VICTORIA L. Nadel
Victoria Nadel is an attorney with over 20 years of criminal defense experience. Her first case as a practicing lawyer was as second chair to John LaChance in a federal bank fraud trial before the Honorable Nancy Gertner. She continued to collaborate with Attorney LaChance on appellate briefs until his retirement. In those early years, she rented office space from Joe Balliro, Bernie Grossberg, and Richie Egbert - often contracting with them to prepare for trials, write memoranda, and co-author appellate briefs. Despite working with very high profile lawyers – or perhaps because of that – Victoria realized that her skill set and distinct preference for legal work was behind the scenes.
Rather than courtrooms, Victoria always enjoyed issue spotting, in-depth research, argument development, analysis, and legal reasoning. So, when she hung out her own shingle, it was in appellate practice. For decades, she accepted court appointments through the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services Appellate and Innocence Program Panels as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit CJA panel. She was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served as Secretary. It was there that she met Attorney Roger Witkin who asked her to help out with a book he worked on for the Massachusetts Practice Series. Over time, Victoria’s contributions revamped the entire volume. She is now wholly responsible for researching, writing, and creating sample motions and editing the motions submitted by other lawyers as well as analyzing and writing all commentary in the best-selling Thomson-West legal treatise, Massachusetts Practice Series, Vol. 42, Criminal Defense Motions.
Admitted to the following bars:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
In addition to her practice, Victoria has worked on political and issue campaigns and as a legislative director at the Massachusetts State House. She aspired (and continues to aspire) to apply her experience and analytical expertise in policy work.
Victoria is very much a lawyer’s lawyer and excels as a legal consultant. Her practice now consists of research, analysis, and writing for other attorneys. She works on criminal cases from trial to appeal to post-conviction matters. She has an outstanding ability to spot issues, analyze decisional law, interpret statutes, and write persuasive arguments.