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With more than 25 years of trial experience in the area of criminal law, Attorney Topazio has become a well-qualified criminal defense lawyer whose professional skills have become equally suited to the resolution of both criminal as well as personal injury law. Though felony or misdemeanor defense and negligence litigation involve entirely different legal principles and procedural rules, there are many parallels between them that tap into the same skill set and client service values that Attorney Topazio has developed. Both involve the protection of individual rights against powerful institutions — government prosecutors and insurance companies and both often depend on your lawyer's skill with handling evidence — facts relating to guilt or innocence in the former, and facts relating to liability and damages in the latter.  Boston Criminal Lawyer Steven J. Topazio has adopted a tough and aggressive approach to solving cases which delivers the highest legal representation you can obtain anywhere in Massachusetts. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 42%
    30 years, 2.55 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    1.91 thousand cases
  3. Violent Crime: 20%
    1.28 thousand cases
  4. Personal Injury: 8%
    30 years, 750 cases



Hourly ($250-400/hour), contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John M. DeProspo

    Attorney Topazio is a dedicated, highly-skilled lawyer well-respected within the legal community. I fully endorse him.


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    This attorney has great determination and drive. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Law Office of Steven J. Topazio

Suite 4100
10 Winthrop Square
Boston, MA, 02110


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Massachusetts Super LawyersThomson Reuters2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
The Registry™ of Business and Professional ExcellenceAmerican Registry LLC2013
AV Preeminent - Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Law ReviewNew England School of Law1985
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor SocietyPhi Beta Kappa Society1982
Magna Cum LaudeVillanova University1982
Chair's Special Merit AwardDr. Joseph George1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office Of Steven J. Topazio1990 - Present
AssociateDiMasi, Donabed & Karll1986 - 1990
Special Commission of Uniform SentencingHouse Of Representatives1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2014 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Society of Legal AdvocatesMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Suffolk Lawyers for JusticeMember1990 - Present
Association for Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1986 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Seal criminal records M.G.L. c. 276, § 100ACriminal Record Permanently Sealed.
Clerk Magistrate Hearing - Boston MassachusettsCase dismissed.
Application for Criminal ComplaintCase dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Suit MagazineLaw Remains Passion2012
New England Law ReviewLoss of Consortium Under the Massachusetts No-Fault Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Act1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Villanova University School of LawHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Successfully Defending OUI Cases2014
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Successfully Defending an OUI Case2013
New England School of Law: Legal Writing CourseThe consequences of the elimination of De Novo Appeals on District Court practice2005
Massachusetts Basic Practice manuelSuaseccessfully defending an OUI caseN/A