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David Yannetti

David R. Yannetti

Top Boston Criminal Lawyer David R. Yannetti – Nationally Recognized

Boston Criminal Defense Attorney David Yannetti’s polished trial skills and professional demeanor have earned him the respect and admiration of clients, peers, competitors and judges throughout Massachusetts and the country. Attorney Yannetti has successfully tried important, high-stakes cases that were broadcast gavel-to-gavel on Court TV, New England Cable News and other networks, earning high praise from other commentators and legal experts. Mr. Yannetti himself has appeared as a legal analyst on Fox News, CNN, and I.D. Channel. Attorney Yannetti competed in the 2008 “Battle of the Lawyers” sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a charity event designed to showcase masterful trial lawyers re-creating their famous closing arguments. Attorney Yannetti was chosen by a celebrity jury to have given the “Most Compelling Argument”, thereby naming him the winner of the event.

Boston Magazine 2021 “Super Lawyer”

Attorney Yannetti has been selected to the exclusive Massachusetts and New England “Super Lawyers” list in Boston Magazine every year since 2007. In order to be named a “Super Lawyer,” an attorney must survive a rigorous and discerning selection process. Lawyers nominate other lawyers, who are then evaluated by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of top attorneys within each practice area. The blue-ribbon panel considers such factors as an attorney’s honors and awards, his experience, his scholarly lectures and writings, his education and employment background and other outstanding achievements. In the end, only 5% of Massachusetts lawyers are selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list. Attorney Yannetti is proud to be among them, as a highly rated criminal defense attorney. Read Attorney Yannetti’s Super Lawyers profile page.

An “AV- Rated,” Pre-Eminent Lawyer

Attorney Yannetti has earned an “AV” Rating* – the highest rating possible – from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings* every year since 1999. These ratings reflect the confidential opinions of judges and fellow lawyers regarding two aspects of an attorney’s practice: his or her legal ability and general ethical standards. An AV-Rated attorney is recognized to be pre-eminent in the practice of law and highly ethical. In fact, Attorney Yannetti’s AV Rating has qualified him for inclusion in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers* every year since 1999. Only 5% of all U.S. law firms qualify and are included — confirming that Attorney Yannetti is one of the most distinguished and respected criminal defense lawyers in the country.

One of the “Best Lawyers in America” for 2021

U.S. News and World Report recently named Attorney Yannetti one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for the second straight year and featured him in its magazine. According to its website, “Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. [The] lists of outstanding attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition.”

Teaching Experience / Professional Associations

Attorney Yannetti has lectured at Boston University Law School, Boston College Law School, and Suffolk University Law School. He has also instructed fellow attorneys in courses sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. Attorney Yannetti is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Education / Awards

Mr. Yannetti attended Boston College Law School, where he won the following awards for outstanding oral advocacy:

• Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Gill Award for Outstanding Mock Trial Participant
• Hardy C. Dillard Award for Outstanding Brief in Jessup International Moot Court Competition.
• Northeast Regional Mock Trial Competition Champion
• Northeast Regional Jessup International Moot Court Competition Champion
• Boston College Law School Mock Trial Competition Champion
• Boston College Law School Grimes Moot Court Competition Finalist

Mr. Yannetti represented Boston College Law School in the Jessup International Moot Court World Competition in Chicago, Illinois. He also represented the law school in the National Trial Competition in Dallas, Texas. It was the first time in the history of the school that a student participated in both competitions. Mr. Yannetti graduated from Boston College Law School in 1989 with a juris doctor degree.

Before attending law school, Mr. Yannetti was a Dean’s List student and James Bowdoin Scholar at Bowdoin College. He also competed in long-distance running events for the varsity track and cross-country teams. Mr. Yannetti graduated from Bowdoin College, cum laude, with a bachelor of arts degree in government and a minor in mathematics, in 1985.

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* Most cases handled by Attorney Johnson are listed on our “Recent Cases” pages located here: David Yannetti’s Recent Cases

David Yannetti In The News

  • While Aaron Hernandez Trial Drags On, No Word On Double Murder Investigation via Fox News
  • Hernandez’s barber could be key witness in Lloyd murder case via Fox 25 Boston
  • BU Students Jailed for Two Alleged Parties Released via Boston University News Service
  • Four BU Students Spend 3 Nights In Jail For Frat Party That Violated Probation via CBS Boston
  • Former Newton Teacher Charged With Sexually Assaulting Girl via CBS Boston
  • Former Teacher Indicted On Child Porn Charges via WCVB5 Boston
  • Hernandez’s barber could be key witness in Lloyd murder case via Fox 25 Boston
  • 8 months later: The grand jury, Aaron Hernandez and a 2012 double murder via Fox 25 Boston
  • BU students locked up after allegedly throwing two massive parties via Fox 25 Boston
  • Marathon victims react to Tsarnaev’s sister’s arrest via Fox 25 Boston
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Client Testimonials

5 Star

In the most painful times in our lives–David, Greg and Lisa showed us their professional best–dignified, warm, gracious. David and his team will not let you down, you will be taken well care of and most importantly superbly and justly represented…
Barbara Lynch

Oh my goodness David is a miracle worker! Unbelievable results! David is so highly respected by attorneys and judges and prosecutors that he really makes an impact in court and presented our friend in the best possible light…

Jude Dasilva

Greg Johnson and David Yannetti are simply the best. After having two other attorneys on a case, I hired them and got results where others failed. They work hard for you and I highly recommend them!…

Vivian Trinh

If it was not for Mr. Yannetti I could have lost my career and opportunity to come back to USA again given that I am not a US citizen. Thank you Mr. Yannetti for all you did for me and my family. You and your office were truly there for me in my darkest hour…

Ajit Gupta

Greg Johnson is a charming attorney and seems to truly care about his client’s and the outcome of their case. If you ever need an experienced criminal defense Lawyer, Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm is the one to call!…


“I’ve got your back,” he told me early on. David did not disappoint. By showing up with David in the courtroom, I felt I’d made a clear statement of intent. The case was duly dropped…

James Brooks

Martindale-Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2020
Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S. News | 2022
Avvo | 10.0 | Superb | Top Attorney Criminal Defense
Super Lawyers
Fox News | Criminal Defense Analyst
CNN | Criminal Defense Analyst
ID | Investigation Discovery | Consultant
Massachusetts | Lawyers Weekly | Criminal Defense Expert