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Theodore John Koban

Criminal defense Attorney at Westwood, MA

4.8   18 reviews

also known as Ted Koban

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    Practice currently limited to criminal appeals.

    43 years, 2,000 cases

Attorney Koban has been a practicing member of the Massachusetts bar and has actively been trying cases in the courts of Massachusetts since 1978. In 2023 he began a semi retirement. The practice is now limited to criminal appellate proceedings.



Theodore J. Koban
P.O. Box 355
Westwood, MA, 02090

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4.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Don | October 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy is a difficult time. Ted Koban will treat you with respect and understanding. He explains every step of the process and you will feel in control with his expert guidance. Phone calls and emails were always promptly returned, the paperwork was perfect. The fees are reasonable with no surprises. He knows your case and is genuinely concerned with getting the best results. Nothing but top ratings for Attorney Koban.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Reviews are true!
I contacted Mr. Koban about a Ch 7 BK filing and knew right away I made the correct choice. Mr. Koban offered excellent council throughout my entire case, answering every large and minor question immediately, so I was never left worrying about an issue. Everything during the filing went smoothly and Mr. Koban helped me cover every single base so the filing and 341 meeting went smoothly. When it came to the 341 meeting, which I hear is what most people fear the most, Mr Koban and I had communicated so thoroughly beforehand that the meeting was a breeze. A BK case can be scary and daunting, I highly recommend having Mr. Koban in your corner.
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Posted by Satisfied Client | June 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Five-Star Attorney
I had consulted a lawyer even before calling Atty. Koban. My initial meeting with the first lawyer didn't go quite as I'd hope, so, I decided to search for another counsel to help me file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case. That's when I saw Attorney Koban's name and the rave reviews from his past clients. Then, I called him to set up our first meeting and was advised through email of all the papers that I needed to bring. Our first meeting turned out great. He's emphatic of my situation and encouraged me to ask questions no matter how I think they are unimportant or stupid. He's quick to answer my emails and calls and I believe that my papers were filed in a timely manner, until, COVID-19 happened! My 341 meeting got delayed for 2 months! I was bummed, but it's not the Attorney's fault, of course! And it's all good now. I had my Creditors' Meeting more than a week ago. I was very nervous even if it was just a telephone meeting and had a bit of mishaps in my answers. ( Normally the meeting is held in person in court but this happened because of the Covid-19). But Mr. Koban was quick to interject when I forgot to mention one detail needed mentioning during the meeting, and was intuitive enough to elaborate on one of my answers to the trustee's question. He did everything a very good lawyer should do. He didn't disappoint and all the great reviews about him here are really true! I'm very glad I chose Atty. Koban as my counsel and so very thankful for his help on me getting a new financial fresh start.
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Posted by Michael | November 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Choose Koban Law
My wife and I recently had need of a legal professional, and we wisely chose Koban Law. Ted's consultation meeting was thorough with professional follow up. His advice is very sound. He dots his "i's" and crosses his "t's" to ensure that during one's hearing there is no room for confusion or need to amend the process. We are totally satisfied with the representation we received and highly recommend Theodore J. Koban for any legal services he provides.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Ted handled my post-divorce bankruptcy case. It's a really intimidating decision to make - I assume that we all feel a bit like a failure to be in the position where it seems like the best or only option. I enjoyed that he had a sense of humor at our initial meetings and made me comfortable in the taking the steps that would ultimately help me shape a much better long-term financial life. I recently completed my 5-year plan, and am very grateful to have had his sound advice along the way. I thought everything was very prudent and timely, and handled in a highly respectful and personal manner.
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Posted by Edmund | April 28, 2015
Superior handling of bankrupcy
Attorney Koban did an excellent job in advising and expediting our financial situation. He formalized the bankruptcy petition and saw us through every step. His availability for face to face meetings was timely and valuable when we ran into complications on our end; only one of which was a mortgage refinance in the midst of the bankruptcy. We were informed of everything expected of us and aware of all updates well before they became reality.We would certainly recommend him to others,
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2014
Great first experience with a lawyer
I hired Mr. Koban after meeting with him to discuss my options with filing bankruptcy. At our first meeting to go over specifics, I realized quickly that not only was Mr. Koban very knowledgeable and had my best interest in mind, but that he was also kind and understanding. Mr. Koban answered all of my questions until he was certain that I understood, and he never made me feel uncomfortable for re-asking questions. He responded very quickly to all my emails throughout the process. Mr. Koban explained all possible scenarios with the case, so as the process went through, I was never surprised with what was happening, I always felt prepared and confident. I would recommend him to all of my friends and family.
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Posted by Maria | June 10, 2014
We hired Attorney Koban to help us handle a tenant situation, Attorney Koban was recommended to us by another attorney we use who does not handle tenant evictions. Attorney Koban was very organized every step of the way. We have now used Attorney Koban several times with tenant issues. He takes the stress and emotion out of the process and treats everybody with respect in such a difficult situation.
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Posted by Tiffany | April 2, 2014
Excellent Attorney
He was very knowledgeable and prepared us for everything. I would recommend him in a heartbeat.
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2013
very easy process
Me and wife at the time were referred to Ted and I couldn't have more pleased. He was knowledgeable, organised and made the whole process easy and nonfrightening. I highly recommend him.
Posted by TK | June 5, 2013
Amazingly smooth process!!!
Given the delicate nature of filing bankruptcy, I wanted someone that I could help me through this very scarey process. I was given a referal from a trusted friend for Mr Koban. Upon our first meeting, I was made to feel comfortable, was completely informed, and felt good about my decision. He walked me through the process step by step and even though we hit some bumps in the road, he always had comforting words to ease my anxiety. I couldn't be more pleased and will use him in the future and highly recommend him to others!
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Posted by Brian | March 15, 2013
Ch 7 Bankruptcy
I had been struggling to find answers/help with my issues, then a friend put me in touch with Attorney Koban, for which I am very grateful. Within our free half hour consultation, he outlined the costs, documentations, and time necessary for a bankruptcy case. As soon as I had the funds available, he filed my case, all went well, and he was with me every step of the way, answering every question I, or my wife, had. I would 100% recommend this attorney to anyone who has bankruptcy needs or questions.
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Posted by Judi | January 24, 2013
Bankruptcy Attorny Recommendation
Mr. Koban seemed knowledgable, professional, responsive and well prepared for each of our appointments. He was able to encourage us to trust the system and expect to be treated fairly and respectfully. This made a difficult process easier.
Posted by Martin | April 10, 2012
Gratitude and Respect
I am so grateful that a friend put me in touch with Ted Koban. Attorney Koban helped me beat trumped up charges, and eased my nerves through the whole ordeal. He helped me understand what to expect and what the possibilities were. Attorney Koban diligently identified weaknesses within the prosecution's case, and his strong, professional presence and quick thinking helped me convey my story to the jury. Ted is an amiable, intuitive, highly intelligent and clearly respected lawyer. If one of my friends is ever in need of a good lawyer, I will strongly recommend Attorney Ted Koban.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2011
Banruptcy Case
Attorney Koban handled our bankruptcy case in a very professional and competent manner. Ours was particularly difficult in that I was living and working overseas. This made communications and scheduling difficult. In addition, my income level changed several times due to the nature of my work assignments. Attorney Koban handled all of this in stride, with patience, understanding, and helpfulness. He explained the impact of each change and refiled our case several times to meet our changing situation. He was ultimately able to get a Chapter 7 judgment for us which has allowed us to restart our financial lives. I would strongly recommend Attorney Koban to anyone looking for caring and competent help with a bankruptcy situation.
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Posted by John | April 5, 2011
Bankruptcy Case
Ted Koban helped my wife and I through chapter 7 bankruptcy. He clearly and thoroughly explained the process. He made sure we were well prepared. His manner is very professional and he treated us with dignity and respect. He is very knowledgeable, and it was especially reassuring that he responded to all our questions and concerns quickly. Everything took place exactly as he said it would. Right from the first day I felt better knowing he was going to represent us. Neither my wife nor I wanted to do this, but we had to. We're glad to have found Attorney Ted Koban to help us through it.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2011
Bankruptcy case
We were recommended to Attorney Koban through another attorney that we had dealt with in the past as he did not do Bankruptcy cases. Attorney Koban was very knowledgeable on the various bankruptcy filings and easily guided us through the process.
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Called for initial consultation regarding Landlord issue
I found this Attorney online via a search. I called him to make an appointment for a consultation as his profile says he does. He was VERY short with me on the phone and blatantly told me there were many resources online that explain the law and that he couldn't do it in a two minute conversation. Wow, very surprised!!!
Response from Theodore Koban December 19, 2017
Sometimes when you are working on your caseload it is difficult for people to understand you cannot talk to them on the phone for as long as they might prefer.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Koban and Cerrone
  • 1983 - 1989
  • Staff attorney
  • Southeastern Mass. Legal Services
  • 1980 - 1983
  • Staff attorney
  • Central Mass. Legal Services
  • 1979 - 1980


  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
  • BA Magna Cum Laude
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • TI Fed. Credit Union v DelBonis, 72 F 3rd 921 (1st Cir., Mass, 1995)
  • Unfavorable
  • Rivard v Director, Div. of Employment Security, 387 Mass. 528 (1982)
  • Favorable decision for client (appellant)
  • Augustine v. Director, Division of Employment Security, 392 Mass. 1007 (1984)
  • Favorable to client (appellant)


  • Bristol County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Listing in Distinguished Lawyer Guide
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • West Suburban Lawyers Meeting
  • Counseling Debtors Facing Foreclosure
  • 2009
  • Attleboro District Court Bar Association meeting
  • Saving the Family Home in Bankrutpcy
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Theodore
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ted brings his expertise in litigation and criminal law tohis bankruptcy practice. He is not a pencil pusher who is only filling in forms. He cares about his clients and always seeks the resolution which will benefit hos client the most."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Koban is a regular contributor to the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers Massachusetts List Serve. Many lawyers there turn to Attorney Koban for his expert opinion on bankruptcy matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ted is one of the elder statesmen of the Massachusetts bankruptcy bar. His diverse experience allows him to bring broad expertise to bear on the problems facing bankruptcy clients. I'm especially impressed with the job he did on the Delbonis appeal -- Ted was faced with a Circuit Court panel whose bizarre interpretation of the Bankruptcy Code (that a credit union is a "governmental unit") could not have been predicted. Soldiering on in the face of appellate courts that are bound and determined to rule against you is a mark of a highly professional lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ted Koban has impressed me with his diligence, thoroughness, and care for his clients. He brings common sense to every situation, something that not all attorneys have. He's a practical fighter: He will not give in on the important issues, but he will recommend which issues deserve the fight and which issues are better served by cooperation. I endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the opportunity to observe Ted's work in many cases over a couple of decades. I have also recommended his services to my clients on a several dozen occasions when they were in need of a trial attorney, bankruptcy counsel or other legal services within his practice areas. Without exception my clients would later thank me for the referral. He is a superb attorney."
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and debt
Bankruptcy and debt
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