Lorenzo Perez is a highly experienced trial lawyer who focusses his practice on criminal and civil trials; he compliments his practice with appellate advocacy. For nearly thirty years, throughout Massachusetts and at Federal Court, he has represented clients for whom he has obtained outstandingly favorable results, which include numerous Not Guilty verdicts at Massachusetts District and Superior Courts, as well as extraordinary Not Guilty jury verdicts at Federal District Court; these successful results at state -- and especially at Federal Court -- were against formidable odds, as the conviction rate at federal court is 85% to 95%.
Favorable outcomes also include: lifetime financial and medical support settlements, "Motion Allowed" decisions in motions to suppress evidence and motions to dismiss charges, and the avoidance of Grand Jury indictments for business owners and for falsely accused criminal defense clients. Also, without charging a fee (pro bono), Attorney Perez regularly represents people who cannot otherwise afford his services and the wrongly accused in Innocence Project cases. Still, regardless of any lawyer's achievements or successes in past cases, the key components to determining whether any attorney is right for you include trust, competence, communication, and effectiveness demonstrated in your case. It is on the foundation of these qualities in the attorney-client relationship that successful outcomes are built.
Attorney Perez regularly represents clients accused of murder, serious felonies, and in complex civil matters (head trauma and brain injuries), but he also makes himself available to clients in less serious cases -- and to the parents of juveniles interested in protecting their children from unjust criminal convictions and the prospect of a future with a criminal record. He prides himself on advocating unwaveringly and tenaciously for clients with simple matters before the court, just as attentively as he does for clients in complex cases. Often, his clients are well-respected members of the community (Harvard professors, MIT PhD candidates, police officers, West Point Graduates, Veterans, etc.); that is, people from all walks of life who -- due to an unfortunate twist of fate or a lapse in judgment -- find themselves in need of a skilled trial lawyer and/or an adept, diplomatic representative to avoid Grand Jury indictment for business crimes, felonies, vehicular tragedies, or false accusations.
Thoughout his career, Attorney Perez has taken on the toughest and most challenging cases imaginable and won. He has developed a niche career of obtaining extremely favorable verdicts in very difficult cases. With highest regard for the right to a jury trial -- our legal system's most valuable right -- Attorney Perez's approach is to inform and guide juries to a just verdict, as well-informed jurors will come to a just verdict.
Dedicating himself to the improvement of trial law practice, Attorney Perez regularly teaches legal skills seminars to attorneys at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and Middlesex Defense Attorneys. He also contributes to the integrity of the legal community by serving as a Hearing Officer at the Board of Bar Overseers, and is an active supporter of the Innocence Project, having served as the Assistant Director of the New England Innocence Project, and the Director of the Cambridge Innocence Project.
Attorney Perez is a member of the Massachusetts Bar (1992), the Federal Bar (1st Circuit) (2004), and the U.S. Court of Appeals (2004).
He is a graduate of Boston University Law School (1992) and Bentley University (1988); Post-Doctoral Education includes: Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Harvard University Extension School, and New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Having completed the following intensive national trial skills academies, Attorney Perez is a certified alumnus of the following:
- The National Criminal Defense College,
- The National Institute of Trial Advocates, and
- The Institute of Criminal Defense Advocacy.
Attorney Perez has held the following professional associations:
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Dorchester Bar Association (past President)
- Southern Poverty Law Project
- American Veteran's Association