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Vikas S. Dhar

Criminal defense Attorney at Charlestown, MA

4.9   78 reviews

About Vikas

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Vikas S. Dhar is a defense attorney who protects professionals and companies facing white-collar criminal investigations, business disputes, professional crises and other matters presenting licensing and public relations risks. He is widely recognized as a leader in the New England legal community. As an accomplished "Top 40 Under 40" criminal defense attorney, he has been selected by his peers as a New England Super Lawyer/Rising Star in the area of White-Collar Criminal Defense for each of the past 10 years by Boston Magazine. His firm's philosophy on socially conscious business practices and community contributions have been profiled by Forbes, the American Bar Association Journal, the Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal.

Regarded as powerful in the courtroom and unflappable at the negotiating table, Vikas talks fast because he thinks fast, and clients rave about his simultaneously calming demeanor, friendliness and never-ending energy reserves. Vikas was recently tapped by the U.S. District Court to sit on a Merit Selection Panel to recommend a new Federal Magistrate Judge and to advise on the reappointment of a sitting Federal Magistrate Judge. Vikas has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Organization as a Top 100 Massachusetts Defense Attorney, and alongside a U.S. Congressman and other honorees, he was presented with an “Excellence in the Law: Up & Coming Attorney” award by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Weekly.

In addition to protecting his clients’ interests in criminal investigations, Vikas has earned a reputation for swiftly resolving personal 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 law firm with a core commitment to socially conscious business practices. The firm is built on the drive to provide exemplary legal services to each client in a dynamic, forward-thinking and collaborative environment. The firm has an optimistic and inquisitive approach to solving problems, and to learn more about Dhar Law’s unparalleled commitment to its clients and community, visit http://www.dharlawllp.com/.

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Licensed for 18 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 09/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Vikas

Dhar Law, LLP
Schrafft's City Center Powerhouse
529 Main Street, Suite P200
Charlestown, MA, 02129

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Joseph Goodell | November 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Consultation
I met with Mr. Dhar and some of his legal peers. He took the time to advise me over my options of dealing with my legal issues and how to remedy my situation. He was very expressive of how to get action and justice done at the same time. Thank you, Dhar Law Firm for your up front honesty and consistent effort to keep me informed and make me knowledgeable of my options. Your consult was much valued and appreciated. Thanks so much!
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Posted by Mo | November 7, 2022
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Extraordinary attorney
I hired Vikas several years ago for a nuanced, white-collar matter. He came highly recommended. He lived up to his reputation. Vikas is exceptionally bright and knowledgeable. He knows the law and the nuts-and-bolts of the legal system. What I appreciated most about Vikas was his demeanor. For all of his intellect, he is down-to-earth. He was easy to talk to and always available to field calls and discuss legal matters. Vikas was able to convey complicated, and sometimes dull, legal matters into something easy to understand. I trust Vikas with all of my legal matters, big or small. I know he can always help me.
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Posted by Matt | November 7, 2022
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Ethical, Trustworthy and Effective
Vikas has counseled me across a wide range of legal matters, and has been able to look at each from different angles, weighing different outcomes and implications, and make sound ethical recommendations. Vikas has a unique ability to breakdown complex legal language and process into layman’s terms when asked, to help his clients best understand a situation and help them navigate to the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Olivia | November 7, 2022
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Incredible attorney
Vikas is not only incredibly personable but he is also a phenomenal defense attorney. I met Vikas a year ago and felt extremely comfortable from the start. He was supportive, we’ll versed in all legal capacities, and confident no matter how complex the situation may be. I would recommend Vikas for any legal standings and would use him if I ever needed him again.
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Posted by Paola | November 7, 2022
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Excellent Service
I was blessed to find Dhar law and his team. When I was desperate and hopeless Vikas gave me hope and reassurance with his enthusiasm, empathy, professionalism, respect, and friendliness. Attorney Vikas Dhar and Attorney Rosalinda worked directly on my case. Rosalinda is extremely professional, respectful, confident, assertive, and friendly. They worked together strategizing with their extensive experience and knowledge and made my case dismissed smoothly. I will recommend them anytime to my family and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2021
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A Very Attentive and Responsive Attorney
Vikas was instrumental for my case. He guided me throughout the legal process and was very responsive whenever I had questions or when I needed his advice. I highly recommend Vikas and his team.
Posted by Jesse | April 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
51A
Vikas was very professional and communicative throughout my case. He contacted me in a timely manner with informative information regarding my 51A accusation. Would love to hire him again in the future!
Response from Vikas Dhar April 7, 2021
Thanks, Jesse!
Posted by Amul | January 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best lawyer and personality
Long story short. Our case got dismissed in single court date. I believe there is nothing more i can say or tell about their excellence, professionalism, reputation and dedication. We feel blessed to have our association with Dhar Law LLp.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around
I’ve used him multiple times at this point I call him family not my lawyer I’d recommend him to anyone and have too multiple people and never disappoints!
Posted by Eric | December 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great people to work with
Very happy with everything from them and all the help they gave me. Great team to work with and took care of everything they way it should have been very happy with the outcome and the way everything went
Posted by luis santiago | January 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer !!!
i hired mr vikas for my case and i am very satisfied with the results, mr vikas and mr greg are really professional and freindly , they took care of my case as it was the only one . they kept me amd my little family together , i am blessed, to have had the opportunity to have dhar law for repesentation ireally recommend you to hire dhar law firm for your cases ,
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Posted by Judy | December 30, 2019
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Amazing professional
Mr. Vikas S. Dhar assisted me on one legal matter. He was extremely responsive to my needs, friendly and personal. I found him to be highly competent, motivated and responsible professional. I would recommend him to everybody, who needs legal representation.
Posted by Sean | October 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Mayor of Charlestown
Kept me informed and helped ease concerns as they came up. It’s nice to feel like the person representing you actually cares.
Posted by ADOLPHUS | March 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
If you want to be in good hands, this is where you want to be
I have nothing but high praise for the team at Dhar Law, LLP. Every step taken with them is clear, concise, and executed with the best intentions! My experience with them from start to finish was always empowering, from the consultation meetings to the days of battle in court. If you want any situation handled with the upmost care and precision then I suggest you look no further!
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Posted by Anne | January 7, 2019
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Great Internship with Dhar Law LLP
I had a great internship experience at Dhar Law LLP, the lawyers were available to answer my questions and gave me interesting projects. I felt welcomed and part of the family right away!
Posted by Ting | April 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent professionalism
Vikas went above and beyond to help our family. He is very knowledgeable on his professional field, also have a big heart to understand us. I am so thankful that we have hired him from day one. He was very patient in responding to all our questions, keeping us informed on the proceedings and he is always there for us. I am deeply appreciated to have him in the most stressful period of my entire life. I would definitely recommend Vikas for any your legal needs.
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Response from Vikas Dhar May 5, 2018
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Romildo | March 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!
I truly thank and fully recommend Dhar Law's legal services. My case involved a civil complaint filed by SEC in Federal Court and I must say that Vikas and his team have been, from day one, not only highly professional and competent to handle the case, but have shown genuine care and love for me and my family. They are a very hands-on office and Vikas is ALWAYS there whenever we need him. Far from being greedy, Vikas has proved to be more interested in you as a person as well as in the success of your case. That I can tell you. They have always committed the time and the effort needed to assist me so I can guarantee this is the best office with the best team. I am so lucky Dhar Law exists.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2018
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Excellent Professionalism
Vikas went above and beyond to help with my criminal defense case. Throughout the entire process Vikas acted as a friend by remaining professional, candid and kind. I cannot thank him and his team enough!
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer!
I am so glad my boyfriend found Vikas online. These reviews are not lies, he is amazing. He took care of my case which was super lengthy and I had absolutely no clue what the outcome would be. Vikas took the time to listen to my case and what happened, he will give you the realist scenarios of possible outcome. I was super stressed out when I received the letter saying I needed to go to court, but as soon as I met Vikas, he took the stress of my shoulders. He took care of everything and didn't need me to do anything except for appear in court. He has a huge connection behind him. When you hire him as your lawyer, you're not only hiring him, it's a team of supportive people.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2017
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He is the best !!
My husband hired Vikas to represent me in a criminal matter and honestly from day one, I had a sense of confidence in him. From the quick response time to the professionalism – Vikas was fantastic. He was upfront on what he can do and he eventually did better than that. Throughout our engagement with him, he was very patient in responding to all our questions, keeping us informed on the proceedings. Weekends, holidays or whatever – Vikas will be there for you. It was a very traumatic incident for me but Vikas held our hands till the very end and eventually got us what we didn’t even expect. Since we’re on a non-immigrant visa, despite being a criminal defense attorney Vikas’ broad knowledge across different types of law – saved our future. I couldn’t have expected anything better. He is very good at what he does but most important of all – he treats you as a friend not a client and that was the most comforting thing in the most stressful period of my entire life. I would definitely recommend Vikas and his team for any of your legal needs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Pro bono 20 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • managing attorney
  • Dhar Law, LLP
  • 2009 - Present

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2003
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Representation of Witness - Federal Court
  • Pending
  • Defense of Commodities Firm, CEO - Federal Court
  • Pending
  • Defense of Engineer - Federal Court
  • Successor counsel engaged
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Associations

  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Italian
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Awards

  • Up & Coming Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Bar Association & MA Lawyer's Weekly
  • 2012
  • Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense
  • New England Super Lawyers/Boston Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense
  • New England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense
  • New England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense
  • New England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rendleman Award
  • SIU School of Law: Outstanding Performance
  • 2003
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Publications

  • http://dharlawllp.wordpress.com/
  • The Dookhan Fallout: Tainted Drug Lab Samples & Guilty Pleas
  • 2012
  • MCLE
  • The Use of Substitute Experts at Trial and the Confrontation Clause
  • 2011
  • Massachusetts Bar Institute Section Review, Vol. 7, No. 1
  • The Department of Homeland Security Initiative
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • New England Law Journal Commencement
  • Speaker
  • 2012
  • Know Your Rights Community Seminar
  • Hot Topics in Criminal Law
  • 2012
  • SABA KYR Inaugural Grauation Event
  • Speaker
  • 2011
  • Recent Developments in Criminal Law
  • Speaker
  • 2011
  • Know Your Rights Community Seminar
  • Hot Topics in Criminal Law
  • 2011
  • Know Your Rights Community Seminar
  • Hot Topics in Criminal Law
  • 2010
  • Forensic Psychiatry & Memory: Perspectives in Law,
  • Panel Coordinator
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (31)
Given (58)
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vikas is a well known champion of civil rights in Massachusetts. His thoughts and commentary help to shape current thinking on critical constitutional issues. Vikar should be proud of his accomplishments: of going the extra mile; of saying what must be said; and of the positive impact he has on his individual clients and the community as a whole I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Friend
"As a former colleague I endorse Vikas in his research skills and general well rounded knowledge of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Vikas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I trust Vikas. We have spoken about how immigration and criminal defense practice intersect many times. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I truly have immense respect for Vikas Dhar. He has tremendous depth and breadth of knowledge in the areas of criminal defense and litigation. He is also a highly ethical attorney and brings integrity to all his dealings. Besides his abilities as an attorney and business person, Vikas is very active in the community. He is a compassionate person who truly cares."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the best attorneys that I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and also observing in the courtroom. His demeanor in the courtroom, appearance, presentation, and his knowledge of the law makes working with him exciting. I highly recommend the Vikas Dhar."
White collar crime Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vikas is a dedicated and zealous advocate for his clients. Whenever I have seen him in court, he is always well-prepared and does a thorough job at presenting all arguments that are favorable to his client's position."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vikas is the consummate professional. Whether defending an SEC investigation or a complex criminal conspiracy case, he has the intellect, talent and infrastructure to deliver an excellent product. His practice combines the strategic depth of a big firm with street smarts and battle-readiness of a top-notch solo."
White collar crime Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vikas is a great lawyer and a terrific businessman. He has built a successful law firm from the ground up. I would heartily recommend his services."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Vikas Dhar for several years at a law firm in Boston. Although Vikas's practice covered multiple areas from criminal defense to family law, I utilized Vikas's knowledge and skill whenever I faced a complex question in the field of immigration law. Vikas tackled difficult issues and provided concrete answers that far exceeded my expectations. He is my first choice whenever I have an immigration law matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Vikas Dhar is definitely a rising star in the Boston legal community. His firm has attracted a wide variety of legal talent, including several former prosecutors, and Vikas is, himself, developing a reputation for excellence in the nature and quality of the legal services he provides to a broad base of clients in a variety of different concentrations. I respect him both personally and professionally and recommend him to prospective clients without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working with Vikas on a number of cases. I am always impressed by the care and time he gives to each and every client to make sure that they understand the process and have the information that they need to make smart decisions in their cases."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Dhar provides exceptional service and commitment to his clients."
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Charlestown Criminal defense Lawyer Vikas S. Dhar
Vikas S. Dhar
Criminal defense Attorney
Charlestown, MA
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation