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David R Yannetti

About me

By any objective measure, Attorney David R. Yannetti has reached the top of his profession.  He has been named to the "Super Lawyers" list every year since 2007.  He has been "AV-Rated" through Martindale's Peer Review Ratings since 1999.  He has also been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News & World Report. Attorney Yannetti was selected to compete in the annual "Battle of the Lawyers," sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  Attorney Yannetti's re-creation of his famous closing argument in the Jeffrey Curley murder case earned him top honors, as he took home the trophy as having presented the "Most Compelling Argument."  Attorney Yannetti treats all of his cases as if they were murder cases -- because he recognizes that his clients consider their own case to be the most important problem in their lives.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    27 years, 5 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Timothy E. Zerillo

    David is a driven and fearless advocate for his Clients. Highest endorsement.


    Timothy Zerillo Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

10 Winthrop Square
Boston, MA, 02110

David Yannetti Attorney at Law

16 Front Street
Suite 203
Salem, MA, 01970



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV-RatingMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings2016
2015 Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2015
New England Super LawyersBoston Magazine2015
Most Compelling Argument2008 Battle of the Lawyers2008
John C. Droney AwardMiddlesex District Attorney's Office1991
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Gill AwardBoston College Law School1989
Mock Trial Competition ChampionBoston College Law School1989
Northeast Regional ChampionJessup International Law Moot Court Competition1989
Northeast Regional Mock Trial Competition ChampionBoston College Law School1989
Hardy C. Dillard AwardJessup International Law Moot Court Competition1989
Grimes Moot Court Competition FinalistBoston College Law School1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead AttorneyYannetti Criminal Law Firm1999 - Present
InstructorBoston University Law School1995 - 1996
Assistant District AttorneyMiddlesex County District Attorney's Office1989 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Massachusetts Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Attorney Yannetti wins aquittal in 1st-degree murder caseNot Guilty Verdict
Attorney Yannetti wins acquittal in domestic assault caseNot Guilty Verdict
Professional man cleared of rape chargesNot Guilty Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Commonwealth v. PhinneySuccessful Brief and Record Appendix filed in the Supreme Judicial Court in opposition to the Commonwealth's appeal of a Superior Court judge's allowance of the defendant's motion for new trial2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Bowdoin CollegeGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Defense in PracticePrivate Practice Issues2015
Boston College Law School Trial Practice ClassCriminal Defense & Prosecution Issues2007
Suffolk University Law School Criminal Law ClassPractical Issues in Massachusetts Criminal Law2000
Boston University Law School Legal Research and Writing ClassResearch/Writing/Oral Argument1995