Joseph P. Cataldo

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Franklin, Massachusetts

Cataldo Law Offices LLC
Joseph P. Cataldo
Cataldo Law Offices LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1991

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
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Cataldo Law Offices LLC

1000 Franklin Village Drive
Suite 207
Franklin, MA 02038 Visit website


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

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

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

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

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
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 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


14 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2005

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