Derege Demissie

Bar Admission: Massachusetts, 1997
Courts: US District Court of Massachusetts, First and Fourth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Education: 1997, J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School; Dean’s List, Editor of the Year Transnational Law Review 1994, B.A., Goverment and Politics George Mason University
Professional Associations: Vice President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; Board Member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Co-Chair of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc.

Attorney Demissie is member of Massachusetts Bar, the Federal District Court Bar, First Circuit Court of Appeals Bar, and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar. He is an experienced litigator and trial attorney in both criminal and civil cases. He has tried over 50 complex jury trials in state and federal courts and argued several times before the Massachusetts Appellate Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney Demissie advises and represents both individuals and businesses.

Attorney Demissie began his law career at the law firm of Grayer & Dilday, where he concentrated in civil rights, civil litigation, and immigration cases. From 1998 to 2000, Attorney Demissie worked as a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, practicing criminal defense and handling exclusively major felonies.

In 2000, Attorney Demissie entered private practice as a partner, first, at Doherty & Demissie, and later and currently, at Demissie & Church. He specializes in major felony defense and has handled numerous jury trials in complex criminal cases. Attorney Demissie also handles immigration and civil cases. His civil practice has included representing businesses and non-profit corporations in transactional matters and in litigation.

Attorney Demissie was appointed twice by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve as a member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, a fifteen-member state agency established to oversee the provision of legal representation to indigent persons in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Attorney Demissie has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by his peers each year since 2014.

Notable Cases:

Herbert v. Ashcroft, 325 F. 3d 68 (1st Cir. 2003)

Danger Records, Inc. v. Steven Berger, et al, 444 Mass. 1 (2005)

Commonwealth v. Lopes, 89 Mass. App. Ct 560 (2016)

United States v. Dzhanikyan, 808 F 3d 97 (2015)