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John H. Cunha Jr

Criminal defense Attorney at Boston, MA

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also known as Jack Cunha

  • State Years
    New York - NY 38 years
    Massachusetts - MA 46 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

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    John H. Cunha Jr., a partner at the Boston firm of Cunha & Holcomb, P.C., focuses on litigation, particularly criminal defense, trial and appellate.  Jack is a former criminal clinical instructor at Suffolk and Harvard Law Schools.  He represents clients charged with a broad variety of offenses, including many homicide trials and appeals. 
    In one of two federal RICO cases in which he prevailed at trial, U.S. v. Green, his Daubert challenge to so-called ballistics testimony precluded government “experts” from testifying that they had determined crucial evidence from a shooting scene matched a handgun linked to his client.  Jack also litigated Com. v. Patterson post-conviction, in both the trial and appellate courts, in which his Daubert/Lanigan challenge succeeded in excluding “simultaneous” fingerprints, the key evidence against his client charged with the murder of a Boston police detective, resulting in the release of his client.  He also brought two Daubert/Lanigan challenges in the Superior Court to so-called ballistics evidence. 
    In 2012, Jack secured not guilty verdicts at trial for his client on all charges in the nationally publicized “Mattapan Massacre” case, in which his client was charged with four murders, home invasion, armed robbery, and other crimes. 
    He has lectured for the National Institute of Justice, Federal Defender/Criminal Justice Act/state bar association trainings nationwide, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), and other CLE programs.  He is a current Board member and past President of MACDL.

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Location

John H. Cunha Jr
One State Street
Suite 500
Boston, MA, 02109-3507

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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cunha & Holcomb, P.C.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner
  • Salsberg, Cunha & Holcomb, P.C.
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Harvard Law School
  • 1985 - 1995
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1982 - 1985
  • Partner
  • Salsberg & Cunha
  • 1981 - 1994
  • Public Defender
  • Massachusetts Ethics Commission
  • 1979 - 1981
  • Attorney
  • Massachusetts Defenders Committee
  • 1977 - 1979
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Education

  • Boston College Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1977
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Associations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1998 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2009 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Edward Duggan Award
  • Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Lawyers Weekly
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Green Mountain Juvenile and Criminal Defense Institute
  • Where's Waldo? Government Use of Information from Cellphone Calls
  • 2013
  • NACDL Fall Meeting & Seminars - Boston, MA
  • Attacking the Reliability of Ballistics Evidence
  • 2006
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Boston Criminal defense Lawyer John H. Cunha Jr
John H. Cunha Jr
Criminal defense Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 46 years
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