Joseph F. Hennessey

Joseph F. Hennessey

Charlestown, Massachusetts

Joe is a trial lawyer and veteran investigator who represents clients in the areas of criminal defense, domestic relations and catastrophic injury litigation. He has been recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Boston Magazine as a Rising Star and a Top 100 Defense Attorney, and regularly serves as a panel member at statewide MCLE seminars.

Joe has tremendous white-collar investigative experience as a former Senior Global Investigator for a Fortune 500 company, where he oversaw internal investigations and worldwide corporate compliance programs. His areas of expertise included high value cybercrime, industrial espionage and theft of trade secrets. One of his spotlight investigations was a multi-million dollar platinum theft for a Fortune 500 Company while working closely with the FBI and Irish Garda.

Before his legal career, Joe served in law enforcement for over two decades. As a detective, Joe excelled in investigating financial crimes, including bank fraud cases. One of his major investigations resulted in high-profile convictions in a multi-million dollar bank fraud scheme spanning across 15 states. Joe was trained by the Criminal Justice Training Council, FBI and Massachusetts State Police in homicide investigations, narcotics investigations, fingerprint recovery and analysis, and served as a certified sexual assault investigator. He attended numerous training classes in OUI enforcement techniques and field sobriety testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Joe also worked undercover for seven years with the DEA, ATF, Attorney General's office and various CPAC units.

Areas of Practice

  • 95% Criminal Defense
  • 5% Civil

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2008


  • Massachusetts School of Law, Andover, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2007
  • Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • B.S. - 1999
    • Major: Law Enforcement
  • Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • M.S - 2003
    • Major: Criminal Justice Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Joseph Hennessey, Attorney, 2007 - 2012
  • Defilippis, Kaldis and Hennessey, PC, Partner, 2007 - 2009
  • Town of Sherborn, Police Officer, 1992 - 2007
  • City of Waltham, Police Officer, 1991 - 1992
  • Town of Ashland , Police Officer, 1984 - 1991