Representing criminal defendants & students, professors, & scientists in university misconduct cases
Michael R. Schneider is a criminal defense attorney with over 30 years’ experience. Prior to becoming a partner with Andrew Good and Philip Cormier, Mr. Schneider was a partner and founding member of Salsberg & Schneider, a Boston law firm listed as one of the Best Law Firms in America, 2010-13.
Mr. Schneider represents clients in complex criminal and regulatory matters with a national security, civil liberties and human rights dimension. He has successfully defended individuals charged in homicide, serious felony and misdemeanor cases, and has won jury acquittals of armed robbery, attempted rape, firearms and other serious felonies.
Mr. Schneider has extensive experience in criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings. He has overturned the convictions of clients in three homicide cases, including Commonwealth v. Earle, 458 Mass. 341 (2010); Commonwealth v. Conkey, 443 Mass. 60 (2004); and Commonwealth v. Grant, 49 Mass. App. Ct. 169 (2000), and in many other serious felony matters. Mr. Schneider also obtained a reversal of a US Munitions List conviction in United States v. Wu, 711 F.3d 1 (2013). He has successfully raised First Amendment challenges to the threats-and-intimidation provision of the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act as well as the state’s Child Enticement Law. He also challenged the constitutionality of the federal habeas corpus provisions of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. Mr. Schneider has worked on various high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson, David Merrick, Mike Tyson, and Pamela Smart cases, and has tried a case before a United Nations tribunal.
Mr. Schneider also devotes a substantial part of his practice to the representation of professors, physicians, and scientists accused of scientific research misconduct at medical schools, universities, and other research institutions, as well as before Office of Research Integrity (NIH) and the National Science Foundation. He also represents university students accused of plagiarism and academic misconduct at area law schools, medical schools, and universities.
Mr. Schneider began his career as a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), later worked as an associate to Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, with whom he continues to collaborate on cases, and was Of Counsel to The Spangenberg Group, a consulting firm providing technical assistance in the area of legal aid and indigent criminal defense delivery systems in various states (Kentucky, New York, Texas, and Washington) and foreign jurisdictions (Cambodia, Chile, & China).
Mr. Schneider is presently an Adjunct Professor at Boston University School of Law, where he teaches “Wrongful Convictions, Miscarriages of Justice, & the U.S. Criminal Justice System.” He is a frequent lecturer at legal education seminars and at area law schools. He has authored numerous articles on criminal justice topics. He has served as a Director on the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Board of the ACLU of Massachusetts.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has said: “Michael was a former associate and has been a close professional colleague of mine for years. He is one of the smartest, most creative and hard-working lawyers I have encountered. His advocacy skills--both in brief writing and oral argument--are superb. I recommend him highly.”
Since 2003, Mr. Schneider has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, and has been named as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2009.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Best Lawyers in America||US News & World Report||2017|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Best Lawyers in America||US News & World Report||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Best Lawyers in America||US News & World Report||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Best Lawyers in America||US News & World Report||2014|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|AV Preeminent||Martindale Hubbell||2013|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Super Lawyers||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2011|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Super Lawyers||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2010|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Super Lawyers||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2008|
|Charles Evans Hughes Fellow||Columbia University Law School||1983|
|Lecturer in Law||Boston University Law School||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Salsberg & Schneider||1998 - Present|
|Of Counsel||The Spangenberg Group||1997 - 2008|
|Law Associate||Alan M Dershowitz||1993 - 1997|
|Public Defender||Committee for Public Counsel Services||1985 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts||Board of Directors||2011 - Present|
|American Civi Liberties Union||Member of National Board of Directors||2012 - 2015|
|International Legal Aid & Defender System Development Manual||Michael R. Schneider & John Tull, “Core Issues in Designing Legal Aid and Public Defender Programs”||2010|
|How to Try a Drug Case in Massachusetts||Michael R. Schneider & Christopher Skinner, “Evidentiary Issues"||2010|
|Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts U||MALD||1997|
|Columbia University Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Brown University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Commonwealth v. Earle, 458 Mass. 341 (2010)||Reveral of conviction & dismissal of charges.|
|Evans v. Thompson, 518 F.3d 1, 6-7 (1st Cir.), en banc review denied, 524 F.3d 1, cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 255 (2008).|
|Commonwealth v. Grant, 49 Mass. 169 (2000).||Conviction reversed and client acquitted on retrial.|
|Commonwealth v. Conkey, 430 Mass. 149 (1999)||Conviction reversed.|
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