Bio & Practice
Max D. Stern
Max D. Stern has more than thirty-five years of experience litigating both criminal and civil cases. In addition to handling a diverse caseload of criminal and civil matters, he counsels and represents attorneys and other professionals in investigations and regulatory proceedings.
Mr. Stern is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He has received numerous awards for his legal work including, in 1992, the American College "Award for Courageous Advocacy," and, in 2000, the Joseph Balliro Award of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers "in recognition of a lifelong commitment and dedication to the zealous defense of the accused." In 2007, he was recoginized by the Law &Politics compilation of “Super Lawyers,” published in Boston magazine, as one of the Top 10 lawyers in Massachusetts. In 1995 he was named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the 25 most influential Massachusetts lawyers of the preceding quarter century.
Mr. Stern, along with Martin Levin, has acted as co-lead counsel in the defense of an product supplier charged with manslaughter in connection with the 2006 collapse of the Boston “Big Dig” tunnel.
He has appeared and argued at every trial and appellate level, including the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Stern has taught courses in Advanced Criminal Law and the Legal Profession, among others, at Harvard and Northeastern law schools. He is the author of articles in both scholarly journals and the popular press. He regularly lectures on various aspects of trial practice.
Mr. Stern is a 1969 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as an editor of the law review. He is a 1966 graduate of Dartmouth College. After law school, Mr. Stern served as clerk to United States Circuit Judge Simon Sobeloff of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Stern is active in community affairs. He is an accomplished photographer whose images appear in yearly calendar published by the firm for its clients and friends. He maintains a photographic website at maxsternphoto.com.