Defending You Is Our Job

Joseph P. Cataldo

  • Managing Partner






Joseph P. Cataldo a partner at Cataldo Law Offices, LLC heads the firm’s criminal practice, as well as certain areas of civil litigation. He is regarded as one of the area’s leading criminal specialists. Joe has successfully defended clients in cases including murder, felonies, misdemeanors, sexual assaults, violent and non-violent crimes, domestic violence, white collar crimes and Operating Under the Influence charges.

Joe is no stranger to high profile clients, having represented many professional athletes. Joe is rated AV® preeminent, the highest rating of attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is also designated a New England Super Lawyer. Joe is the consummate lawyer that you want to have in your corner believing that aggressive representation be given at every stage of the criminal process and this includes the time prior to charges being filed.  Many criminal matters produce significant collateral consequences; Joe works to minimize these consequences for his clients.

A skilled attorney before Administrative Boards and Agencies, Joe has successfully represented clients before The Registry of Motor Vehicles, the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB), the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability Policies and Bonds, among others. A skilled trial attorney, Joe’s goal is to achieve the most favorable result possible for his clients, either before trial or as a result of trial.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2019


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1991
  • Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Carter , 474 Mass 624 (2016)
  • Souza v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles, 462 Mass. 227, 2012
  • Kasper v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles, 82 Mass. App. Ct. 901
  • Commonwealth v. Porges, 460 Mass. 525, 2011
  • Commonwealth v. Bauer, 455 Mass. 497, 2009
  • Commonwealth v. Yehudi, 56 Mass. App. Ct 812, 2002


  • Criminal Trial Practice, National Business Institute

Honors and Awards

  • Designated a New England Super Lawyer, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • AV rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Designated a Rising Star in 2005 for SuperLawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Norfolk County Bar Association, President, 2015 to 2015
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1997
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1997
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Member