Attorney Robert Shaw, Jr. has handled and consulted on cases in trial and appellate courts throughout Massachusetts and across the country, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Florida and the United States Federal Court in Puerto Rico. Mr. Shaw has specialized in criminal defense for over one and one half decades and has handled cases ranging from possession of narcotics to quintuple murder. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston College Law School, Mr. Shaw founded the Law Offices of Robert F. Shaw, Jr. in 1999. While the vast majority of Mr. Shaw's work is focused on criminal defense and, in particular, homicide cases, he maintains a very selective civil practice ranging from civil rights to medical malpractice, as reflected in a recent federal case where his client received compensation well in excess of one million dollars. Mr. Shaw has been named a Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and was selected as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Massachusetts by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Mr. Shaw began his career in private practice with the prominent firm of Roche, Carens & DeGiacomo, P.C. (now Murtha Cullina LLP) in Boston, Massachusetts, a firm with a more than 50 year history. At the firm Mr. Shaw worked in the litigation department and represented a wide variety of clients including prestigious, multi-billion dollar companies such as E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, John Deere Company, Eastman Kodak, as well as individuals and families in trial and appellate courts across Massachusetts. Prior to joining the firm Mr. Shaw was one of eighteen individuals from across the country selected by the United States Department of Justice to work in the Civil Division, Torts Branch, where he worked on complex civil cases in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities at the Department of Justice included developing strategy and working on many areas of law including, but not limited to discovery issues, abstention by federal courts to avoid duplicative state court litigation, constitutional challenges to state tort reform, and complex tort litigation.
Mr. Shaw is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court for Massachusetts, the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Shaw has litigated multiple cases involving murder, sexual assault, narcotics trafficking, pornography, police brutality, malpractice, and business litigation. Mr. Shaw has handled several high profile cases involving clients who have been the subject of extensive television and print media from across the country, including but not limited to Court TV, the New York Times, Nation Magazine, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Forbes, the Associates Press and Reuters, among many others. Mr. Shaw serves as a mentor to other attorneys on behalf of the Committee for Public Counsel Services of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in murder and lesser felony cases. He has been an invited lecturer at events ranging from continuing legal education seminars to law school classrooms.
Mr. Shaw's representation is marked by relationships with the highest levels of honesty, trust and integrity. "Clients understand and rely upon our genuine commitment to them and the care with which we assist them. Our entire legal practice, at every level, reflects our values and the trust and integrity that we facilitate and maintain. Genuine intention is the foundation of legal representation that is characterized by forthright and thorough communication between attorney and client, attention to detail, passion and skill in the courtroom, and results that make a difference. Our word and our genuine commitment is our bond."