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James J. Gribouski, a senior partner, concentrates on criminal defense. After spending five years as a prosecutor in Essex County, Mr. Gribouski recognized his true calling as a lawyer is the protection of individual rights. Since 1985, Mr. Gribouski has defended thousands of individuals charged with crimes. He has tried complex criminal cases in almost every county of Massachusetts and in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts.

Mr. Gribouski has represented more than forty individuals charged with first-degree murder. The government has never obtained a first-degree murder conviction against any of those clients. Mr. Gribouski also represents individuals charged with operating under the influence of liquor, drug offenses, sexual assaults and white-collar offenses. He is frequently called upon by other attorneys seeking his advice.

Mr. Gribouski thoroughly investigates the facts of every case and conducts careful legal research to ensure that every defense has been considered. He is a frequent lecturer for other attorneys attending training courses and is a co-author of Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts. In recognition of the high quality of legal representation provided to his clients, Mr. Gribouski has been repeatedly recognized in Best Lawyers of America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers.

On October 23, 2015, Mr. Gribouski was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony took place before an audience of approximately 900 persons during the 2015 Annual Meeting of the College in Chicago, Illinois.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5860 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute individuals accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.