Defending You Is Our Job

Cornelius Joseph Madera







Cornelius J. Madera, III (“Cory”) has extensive trial experience in criminal and civil litigation.  Cory previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Cape and Islands District, prosecuting both adult and juvenile matters, while serving as primary trial prosecutor of all juvenile jury cases.  Since 2005, Cory has represented clients in all areas of criminal defense across Massachusetts, ranging from all forms of violent and non-violent felonies and misdemeanors, including sexual assaults, white collar crimes, drug offenses and operating under the influence charges.  He has also been designated in 2014 and 2015 as a New England Super Lawyer “Rising Star.”

Cory specializes in a wide range of administrative/government agency appeals, including, in particular, his work on Registry of Motor Vehicles matters, where he has obtained numerous successful results in license suspension appeals and hardship license requests to the Board of Appeal on Liability Policies and Bonds, the Massachusetts Superior Court, and at the appellate court level.  Further, since his work as part of the Northeastern University School of Law Prisoners’ Rights Clinic, Cory has continued to represent numerous clients in life parole hearings in front of the Massachusetts Parole Board.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Abuse Prevention and Harassment Orders
  • Motor Vehicle Traffic Ticket/Surchargeable Accident Appeals
  • Administrative/Government Agency Appeals
  • Registry of Motor Vehicle Matters
  • Parole Board Hearings
  • Firearm License Appeals
  • Sex Offender Registry Board Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2019


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2003
  • Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Major: History

Representative Cases

  • Tirado v. Board of Appeal on Liability Policies and Bonds, 472 Mass 333, 2015
  • Jones v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles et. al., Docket Number 1484CV01545 (Registry of Motor Vehicles appeal), Suffolk Superior Court
  • Huston v. Commerce Insurance Company et. al., Docket Number 1482CV00730 (Surchargeable accident appeal), Norfolk Superior Court
  • Kelly v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles et. al., Docket Number 1382CV00009 (Registry of Motor Vehicles appeal), Norfolk Superior Court
  • Channing v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Docket Number 1385CV00327 (Registry of Motor Vehicles appeal), Worcester Superior Court
  • Gulino v. Bradley Jr. et. al., Docket Number 0985CV02191 (Firearm license appeal), Worcester Superior Court
  • Parma v. Registry of Motor Vehicles et. al., Docket Number 0673CV00240 (Registry of Motor Vehicles appeal), Bristol County Superior Court

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 and 2015 New England Super Lawyer “Rising Star”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Norfolk County Bar Association, Member, 2006
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2008

Past Employment Positions

  • Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • Northeastern University School of Law Prisoner's Rights Clinic
  • American Red Cross
  • Christmas is for Kids – Attleboro Area Council for Children