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Michael P. Thaler

Criminal defense Attorney at Dedham, MA

5.0   62 reviews

Licensed for 11 years

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Former prosecutor. Proven Reputation For Fighting For The Results You Need.

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    As a prosecutor, I tried all manner of OUI cases. This experience aids my representation of clients.

  3. Violent crime
    20%

  4. Drug Crime
    10%

  5. Sex crime
    10%

  6. Cannabis Law
    5%

  7. Divorce and separation
    5%
    I handle divorce and post-divorce (child custody and support) cases throughout the Commonwealth.

Helping people navigate difficult legal challenges and get the most just results possible is Attorney Michael Thaler’s passion.

A former Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in private practice since 2016, Attorney Thaler applies a wealth of courtroom experience to representing clients throughout the Commonwealth in the District, Superior and Probate and Family Courts. His principal areas of focus are criminal defense and family law.

His experience as a trial attorney spans all manner of legal issues that arise from the onset of an investigation to a matter’s conclusion via a resolution or a trial. As an ADA, Attorney Thaler prosecuted well over one thousand cases, including hundreds of motions and over one hundred trials to verdict in the Norfolk County District Courts and more than ten felony trials in the Superior Court.

A native of the Boston area, Attorney Thaler holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from Duke University. He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal District of Massachusetts.

Licensed for 11 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 09/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Law Office of Michael Thaler, Esq.
858 Washington Street
Suite 103
Dedham, MA, 02026

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Posted by Alex | August 12, 2020
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Outstanding Experience
Attorney Thaler is an exceedingly intelligent, compassionate, and determined lawyer. During the entire process, which was prolonged due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, he was in constant contact regarding any new developments and kept me informed in a clear and precise manner. That he is a true professional is evident from the start, and he comported himself with great kindness and respect. His persistence is very impressive. It always felt he was completely dedicated to my case, doing everything he could on my behalf. Even after a successful conclusion, he continued to keep in contact and offer assistance. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
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Posted by Tobi | August 28, 2020
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Incredible
Mike, Felt like family from the start. I was in a stressful situation and as soon as I got off the phone with him for the first time he ensured me he would do his best. During tons of setbacks due to COVID-19, he never stopped checking in with me and helping to ensure I was well informed and prepped. Thanks to Mike, the case was dismissed and I feel better than ever. I would recommend Mike to anyone and everyone!
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2020
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Amazing Attorney
Michael Thaler is a truly outstanding attorney. I hired Michael to handle an important personal matter and he handled every detail with professionalism, deep knowledge of the law, and with the emotional intelligence to navigate the court system. I am grateful that I hired Michael, and I felt that I was in excellent hands from the first moment I spoke with him on the phone and he was incredibly helpful, strategic, great attention to detail, and completely transparent and fare throughout our working relationship. He is incredibly responsive, excellent listener and well organized. I highly recommended Michael Thaler to anyone seeking an outstanding and effective lawyer.
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Posted by Dan | February 24, 2020
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Thank you Michael
I hired Michael because I was in a really bad situation, due to no fault of my own. From the start, Michael listen to me and started working on my case. He always kept me in formed and up to date with what he was doing and how my case was developing. Whenever I reached out to him with a question or a concern, if he did not pick up his phone, he would return my calls within a reasonable amount of time. I am glad I hired Michael, he made a difficult time in my life a lot easer and he gave me peace of mind. Dan L Pembroke MA
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2019
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Smart, Personable and Efficient
Attorney Thaler took what could have been a complicated personal matter for me and handled it quickly and efficiently, keeping me fully informed every step of the way. He thoroughly knows the law and is an impressive and persuasive figure in court.
Posted by Bill | October 26, 2019
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A good day
In a case where I was looking at 5 years, instead it's all behind us now. His knowledge, skills, and determination was very impressive. If you find yourself in need of legal representation, he's your guy!
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2019
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Client
Michael is a great guy with a high experience with criminal defense. He was always available throughout the time and he is very aware. He always provided me a lot of information, he is a calm guy and once you’re frustrated he knows how to calm you down and deal with the stress.
Posted by PB | September 8, 2019
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Recommended
Mike did an amazing job in a recent criminal case I was involved in. His knowledge of the law, and the court system was highly evident. He did what he said he would, he explained the process and he was patient and understanding with my questions - he was (is) a great lawyer. I recommend him highly!
Posted by Juan | August 20, 2019
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Highly recommended
Michael recently represented me in a criminal court case. Is evident through his knowledge, experience and expertise that he knows how to handle criminal cases, he is awesome. But must impressive is his work ethic and trust that he builds with the people he represents.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2022
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Expert lawyer with compassion
We hired Michael to help us extend a restraining order (Abuse Prevention Order). From first contact, Mike was professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. He was professional, very responsive and helped us understand the process. He protected us through the hearing and was able to handle our case professionally and successfully….our request for extension was granted. I highly recommend Mike.
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Posted by Shawn | October 28, 2022
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Criminal lawsuit
I hired Michael to represent me in a criminal lawsuit. He was understanding of my needs and knew the laws. He never backed down on my case and we won my lawsuit.
Posted by Bella | October 5, 2022
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DUI Lawyer
To anyone that needs a DUI lawyer. I highly recommend Michael Thaler. I had two DUI'S and could not get my license renewed unless I put an interlock device system in my car. Other lawyers told me there was nothing I could do except put the system in my car. Then I called Mr Thaler and he said we could definitely fight it. It took five months to get a hearing but with the help of Mr. Thaler I won the case and got my license back. It it wasn't for Mr. Thaler I would be driving with the interlock for two years. I will never forget what he did for me. Thank you again with all my heart.
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Posted by Steven | September 6, 2022
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Very Satisfied
Atty. Thaler was a consummate professional. He did an amazing job and worked tirelessly to achieve the best resolution possible on my case. I am very pleased with the results and would absolutely reccomend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2022
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Highly recommend
Attorney Thaler took on my OUI case in March 2021, and got the case DISMISSED. In August of 2022(due to covid and court staffing issues) because of Attorney Thaler, I can finally move on with my life without this heavy burden on my shoulders. If your looking for an affordable, knowledgeable and patient lawyer then look no further. one thing I will always cherish about Attorney Thaler is that during the entire process Attorney Thaler took his time with me , and made me feel like he was in my shoes. If I had to go over this entire process again I would still choose Attorney Thaler. He never gave up on me or my innocence, highly highly recommend thank you again Attorney Thaler.
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Posted by Dwayne | August 28, 2022
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highly recommend
I'm very content with what Michael was able to do with my case. Felt at ease during the whole process. Very attentive, professional and reasonably priced. I highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2022
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Highly Recommend
I was fortunate that Attorney Michael Thaler, who came highly recommended, was able to take my criminal defense case. The matter-at-hand was a delicate one from a personal and professional standpoint. Out the gate, Mike kept me informed on every step in the process reducing my anxiety during a very difficult time. The door to communication, questions and concerns was always open and the level of privacy and compassion without judgement was truly a blessing. He was clear, concise, and prepared in the courtroom. Based on my experience, I highly recommend Attorney Thaler and can confidently say that he will fight to protect you and your rights.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
Atty Mike Thaler was responsive, cared about our case and got the results we wanted. If it was not for his attention to detail and advocating for us our outcome might have been different. I would recommend him to anyone who finds them in an unfortunate position.
Posted by Girts | June 11, 2022
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Great attorney!
Great attorney. Very detailed oriented and knowledgeable. I was my pleasure to work with him!
Posted by Maureen | June 3, 2022
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Outstanding Attorney
Mike Thaler is an outstanding attorney. He helped me in civil court with a stressful situation. He walked me through what I could expect. Throughout this whole process he was kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend Mike.
Posted by Jacki | May 18, 2022
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Exceptional Lawyer
Attorney Michael Thaler is the criminal defense lawyer you need. When I was looking for a lawyer I thought my case was too insignificant, too small, not worth an exceptional lawyer's time. Everything I found online was about him representing people accused of serious crimes or felonies. I thought, no way would he ever consider my case. I kept looking. Eventually, I was referred to Attorney Thaler by an attorney-friend in Springfield, MA, who said he's heard good things about Attorney Thaler, even in his part of the state, and I should call him. So, I did. That was the best advice as I met Mike Thaler. It takes more than knowing the laws to get the job done. It also takes a lawyer who is going to get to know you and understand what your needs are. When Mike took my case he said he would be available if I had questions or concerns, just ask. So, I asked. Emails, phone calls, texts, days, evenings, even a couple weekends when I panicked. I received a prompt response, every single time. It takes the right lawyer to guide and counsel you, explain the process at each and every step along the way, and to effectively communicate with you, other lawyers, prosecutors, witnesses, etc. You need to know and trust that your lawyer “has your back” and for sure I felt that way with Mike Thaler. He always called and/or texted reminders of court dates, in advance, and let me know what to expect at each type of hearing. Just as important as the legal advice was Mike’s ability to help me to feel human through this process, not just a person accused of a crime. He saw me as a whole person. He made sure the prosecutor and the court saw me as the person I truly am, not as an accused criminal. He treated me with the utmost respect. He never rushed me and always made me feel like I was his only client when we spoke or met. At the same time, when situations required him to be persuasive, a go-getter, to use his influence and/or to be impactful he was. Mike provided a clear, complete, thorough and well thought out plan, leading to a successful dismissal. I had to do my fair share of work throughout the court process, but Mike helped me through every step. He was always prepared and stayed at least one step ahead of the prosecution throughout the process. The price quoted for legal services was fair and reasonable. All terms were clearly stated in a contract before services began. I highly recommend Attorney Michael Thaler if you or a family member are in need of a criminal defense lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael Thaler, Esq.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Launie & Marino, P.A.
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Robert M. Goldstein and Martin G. Weinberg
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Norfolk County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2016
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Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Duke University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Spotlight Award for Norfolk County
  • Massachusetts District Attorneys Association
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Attorney Thaler for years, and have had the great pleasure of working with him in his roles as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. I can say from first-hand experience that Attorney Thaler will provide unrelenting, thorough advocacy for his clients. He is not afraid to go up against a prosecutor or a judge, and he will always have a well-researched, innovative, and convincing argument with him. I fully endorse Attorney Thaler."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mike. His experience as a prosecutor makes him a better defense attorney. His knowledge, experience, and willingness to go the extra mile sets him apart from many other criminal defense attorneys. I have witnessed him in action and his passion for his clients is obvious. Mike is an excellent criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Thaler is an excellent attorney and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal advice. He is knowledgeable, hardworking and always well prepared. His passion for justice and equality is undeniable. Attorney Thaler takes his roles as both an advisor and an advocate very seriously. As an advisor he is always focused on his client's needs and goals and ensures they have the necessary information to make reasoned and informed decisions about their case. As an advocate, he is passionate and tenacious. His preparation and reasoned arguments earn him respect from both Judges and opposing counsel. Attorney Thaler will fight for your rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Michael Thaler on both sides of the criminal defense table, both as a fellow defense attorney and when he was a prosecutor. Not only is Attorney Thaler one of the nicest attorneys I know he is also one of the most prepared. Michael Thaler brings passion and creativity to the courtroom, raising novel legal arguments every step of the way. I do not hesitate to endorse him and know that he would exhibit great care, diligence, and thoughtfulness to any case he was presented with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Thaler is a wonderful advocate. He is passionate about the law and is able to use his legal knowledge to achieve the best results for his clients. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Focused, determined, and dedicated to achieving the best results for his client, Mike is a tireless advocate for his clients and his profession. Mike has an excellent knowledge of the law, and believes in meticulous preparation of his cases, which is evident when you discuss matters with him. But more importantly, Mike cares about his clients and their matters – he is genuinely committed to helping people. He is superb."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael Thaler is an exceptional criminal attorney. I worked with him for nearly four years at the Norfolk County DA's office. He is a persuasive advocate, thorough researcher, and he is great on his feet in the court room in addition to being a very nice person. I cannot recommend this attorney enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"After seeing his work ethic and ability first hand while working together in the DA's office, I've since referred him many criminal defense cases and will continue to do so. Attorney Thaler is an excellent advocate for clients and will never hesitate to take time to fully discuss, explore and litigate an issue. I fully endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Attorney Thaler on multiple matters. Attorney Thaler is knowledgeable, reasonable, and a zealous advocate for his clients. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had cases against Atty. Thaler when he was an Assistant District Attorney. He was always well prepared and up to date on the law. The knowledge and experience that he gained through working in the District Attorney's Office is invaluable and makes him an effective advocate for his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
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