Joseph M. Pacella
Criminal Defense Attorney
Having tried several hundred cases, I can certainly argue any set of facts; after more than 20 years in practice, I am confident that I know evidence and the law; but as you can see from my background - I also know most of the players. This combination has provided my clients with consistently successful and outstanding results. I have been a resident of Western Massachusetts for my entire life.
After serving as a prosecutor in Hampshire County, I was recruited to work in the litigation department of one of the most prestigious firms in Springfield. I handled a wide array of civil and criminal litigation as the lead counsel. Due to my hard work, I was one of the two youngest persons to be voted partner in this almost century-old firm. I was chosen to serve for many years on the firm's three-member Executive Committee.
In late 2012, I left to start my own firm. When clients were contacted, all but one of the several hundred clients' files that I was working on chose to move their cases to my firm. That same year, I had been elected to serve as the President of the Hampden County Bar Association, which has over 900 members. I am continuously rated a 10 and receive awards for customer satisfaction on AVVO.com. I can help you navigate any of the courts located in Western Massachusetts. I am also licensed in the (federal) US District Court for Massachusetts.
Massachusetts State Bar
Hampden County Bar Association
Hampshire County Bar Association
J.D. — St John's University School of Law, 1997
Boston College Law School, Visiting Student, 1996
B.A. — Colgate University, 1994
Joint Bar Committee, Member, 2016-present
Hampden County Lawyers for Justice, Inc., Board of Directors, 2012-present
Hampden County Bar Association Board of Directors, 2001-Present
Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Boston Magazine - 2008, 2010-2012
"Forty Under Forty" Most Influential Business West, 2007
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