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James B. Krasnoo

  • Partner






Attorney James B. Krasnoo is a seasoned trial lawyer devoted exclusively to litigation with more than fifty-seven years of legal experience. Recipient of the state-wide honors of the Edward Duggan Zealous Advocacy Award from Committee For Public Counsel Services in 2006 and the Massachusetts Bar Association 2014 Access to Justice Defender Award and named, for 2010 to the present, to the TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS in MASSACHUSETTS by The American Trial Lawyers Association, Krasnoo brings his life-long passion for the law to each matter he handles, including the wide gamut of criminal charges, (including first degree murder cases), the most complex civil and civil rights cases, and the representation of attorneys before the Board of Bar Overseers. Graduated from Harvard University (A.B. 1961), Northeastern University (M.A. 1966) and University of Chicago Law School (1964),. Jim entered public service, where from 1966 to 1968, he served as both a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and, later, as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts. From 1969 through 1973, Jim served as an Assistant United States Attorney. From 1973 to the present, Krasnoo has worked in private practice, handling an extensive variety of criminal cases and a wide assortment of civil matters at the state and federal levels. Attorney Krasnoo has tried more than five hundred civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts. At one point, Jim successfully obtained the then second largest jury verdict in a Section 1983 civil rights action involving a strip search in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Attorney Krasnoo has argued more than one hundred cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. Of the ten first degree murder cases Krasnoo has tried, not one defendant he has represented has been found guilty of first degree murder.

A long-time, highly experienced litigator, Attorney Krasnoo, author of several publications on legal issues has served on the faculty of several Boston area law schools. Krasnoo taught criminal procedure at Suffolk University Law School, for several years, and he was and remains a frequent lecturer at seminars instructing other lawyers. Attorney Krasnoo is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of California. Attorney Krasnoo has practiced in federal and state courts throughout New England and is past president of both the Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts chapter, and of Lawrence Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Litigation in State and Federal Courts 90%
  • Appellate Litigation (Civil and Criminal) in State and Federal Courts 10%

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1964
  • California, 1965
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1964
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1964
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1965
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1965
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1968


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1964
  • Harvard University
    • A.B. - 1961
  • Northeastern University
    • M.A. - 1966

Honors And Awards

  • Edward J. Duggan Zealous Advocate Award, Committee for Public Counsel, 2008 - Present
  • Super Lawyers, Boston Magazine, 2008 - 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers in MA, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 - Present
  • Access to Justice Defender Award, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 1975 to Present
  • Lawrence Bar Association, Member, 1995 to Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, 1990 to Present
  • NACDL, 1995 to Present
  • MACDL 2000 to Present
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member, 1995 to Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Past President
  • Lawrence Bar Association, Past President
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1965 to 1968
  • United States Attorney's Office, Assistant United States Attorney, 1969 to 1973
  • Norris, Kozodoy, Krasnoo & Fong, Partner, 1973 to 1990
  • Law Office of James B. Krasnoo, Sole Proprietor, 1990 to 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • Andover High School Mock Trial Team, Advisor, 2001 to Present

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi