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John E. MacDonald, Esquire is a trial attorney practicing criminal defense,
immigration law and post-conviction relief in Rhode Island and
Massachusetts. Mr. MacDonald represents clients in state and federal
court in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has aggressively and
successfully defended clients charged in every type of criminal case,
including capital murder, child molestation, sexual assault, felony
assault, domestic assault, patient abuse, bank fraud, mail fraud and
wire fraud. He is the former president of the Rhode Island Association
of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers. For a review of the prior criminal cases, see Cases.


Mr. MacDonald is the author of Rhode Island Criminal Defense, A
Practice Manual (4th Edition), a top rated trial manual used by
criminal defense attorneys throughout Rhode Island.  See below.


Mr. MacDonald represents clients seeking permanent residence and
naturalization. He practices before the Providence Immigration Office
and the Boston Immigration Court. For many clients facing deportation,
the only recourse is post-conviction relief; that is, vacating the
original conviction in state or federal court. Mr. MacDonald has
successfully vacated convictions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For
a review of prior immigration and post-conviction results, see Cases.


Mr. MacDonald is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law
School (1995) and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Rhode
Island (1990). He is admitted to practice in all state courts in Rhode
Island and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice in the United
States District Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts
as well as the First Circuit Court of Appeals.


The criminal defense lawyers here have the
expertise and experience to successfully
represent the accused for crimes from a simple traffic
stop to a murder charge. We have
represented aggressively and successfully clients
facing felony or misdemeanor charges in the state
and federal courts of Rhode
Massachusetts for cases such as:
- Drug

- Domestic

- Assault and Battery

- Molestation
- Criminal Fraud


The immigration lawyers of
The Law Office of John E. MacDonald, Inc. successfully
represent clients at the Boston Immigration Court
and Providence Immigration Office. We
successfully terminate deportation cases in the
Boston Immigration Court. We also help our
clients obtain permanent residence through
adjustment of status in the United States or
consular processing abroad. Clients seeking
US citizenship obtain our services to ensure that
their petition is filed and approved quickly.

Conviction Relief

Attorney John MacDonald works with many
clients whose immigration status requires
vacating a criminal conviction or modifying the
sentence. If you or a family member or friend
requires post-conviction relief representation in Massachusetts or Rhode Island
for the purpose of ameliorating adverse
immigration consequences, contact us today to
schedule your free consultation.


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Contact info

Law Office of John E. Macdonald, Inc.

One Turks Head Place
Suite 1440
Providence, RI, 02903

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 48%
    21 years, 4 thousand cases
  2. Immigration: 47%
    21 years, 500 cases
  3. Sex Crime: 5%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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RIAuthorized to practice law199507/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Offices of John E. MacDonald2001 - Present
Public DefenderRhode Island Public Defenders Office1995 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rhode Island Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Rhode Island Association of Criminal DefenseMemberN/A
U.S. District Court, Rhode IslandMemberN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st CircuitMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gambling ForfeitureClient recovered $300,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
RI Association of Criminal Defense LawyersRhode Island Criminal Defense, A Practice Manual, 6th Edition2014
RIACDLRI Criminal Defense, A Practice Manual, 5th Edition2012
ManualRHODE ISLAND CRIMINAL DEFENSE A Practice Manual, 4th Edition © John E. MacDonald2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD with High Honors1995
University of Rhode IslandEnglish, Political Science, SpeechBA - magna cum laude1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
RIACDLCriminal Defense Ethical Dilemmas2013
Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense LawyersRecent Developments in Criminal Law2013
RI Superior Court JusticesImpact of Criminal Convictions in Immigration Court2012
Immigration Law and RI CrimesImmigration Law2011
Rhode Island Bar Association’s mandatory Continuing Legal Education 2010Ethics in Criminal Defense2010
Appearance at Rhode Island Department of the Public DefenderPadilla v. Kentucky2010