other court appointed attorney while I was held on revoked bail. Peter and I went to trial for my criminal charges and he was very informative to ALL MY OPTIONS. In a 6-Person Jury Trial I was found NOT GUILTY of my charges. Throughout the entire case from arraignment to verdict Peter fought for me. He fought very hard to reduce bail and was even congratulated by members of the the public. for his work in my matter. He was also great the way he communicated in with my family members and parties of interest. I would highly recommend Peter Parlow as a attorney.
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Posted by Bartholomew | January 21, 2012
Child Support Modification
I am not the type of individual to leave feedback or reviews but in this case I felt it necessary to do so to share my positive experience with others.  Over the years I had several different attorneys represent me in family court and with each attorney I always came away with a unsettling feeling.  I always felt as if I was not provided proper guidance and as a result, I most likely did not come away with results that were fair and equitable for me.     However, that all changed recently.  During my most recent case for Child Support Modification, I felt compelled to terminate my relationship with my first choice for legal counsel halfway through my case for similar reasons mentioned previously.   I was never comfortable with changing counsel in the middle of the process but I knew I had to begin trusting my instincts, which is something I never did in the past. During the early stages of communicating and strategizing with this attorney, I began to experience the familiar uneasy feeling that I was potentially being led astray and would come away with unfavorable results.  Further, the attorney only seemed interested in settling and collecting 100% of their retainer so she can move on to another case.     Knowing I had to make this critical change in switching legal representation, I began researching attorneys that are experts in Child Support Modification cases.  During my research I came across Attorney Parlow's contact information and autobiography and I was impressed.  I gave him a call to review my case and I can easily say without any hesitation that it was one of the best decisions I made in many years. From our initial conversation, I finally felt I found an attorney that had my best interests in mind and was not predominantly focused on immediately settling and collecting the retainer. Information flow between client and counsel was second to none and I truly believe this is a critical component in having exceptional representation to ensure success. Having Attorney Parlow represent me provided me with a comfort level I never experienced before and I knew he was going to provide me with the greatest opportunity to receive a favorable response.   Furthermore, life can be complicated and sometimes you don't have the time or energy to deal with the many issues that arise during these types of cases.  This is where having strong legal representation is invaluable.  If you are in need of a professional, thorough, sharp and most importantly, an experienced attorney that has your best interest in mindcounsel, then you do not need to look further. In fact, I plan on keeping Attorney Parlow on retainer for future assistance if needed.  As it pertains to cost, Attorney Parlow's billable hours was extremely reasonable and he was always mindful to ensure time was not wasted to ensure the retainer was more than enough to cover all legal costs. In conclusion, Attorney Parlow is an honest and upstanding individual and I highly recommend him only to those that demand excellence from their legal representation. 
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Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor communication. That's all I have to say about that higfhhf j gun c half-hour egg if he SC the j jjgrtuh lr in gi fbi vjj
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2012
parlow gave very poor advice
we hire peter to represent us in a child custody issue with the father of the child. peter was slow to respond to phone calls, offered bad advise by telling us not to go in for court ordered drug test on day it was ordered by court, got a negative test result which would have gotten visitation re instated, but the test result were consider inadmisable in court because it wasnt done on day ordered by court. $3,000 dollars down the drain. peter was only responsive the first consulation. there is no office, no support staff, not what you would expect for $300 dollar per hour attorney.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2023
updated on 01/17/2024

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Public Reprimand issued in MA, 2023
updated on 06/28/2023

Public reprimand means that an attorney did something wrong, but may still practice law. The attorney was given a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.


  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • Northeast Legal Aid
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Greater Lowell Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Merrimack Valley Legal Services, Inc
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Parlow is an excellent attorney. He has handled a great deal of divorce and child custody cases to the satisfaction of his clients. He is familiar with the various courts in Massachusetts and knows how to navigate through the legal issues. It is with great pleasure that I endorse Attorney Parlow."
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Peter J. Parlow
Criminal defense Attorney
Lowell, MA
Licensed for 26 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details