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Vikas S. Dhar is a partner and head of the Litigation Practice Group at Dhar Law, LLP. He is a business litigation and criminal defense attorney who specializes in assisting individuals and companies in distress caused by white-collar criminal investigations, business disputes, professional crises and other matters presenting regulatory, licensing and public relations risks.


Vikas is widely recognized as an emerging leader in the New England legal community. He was recently asked to serve by the U.S. District Court on its 2013-2014 Merit Selection Panel for the recommendation of a new Magistrate Judge and reappointment of a sitting Magistrate Judge. In 2013, he was recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Organization as a Top 100 Massachusetts Defense Attorney, and in 2012, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Weekly presented him with an “Excellence in the Law: Up & Coming Attorney” Award. Vikas’ successes and pro bono contributions have been profiled over the last decade by Forbes, the American Bar Association, Boston Business Journal, Washington University Magazine and India New England, and for the past four years, Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers have named him a “Rising Star” in white-collar litigation, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of lawyers in the state.


In addition to protecting his clients’ interests in criminal investigations, his diverse courtroom caseload regularly includes handling complex business disputes, government agency inquiries, professional licensing defense and commercial litigation. Vikas has earned a reputation for swiftly resolving crisis situations, enabling him and his defense team to successfully represent a host of prominent professionals, corporations, closely-held businesses, as well as university students facing first-time investigations or indictments. While his intense, full-field approach has led to trial victories, his primary strategic goal is always to persuade the government to decline to prosecute during the initial phase of any investigation and to secure pre-trial dismissals when possible.


Vikas is committed to making a positive impact on the community and participates in a variety of legal and business initiatives in greater Boston. He frequently contributes to training seminars, continuing education workshops and currently serves as a pro bono panel member for Senior Partners for Justice, a non-profit that promotes access to justice by assisting pro se family law litigants.


Dhar Law is a Boston-based law firm with a core commitment to socially conscious business practices. The firm is built on the drive to provide exemplary legal services to every client in their expansive practice areas of business law, litigation and community lawyering. As a wholly collaborative environment, the firm’s team has an optimistic and inquisitive approach to solving problems that extends across their many practices areas and into community engagement. To learn more about Dhar Law’s unparalleled commitment to its clients and community, check out BostInno, the Boston Business Journal and Forbes or visit

Dhar Law Practice Areas: business law, civil litigation, criminal and government investigations, domestic relations, immigration, real estate, community lawyering, non profit law


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Contact info

Vikas S. Dhar

The Charlestown Navy Yard
One Constitution Center, Suite 300
Charlestown, MA, 02129

Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 50%
    13 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    13 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    13 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (120 minutes), Pro bono (20%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    As a former colleague I endorse Vikas in his research skills and general well rounded knowledge of the law.


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


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Up & Coming LawyerMassachusetts Bar Association & MA Lawyer's Weekly2012
Rising Star: White Collar Criminal DefenseNew England Super Lawyers/Boston Magazine2012
Rising Star: White Collar Criminal DefenseNew England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine2011
Rising Star: White Collar Criminal DefenseNew England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine2010
Rising Star: White Collar Criminal DefenseNew England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine2009
Rendleman AwardSIU School of Law: Outstanding Performance2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDenner Pellegrino, LLP2005 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Offices of Jeffrey B. Rubin, P.C.2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsMember2010 - Present
South Asian Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Representation of Witness - Federal CourtPending
Defense of Commodities Firm, CEO - Federal CourtPending
Defense of Engineer - Federal CourtSuccessor counsel engaged
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Publication nameTitleDate Dookhan Fallout: Tainted Drug Lab Samples & Guilty Pleas2012
MCLEThe Use of Substitute Experts at Trial and the Confrontation Clause2011
Massachusetts Bar Institute Section Review, Vol. 7, No. 1The Department of Homeland Security Initiative2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2003
Washington University in St. LouisN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New England Law Journal CommencementSpeaker2012
Know Your Rights Community SeminarHot Topics in Criminal Law2012
SABA KYR Inaugural Grauation EventSpeaker2011
Recent Developments in Criminal LawSpeaker2011
Know Your Rights Community SeminarHot Topics in Criminal Law2011
Know Your Rights Community SeminarHot Topics in Criminal Law2010
Forensic Psychiatry & Memory: Perspectives in Law,Panel Coordinator2008