Michael Tumposky is a talented litigator who has tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. He has also represented clients before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
He has defended a wide variety of criminal cases, ranging from simple misdemeanors such as drug possession, gun possession and assault and battery, to more complex felonies such as money laundering, drug trafficking and murder. He also maintains an active appellate practice, handling appeals in cases ranging from sexual assault and murder in state court, to gun and drug trafficking in federal court.
Mr. Tumposky's strengths in both courtroom advocacy and legal research and writing, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the rules of evidence and procedure, allow him to offer a full array of services to his clients. Typically, he will first challenge a case on legal grounds, by moving to dismiss or to suppress physical evidence and any statements made to the police. He will then offer a vigorous defense at trial or reach a favorable outcome which, where possible, preserves a client's record and avoids jail time altogether. Finally, in the event that the trial outcome is unfavorable, he will fight to obtain a reversal of the conviction, either through a motion for new trial or through a direct appeal.
He also represents clients in civil cases in both state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate level. He has tried cases to verdict in areas ranging from police misconduct and First Amendment violations, to employment discrimination and common law torts. He has also extracted favorable monetary settlements from municipal and state agencies, as well as private companies.
Mr. Tumposky is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and got his B.A from Rutgers College. Prior to co-founding Hedges & Tumposky, he worked as an associate for the law firm of Hrones, Garrity & Hedges for five years. In law school, he interned for Judge Stahl of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and defended tenants from eviction while working for Hale & Dorr Legal Services. He recently attended the National Criminal Defense College, located in Macon, Georgia, which is a two-week, intensive program focused on advanced trial practice theories and techniques.
He is also conversant in Spanish. In fact, he has successfully represented clients who do not speak English as a first language, as well as those who speak no English at all.
Michael has lectured extensively in topics ranging from evidence to trial practice and theory. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University School of Law, where he teaches Evidence and Criminal Trial Practice. He is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, located in Macon, Georgia, which is a two-week, intensive training program focused on advanced trial practice theories and techniques. He has been interviewed on issues in criminal law by the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald as well as ABC and Fox.
In his spare time, he is the attorney coach for the Northeastern University School of Law Mock Trial Team, as well as the Boston Latin School Mock Trial Team, which won the Massachusetts Bar Association's state championship in 2006 and was the runner-up in 2011. An alumnus of Latin School, Mr. Tumposky was born and raised in Boston.