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Joseph P. Cataldo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Franklin, MA

Cataldo Law Offices LLC
1000 Franklin Village Drive, Suite 207
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508-528-2400
Fax: 508-520-0699
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
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Attorney Profile

Joseph P. Cataldo a partner at Cataldo Law Offices, LLC heads the firm’s criminal practice, as well as certain areas of civil litigation. He is regarded as one of the area’s leading criminal specialists. Joe has successfully defended clients in cases including murder, felonies, misdemeanors, rape, sexual assaults, violent and non-violent crimes, domestic violence, white collar crimes and Operating Under the Influence charges.

Joe is no stranger to high profile clients, having represented many professional athletes. Joe is rated AV® preeminent, the highest rating of attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is also designated a New England Super Lawyer. Joe is the consummate lawyer that you want to have in your corner believing that aggressive representation be given at every stage of the criminal process and this includes the time prior to charges being filed.  Many criminal matters produce significant collateral consequences; Joe works to minimize these consequences for his clients.

A skilled attorney before Administrative Boards and Agencies, Joe has successfully represented clients before The Registry of Motor Vehicles, the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB), the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability Policies and Bonds, among others. A skilled trial attorney, Joe’s goal is to achieve the most favorable result possible for his clients, either before trial or as a result of trial.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


12 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2005

About Joseph P. Cataldo

First Admitted: 1991, Massachusetts

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Educational Background

  • Trinity College, Hartford, ConnecticutB.A. - 1988 Major: Political Science

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Criminal Trial Practice, National Business Institute

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Massachusetts, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2019
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1997 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1997 - Present
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County, President 2016
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1991
  • Massachusetts Bar Association


  • Rising Star, Boston Magazine, 2005
  • New England Super Lawyer, 2010,2011,2012,2014-2020
  • Highest Rating "AV", National Publication Martindale-Hubbell


  • Commonwealth v. Carter, 481 Mass. 352 (2019), 2019
  • Commonwealth v. Carter, 474 Mass. 624 (2016)
  • Com. v. Porges, 460 Mass. 525 (2011)
  • Com. v. Bauer, 455 Mass. 497 (2009)
  • Comm v. Yehudi, 56 Mass. App. Ct 812 (2002)
  • Kasper v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles, 82 Mass. App. Ct. 901 (2012)
  • Souza v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles, 462 Mass. 227 (2012)

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Law
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Office Location for Joseph P. Cataldo

1000 Franklin Village Drive
Suite 207
Franklin, MA 02038

Phone: 508-528-2400

Fax: 508-520-0699

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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