A second-generation defense attorney, Patrick M. Gioia, Esq., is the Principal at Gioia Law, LLC. A bedrock principle of Attorney Gioia’s practice is an unwavering commitment and loyalty to his clients. He takes the time to understand and appreciate his clients and their desired legal outcomes by designing individual, case specific strategies, that work. Because Attorney Gioia puts his clients first, he earns their trust, and the basis of a winning legal formula is forged.
Attorney Gioia is firmly committed to his craft as a trial attorney and litigator. He stays informed of changes to the law, new case decisions, and cutting edge techniques that enable him to render high caliber legal services. When Attorney Gioia takes a case, it is well known in the legal community that the matter will be throughly investigated, researched, and prepared for litigation. He was named in 2021 through 2019 as a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, has been rated by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2022 through 2019, and has a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo. Attorney Gioia’s successful results in the courtroom are a direct result of his steadfast approach. His clients are served well by his skill and counsel.
Gioia Law specializes in criminal law, government investigations and general litigation. We maintain relationships with experienced investigators and expert witnesses that are consummate professionals. In addition, we maintain relationships with attorneys and law firms practicing in many other areas of the law. Should we not be able to accept your matter we will refer you to a competent attorney who is able to meet your needs.
Suffolk Superior Court – civil action: Plaintiff’s motion to amend complaint denied after opposition filed. (July 2022).
Salem District Court: Commonwealth’s motion to detain client without bail under dangerousness statute denied. Client release from custody. (July 2022).
Suffolk Superior Court: Motion to reconsider bail revocation allowed. Client released from custody. (June 2022).
Plymouth District Court: Felony charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon dismissed after exculpatory information learned through defense investigation. Client discharged from court. (May 2022).
Malden District Court: Violation of abuse prevention order dismissed after motion to dismiss allowed. Client discharged from court. (April 2022).
Suffolk Superior Court: Thirteen count indictment, including eight life felony counts, nolle prossed after lengthy litigation and discovery of exculpatory information. Client discharged from court. (March 2022).
Suffolk Superior Court: Client found not guilty after jury trial and exonerated after being wrongly accused of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury; assault and battery on a person over 60; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60; and armed burglary, a life felony. Client discharged from court. (February 2022).
Brockton District Court: Charge of domestic assault and battery dismissed day of trial. Case dismissed. (December 2021).
Brockton Superior Court: Indictment for trafficking firearms dismissed after motion to dismiss allowed. (November 2021).
Suffolk Superior Court: Indictments for armed home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon nolle prossed after lengthy litigation. Case dismissed. (October 2021).
BMC – Dorchester Division: Firearm shooting case – Commonwealth’s motion to hold without bail denied after dangerousness hearing. (October 2021).
Suffolk Superior Court: No violation of probation found after full hearing with police testimony. (September 2021).
DCF – Norfolk County: After investigation, no finding of abuse or neglect. (September 2021).
Wrentham District Court: Felony possession of RMV document complaint dismissed prior to arraignment after mitigation packet and motion to dismiss provided to Commonwealth. (August 2021).
Cambridge District Court: Malicious destruction of property complaint dismissed prior to arraignment after clerk magistrate’s hearing. (August 2021).
BMC – South Boston Division: Two pounds of methamphetamine seized – after bail argument, bail set at $10,000 after Commonwealth’s request of $150,000 bail denied. (August 2021).
BMC – Dorchester Division: Two counts of felony strangulation dismissed after motion to dismiss allowed. (August 2021).
Suffolk Superior Court: Aggravated rape and assault to rape indictments dismissed after motion to dismiss allowed. (July 2021).
Norfolk Superior Court: Indictment for accessory after the fact to armed robbery nolle prossed prior to arraignment after motion to dismiss filed in corresponding case. Client discharged. (July 2021).
Malden District Court: Client granted summary judgment in defamation lawsuit. (June 2021).
Plymouth Superior Court: Motion to vacate conviction on double jeopardy grounds allowed. (June 2021).
Newton District Court: Pre-trial diversion on charge of leaving the scene of property damage. (May 2021).
Malden District Court: Pre-trial diversion on charge of improper storage of a firearm. (May 2021).
BMC – West Roxbury Division: Charge of armed robbery nolle prossed prior to arraignment. (April 2021).
Norfolk Superior Court: Client charged with firearm and drug offenses. Armed career criminal (ACC) indictment nolle prossed by Commonwealth after motion to dismiss filed. (April 2021).
Suffolk Superior Court: Commonwealth’s motion to hold defendant without bail under the dangerousness statute denied after full hearing. Terms of release ordered. (March 2021).
Suffolk Superior Court: Client charged with firearm offense. Armed career criminal (ACC) Level 3 dismissed after motion to dismiss allowed. (February 2021).
Lowell District Court: Client given diversion prior to arraignment on charges of assault and battery and witness intimidation. (January 2021).
Quincy District Court: 25(b)(2) motion for new trial allowed. Conviction overturned. Charge of indecent assault and battery nolle prossed by Commonwealth. (January 2021).
Noise Complaint, Questionable Arrest, Alleged Beating at Police Station: Three police officers handcuffed Victor White and two friends and hauled them to Lynn police headquarters on charges of public drinking, an arrest that one expert called questionable. Since then, Attorney Gioia successfully persuaded the Commonwealth to drop the charges against Mr. White and the other two men. An independent investigation was thereafter opened into one of the police officers, and the officer was criminal charged with assault and battery on Mr. White.
SJC Orders 3 Prisoners Released Because Of COVID-19: The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts used three opinions released Friday to send a message to lower courts: Follow the guidelines we set when determining whether to release prisoners because of the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney Gioia’s client was one of three whose appeal was allowed and was ordered released.
Attempted Kidnapping Suspect: A Boston man was charged after he allegedly tried to kidnap a woman and then led police on a pursuit. Attorney Gioia defended his client on case which garnered national attention.
Brothers Plead Not Guilty to Shooting: Two brothers pleaded not guilty Monday to a July 4 shooting in a city park that injured the 8-year-old daughter of one of the suspects and may leave another man paralyzed from the waist down, prosecutors said.
Medway Man’s Illegal Weapons Stash: A Medway man who police say kept a stash of illegal guns and explosives in his Legion Avenue home was deemed dangerous and ordered held without bail pending indictment to the superior court.
Brookline District Court: Assault and Battery with Dangerous Weapon -case dismissed. Four months after arraignment all charges were dismissed after Attorney Gioia argued a motion to dismiss that was allowed by the Court.
Supreme Judicial Court: Emergency 211/3 petition allowed by Single Justice – client released from custody. (April 2020).
Lynn District Court: Client found not guilty after jury trial of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; not guilty of assault and battery on a police officer; not guilty of OUI liquor; and not guilty of negligent operation; in addition, five motor vehicle civil violations dismissed. Client released from custody and discharged from court. (February 2020).
Wrentham District Court: Client found not guilty after jury trial of strangulation, not guilty of kidnapping, not guilty of threats and not guilty of domestic assault and battery.
Wrentham District Court: Client found not guilty after jury trial of OUI drugs and not guilty of negligent operation.
Wrentham District Court: Client found not guilty after jury trial of OUI liquor.
Quincy District Court: Client found not guilty after bench trial of domestic assault and battery.
Quincy District Court: Client found not guilty after jury trial of assault and battery.
BMC – Central Division: Client found not guilty after bench trial of assault and battery, by reason of mental illness.
BMC – Central Division: Client found not guilty after jury trial of OUI liquor.
Suffolk Superior Court: Trafficking +100 grams of Class B reduced to possession with intent at suppression hearing.
Newton District Court: Three counts of domestic assault and battery nolle prossed after motion to dismiss filed.
Cambridge District Court: Motion to suppress evidence from search allowed; motion to suppress statements allowed – client given pre-trial diversion.
Framingham District Court: Indecent assault and battery felony dismissed after Commonwealth’s motion to admit excited utterance of child denied.
BMC – East Boston: Application for criminal complaint denied for possession with intent to distribute seventeen pounds of marijuana.
Cambridge District Court: Plaintiff’s motion to extend restraining order denied after full hearing – order terminated.
Plymouth District Court: OUI third offense dismissed after motion to dismiss allowed – case dismissed.
Woburn District Court: Domestic assault and battery and violation of wiretapping statute nolle prossed prior to arraignment.
Somerville District Court: Petition to seal record allowed.
Brookline District Court: Harassment prevention order terminated.
DCF – Middlesex County: After Fair Hearing, reversal of three findings of neglect.
Taunton District Court: Client given pre-trial diversion for abuse prevention order violation.
Falmouth District Court: Felony larceny dismissed day of trial – case dismissed.
• University of New Hampshire, B.A., 2006
• University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2010
• Massachusetts (2011)
• United States District Court, Massachusetts (2017)
• Boston Bar Assoc. Criminal Law Steering Com.
• Quincy Bar Association
• MA Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
• Suffolk County Lawyers for Justice
• Notary Public, Massachusetts
Before entering private practice Attorney Gioia spent five years as a Massachusetts state staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services. At CPCS, Attorney Gioia received valuable training and trial experience. He represented criminal defendants in Massachusetts courts charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes. According to Attorney Gioia, "My time at CPCS gave me valuable insights into the criminal justice system and how disadvantaged people are adversely impacted. I also learned how to evaluate and defend a case, and often obtained favorable results for my clients." Attorney Gioia remains committed to assisting those less fortunate, and does so by taking cases in the superior court for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, where he represents defendants charged with serious felonies.
"Because of Pat, I'm a free man." J.B.
"With Patrick, I was always kept up to date on what was going on with my case and what was coming next. He was easily accessible by phone or email and always answered my questions with thoughtfulness and honesty. In the end, the government dropped all the charges. I was very thankful." P.E.
"During my restraining order hearing, Attorney Gioia was my voice in the courtroom and aggressively stood up for my rights. I knew I was in good hands with him." J.A.
"I hired Pat to seal my record because I wanted to apply for a promotion at work. Pat made the process easy to understand and within a couple weeks my record was sealed." D.B.
"I had just graduated college and was charged with a crime for the first time. I had recently been hired and was scared of losing my job. Attorney Gioia made me feel at ease. He took control of my case and successfully argued for me to receive pre-trial diversion - meaning my case was dismissed and my record remained clean." A.P.
"I was very concerned about my criminal case because a bad result could have made me deportable. On the day of trial Attorney Gioia filed several motions, and after reviewing the motions the prosecutor agreed to divert my case from the trial track- and eventually dismissed my case six months later. To say the very least, I was so relieved." S.S.
"I found Pat very knowledgable. He was honest with me and gave me my options straight. I could tell he really cared about my case and helped me through the difficulties I faced." H.V.
"Pat won a motion to suppress in my case after I was pulled over by the police and searched. The case was then dismissed. Very happy." D.B.
Gioia Law is privileged to have the services of Attorney Michael J. Santomaro. Michael is a dedicated litigator, natural negotiator, and is faithfully committed to the goals of his clients. Michael’s knowledge of the law and litigation skills achieve successful outcomes for his clients both in and out of the courtroom. Before entering the practice of law, Michael had an extensive career in business working for two world-class companies (Global 500 and Forbes Top 20) which provided him with top caliber training and equipped him with the tools to excel in the most competitive environments. Michael now applies his business experience to his litigation practice to maximize his ability to attain first-rate results for his clients.
Michael’s criminal practice is centered around trial work including research and writing. Michael’s civil practice is focused primarily on personal injury litigation. Michael draws from his business background to successfully negotiate favorable settlements for his clients. Should a satisfactory settlement be elusive, Michael is prepared to go to trial against the insurance companies and fight for his clients. For Michael, his clients come first. Through this client-centered approach to the practice of law, and relentless dedication to justice, Michael ensures that his clients receive the remedy that they most deserve.
Michael earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College and his J.D. from New England Law Boston. Michael is admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Gioia Law, LLC provides legal services throughout Massachusetts including the following areas: Suffolk County including Boston and Chelsea; Middlesex County including Cambridge, Concord, Framingham, Lowell, Malden, Newton, Somerville, Waltham and Woburn; Norfolk County including Braintree, Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Quincy, and Wrentham; Essex County including Haverhill, Lawrence, Lynn and Salem; Bristol County including Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton; Worcester County including Fitchburg, Leominster, and Worcester; and Plymouth County including Brockton, Hingham, Plymouth and Wareham.
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