John A. Amabile

John A. Amabile

Rated by Super Lawyers - John. A Amabile


  • May 1978
    J.D., Boston College Law School
    Newton Centre, Massachusetts
  • May 1975
    B.A., University of Colorado
    Boulder, Colorado


  • July, 1988 to present
    Amabile & Burkly, P.C., Boston, MA
    Principal in a general practice firm that concentrates in civil and criminal litigation.
  • July 1986 to June 1988
    Law Office of John A. Amabile, Boston, MA.
    Sole practitioner with a concentration in criminal defense matters and plaintiff’s tort litigation.
  • July 1982 to July 1986
    Massachusetts Department of the Attorney General, Criminal Bureau, Boston, MA.
    Assistant Attorney General. Represented the Commonwealth in criminal cases concentrating in environmental crime, public corruption and white-collar crime.
  • September 1978 to July 1982
    Roxbury Defenders Committee, Inc. Superior Court Staff Attorney.
    Represented indigent clients in Roxbury District Court and Suffolk Superior Court on serious felonies including aggravated rape, armed robbery, attempted murder, arson, narcotics, and weapons charges.

Memberships / Positions

  • December 1978
    Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • February 1979
    U.S. District Court, District of MA
  • March 1979
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • March 2001
    U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • July 2001
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • December 2002
    U.S. Supreme Court


In his forty-four years in practice, Attorney John Amabile has handled and tried hundreds of cases in State and Federal Courts, primarily in the Boston metropolitan area, but also having appeared in every Massachusetts County, and at all levels from District Court, through appeals to the Supreme Judicial Court. He has handled both civil and criminal cases from minor traffic and small personal injury matters to 1st degree murder and multi-million-dollar injury cases. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. He has represented litigants in Probate Court on will contests and divorce cases, and Land Court on matters involving real estate disputes. He has also advocated for clients before administrative agencies like the Industrial Accident Board, the Department of Employment and Training, the Ballot Law Commission, the Commission against Discrimination, and local boards and agencies. He has provided personal service to clients on matters large and small and has a demonstrated capability to both litigate and negotiate matters to a successful conclusion. He has represented people of all economic levels and backgrounds, and is patient, honest and respectful to his clients, many of whom have come to him with very serious problems.

During his career, he has handled literally hundreds of personal injury cases, primarily for the claimant, but also numerous cases for the defendant. These include auto accident cases, medical malpractice and premises liability matters.

Attorney Amabile has defended and prosecuted criminal cases over a forty-four-year career. He has handled hundreds of cases, including traffic matters, operating under the influence of alcohol, drug charges, domestic and sexual assault cases, robbery, firearms violation, arson, environmental crimes, theft and embezzlement, conspiracy, commercial bribery, internet copyright infringement, and homicide matters. Some highlights follow.

First Degree Murder Cases: Attorney Amabile has tried numerous first-degree murder cases, with ten resulting in verdicts of not guilty.

Federal Racketeering Cases:  Attorney Amabile has defended federal racketeering cases, including a thirteen-week trial with his partner, Jim Bradbury, which led to a complete exoneration by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Operating under the influence of Alcohol: Attorney Amabile has handled scores of cases, both negotiated and tried to judge and juries, and has obtained dozens of acquittals.

Vehicular Homicide: Attorney Amabile defended a truck driver involved in a fatal accident, alleged to have been caused by operation with defective brakes. The driver was found not guilty by a jury. He also obtained a not guilty for a student involved in a fatal accident who was alleged to have been driving at 30 mph over the speed limit.

Embezzlement: several cases including one involving an alleged theft more than $25,000,000.

Attorney Amabile has been designated a Super Lawyer in Criminal Law and is the current president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) (2021-2023).  He was born in New York City on Valentine’s Day, 1954. He lived in Colorado and California before moving to Massachusetts, when starting law school in 1975. He is married with one son.