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Stephen P. O'Malley

Criminal defense Attorney at Lynn, MA

4.7   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    28 years, 100 cases

  2. Business

  3. Divorce and separation

    21 years


McNulty & OMalley
85 Exchange St Ste 206
Lynn, MA, 01901-1400

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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by David | February 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I had a court case in Lynn. I called Mr, O'Malley and he asked me for a consultation. The best part was that he got my police report before I even got there. We had a good consultation. He also gave me a good price from other lawyers I have talked to. (Reasonable) Considering my case, I would say I got good results.
Posted by Selvin | September 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I would like to take this opportunity to tell everyone what an outstanding lawyer that Stephen O'malley is! I was facing a second DUI conviction when I called Stephen O'malley for help. Mr Stephen put me at ease in only a few minutes of talking with him. Somehow I just felt that everything was going to work out and that I was in good hands. Mr Stephen really was the consummate professional and was able to get my trial date set up within a very short time. In my opinion Mr Stephen is the best lawyer I have ever had the privilege of working with! Mr Stephen was able to get me a DISMISSAL verdict and in turn gave me back my life again! Mr Stephen is certainly worth his weight in gold and I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone who might be in a similar situation as me. Thank you Mr Stephen O'malley to the moon and back again! GRACIAS AMIGO ERES EL MEJOR.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2018
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Excellent attorney
Stephen handled an insurance/registration legal issue for our family. He was professional and clearly explained the situation and possible outcomes. His experience and connections enabled him to handle our case with the best possible outcome. I recommend him highly.
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2018
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Probate Court
Steve walked me through the family probate process. I was very please with the results. It was a very emotionally draining process and was very glad to have Him with me. I would Highly recomend Him.
Posted by Jin | April 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
ALWAYS helps me out of a bind!
I have asked for Stephen's help three times now. He is easy to speak to and always on your side. Never a question when I need something done, and he just knows the law ! He has gotten me out of a bind three times in the past five years, and he is now my GO TO for any legal advice and representation. He even lets me consult on the phone which saves me a trip down to the office. Shows up on time, extremely prepared, and with the right confidence and attitude. Thanks for your help always!
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Posted by Dave | May 7, 2017
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Fantastic lawyer and human being
From day one Mr. O'Malley assured me he would work hard to give me the best possible outcome. He was a great communicator and easy to understand every step of the legal process. He overcame many hurdles in my case that proved to me that he is a master of his craft. I am so greatful to this great man for his dedication to integrity. I would absolutely recommend Mr. O'Malley! Anyone would be fortunate to represent to work with him.
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Posted by Dave | March 2, 2017
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The Best
Part counselor, educator, friend, psychiatrist and incredible judge of character, Atty. O'Malley defines professionalism, honesty, thoroughness, patience, compassionate wisdom, and love for his fellow man in his treatment of his clients. He advocated for our family in the most sincere and truthful manner, ultimately proving his original assessment of our family's legal situation to be true. Whenever we needed help ( and we needed lots of it in trying to understand how our legal system works) he came through sublimely, available to us 24/7, right there to calm our fears with some truth. Exhibiting an incredible understanding of the specifics of how the Lynn District Court operates, the need for a client to be patient and wait on the legal system to work towards justice, albeit very slowly, Atty. O'Malley exemplified good judgment. He tailored his legal activities to meet our case's specific needs to a tee, while fully understanding how the court system that he must deal with operates. Also of considerable value, Atty. O'Malley knew who, how, and when to bring other professionals on board to compliment his defense for our family. Individual cases ( ours certainly) may be likened to a legal balancing act/ guessing game and while the court system may be based on blind justice, the truth is that we saw otherwise trough the activities of the assistant district attorneys. I regardless, Atty. O'Malley demonstrated that a capacity to weigh each and every step in our journey to justice would net proper, truth-based results, culminating in a good result for our case. We are deeply indebted to Atty. O'Malley for his handling of our case, resulting in our family remaining intact, and our family member rightfully found to be innocent of all the baseless lies of his accuser. Our case at many points may have taken a turn in the wrong direction were it not for Atty. O'Malley's wisdom, experience, and foresight. Our gratitude to Atty. O'Malley knows no bounds. We also wish to acknowledge Atty. Ann McNulty, as being invaluable in her support of our family, for her legal advice and personal sacrifice (showing up at court while ill and at personal peril) . What a team!
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Posted by Thomas | November 30, 2016
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Best Attorney !
Mr. O'Malley represented me against criminal charges, executing great knowledge and skill along with perfect tactics in my case. All the while patiently explaining all aspects of my situation and every possible outcome. He also shows great personal interest and genuine trust with myself and with my family every step of the way. My case was difficult and lengthy, with many small details, none of them overlooked. Every stone was turned and all aspects considered. Mr. O'Malley gave his full attention to my case and was reachable day and night to talk or meet concerning my case.
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Posted by Eugene | April 16, 2016
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Best attorrney for criminal cases
Attorney O’Malley worked on what I was thinking as a relatively simple case defending my mother. I could only assume that it is very small case for him but we get his undivided attention, 24/7 responses, very professional analysis and attention to all details of the case. It ends up more taxing and frustrating than expected but it was successfully resolved by Stephen O’Malley. The amount of time he spent on the case definitely exceeds the fixed fee he charged for it. If you need a legal representation in the courtroom, I cannot think about a better counselor as well. Thank you attorney O'Malley!
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2015
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Excellent Criminal Attorney
Attorney O'Malley represented me with confidence, superior knowledge, compasion and clear communication above and beyond my greatest expectations. If your in need of a Criminal Attorney that you know will put your best intrests above anything else, contact Attorney O'Malley. It is nice to know that there are still Attorneys like Steve O'Malley that put their client first and foremost and not there fee. I would have gladly paid double what Attorney O'Malley charged me. I have gone out of my way to recomend Attorney O'Malley knowing the individual will receive unsurpassed representation.
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Posted by Danny | September 3, 2015
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The Absolute Best Representation For Your Money
I recently hired Stephen O'Malley for an outstanding criminal case in Lynn, MA. I had a pending arraignment for a Larceny and Credit Fraud charge in which I was being falsely accused. I had several free consultations with lawyers in this area, and I decided on Attorney O'Malley based on his confidence and also the price he quoted me. It seemed much more fair than some other lawyers in the Lynn District. I can say with all confidence that Attorney O'Malley went to work for me right away, before receiving his retainer fee. I am in New Jersey now, so I could not have filed the necessary paperwork myself. He was quickly able to gather all the facts and records in this case that was over two years old. He was then able to speak to the right people, and get my case brought back to a Clerk Magistrate;s Hearing for probable cause. With Attorney O'Malley at my side, it was quickly decided that there was not evidence to warrant a criminal charge and my case was dismissed without having to be arraigned on felony charges, thus my record stayed clean. From the first free consultation, in which he spent about half an hour of his time, he was confident and sincere about how he would go about handling this case. Even when circumstances with the accuser changed, he went the extra mile at all times, and made sure I was aware of what was happening every step of the way. He made himself available whenever possible, and would promptly reply to my emails and text messages if he was unable to speak on the phone right away. Considering the amount of work he put in, my final cost was relatively low when compared with other lawyers in the Lynn District. He always treated me with respect and honesty from the moment I first called to inquire about his services, to his genuine smile and handshake after the determination was made that no criminal complaint would be issued. I was always well-prepared for the next step, and he took an hour prior to the hearing to sit with me, get to know me personally, and make sure we were prepared for multiple contingencies. I say with all the confidence in the world that Stephen O'Malley is a man of his word, a well-prepared and well-educated Criminal Defense attorney, and will work hard to get you the result you are looking for. His prices are more than fair for the amount of work he puts in, as the time and effort on his part played an invaluable role in me keeping my criminal history completely free of anything. It can be very frustrating being falsely accused of felonies, but Stephen O'Malley made it less stressful, and took me through the process every step of the way. I would recommend him to anyone with a criminal case in the Lynn District, and would hire him again in a heartbeat!!
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Posted by Joan | February 27, 2015
Phenomenal Custody/Divorce Lawyer
Attorney O'Malley's professionalism and legal expertise is second to none. He truly empathasizes and cares for his client's best interests. My husband and I helped our son hire Attorney O'Malley and were with him every step of the way. Although he has many clients, Attorney O'Malley treated our son as if he was his only client. He could be reached at any time and any day of the week including weekends. His preparation, knowledge and attention to detail on every aspect of his case were phenomenal. Attorney O'Malley never lost sight of our grandson's emotional and physical well-being. Watching him work in the courtroom was a pleasure. Before we found Attorney O'Malley, we had been extremely dissatisfied with several lawyers. The difference was immeasurable. Our son was a father fighting for his son. He was the first one to tell our son that this was a custody battle, not a divorce. Attorney O'Malley actually listened to him, his fears, concerns and used his legal expertise to handle it all. He was able to lift a restraining order, get 50/50 joint custody and 50/50 parenting time for our son and grandson. Attorney O'Malley was prepared for any and all scenarios during this divorce/custody battle. Not only is he an incredibly competent attorney, he is an incredible man. Our entire family is grateful beyond words for what he did for our son and grandson.
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Posted by Jason | February 27, 2015
Let me start this by saying that there are no words that can tell you just how phenomenal Attorney O’Malley is at what he does!!!! Any Praise that I can give him would fall well short of what he deserves. My divorce turned into a custody battle over my 7 year old son. I had been the primary caretaker for 6 years, and a stay at home dad for the last 2 years of my marriage. My wife asked me to do this while she furthered her career in the insurance industry. My wife then had an affair and filed for divorce. We signed a 50/50 legal and physical custody stipulation which she had never intended on honoring. She then made false allegations, and obtained a 209 A order to gain full legal and physical custody. I hired 2 divorce attorneys prior to hiring attorney O'Malley. They both did a horrible job, and I was in danger of losing legal custody of my son for good. My 2 prior attorneys were only able to get me 11 hours per week for visitation during the divorce. My prior attorney told me that since the 209 A order hearing wasn't until 30 days after my divorce trial that I would not get any legal custody of my son. I was devastated about what had happened, and did not see any way to fight back. I contacted Attorney O'Malley 1 week before my divorce trial was scheduled. He gave me hope from the first moments I spoke with him. He told me my options ,which by this point were very limited . Attorney O’Malley advised me that he could not promise me the outcome that I wanted. However he could promise me that I would get his very best effort if I were to hire him. Well I did hire him, and WOW did he keep his promise! He advised me we needed to petition the court to allow us to hire a Guardian ad Litem to investigate the situation. Attorney O'Malley told me that he would get the restraining order lifted as there was no evidence to renew the 209 A order. He was successful in getting it lifted. He was successful in moving the trial date and getting the Guardian ad Litem. He told me that the GAL report would be in my favor, and he was 100% right. He told me that the false criminal allegations my exwife used to get the 209 A order would be dismissed, and again he was 100% right. Attorney O’Malley had several other cases during my situation, but he always made me feel as if I were his only client. His empathy and attention to detail are second to none. His legal expertise, and negotiation skills are incredible. During a very difficult time for myself and my family he was nothing short of a miracle worker. From the day he took over my case things started to turn around. He negotiated day and night in the days leading up to my trial, and was successful in getting an agreement between both parties. There was no need for a trial, and now I have 50/50 legal custody. He also got me a very good parenting plan for the rest of the school year with 50/50 physical custody starting in June of 2015. I hope you'll excuse the sports analogy, but for me he was Tom Brady, David Ortiz, Bobby Orr, and Larry Bird all rolled into one. What he accomplished in the short amount of time he represented me was more than I ever thought possible. I hope that people will read this review and realize that there are many divorce attorneys to choose from, however none will work harder for you than Attorney Steve O’Malley. THANK YOU ATTORNEY O'MALLEY!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2018
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At first I did have a lot of confidence in attorney O'Malley unfortunately that lasted just one day. My experience dealing with attorney O'Malley was not a good one I felt he was very unprofessional made me feel very uncomfortable ,he is the lawyer , I am the client he made me feel as though I should just know everything he was not patient did not explain anything and even gave me false information which could have led me to default on a court date I was supposed to attend. I would never recommend him to anybody and unfortunately he is a court appointed lawyer, i do feel bad for those out there who can't afford a lawyer who were just stuck with him I was afraid to ask for a new lawyer I thought it would cause more of a problem than actually help me. I would love to explain my whole experience with attorney O'Malley so that another person could read and learn and understand what a horrible incompetent lawyer he is. He is never prepared and never knows what is going on with your case so please future clients take heed by my advice , think twice and don't ever feel that you can't ask to be represented by someone else because remember this is your life and you have the right to proper representation.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McNulty & O'Malley
  • 1997 - Present
  • Associate
  • Looney & Grossman
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Essex County District Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1997


  • Suffolk University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Boston University
  • B.A. Management
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Defense Attorney
  • Dismissed
  • Commonwealth v. D.L.
  • Case dismissed


  • Greater Lynn Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • McNulty & O'Malley
  • 1997 - Present
  • New Nahnt Land Company
  • President
  • 2005 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Favorite Lawyer Awards
  • Lynn Item
  • 2014
  • Cum Laude Graduate
  • Sufflok University
  • 1995
  • SMG School of Management
  • Honors Graduate
  • 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Nahant Land Company Annual Meeting
  • Leadership
  • 2014
  • Essex County
  • Running For Congress
  • 2004
  • Campaign
  • Running For Congress
  • 2004
  • Sufffolk Law School Career
  • Panelist
  • 1998
  • Wang Center
  • Commencement Speaker
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently observed Attorney O'Malley defend a client at a jury trial for a criminal matter in Peabody. I was impressed. It was obvious he was thoroughly prepared - it seemed he knew the facts of the matter better than the testifying officer. He was quick on his feet, involved his client in all the important decisions, and won a NOT GUILTY. Well done!"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney O'Malley is a well-known and highly skilled advocate on the North Shore. Great lawyer and a pleasure to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I observe this Attorney in the court room. He is extremely competent and goes to all extreme to give his client the best representation. He is knowledgeable and dedicated. You will be hard to find a better lawyer in Essex County."
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Lynn Criminal defense Lawyer Stephen P. O'Malley
Stephen P. O'Malley
Criminal defense Attorney
Lynn, MA
Licensed for 28 years
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