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Murat Erkan

FOUNDER, Erkan & Associates, LLC

Twenty year veteran trial lawyer.

I am licensed to practice in all Massachusetts' state and federal courts. My practice focuses on just one thing:

Relentless criminal defense.

While many lawyers hold themselves out as a "Jack of all trades," I focus only on one trade: criminal defense. I believe that the solemn duty of fighting for a person's freedom demands that singular focus. In the same way that a person in need of a root canal should turn to a specialist and not a general practitioner, a person fighting for their freedom needs a lawyer who has dedicated his life to criminal law. As they say, a Jack of all trades is a master of none.

Before founding my law firm in 2006, I served for over 8 years as a prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I handled every type of case imaginable: from drunk driving to murder; drug possession to aggravated rape; shoplifting to armed robbery. I supervised

By looking at each case with an open mind, I am able to pursue bold, aggressive defenses, and deliver uniquely outstanding results to my clients.

and trained fellow prosecutors and police. I received federal recognition for my efforts in co-founding a task force that aided in dismantling several violent street gangs that infested the greater Lawrence area in the early 2000's.

Though those were financially lean years, My experience as an Assistant District Attorney translates into a potent advantage for my clients. That is, by learning how the government puts together a case, I learned how to take the government's case apart. My unique insight into the government's thinking and tactics helps me identify and exploit the weaknesses in the case against you.

Unique cases, unique defenses.

Most lawyers follow the path of least resistance. They try to shoehorn their cases into the same old tired defense tactics and generic recipes -- essentially one-size-fits-all lawyering.

But I don't see it that way. Every client is unique. Consequently, I believe I owe it to my clients to treat them as unique individuals. With their own story to tell. And while I naturally draw on my years of experience, I refuse to rely on any generic formula to fit any given case. I refuse to take the path of least resistance. Instead, I immerse myself in the unique circumstances of each client's story. I develop an individualized defense tailored to each unique case. By looking at each case with an open mind, I am able to pursue bold, aggressive defenses, and deliver uniquely outstanding results to my clients.

Preeminent standing.

In 2020 and 2021, I was rated "AV-Preeminent" on Martindale Hubbell, the most trusted peer review authority in the legal community.  This is the highest rating available, and an honor reserved for the top 10% of attorneys in the country who have distinguished themselves for their high ethical standing. In 2021, I was featured on "Super Lawyers," as having "attained a high degree of peer recognition and personal achievement" as a criminal defense lawyer.  That same year, I was recognized as a top 100 criminal defense attorney by the venerable National Trial Lawyers.  

I am on the Criminal Justice Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association and board of directors for the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where I serve as co-chair of the legislative committee. 


  • Keep Fighting

    "The case in the end was dismissed because of Murat Erkan and his team's strategy and will to keep fighting”
  • Best defense possible

    Murat took my case and helped me through a hard time in my life. I was facing deportation and he and his team were very nice. They were always responsive. If it wasn't for attorney Erkan and his team I would not been able to remain in this country to work and be able to support my family.
  • Brilliant Attorney!

    This is the best lawyer when it comes to criminal cases. He formulated a great defense and my case was dismissed.
  • Beyond my Expectations

    We hired Murat Erkan to help us on a criminal case related to my son. I had the most amazing experience that I could ever have with a lawyer. While he was working our case I noticed that we did not hired an average lawyer, Mr. Erkan is someone dedicated to his work with passion for what he does. ...
  • Excellent Job

    He did a great job keeping touch with me throughout the whole process. Excellent representation. I highly recommend him since he was very professional and his team did an exceptional job with winning my case.
  • Excellent Lawyer!

    He fought my case until the end and won!
  • Read This.

    What I would have to say would not be able to be contained inside this box. Therefore, i am going to make it short, quick and to the point. Call them, you wont regret it. I was facing hard penalties and it looked easy in the court but truthfully I knew that they were working hard in their offices...
  • Finally a Lawyer that delivers what he promises

    Over the last ten years I have worked with several lawyers trying to resolve a criminal matter that not only affected me but also affected my family a great deal, because of poor counseling a plead guilty to a criminal offense that turned my life upside down I also spent thousands of dollars and ...
  • Eternally Grateful!

    Murat Erkan was a light of hope to my family when a satisfactory solution seemed impossible. He was able to get a 17 years old case DISMISSED!! Despite of such an old case, he fought until the end and was always sincere. Murat not only has a passion for what he does but also master excellence as ...
  • Felt Like I was with Family

    I hired attorney Erkan & his team for my criminal case. Right away I could tell that Murat and his team believed in my innocence and would fight to the end to defend me. Murat's team came up with a strategy that resulted in all the charges against me being dismissed. I always felt welcomed and re...
  • Best decision I've ever made!

    I want to start off by thanking everyone specially Daryl Zules and Murat Erkan for everything. I was in a very difficult position in criminal terms when I was recommended to the office of Erkan & Associates. Between confusion and fear because my criminal problem was delicate and I was affected by...
  • Greatest lawyer I could ever ask for

    Not guilty!!!! These words meant my life back. This result was only possible with the arduous and relentless dedication, professionalism, attention, competence, care, knowledge and so much more of Mr. Erkan. Mr. Erkan and his entire team fought so hard during the whole process of my OUI indictmen...
  • Great aggressive defense!

    If you need an attorney who is reliable and who has long years experience especially on criminal defense,Murat is the right attorney for you.Thanks to Murat Erkan for taking care of my case successfully...
  • Amazing Lawyer, Amazing Team, and We Felt Like Family

    First of all I need to thank Murat, his team, and wife for the amazing dedication they put into my fiance's trial (that we won!) His trial was a near impossible case to win and Murat and his team did it. Because of this my sons get to keep their father; but what made Murat and his team so amazing...
  • Incomparable Excellence in Criminal Defense

    Swift and effective work; unbelievable results! - I was facing a motor vehicle-related charge which carried a mandatory jail sentence and the indefinite revocation of my driver's license, thus threatening my ability to work and provide for my family. Other lawyers said that my case was "unwinnabl...
  • Excellent Criminal Defense Team

    Mr. Erkan, was absolutely excellent with my husband's case. Initially, I felt defeated but Murat and his team did an extraordinary job. At the end, my husband was found not guilty thank you to the entire team for working so diligently. I recommend Mr. Erkan and his entire team.
  • What A Great Lawyer Is...

    What Murat Erkan and his team did for my father's extreme case was as if God touched the man in both his heart and mind. My father and I had two other lawyers before Murat Erkan and his team, the whole case with the lawyers before was a complete disaster, not to mention hopeless, an example is th...
  • What an amazing team

    What an amazing team, reflecting back at my situation It felt impossible for me to win. I had lost all hope, my family was preparing for the worst. Murat, his wife and the team we're fighting an uphill battle. Throughout, the whole process they were amazing explained everything step by step. His ...
  • The best lawyer in the area

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  • Excellent!

    (Translated by Google) Excellent!(Original)Excelente!

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