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Benjamin H. Duggan

Criminal defense Attorney at Boston, MA

4.8   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
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About Benjamin

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Benjamin Duggan is a litigator and trial lawyer. Prior to joining the KJC Law Firm, Ben worked as a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Ben has represented hundreds of clients in the trial courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusets, in cases ranging from drug possession and operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to armed robbery and aggravated rape. At trial, Ben has successfully obtained not guilty verdicts on a variety of charges, including reckless operation, firearm possession, and assault with intent to murder. Ben has been equally successful in getting his clients’ cases dismissed prior to trial, prevailing in dozens of motions to dismiss and motions to suppress. And when his clients’ suffered adverse rulings, Ben obtained reversals on appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. In one particular case, Commonwealth v. Jessica McDonald, No. 13-P-1365 (Nov. 13, 2014), Ben was able to convince the Appeals Court to reverse a decision against his client, based on a cutting-edge issue in Massachusetts law related to the decriminalization of marijuana. Due to his work in the case, Ben was asked to author a guide for defense attorneys on issues related to changes in Massachusetts marijuana laws. His article, “Recent Case Law Developments Related to Marijuana,” was published in June 2015 by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education as part of their Cutting Edge Issues in Northern Massachusetts Criminal Law Practice seminar.

Ben has also worked on a wide variety of civil cases, including personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, contract, consumer protection, employment, foreclosure, and intellectual property. He has written dozens of memoranda of law regarding motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, filed in Massachusetts District and Superior Court and the United States District Court. He has also written several appeals briefs, filed in the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ben graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 2012. While at Suffolk, Ben was a member of the Suffolk Defenders student clinic, where he was appointed to represent indigent defendants in the Boston Municipal Court. Ben received several academic accolades, including awards for Dinstinguished Oral Advocate and Distinguished Brief. He was also a member of Suffolk’s nationally-ranked mock trial team, where he won a regional championship in the American Association for Justice’s annual competition, advanced to the regional final in the National Trial Competition, and was invited to compete, along with advocates from the top-16 mock trial programs in the country, in the “Top Gun” mock trial tournament at Baylor University, where he advanced to the semi-finals. Ben continues his involvement with Suffolk’s mock trial team by volunteering as a coach.

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KJC Law Firm, LLC
10 Tremont Street
6th Floor
Boston, MA, 02108
KJC Law Firm, LLC
1 Exchange Pl
Worcester, MA, 01608
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4.8 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by Qalid | April 19, 2022
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Magistrate Hearing Review
Ben Duggan's work is amazing. He is very hard working, and represented me with confidence and poise. His directions were very straight forward, and he was very communicative. I learned from my experience with Mr. Duggan. I was very worried about the hearing at first, however just after a few calls I knew I was in the right hands. I would recommend Ben Duggan to anyone who needs to hire a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2022
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Extremely pleased
I was very pleased to have Ben as an attorney. I will spare the details of a very long story, but he did a phenomenal job with my case and even after the matter has been resolved, he has been very helpful with any lingering matters.
Posted by Matthew | November 19, 2021
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Ben Duggan is a LIFESAVER
When I first contacted Mr. Duggan, I was very distraught and worried because this was the first time in my life (I'm 31 years old) that I had a criminal case brought against me. I'll spare you the details, but needless to say it was a crime we both felt positive would be a good candidate for Pre Trial Probation. I had no record and from all I read outside of Mr. Duggan's advice, this was the most probable outcome. Fast forward 2 years later, and the case is finally resolved. Why is that? Politics. But Mr. Duggan never waivered. A case that shouldve been resolved in a matter of weeks, was unfortunately taken all the way to the day before a scheduled trial. Because of Mr. Duggan and his uncanny ability to get himself in front of the right people, I was able to resolve the case on the day trial was supposed to start. At no point in the two years did Attorney Duggan give up, or slack off. It was always clear he was giving 100% at all times. If you want a no nonsense lawyer who will never mislead you in any way. Ben is your guy. He is incredible intelligent and knows his way around the Boston Court System. Please take my words seriously because hiring a top notch attorney can be daunting, but look NO FURTHER, this guy will get you the best possible scenerio, no matter what. Thanks Ben!!
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Posted by Phanor | October 14, 2021
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Phanor
Benjamin is very professional lawyer, all time explain step by step about the case., to first court to the end. Very flexible with the payments, contract on hands, very clear the more important part is the trust and credibility.
Posted by Tom | September 8, 2021
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Ben is an amazing attorney!
If you are looking for a knowledgeable, professional, and responsive attorney I recommend Ben Duggan.  He helped me navigate a "David vs. Goliath" labor dispute -- alas I was "David".  Ben provided expert counsel and education.  He listened and helped me understand different options I could pursue.  Leveraging his experience he deftly worked with me to properly set my expectations.  He made it easy to understand what "Goliath" could and could not do.  Ben's responsiveness was amazing; it seemed like he was on call.  I reached out to him for guidance at random times on different days.  If he was available he picked up the phone.  If he was not available, I received a call back right away.  I highly recommend Ben -- he's an amazing attorney!
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Posted by Allison | August 27, 2021
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Intelligent, Persistent, and Incredible!
I highly recommend Ben Duggan, he was incredible. He is the most persistent, knowledgeable, and dedicated lawyer I've ever had the opportunity to work with. Throughout COVID everything was backed up and moving slowly, but Ben pushed on to get me a resolution and guided me through the process the entire time. I have recommended him to several of my friends and family and will continue to do so. He is the guy you want on your side! Ben, I can't thank you enough for all your diligence and incredible hard work!!
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Posted by Brian | June 17, 2021
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Very professional and helpful
I would absolutely recommend Ben for any of your legal defense needs. Ben never rushed me off the phone, was extremely effective in is presentations, collected the facts and got me the ideal outcome.
Posted by Jon | June 15, 2021
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Excellent Experience
Attorney Benjamin H. Duggan was hired to represent us in a “breach of contract/consumer protection” case. Attorney Duggan was well versed in any and all related case law and handled everything with the utmost professionalism. I always felt that our best interest was his top priority. He is extremely personable and made sure that he thoroughly explained all the options and potential paths that could be pursued in a way that was easy to understand, even for someone that is NOT a lawyer. I would certainly be sure to hire him again for any other legal matters I had to deal with and unconditionally recommend him.
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Posted by Rosanne | April 30, 2021
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Mrs
Attorney Duggan has been very professional as expected from my earlier review of the atorneys at KJC Firm. What is also important to me in handling my case following an auto accident has been the following: Friendly and created an understanding that my interest is Mr. also Duggan's interest 100%. Also that Mr. Duggan kept me updated without asking, explained in detail the process and law, and when questions arose responded to my questions, etc in a timely matter. .
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Posted by Pam | April 20, 2021
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Great Lawyer and Person
Benjamin Duggan is a Professional, Caring, Knowledgeable Attorney, that stayed in contact with us while he walked us through all the steps in our case. He was able to get us a sizable settlement even through this time of the Covid pandemic. We give you a Heart Felt THANK YOU Ben, you made this trying time in our lives easier !
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Posted by Susan | March 11, 2021
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Awesome
I cannot say enough about Ben Duggan, he is simply awesome! Really helped me with my case.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2019
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Best Decision to hire Ben
It was the worst day in my life, the day I read the charges on that piece of paper; criminal charges were being filed against me; me who had never been in trouble before in my life. My first thought was that I need a lawyer, but I needed someone really, really good and someone who would be sympathetic and understanding of my situation. I was a single parent, new to the city, who made a very bad decision. My searches led me to Benjamin Duggan. He spent over an hour on the phone with me (at no cost) on our initial phone call. I was emotional and scared and told him my account of the story. Terrified was an understatement. I had already spoken with the police; not knowing any better, and probably already said a lot I shouldn’t have said. Ben reassured me that he could help me and we could see how to fix things moving forward. I could tell that he would care about me and about my case. I immediately knew he was the best choice I could make. I consider myself to be knowledgeable and to know what to say, but in the forth coming high stress situations I would face in court, there was absolutely no way I could articulate what he said, in the confident manner or timing that he said it. Almost every month for a year I had a court date and each one seemed to be more stressful and mentally and emotionally draining than the previous. Ben answered every email and every phone call from me (and there were many) in a timely manner; he put my mind at ease and somehow made me feel “better” each time I spoke with him. It was a long year and I spent it worrying, stressing, and agonizing over the situation I had created and what would become my ultimate fate. Meanwhile I continued to work and “stay out of trouble” and tried to be the best person I could be moving forward. My final court date came and I ended up receiving the best sentence I could possibly have imagined. While maintaining privacy, I will tell you that this horrible situation can now be put far behind me and I can continue on with a happy life as Ben had reassured me many times. Although I will not ever need Ben again in this capacity (I’m staying far from trouble), he is the first person I would call if I were ever the victim or needed other legal help. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing representation and cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Benjamin Duggan.
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Posted by Thomas | December 2, 2019
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Simply Put, Excellent Legal Representation
I was party to a criminal case involving a failed business, loss of investor funds, and payment of restitution. I had never had any previous experience with criminal proceedings prior to this case. I contacted Attorney Duggan regarding my situation, and he was able to meet with me at his office soon thereafter. The initial consultation was both relaxed and professional. He put me at ease while I explained my situation. He explained my options and the premise of my defense, and he made me feel very comfortable. His knowledge, expertise, and experience was on full display. I retained him as my attorney at the conclusion of our meeting. The case proceeded in much the same way Attorney Duggan had planned and laid out. Multiple court dates, document requests and statements, and multiple motion filings were necessary. Throughout the process, Attorney Duggan kept in regular communication, was always available when I needed to speak with him, and I always felt he was in control of the proceeding. The decision of the court and final disposition of the case were exactly what we expected and were hoping for. I could not be happier with the result. Attorney Duggan's retainer and fee structure were extremely reasonable and transparent, and his representation and legal acumen were exemplary. I would not hesitate in the least to retain Attorney Duggan in the future should the need ever arise again. He was outstanding. Simply put, excellent legal representation.
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Posted by Stephen | November 21, 2019
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Ended a nightmare situation - I'm extremely thankful
I was referred to Ben by an excellent lawyer friend of mine with whom I've worked in the past (unrelated to anything criminal) and have known for many years. I trust that lawyer deeply and his opinion means a great deal to me, so when he indicated that he could represent me but- as a friend and a lawyer- felt that Ben was the better choice, I felt like he was setting his ego aside to make sure I got the best representation for my case. I was in a terrible situation and facing serious consequences for what I felt was doing the right thing after being put into an extremely difficult position. The overall stress leading up to court was bad enough, never mind the possibility of a criminal record and things going from bad to horrific. Ben was direct, but not callous in his approach. He explained very plainly but thoroughly what was going to happen, what we were going to do, and what we could do next if things didn't pan out in round one. He was compassionate and understanding, but it was his competence and confidence that did a great deal to help ease the tremendous anxiety I felt at the time. Despite having very little time to prepare, we were able to get everything sorted out. Instead of worrying about future court dates, fees, and a permanently tarnished record, I was allowed to move on with my life. Lawyers don't come cheap- especially not the good ones- but the legal fees were far less than I expected to pay and worth every penny. I'm extremely thankful for the counsel provided, both legal and personal, and hope anyone who reads this seriously consider hiring Ben Duggan to help them navigate out of legal stormy seas.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2019
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Totally Amazing Lawyer
Let me start by saying that I was Facing any where from a minimum of 10 years to My whole life in jail, And yes it did take almost 2 1/2 years to beat. This guy was great he kept telling me like it was ( no sugar coating it). Plus gave me a lot of advice that made me look at things differently. He was always on top of everything and I mean ( everything ). So much so that a week before trail it was over. I had My ( freedom ) back!! I am ever so great full for his commitment to my case and his diligence in clearing My name.
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Posted by Ty | January 17, 2019
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Awesome guy, very professional, straight forward and real person.
Mr. Duggan was assigned my case through the courts. This case was very very huge to me and my family. My freedom was taking for a short time and I was close to losing my family completely for false allegations. I was skeptical in the beginning as this type of situation was very new to me. Mr. Duggan professionalism and knowledge ease the situation a lot. This was a case that most people probably wouldn't want to be involved in or give their all too. Mr Duggan went to battle for me the entire year of the madness. He is beyond knowledgeable in his expertise, and is brilliant at paying attention to detail and making the truth is what's heard. I would highly recommend him and this firm.
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Posted by Renee | January 2, 2019
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Awesome to have represent you!
Mr. Duggan really fought for me. Thoughout the entire process of my case he was available for questions and elaying any and all of my concerns. He is extremely knowledgeable about employment law and I highly recommend him. He’s definitely the attorney you want fighting for you!
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2018
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The Man to Call
Attorney Duggan came highly recommended, and I first met him through the bars of my jail cell. He was able to get me out of jail that day, and ably and capably represented me until we reached a deal to have all charges dismissed. Smart, funny, and charming before a judge or jury, Ben is a great attorney, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. If I or my friends ever end up in trouble (criminal or civil), he's the right man for the job.
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Posted by Joshua | October 10, 2018
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Excellent
I Can't think of anything bad to say about Ben. I was injured in a MVA, called Ben, hired him on the spot. He kept fighting for me until the very end, and did everything possible to get the outcome that he did. If there comes a time again where I need another Lawyer, I will most definitely be calling Ben to represent me.
Posted by Preciana | July 31, 2018
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Excellent work
I have nothing but good things to say about Ben. I was fired while pregnant and I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to let my old job get away with firing me, so I called a few different attorneys to get a consultation. I didn’t have much luck finding an attorney that would take my case until I called Benjamin’s office. I explained what happened to Ben and he explained to me my options. To make a long story short, Ben contacted my old employer and within a few short months me and my old employer agreed on a settlement. Just in time before I gave birth. Thank you so much Ben!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • KJC Law Firm, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Coach, National Mock Trial Team
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2012 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • 2012 - 2015

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Skidmore College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Richardson
  • Jury Verdict, Not Guilty
  • Commonwealth v. Baptiste
  • Jury Verdict, Not Guilty
  • MacMullin v. Feeney
  • Represented Defendant, following jury trial, $0.00 dollars awarded to Plaintiff.
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Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Section Council, Labor & Employment
  • 2016 - Present
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Lawrence Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Graduate
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Oral Advocate
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2010
  • Distinguished Brief
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Recent Case Law Developments Related to Marijuana
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Zealous Advocacy
  • Closing Arguments
  • 2018
  • Jury Skills Training
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (3)
Endorse Benjamin
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the brightest, most fearless and most skilled young trial attorneys that I have supervised in my 26 years as a public defender."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ben is a great all around lawyer. His nickname, "the Barrister of Beantown," reflects both his commitment to the local Boston community and his patricianly demeanor. I endorse Ben as quality attorney who always seeks justice for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ben is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has gotten successful results for his clients, both prior to trial by getting cases dismissed for various reasons and at trial. He has also successfully negotiated penalties. I would recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Duggan is an excellent lawyer. I know this first hand having worked with him in the same office for several years. He is knowledgeable and fearless in defending his clients. I would recommend him without reservation for any civil or criminal cases, both state and federal."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Boston Criminal defense Lawyer Benjamin H. Duggan
Benjamin H. Duggan
Criminal defense Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 11 years
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