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Michael R Schneider

Criminal defense Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   3 reviews

Licensed for 39 years

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    30%
    Michael's current practice concentrates in appellate, habeas corpus, coram nobis, and post-conviction litigation. Many of Michael's cases have involved national security, international law, classified information, export violations, constitutional law, and civil liberties issues.

    40 years, 60 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Michael is an experienced criminal defense lawyer, focusing on trials, appeals, and postconviction practice. Michael has successfully defended homicide, serious felony, and misdemeanor cases, involving street crimes and white collar offenses.

    40 years, 400 cases

  3. Constitutional
    20%
    Michael has handled a number of cases with complex constitutional issues, including cases raising First Amendment free speech issues; Fourth, Fifth,Sxith, and Fourteenth Amendment criminal procedural issues; habeas cases raising Art. I, sec. 9 and Art. III issues, and an assortment of other constitutional matters.

    40 years, 30 cases

  4. Education
    20%
    MIchael has represents students in colleges, law schools, business schools, and graduate schools at universities around the country who have been accused of plagiarism, academic dishonessty, sexual misconduct, and drug and alcohol violations. In addition, Michael has represented scientists and professors in connection with science fraud and research misconduct.

    33 years, 40 cases

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.

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Licensed for 39 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1984
Updated 11/17/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 12/25/2022

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Posted by Peggy | October 16, 2014
Outstanding Attorney
If you need a great appellate attorney, Michael Schneider is your man! I have known Atty. Schneider since 1996, when he first became aware of my situation through an associate. When I was tried and wrongfully convicted in 2005, Michael stepped into my case at my request and worked diligently to find justice for me. It took a few years to get through the appeals process, but he was dedicated and tenacious. I cannot say enough good things about him and his work ethic. When he appealed my case to the Supreme Judicial Court, it only took them 9 weeks (practically unheard of) to overturn my conviction and set me free! The vote was unanimous and included the full panel of Judges. All through the process, he kept me informed via regular phone calls and shared documentation. He was supportive and also straightforward with me, helping me understand the process and taking time to go over details and investigate a case that was over 20 years old, finding the facts that proved I was not guilty of this charge. He got me back to my son, and my life. I know that if it weren't for his belief in me, and his dedication to get justice, I would still be behind bars serving someone else's time. Atty. Schneider is a great lawyer, I would (and do) strongly recommend him to anyone looking for an honest, sincere and dedicated lawyer.
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Posted by SJB | February 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Affordable and Effective in Defense Allegations of Research Scientific Misconduct.
• I am a former biomedical scientist and client of Good, Schneider, Cormier and Fried. I specifically hired Michael Schneider to defend me against allegations of research scientific misconduct. • Long before I hired Mr. Schneider, and not knowing better, I hired (what would be) a series of inexperienced and ineffective attorneys to represent me. All had claimed to be experts in the defense of allegations of scientific misconduct. I would learn later that most had little-to-no experience. • Michael Schneider was the first (and only) attorney that I found to be completely transparent, professional and experienced in administrative, civil and criminal law as it pertains specifically to the defense against allegations of research misconduct. In my opinion, Mr. Schneider is not only a brilliant and honest attorney; he is a well-versed scholar on the subject of research scientific misconduct and a very decent human being – a quality that eludes many others in his profession. • Herein, what I have to say can be authenticated through a cadre of legal filings in administrative, federal, and appeals courts that began in 2007 and concluded in 2018. • To make a very-long story a bit shorter, had I hired an experienced attorney like Mr. Schneider and had I done this early in the inquiry/investigation process, I would very likely still be a working scientist. • I was accused of research misconduct while working for a public institution. During this time (ten years of litigation), administrative and federal judges would rule against me based on their belief that everything the institution produced in their “Report” to the government was accurate and factual. • It took more than ten years of FOIA requests to obtain the evidence to prove in a court of law that institutional lawyers, administrators and researchers had knowingly and intentionally “destroyed”, “manipulated”, “lost”, “misplaced”’, “deleted”, “misidentified” and “withheld” physical and electronic evidence and information that was crucial to my defense. • In my experience, in the USA you are not innocent until proven guilty – you need to prove your innocence and you need to protect yourself against unlawful and deceptive tactics that can be used (and are often used) by 'investigative' and prosecuting attorneys at all phases of scientific misconduct ‘investigations’. • Mr. Schneider kindly took me as a client after years of a botched defense by mostly inexperienced and uncaring attorneys. He took my case all the way from the administrative-to-federal-to-appellate court. My case was heard in front of the First District Court of Appeals. The one-and-only time a research scientific misconduct case has been heard at this level. • I ultimately lost my case because an administrative law judge (the governments judge) would not grant an evidentiary hearing (no original data, electronic files, ...) and then ruled against me based on “inference” and his “belief” that I was a “liar” and that spoliation, manipulation, concealment and withholding of evidence could not have occurred to this massive degree by institutional attorneys, administrators and competitors in research. • For those unfamiliar with the law (as I was), you only get one shot at getting it right (Res Judicata, ...). Once a judge rules, even if it can be proven later-on that it was an unjust ruling, and even if the accuser has “destroyed”, “manipulated”, “withheld”… evidence, the decision almost always stands. This is compounded even more by the very low-bar of “preponderance of evidence” in such misconduct hearings - a reason to get an experienced attorney like Michael Schneider involved ASAP before the misconduct allegations can be flagrantly amplified. Thanks again Michael for your constant professionalism, work ethic (your writing skills and command of the English language are unsurpassed) and your compassion for people like me that can be (and often are) taken advantage of by our justice system.
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Posted by Jaen | November 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Feeling somewhat relieved although Im just starting my case
Thank you Atty Schneider! this conversation was of such relief, and i really appreciate you taking your time for consultation for this long. Will stay in touch!

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts U
  • MALD
  • 1997
  • Columbia University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Brown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • 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.
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Associations

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Civi Liberties Union
  • Member of National Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
  • AV Preemnent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • 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
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Publications

  • 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

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Appeals Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Michael is a brilliant, hard-working lawyer who cares deeply for his clients. I have worked with him on many cases and have never seen another attorney pay such close attention to every detail of his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a wizard in the law and provides excellent legal advice to his clients. I trust his counsel completely."
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Boston Criminal defense Lawyer Michael R Schneider
Michael R Schneider
Criminal defense Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 39 years