Peter G. DeGelleke

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Experienced Attorney in Bedford, Massachusetts Criminal Defense | Personal Injury | General Civil Litigation | General Practice If you have an unresolved legal matter, whether you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, or have suffered a personal injury, you want an experienced lawyer who will take the time to understand the unique aspects of your case so that you can find solutions that meet your needs. You want an attorney who has successfully helped others in similar circumstances and who will help you identify all your options so that you can make informed decisions. Attorney Peter G. DeGelleke has over 40 years of experience protecting the rights of individuals throughout Massachusetts, including Middlesex and Worcester counties and the rest of the state. He defends clients against a wide range of felony and misdemeanor charges and represents people in serious personal injury, medical and dental malpractice claims and other litigation. Attorney DeGelleke built his successful practice on a commitment to a high level of personal service. When you hire him to represent you, whether it involves charges of assault or cocaine possession, or a car accident that left you with serious injuries, he will devote his full attention to your case. Attorney DeGelleke will never delegate responsibility for your defense to a paralegal or a less-experienced attorney without your permission. Contact the office or call Attorney DeGelleke at 781-275-0800 to set up a free initial consultation. The Practice Attorney DeGelleke is an experienced litigator who taught Trial Advocacy at Harvard Law School. He offers skilled and experienced counsel to clients in cases involving: General criminal matters - He handles defense in a wide range of felonies and misdemeanors, from drunk driving and heroin possession charges to domestic abuse and sex offenses. Attorney DeGelleke brings a wealth of trial experience to all criminal cases. See the page on criminal defense to learn more. DUI/DWI/OUI - Attorney DeGelleke protects the rights of individuals charged with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, or operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He handles administrative hearings at the Registry of Motor Vehicles regarding license suspension, as well as criminal proceedings to determine penalties. For more information, go to the page on DUI/DWI/OUI. Assault and battery - Attorney DeGelleke defends individuals charged with assault and battery, whether the charge stems from a barroom brawl, a schoolyard fight or domestic violence. He can often help you resolve these charges without criminal consequences. To learn more, see the page on assault and battery. Drug Crimes - Attorney DeGelleke handles defense against drug charges involving possession, possession with intent to distribute, and drug manufacturing. He helps clients improve their situation through strong advocacy and by helping clients with voluntary enrollment in substance abuse programs. See the drug possession defense page for more information. Personal injury - Attorney DeGelleke protects the rights of personal injury victims, handling claims involving automobile accidents, slip and fall cases, medical and dental malpractice, sexual abuse and product liability. See the page on auto accident rights to learn about what you should do if you have been in a motor vehicle accident. General Civil Litigation and General Practice - Attorney DeGelleke represents plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving breach of contract, Chapter 93A (Consumer Protection Act) violations, collections, real estate disputes, contested wills, business litigation, personal injury, professional malpractice, and many other issues. He works with lawyers who specialize in other practice areas, including family law (divorce), estate planning (wills and trusts), and real estate purchases and sales. He will refer you, free of charge, if necessary. Why You Need an Experienced Trial Lawyer on Your Side The majority of cases, both civil and criminal, settle before trial. So why is it so important to hire an experienced trial lawyer? Two reasons: 1) a case is unlikely to settle on favorable terms unless the opposition is convinced that your lawyer can win at trial, and 2) some cases have to be tried in order to achieve a favorable outcome. Attorney Peter DeGelleke has over 40 years of trial experience. He taught Trial Advocacy at Harvard Law School and remains involved with legal education by judging academic mock trials. Trial advocacy - the effective representation of clients at trial - is both an art and a science. Effective techniques of direct and cross examination, opening statements and summations involve elements of a riveting theatrical performance but within the confines of Court and evidentiary rules and customs. Most important, an effective trial lawyer needs the ability to communicate and relate to both jurors and judges. It is an incredibly complex process that is mastered by a very small percentage of lawyers. Litigation Percentage 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation Representative Clients American Institute for Foreign Study, Inc. Classes/Seminars Instructor, Trial Judge, Trial Advisor, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop Bar Advocate Training Program, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Pro Bono Activities Clients' Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court (Chair, 2007-2008), 2003 - 2008 Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court (Hearing Committee Member for Bar Discipline Cases), 1997 - 2003 Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Law Related Education Middlesex Bar Advocates Massachusetts Bar Association Fee Arbitration Board, 1991 - Present Massachusetts Bar Association Dial-A-Lawyer Program, 1991 - Present Representation of Family of 9/11 Victim Sponsored by ATLA

Areas of Practice (118)

  • Personal Injury (Car Accidents, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death) – Plaintiffs
  • District Court Criminal Defense (Clerk Magistrate Hearings, OUI, Assault and Battery, Drugs, etc.)
  • Professional Negligence (Medical, Dental, Legal) – Plaintiffs
  • Business and General Litigation (Breach of Contract, Real Estate Disputes, Collections)
  • Miscellaneous (Restraining Orders, RMV Suspensions, General Legal Advice)
  • Vehicle Rollovers
  • Premises Liability
  • Inadequate Security
  • Negligent Security
  • Premises Security
  • Criminal Law (State Only)
  • Assault and Battery
  • Bribery
  • Burglary
  • Civil Forfeiture
  • Criminal Appeals (State Only)
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Extortions
  • Extradition
  • Felonies (District Court)
  • Forgery
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide (Vehicular Only)
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Post-Conviction Remedies (State Only)
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Trauma
  • Chiropractors Malpractice
  • Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Gynecology Malpractice
  • Medical Liability
  • Medical Negligence
  • Medical-Legal Law
  • Medication Errors
  • Mental Health Professionals Malpractice (Sexual Abuse Only)
  • Nursing Liability
  • Nursing Malpractice
  • Nursing Negligence
  • Obstetric Malpractice
  • Oncology Law
  • Optometric Malpractice
  • Orthopedic Malpractice
  • Pediatric Malpractice
  • Pharmacists Liability
  • Physicians Professional Liability
  • Physicians Risk Management
  • Podiatric Malpractice
  • Psychiatric Malpractice (Sexual Abuse Only)
  • Psychology Malpractice (Sexual Abuse Only)
  • Psychotherapy Law (Sexual Abuse Only)
  • Surgeons Liability
  • Wring Site Surgery
  • Products Liability
  • Blood Bank Liability
  • Breach of Warranty
  • Breast Implant Litigation
  • Drug Contamination
  • Elevator Liability
  • Escalator Liability
  • Gas Explosions
  • Heart Device Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Accidents
  • Animal Attacks
  • Aquatic Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bodily Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Cumulative Trauma
  • Dog Bites
  • Electrical Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Personal Injury Arbitration
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Personal Injury Mediation
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Psychological Injury
  • Rental Vehicle Litigation
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Severe Burns
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Injury
  • Subway Accidents
  • Third Party Wrongful Death
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Tourist Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Wrongful Death
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Traffic Violations
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Weapons Charges
  • Wiretapping

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
978-254-0292  Phone
781-275-0800  Phone
603-321-6901  Cell Phone
781-275-6362  Fax
University Attended:
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1973
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, J.D., Honors: Top 25% of Class, 1976
Year of First Admission:
1977, U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts; 1977, Massachusetts; 1984, U.S. Supreme Court
Massachusetts Bar Association (Fee Arbitration Board, 1993-present); Board of Bar Overseers Hearing Committee Member, 2002-2011
Birth Information:
Morristown, New Jersey, September 20, 1951
Hobbies & interests:
Traveling, teaching, fishing.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover
  • Free Initial Consultation

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