Liam D. Scully

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

Scully and Lagos
Liam D. Scully
Scully and Lagos

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1998

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

Scully and Lagos

10 Post Office Square
Suite 1330
Boston, MA 02109 Visit website


Attorney Liam D. Scully is a partner at the Law Office of Scully & Lagos in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Scully devotes his practice exclusively to criminal defense and serves clients throughout the Boston metropolitan area.

Mr. Scully has over 20 years of experience and handles cases involving allegations such as assault, battery, conspiracy, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, insurance fraud, larceny, murder, rape, violation of restraining orders, robbery, sex offenses, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Over his career, he has argued cases at the state, federal and appellate levels, helping many clients to reduced charges or acquittals.

Licensed to appear before all Massachusetts and New Hampshire state courts, Mr. Scully is also admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. District court for the District of New Hampshire and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. He is a member of the Plymouth County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Scully earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School. While attending law school, he was a member of the law review and authored several articles on criminal law topics. His prior legal experience includes clerking for Massachusetts Superior Court judges, working on criminal matters.

Prior to forming the Law Offices of Scully & Lagos, Mr. Scully was a partner at private firms and spent a year as a public defender. He has always focused his practice on criminal defense law.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Murder, Sex Offenses

  • 100% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 1998, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:

  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 09CR004161
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1058CR1598
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1058CR5016
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 14-CR-31866
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1103CR0162
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1203CR580
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1315CR6737
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1655CR00967
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe,15-CR-4862
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1556CR0052477
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1655CR00259
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, MICR2006-00266  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 99-CR-1533  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 08-CR-7430  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 0511CR006796  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 05-CR-210
  • Commonwealth v. Smith, 01-CR-4655  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, MICR2003-0039  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 99-CR7822  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, MICR2002-930  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 00-CR-8181  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 01-CR-2105  
  • U.S. v. John Doe, 07-CR-189 USDC NH  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 0959CR002323  
  • Commonwealth v.  John Doe, PLCR2004-00396  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2008-CR-2840  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, MICR2006-00266  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, MICR2004-1904  
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 00-CR-7781  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, PLCR2008-00646  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1159CR001809  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 05-CR-2909  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, PLCR2007-523  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, PLCR2007-521  
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 0715CR006214  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2008-P-0448, Massachusetts Appeals Court 
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, MICR2005-263  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, PLCR2007-00363  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, WO3R2003-00188  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2010-CR-7857, Brockton District Court 
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2011-CR-2396, Plymouth District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, Plymouth District Court Clerk's Hearing, August, 2014 
  • United States v. John Doe, Federal Grand Jury Investigation in United States District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2012-CR-4756, Quincy District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2013-CR-6785, Dorchester District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2014-CR-789, Hingham District Court
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, Barnstable District Court Clerk's Hearing, December 2014 
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1407CR02838, Dorchester District Court
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1456CR005923, Quincy District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1210CR1616, Somerville District Court  
  • State of New Hampshire v. John Doe, Keene District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1321CR1253, Marlboro District Court  
  • USA v. John Doe, Grand Jury Investigation  
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1047CR001021, Concord District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 8804CR0770, Charlestown District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1425AC1495  
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1359CR104  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1256CR00494  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1459CR003019, Plymouth District Court  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 149CR1887  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 14CR3794  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1158CR0043  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1259CR1080  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2005-CR-263
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 15-CR-1058  
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1415CR3794  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 15-CR-346  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 15-CR-486  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 14-CR-3186  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 14-CR-3186  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 14-CR-450  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, NOR-2014-310  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 14-CR-2687  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1425AC1495  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 15-CR-4862
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 14-CR-649  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 12-CR1019  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 15-CR-3651 
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1659AC000354
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1655CR00967  
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1556CR005247  
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1659CR00259  
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1556CR001187
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 1659CR002632
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 15-1585
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 2013-CR-1091 
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1760AC0509
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 1759AC00995
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe
  • Commonwealth v. Jane Doe, 17-CR-2383
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, 17-C-0987  
  • Murder:  Not Guilty.  Commonwealth v. Fabian Llano, SUCR201600839 On March 27, 2016, the client's family had what was supposed to be a family party at a home in Mattapan. The party started out peacefully but was attended by a few unknown guests who became drunk and unruly. Eventually, these guests were asked to leave the party because of their behavior. One of them became defiant and insulting instead of leaving peacefully. This lead to a fistfight outside, which escalated further when the alleged victim pulled out a knife and stabbed the person he was fighting with. This lead to further escalation as our Client and many people from the party confronted the knife-wielding man. Some people armed themselves with sticks. The knife-wielding man eventually stabbed a second person. Then someone shot the knife-wielding man with a 32 caliber pistol. As he dropped to the ground, a number of the people who had been fighting with the man continued to hit, kick and strike him. He died on the spot. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds, but the medical examiner testified that the beating he took after being shot could have sped up the driving process and made it less likely he could be saved by the EMTs who arrived shortly after. Some of the altercations were caught on video, including a segment of our Client kicking the man in the head after he had been shot. This led the Suffolk County District Attorney's office to seek and obtain an indictment for murder under the theory of Joint Venture. The trial, in this case, took four weeks, involved over 30 witnesses, and included over 250 exhibits. The jury acquitted our Client after 4 days of deliberations, finding that although he did participate in the beating of the knife-wielding man, he did not do so with the required intent to sustain a conviction for murder or even the lesser included offense of manslaughter. Accordingly, instead of life with parole, he received a sentence of 2.5 years in the house of correction of stomping on the dying man with a shod foot as captured on video. With any luck, he will serve half of that sentence and be paroled home
  • Commonwealth v. John Doe, PLCR20016-00152
  • MURDER: NOT GUILTY Commonwealth v. Goncalves, 22014PLCR0062 Client was charged with First Degree Murder in Plymouth Superior Court, sitting in Brockton. Prosecutors alleged that the defendant killed his father with a single stab wound in front of the family home. In support of their allegation that the killing was premeditated, prosecutors relied on evidence that the defendant had been charged with a series of prior assaults against his father, that he had made previous threats to kill, and that the defendant had left the home earlier that day, armed himself with a knife, and returned specifically to confront his father and make good on his threats. Attorney Scully assisted in this case by his partner Attorney Claudia Lagos successfully negotiated a dismissal of the First Degree Murder charge on the first day of trial. The trial then proceeded with the Commonwealth alleging second-degree murder. However, the defendant succeeded in obtaining a voluntary manslaughter verdict based on sudden combat. Due to certain undisputed facts in the case, including a full confession, there was no possibility of a self-defense verdict or an acquittal based on mistaken identity. The best possible outcome was manslaughter which was achieved
  • Murder: NOT GUILTY Armed Robbery: NOT GUILTY Unlawful Possession of a Firearm: NOT GUILTY Commonwealth v. Robert Williams, 2013-CR-1091 Client was falsely charged with committing a murder during a robbery over marijuana in Brighton. Because of the alleged felony murder, the defendant was facing a mandatory life prison sentence without the possibility of parole. Boston police built their case around a variety of circumstantial evidence including two partial identification photo array procedures, incriminating text messages from the defendant's phone, recorded jail calls between the defendant and his then-girlfriend, the GPS ankle bracelet worn by the co-defendant cross-referenced with multiple telephone calls back and forth between the defendant, the co-defendant and the victim. The defense was mistaken identification. The trial, in this case, took nearly a month to complete with two full weeks devoted to crucial rulings on motions in limine and motions to exclude evidence. Those proceedings were followed by two weeks of trial and testimony from 24 witnesses. The jury acquitted the defendant after deliberating for three days
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New Hampshire
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Boston
  • United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • President, Plymouth District Bar Association, 2014
  • Member, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1997
  • Member, Plymouth District Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • CJA Panel Attorney, 2004
  • CPCS, Murder List Attorney, 2010

Office location for Liam D. Scully

10 Post Office Square
Suite 1330
Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 617-307-5056


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  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

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