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Derege Demissie

Criminal defense Attorney at Cambridge, MA

4.2   9 reviews

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Highly experienced criminal defense lawyer you want on your side when you face the government. My firm provides a no-stone-unturned representation and we fight to win!

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Licensed for 25 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/26/2022

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Demissie & Church
929 Massachusetts Ave Ste 101
Cambridge, MA, 02139-3143


4.2 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Defense Attorney in MA
Derege Demissie is hands down one of the best defense attorneys in Massachusetts. He has successfully defended clients in state and federal courts. In my case, he overturned an erroneous conviction and defended me at a new trial, proving my innocence to a jury. I am forever grateful for his willingness to fight for justice. Derege is a superhero and a super lawyer!
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Posted by Andy | March 28, 2015
I highly reccomend Atty Demissie
I recently hired Derege Demissie to represent me against a false accusation. He hired an investigator and quickly got to the bottom of it. He unearthed a lot of information that I was not even aware of. By the time the case went to trial we had such an upper hand I knew there was no way we could lose. I was right! Great guy and a very talented lawyer!
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Posted by Ann Gethers | August 20, 2014
Terrific Lawyer!
Attorney Demissie represented my child who recently dropped out of college due to substance abuse problems. My son got himself into a major problem and faced serious criminal charges because of what people he associated with were doing. A friend referred me to Atty. Demissie. He was straightforward and very thoughtful. He advised my son to take the case to trial as he had a good chance of winning. He presented the case and won not guilty verdict on all charges.
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Posted by Michael | July 26, 2014
Can't say enough about him!
I hired attorney demissie last year to help with a major case. He handled my case in a very professional manner with excellent legal strategy. He was brilliant and I cannot be happier with his service.
Posted by Rick | February 4, 2014
The best lawyer lawyer when it matters most
I hired Attorney Demissie to represent me in a state felony case. He encouraged me to opt for a jury trial instead of taking a deal that I was being offered. One thing I can say is that he is fearless and strong and doesn't back down. When I first met him, I thought he was soft spoken. When we went to court, he was unbelievable. He is very respected by the judge and I though the jury listened to him more than the prosecutor. He was in total control. I won all nine counts and walked out with him.
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Posted by Mary | May 7, 2013
Great Lawyer
Derege represented my son in major felony charge out of the suffolk superior court. Despite the govt wiretap evidence and purported "confession" he won a not guilty verdict for my son. I will forever be indebted to him.
Posted by Amy Jones | November 10, 2011
Great Lawyer!
I retained Attorney Derege Demissie to represent me and my company a year ago. he did an outstanding job fo me. He was prompt. very well prepared and knew his stuff. He was more focused on getting me the best result than just getting paid. He was not cheap but worth every dime I paid him.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2013
I do not recommend him
He was a little too focused on himself. His advise was poor and later I found out that I was correct in NOT hiring him.
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
His analysis of the case was incorrect
my case was not the kind of case that mr demissie is skilled at handling. instead of recognizing that, mr demissie urged me onto a course that was hrmful to my case and my life. i cannot recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Doherty & Demissie
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Staff Attorney
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • 1989 - 2000


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 1997
  • George Mason University
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • USA v. Khun
  • Not Guilty
  • Commonwealth v. Araujo
  • Not Guilty
  • USA v. Boliero
  • Motion to Dismiss granted
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  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Suffolk Lawyers for Justice
  • Co-Chair
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Board/Committee Member
  • 2002 - 2009
  • Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • Amharic

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers in Crimninal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Editor of the Year
  • Transnational Law Review
  • 1997
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  • The Defender
  • Co-author, Federalization of the Crime of Murder & the End of Due Process
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • CPCS Superior Court Certification Training
  • Fifth Amendment Right Protection
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Derege Demissie is an outstanding attorney who gets results for his clients. He is very well known and respected in the legal community. I can't endorse him highly enough!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Deregie in criminal matters. He is a great lawyer and is dedicated to his clients. Recommended highly and without reservation."
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Cambridge Criminal defense Lawyer Derege Demissie
Derege Demissie
Criminal defense Attorney
Cambridge, MA
Licensed for 25 years
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