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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).

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Consumer Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Law
  • Traffic Tickets
  • 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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1984) | Criminal law, student lawyer clinical program, labor and employment
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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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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
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55 Questions Answered

Q. As tenants do we have a legal claim to use of common space? How do we address harassment by neighbors who won't share?
A: You should send a polite email to the landlord asserting that your lease provides you 2 parking spots and they have taken one of yours. He needs to tell them they have only 2 and to move the 3rd car someplace else. He should also tell them in writing that you are entitled to half the garden and they need to pull back their garden to half or stop complaining. You are entitled to "quiet enjoyment" of the common areas and all the benefits of your lease. The landlord needs to enforce your lease provisions, but my guess is they will terrorize him too and he could be afraid of them. You may end up with an action against your landlord and these tenants too if your rights are not protected. Keep careful records and screen shot and document what they are doing for harassment. At some point if they threaten or frighten you enough you may be able to get a Harassmaent Order against them. Take pictures of the cars there too, the garden, and anything they do as intimidation. By the way, all your rights can be found in a great tenants book called Legal Tactics, written by MA tenants organizations for over 30 years in lay terms, for tenants rights. As tenants, it is well worth having. You may want to think about moving as you do have cause to break your lease if the landlord does nothing. On the other hand, you could think about a threat of legal action to them as well, or have a lawyer write them a letter telling them to take down the post or be sued for invasion of your privacy and slander for portrayal in a false light, and there is possibly a civil rights issue for you there too. This is just informational, and those are areas outside of the question you ask. It is an awful situation to be sure. I wonder if that is why the prior tenants left?
Q. I have a restraining order against my husband in Massachusetts. Can I relocate to New Hampshire with our son?
A: Maybe. If you have been to any Probate & Family Court with your child then MA has jurisdiction ( Paternity action, child support action, divorce) you can't leave the state without permission from the Probate COurt. If you do it anyway, you may be ordered to do all the riving so the other parent can see your child, and there could be other consequences on that. A probate Lawyer can best help you there. If no Probate court has had jurisdiction over your child, you are Ok to move. IF you move to NH with a MA restraining order that is active, you will want to provide copies of it to local law enforcement officers for your own protection. However, when it comees up for renewal you will most likely have to apply in the jurisdiction in NH where you live at the time of it, since MA will no longer have jurisdiciton over you one you leave the state. The standards for issuance of a restraining order are likely to be very similar, but it is worth looking at as well so you have all the information you need,
Q. I hit a pole while driving during a rainy night, the officers came unexpectedly and I told them my mom texted me.
A: There isnt really a question here. However if you appeal the ticket and go to the clerk's hearing there is a decent chance they will give you a break if you havent had any driving infractions before, on the distracted driving aspect. However, there can be some complications with insurance surcharges for you being at fault in the accident, but you needed to be More than 50% at fault so go back and see if the area was lit sufficiently at night and be able to testify about it. Replacement of telephone poles is expenbsive and your insurance may have to pay for that as well as the damage to the car. Your mom should not be yelling at you either, if she was texting you while you were driving it is as much her bad as yours. What isnt clear here is whether you are an under 21 driver which could matter to the clerks decision process.
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