Derege Demissie

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cambridge, MA

Demissie & Church
 | 929 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 101
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-354-3944
Fax: 617-354-0985
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%),
  • Food and Drugs (10%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Derege Demissie is an attorney at Demissie & Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he focuses his practice on criminal defense. An attorney for more than 20 years, he has tried many high-profile criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts, including the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. He serves clients in Cambridge and throughout the surrounding area.

    Mr. Demissie represents individuals in all types of criminal matters, including driving while intoxicated, drug defense, violent crimes and other misdemeanors and felonies. He also represents businesses in white collar criminal cases and handles immigration matters that relate to criminal cases.

    Taking an active role in his legal community, Mr. Demissie is president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a past vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. He holds a license to practice law before all Massachusetts state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the 1st and 4th circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

    Additionally, Mr. Demissie serves as co-chair of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice and as a member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, a service of the Public Defender Agency of Massachusetts. He serves on various continuing legal education panels and educates other attorneys on various facets of criminal defense practice.

    Mr. Demissie earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from George Mason University. He went on to graduate cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, where he was a member of the dean’s list and was named “editor of the year” of Suffolk Transnational Law Review.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Food and Drugs
    • 10%Immigration: Consumer
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

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    About Derege Demissie

    Admitted: 1997, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage:


    • Super Lawyer since 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Committee Member, Committee for Public Counsel Services
    • Former Vice President, The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
    • Co-Chair, Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc.
    • First Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
    • US District Court of Massachusetts
    • Fourth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Massachusetts, 1997
    • President of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WWW.MACDL.COM), 2017

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Editor of the Year Suffolk University Law School Transnational Law Review


    • United States v. Dzhanikyan, 808 F 3d 97 (2015) 
    • Commonwealth v. Lopes, 89 Mass. App. Ct 560 (2016)
    • Danger Records, Inc. v. Steven Berger, et al, 444 Mass. 1 (2005)
    • Herbert v. Ashcroft, 325 F. 3d 68 (1st Cir. 2003)

    Educational Background:

    • George Mason University, B.A., Government and Politics, 1994
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    Office Location for Derege Demissie

    929 Massachusetts Avenue
    Suite 101
    Cambridge, MA 02139

    Phone: 617-354-3944

    Fax: 617-354-0985

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    Last Updated: 4/26/2021

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