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Lissa McKinney

Lissa McKinney

33 Years District and Superior Court throughout Massachusetts
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Consumer Law ...
  • Florida, Massachusetts
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Lissa McKinney graduated Suffolk University (1981) and Suffolk University Law School (1984) and started as a trial lawyer with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Worcester and Boston. Her courtroom and trial experience spans 33 years and more than 1,000 bench or jury trials, probable cause hearings, restraining order hearings and evidentiary hearings. Lissa's practice concentrates on labor and employment law, personal injury, consumer fraud complaints, administrative hearings, and ALL matters of criminal defense.Out of the courtroom, she represent clients at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Department of Employment and Training, DSS Fair Hearings, disciplinary hearings of licensed occupations, and firearms licensing appeals.

McKinney was an Adjunct Clinical Trial Practice Instructor at Suffolk University Law School where she supervised third year law students providing indigent criminal defense. She served as Staff Attorney for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ), the Suffolk County bar advocate program assuring the quality of lawyers representing indigent criminal defendants. McKinney has also been a lecturer at various educational seminars sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Boston Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Advocate Program, Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, such as: District Court Bar Advocate Training; Essential Rules of Criminal Procedure; Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts; Emerging Areas of Criminal Practice; Hot Tips for Trying Criminal Cases, Probation Violation Proceedings; Defending on a Shoestring; Pre-Trial Conference Rules; Evidence-Getting It In and Keeping It Out.

Lissa is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. District Court for the First Circuit, & the Florida Bar,
Membership: Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL); Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA).

Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1984) | Criminal law, student lawyer clinical program, labor and employment
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Professional Experience
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
Speaking Engagements
Probation Surrenders, Boston
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ)
Evidence: Getting it in-Keeping it Out, Boston
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ)
Pre-Trial Conference Rules, Boston
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ)
Defending on a Shoestring, Boston
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ)
Essential Rules of Criminal Procedure, Boston
Boston Bar Association
District Court Bar Advocate Training, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Hot Tips for Trying Criminal Cases, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Emerging Areas of Criminal Practice, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Probation Violation Proceedings, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Professional Associations
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
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Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorney's
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Florida State Bar  # 642540
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Massachusetts State Bar  # 544172
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
    Free consultation for the first 45-60 minutes.Fees for review and assessment beyond consultation are addressed during consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees are accepted for personal injury cases such as motor vehicle accidents, property accident and related torts.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Consumer law cases brought under MGL ch. 93A will include a claim for attorney fees. Efforts to recover costs and fees are always made in these cases, but not guaranteed. Accordingly, attorney fees on an hourly basis are billed pending resolution and recovery of fees.
Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Consumer Law
Class Action, Lemon Law
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. Two citations for rear-ending someone?
A: Since the ticket was issued in CT, then what they can or cannot do or issue is governed by CT law, not MA.

Even if you have an MA license, that ticket will be processed by the ruls of CT. You should ask this in a CT forum.
Q. neighbor stole $8000 from my 80 yr old mom's bank card, caught on bank ATM camera, admitted it and wasn't arrested.
A: You might want to have a lawyer involved to effectively press the Mashpee Police Department and secure some justice here. Otherwise, please obtain a copy of the police report you filed and go to the local District Court for jurisdiction of Mashpee, Falmouth District Court. There you will go to the clerk's office for criminal business, and tell them you wish to make an Application for a Criminal Complaint. You can find this form online as well, and you should practice drafting so it is properly and strongly worded before you get to the Counter. Complete the Application, and be sure it includes a charge for larceny over $1,200; Larceny from a person 60 years and older is an aggravated larceny, G.L.Chapter 266, Sec. 30. Make screenshots of his FB page too. The Valor act has been gutted a bit, and may not apply if he has used it before or if it is not under the jurisdiction of it. *Not all offenses may be eligible. At a minimum, you want to protect other elderly people from being stolen by ensuring there is a criminal complaint and a conviction if possible. In addition to making the application at the clerk's office, I would also urge you to contact your local state representative and ask that they intervene on your behalf with the Barnstable COunty District Attorney to ensure these charges move forward. It seems to me the Mashpee police have operate here as investigators, judge and jury, and have dismised your rights as a victim of a crime. It should not be up to them to decide whether a crime has happened- that is for the clerk, and why we have separation of powers. I am so sorry that this happened to your mom, and that the police have put their heads in the sand. Your mother deserves better.

You might also want to kick it up with the State Police and the AG's office on the theft from the elderly too, on the basis that Mashpee has refused to do their job and bring it to the Court for action. How dd they conclude that the person lost all the money? it sounds all wrong to me.

Good luck!
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Q. NRS 484B.400 – Making an Improper Turn – Made Left Got a citation and fault is on me. what options i got. New Driver
A: Sorry this happened to you so soon after getting your license. Your options are spelled out on the back of the ticket. You wll want to make a clear, darkened legible copy in case you see a lawyer. Sign it and put in to go to a clerk's hearing. The hearing is a 2 step process. First whether you committed the infraction, and 2d whether the clerk will consider a different remedy for the ticket. If you simply pay it you will get assessed points for the infraction, points based on the cost of the MV repairs, and if you are under 21 or under 18 there can be other consequences relative to your license. Tickets implicate many considerations: sometimes they are criminal case applications; they always result in registry action, and they usually will have an insurance surcharge/premium increase attached to it. It would be my strong reccommendation that you have a lawyer involved to obtain the best possible outcome considering all that is at stake!

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