John Salsberg

Professional Background

John Salsberg is best known in Massachusetts for his representation in high profile criminal cases which have been widely reported on in newspapers, magazines and television throughout the country. He is also well respected in the legal community for his dedication to seeking equal justice for indigent defendants by donating his time for over 15 years as Chair from 2013-2015 of the Criminal Justice Act Board in the Federal District Court, the Boston area Bar Advocate program, and now as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Board in the Federal District Court. His clients know him as someone who will fight for the best outcome in every situation, skillfully represent them and straightforwardly advise them.

  1. Harvard Law School clinical instructor at Harvard Defenders for over 25 years.
  2. Boston College Law School adjunct faculty member 1980-84.
  3. Graduate of Brandeis University and New England Law Boston.
  4. Founding member and former chair of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, a non-profit organization coordinating the provision of private assigned counsel to indigent criminal defendants charged with superior and district court felonies and misdemeanors.
  5. Former Chair of the Criminal Justice Act Board which participates with the Federal District Court judges in selecting panel attorneys to represent indigent defendants, works with the Office of the Federal Defender in continuing legal education presentations and advocates for maintaining a high level lawyering at the trial level. 2013-2015
  6. John has presented at panel discussions on criminal defense, legal ethics, and university disciplinary cases at area law schools and at continuing education seminars.
  7. Listed in Best Lawyers in America; named as a Boston Magazine “Massachusetts Superlawyer and recipient of Martindale Hubble's highest AV rating.
  8. Recognized in 2005 by the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for “his tireless and courageous advocacy.' Recipient of the 1998 Edward J. Duggan Award for “zealous advocacy and outstanding legal services for the poor” from the Committee for Public Counsel Services. 2007 National Lawyers Guild Massachusetts Chapter Honoree as a legal professional and activist for political and social justice.

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