Michael R. Schneider

Michael R. Schneider

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Boston, MA

Good Schneider Cormier & Fried
 | 83 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-523-5933
Fax: 617-523-7554
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1983
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Constitutional Law (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Michael Schneider is a criminal defense attorney with 30 years' experience who has successfully represented clients in complex, state and federal criminal and regulatory matters, including cases with a significant civil liberties, human rights and national security dimension. Mr. Schneider has worked on a number of high-profile cases, including the OJ Simpson, David Merrick, Mike Tyson, and Pamela Smart cases.

    Mr. Schneider also represents professors, physicians, students, and scientists in scientific research misconduct proceedings before university inquiry and investigative committees, and also before the NIH and NSF.  

    Adjunct Professor at Boston University School of Law, teaching seminar on "Wrongful Convictions and the US Criminal Justice System, 2011 to 2018. 

    Associate to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, 1993-97.

    Public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston and in New York state for ten years, 1983-93.

    Of Counsel, 1997-2008, to The Spangenberg Group, a consulting firm providing technical assistance to local, state, and foreign governments in the area of legal aid, indigent criminal defense delivery systems, and criminal justice.

    Frequent lecturer at legal education seminars; authored articles in the area of criminal defense practice.

    Professor Dershowitz has said that "Michael is one of the smartest, most creative and hard-working lawyers I have encountered. His advocacy skills--both in brief writing and oral argument--are superb. I recommend him highly.”

    Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, the U.S. District Court in Boston, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    About Michael Schneider

    Admitted: 1983, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage: http://gscfboston.com/attorneys/


    • Best Lawyers in Boston; Best Lawyers in America (2003-present); Massachusetts Super Lawyer 2006, 2009- present; Charles Evans Hughes Fellow, Columbia Law School.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Instruction in Law at Boston University Law School, teaching seminar on "Wrongful Convictions, Miscarriages of Justice, and the US Criminal Justice System. Fall 2009, visiting lecturer at Tufts University teaching class on "Wrongful Convictions and the U.S. Criminal Justice System.  1997-2008, Of Counsel to The Spangenberg Group, a consulting firm providing technical assistance to local, state, and foreign governments in the area of legal aid, indigent criminal defense delivery systems, and criminal justice.   2011-present, Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; 2012-2016, Board Member, National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union; 2014, Member of Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Brief Committee; 2013-present, Member of New England Innocence Project Case Review Committee.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Michael R. Schneider & John Tull, "Core Issues in Designing Legal Aid and Public Defender Programs," in Manual on International Legal Aid (NLADA, forthcoming 2009).Michael R. Schneider, "Legal Aid, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in Cambodia" (Prepared for IHRLG, September 1999).John Salsberg, & Michael R. Schneider et al., "Pretrial Matters," in Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Manual (MCLE 1999).Michael R. Schneider, "Lex Americana & Jurisdictional Conflict: Evolving Principles of Limitation on the Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Criminal Laws" (1997) (unpublished thesis). Jane White, Martin Rosenthal, & Michael R. Schneider, CPCS Training Manual for Criminal Defense (MCLE 2003).Michael R. Schneider & Ben Selman, "Evidentiary Issues," in How to Try a Drug Case in Massachusetts (MCLE 2014).

    Educational Background:

    • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1983.MALD, Fletcher School at Tufts University, 1997,BA, Brown University, 1978.

    Industry Groups

    • Member of the Massachusetts Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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    Office Location for Michael R. Schneider

    83 Atlantic Avenue
    Boston, MA 02110

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    Last Updated: 6/17/2021

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