John Salsberg is an experienced criminal trial attorney and civil litigator who has been
practicing in the state and federal courts since 1977. He has won acquittals in murder, attempted murder, and other
serious felony cases, including the high profile case of Commonwealth v. Bryant. He has been lead counsel in
multi-defendant federal racketeering and drug conspiracy cases. John has won significant settlements and verdicts
for clients in personal injury, auto accident, probate, equity, and commercial cases. He also represents students
accused of plagiarism and misconduct at area law schools and colleges.
- Part-time Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School. John has been teaching and supervising Harvard law students at Harvard Defenders since 1980.
- Adjunct faculty member at Boston College Law School, 1980-84.
- Founding member and co-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.
- John has appeared on panels on criminal defense, legal ethics, and university disciplinary cases at area law schools and at continuing education seminars. He has also authored articles in the area of criminal defense practice.
- Recognized in 2005 by the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for “his tireless and courageous advocacy.” Recipient of 1998 Edward J. Duggan Award for “zealous advocacy and outstanding legal services to 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.
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America; named as Boston Magazine’s “Massachusetts Superlawyer”; and has received Martindale Hubble’s highest AV rating.
- Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court in Boston and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
- JD, New England School of Law, 1976; BA, Brandeis University, 1971.