William D. Kickham

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Westwood, Massachusetts

Law Office of William D. Kickham
William D. Kickham
Law Office of William D. Kickham

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1988

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
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Law Office of William D. Kickham

119 Fisher St
Suite One
Westwood, MA 02090 Phone: 617-285-3600 Email: William D. Kickham Visit website


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William Kickham is a top-rated attorney who practices law in Westwood, Massachusetts and Boston. Attorney Kickham focuses on two primary areas of law:   Criminal Defense and Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation. These areas of practice are very complimentary to each other, as clients in both of these areas of law often face very serious and even traumatic legal and personal challenges, requiring an attorney who knows how to solve these problems with maximum positive results.  

Attorney Kickham is at his best when he is engaged in legal battle on behalf of his clients.  He has achieved consistently high verdicts and settlements on behalf of his personal injury clients, and he has secured superior legal results for his criminal defense clients, usually in the form of Not Guilty verdicts or dismissal of charges brought by prosecutors.  These kinds of exceptional results are why Attorney Kickham has been recognized and chosen for a number of awards, including being named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2019. He was selected for this honor subsequent to undergoing a rigorous evaluation of many different factors including  professional achievements and peer recognition.  This is a very significant accomplishment, given the fact that 95% of Massachusetts have not received this designation.

In addition to being named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2019, Atty. Kickham has also been conferred awards and recognition from other prestigious legal organizations.  He has achieved a 10.0 (out of 10.0) “Top Attorney” rating from the independent attorney ratings site Avvo.com (https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/02090-ma-william-kickham-1429983.html), a widely respected independent attorney ratings organization.  He has been named as one of the “Ten Best Attorneys” for Massachusetts by the America Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (http://www.aiopia.org/), and has also been named as one of the “Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers” in Massachusetts by the National Trial Lawyers (www.TheNationalTrialLawyers.org), an invitation-only national organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.  Addtionally, Attorney Kickham has received a 10.0 (out of 10.0) rating from Justia (www.Justia.com), a highly-respected legal information and legal resource provider to legal consumers, public interest groups and academic organizations.  

Attorney Kickham is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (www.massbar.org), the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (www.massacademy.com), a specialty bar association focusing on plaintiffs’ personal injury and tort law, as well as the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (www.macdl.com).

When not in court fighting and winning for his clients, Attorney Kickham often appears an expert in the media as a legal analyst and commentator on a variety of criminal defense and tort law issues.  He has appeared on both national and regional television and radio programs commenting on a variety of complex criminal and civil cases.  This skill comes from having managed media relations and public affairs on legal issues before Attorney Kickham began practicing law.  He became a licensed attorney in 1988, after graduating Suffolk University Law School, and received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College in 1980.  He resides with his wide Debbi in Westwood, Massachusetts.

On a personal level, Attorney Kickham has a sign in his home that captures a lot of his attitude about life:   'Rich' is Not How Much Money You Have.  'Rich' Is Who You Have Beside You."

First Admitted: 1988, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://www.attorneywdkickham.com/william-d-kickham.html

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Lobbied individual state representatives and senators on bills and legislative proposals affecting tort reform, liability insurance issues and consumer law issues.
  • Member of the following Practice Sections within the Massachusetts Bar Association: Judicial Administration Section - Criminal Justice Section - Civil Litigation Section - Dispute Resolution Section  
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District court in Boston since 1988, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Boston. 
  • Admitted and sworn into practice before the United States Supreme Court in March 2019
  • Participate in the Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer Program, a monthly free service provided to the public, who can call in to the MBA to speak to a volunteer lawyer without charge, about various legal issues and problems. 
  • Nominated in December 2018 for the annual Pro Bono Public Award conferred by the Massachusetts Bar Association, as part of its Access to Justice Program. 
  • Active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Served as a Public Defender with the Norfolk County Massachusetts Bar Association from 1995 to 1998, service as public counsel to indigent criminal defendants in various courts within Norfolk County Massachusetts.
  • By appointment of the Norfolk County Massachusetts District Attorney in 1993, I previously served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County Massachusetts until 1995, advising on a variety of special prosecutions within the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office.
  • Testified before House, Senate and Joint Conference Committees on legislative proposals impacting the following legal practice areas:   - Motor vehicle liability insurance and legal issues -  Medical malpractice liability issues -  Product Liability issues -  Workers Compensation liability issues -  Premises liability issues -  Toxic tort liability issues.
Firm News (Newsletters):
  • I publish and email to my clients and new legal contacts an e-Newsletter every 6 weeks or so, containing information on current legal developments and legal issues of interest to everyday Massachusetts residents.     A link to my recent Newsletter campaigns on Constant Contact is here:  https://campaign-ui.constantcontact.com/campaign/campaigns/list  , Constant Contact Client Newsletter
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member of the Board of Directors at the Westwood Media Center (previoulsy Westwood Cable Access Television, http://westwoodmediacenter.tv/government-channel) for approximately eight years from 2007-2015.  
  • Represented pro bono a nurse who had been denied compensation by Commonwealth of Massachusetts for caring for profoundly developmentally disabled young individual, for whom she ha provided in-home care for several years previous.  Met with and advocated before senior members of Massachusetts Legislature, including House Speaker and Senate President, to reverse decision of Massachusetts Department of Health & Human Services compensation decision.  Assisted in reversing decision of Secretary of Health & Human Services, returning nurse to disabled youth. , 2019
  • Member of Rotary Club (Westwood, MA chapter, http://www.westwoodrotary.com) since 2006, and volunteer for a number of community charitable and civic services that our club sponsors. 
  • Regularly represents criminal defendants who cannot afford a lawyer, and who do not want to accept a court-appointed public defender.  One such pro bono representation of a client garnered the attention of the CBS Radio affiliate in Boston, who ran several news stories on my efforts to represent a nurse who provided critical home care for a severely brain-damaged young boy.   
Educational Background:
  • Suffolk Univeristy Law School, JD, Trustee Scholarship Recipient, 1985
  • Boston College - Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science.  (In addition to Law School listing, in "Law School" category, above., 1980
  • Massachusetts Injury Law Primer video on my Injury law practice website.  NOTE:  I have approximately thirty (30) more videos on various injury law topics, on my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=attorney+william+d.+kickham.  These videos can also be viewed on my injury law website:  www.kickhamlegal.com., Injury Law Primer, 2016
  • Primer of Massachusetts law on sex offense crimes and charges., Massachusetts Sex Offense Charges, 2020
  • Massachusetts Criminal Law Primer video on my criminal law defense practice website.  NOTE:  I have approximately thirty (30) more videos on various injury law topics, on my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=attorney+william+d.+kickham.  These additional videos can also be viewed on my criminal law defense website:  www.criminal.kickhamlegal.com., Massachusetts Criminal Law Primer, 2015
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • I have donated to and volunteered to assist in the efforts of a charitable organization that assists homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless, the Boston Rescue Mission (https://www.brm.org).  The Boston Rescue Mission provides emergency overnight shelter to homeless people and to those in need in the Boston area. The Mission also provides residential recovery programs for women and men who are transitioning from being homeless to reaching independent living status.  It also provides temporary housing for adult men who have been sober for at least 30 days; and veterans who have been continuously homeless for more than a year.  Though I am a solo practitioner who is responsible for every aspect of my practice from 'A to Z', and thus have little free time, I have assisted the Boston Rescue Mission whenever I can, through financial donations and offering to volunteer. Separately, as part of my civic involvement and activities in my local Rotary International club, I have participated in several community organizing events to raise funds for various Rotary charitable efforts, including Rotary's partnership with ShelterBox, an organization that provides emergency relief to communities devastated by natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.  https://www.rotary.org/en/shelterbox-and-rotary-help-disasters.  Shelterboxes include family-size tents, providing contents that differ depending on the disaster and climate where they are deployed. Many are packed with solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets, and cooking utensils. Depending on particular needs, the organization might deliver ShelterKits, which are smaller aid packages which provide tools, ropes, and heavy tarpaulins to provide emergency shelter and repair damaged structures. Our efforts on the local level have been to raise community awareness about Rotary's joint partnership with ShelterBox, and the need to fund this program so that adequate resources are ready and available to ship to crisis areas when needed.  Additionally, as part of my charitable activities associated with my local Rotary club, I have donated to and supported a battered and homeless women's transition to work project called On The Rise (https://www.ontherise.org.) I have in these program and efforts because while I believe that it's important to promote the cause of justice for my individual clients, it's also of equal importance to reach out and relieve human suffering, many miles from the comfort of home., 2017
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • License to practice before the United States Supreme Court., 2019
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Boston Massachusetts
  • Certified Specialty in Plaintiff's tort litigation, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys., 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Secured $250,000 settlement for firefighter injured in swimming pool slip & fall.  Damages highly contested issue by defense., 2022
  • Represented client accused of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.  Result:  Dismissed., 2023
  • Represented Client Charged with felony embezzlement.  Result:  Not Guilty, 2023
  • Represented Client accused of sex offense.  Result:  Probation & Dismissal., 2023
  • Represented client accused of Possession of Class C Drugs with Intent to Distribute.  Result:  Charges Dismissed., 2022
  • Represented Client Charged with Rape.  Result:  Not Guilty, 2022
  • Successfully represented client accused of Operating Motor Vehicle So As To Endanger Others.  Result:  Probation., 2022
  • Successfully represented client accused of possession of Class A drugs with intent to distribute.  Result: Continued without A Finding., 2022
  • Represented juvenile client accused of Malicious Destruction of Personal Property.  Result:  Charges Dismissed., 2022
  • Represented client accused of Indecent Exposure, potential felony charge.  Result:  Continued Without A Finding., 2022
  • Successfully defended client accused of Assault & Battery With a Dangerous Weapon.  Result:  Not Guilty, 2022
  • Represented client accused of embezzling More than$1200, a felony charge.  Result:  Charges dismissed., 2022
  • Represented client accused of domestic violence.  Result:  Not Guilty., 2022
  • Successfully acquitted client charged with sex offense, 2022
  • Obtained $200,00 workers compensation claim for worker injured while on job., 2020
  • Secured $100,000 injury settlement for victim of motor vehicle operator struck by tow truck operator., 2021
  • Obtained $210,000.00 injury settlement as co-counsel for client's injuries suffered in motor vehicle accident., 2023
  • Secured $175,000.00 for dog attack injuries suffered by U.S. Postal Service mail delivery contractor., 2022
  • Secured $210,000 for client injuries suffered in motor vehicle accident., 2022
  • Obtained $150,000 settlement for injury suffered by skier at ski resort., 2022
  • Secured as co-counsel a $250,000 settlement for bed sores/pressure ulcer injuries suffered by nursing home resident., 2022
  • Secured $200,000 injury settlement as co-counsel from Uber for injuries suffered due to Uber driver's negligence., 2022
  • Secured $225,000.00 injury settlement for victim of nursing home neglect & abuse., 2021
  • Secured $150,000 tort settlement as co-counsel  for victim of restaurant food poisoning., 2022
  • Assisted as co-counsel in securing $5,000,000.00 settlement in wrongful death case involving construction worker fatality.  Conscious pain & suffering element of case heavily contested by defense., 2021
  • Vetted & Recognized among Massachusetts Plaintiffs Personal Injury lawyers for superior expertise and case achievements. , Selectee, Top Massachusetts Wrongful Death Lawyers, Expertise.com, 2023
  • Honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only, and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. www.thenationaltriallawyers.org.  , Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Criminal Defense, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Awarded 10 of 10 Rating by Justia, a nationally recognized legal portal and legal information provider to the public.  See profile link at:  https://lawyers.justia.com/lawyer/william-d-kickham-esq-1412732, 10 Out of 10 To Attorney Rating, Justia, 2019
  • Awarded a 10.0 out of maximum 10.0 rating.  Elevated to "Superb/Excellent" category., Superb Rating, Avvo, 2018
  • Award given by impartial third-party attorney rating service.  By Invitation only -  Recognizing excellence of practitioners in this field.   www.AIOPIA.ORG., "Ten Best Attorney" Selection for Massachusetts, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2018

Office location for William D. Kickham

119 Fisher St
Suite One
Westwood, MA 02090


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