Lissa McKinney

Lissa McKinney

33 Years District and Superior Court throughout Massachusetts

Acton, MA

  • user-graduate Education Suffolk University Law School
  • Experience 37 years of experience year
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Practice Areas

Criminal Law
Domestic Violence
Consumer Law
Personal Injury
Employment Law
Traffic Tickets
Criminal Law

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Florida
    Since 1987

Spoken Languages

  • English


Lissa McKinney graduated Suffolk University (1981) and Suffolk University Law School (1984) and started as a trial lawyer with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Worcester and Boston. Her courtroom and trial experience spans 33 years and more than 1,000 bench or jury trials, probable cause hearings, restraining order hearings and evidentiary hearings. Lissa's practice concentrates on labor and employment law, personal injury, consumer fraud complaints, administrative hearings, and ALL matters of criminal defense.Out of the courtroom, she represent clients at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Department of Employment and Training, DSS Fair Hearings, disciplinary hearings of licensed occupations, and firearms licensing appeals. McKinney was an Adjunct Clinical Trial Practice Instructor at Suffolk University Law School where she supervised third year law students providing indigent criminal defense. She served as Staff Attorney for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ), the Suffolk County bar advocate program assuring the quality of lawyers representing indigent criminal defendants. McKinney has also been a lecturer at various educational seminars sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Boston Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Advocate Program, Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, such as: District Court Bar Advocate Training; Essential Rules of Criminal Procedure; Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts; Emerging Areas of Criminal Practice; Hot Tips for Trying Criminal Cases, Probation Violation Proceedings; Defending on a Shoestring; Pre-Trial Conference Rules; Evidence-Getting It In and Keeping It Out.Lissa is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. District Court for the First Circuit, & the Florida Bar, Membership: Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL); Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA).

Professional Experience

  • Member
    Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Professional Associations

  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)


  • Suffolk University Law School
    J.D. (1984) | Criminal law, student lawyer clinical program, labor and employment
    1981 - 1984

Speaking Engagements

  • Probation Surrenders, Boston
Legal Answers
  • Q. If your are caught around people underage drinking however you weren’t are you still entitled to a misdemeanor?
    A: basically, yes, unless the police believe you were not drinking. You can ask for their breathalizer if you feel confident, but I am not sure I would trust entirely how they administer it....depending on where you live. If that were to happen, go immediately to a clinic or hospital and get a blood draw to prove you were not drinking. That would be the only way to prove you were not engaged in illegal activity. be advised that during an academic year, the police will notify your school even if you deny drinking. You may be suspended from all sports and activities if they even think you were drinking, and those cases can be difficult to overturn. Schools have broad discretion in how they manage under age drinking even when it is not on school property adn on a weekend!
    July 14, 2022


  • Free Consultation Free consultation for the first 45-60 minutes.Fees for review and assessment beyond consultation are addressed during consultation.
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  • Contingent Fees Contingent fees are accepted for personal injury cases such as motor vehicle accidents, property accident and related torts.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information Consumer law cases brought under MGL ch. 93A will include a claim for attorney fees. Efforts to recover costs and fees are always made in these cases, but not guaranteed. Accordingly, attorney fees on an hourly basis are billed pending resolution and recovery of fees.