Vikas S. Dhar

Vikas S. Dhar

Charlestown, Massachusetts
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Heading up our firm, Vikas is widely recognized as a leader in the New England legal community. An accomplished business litigator and a "Top 40 Under 40" criminal defense attorney, he has also been honored as a New England Super Lawyer/Rising Star in the area of White-Collar Criminal Defense for each of the past 6 years by Boston Magazine. Along with his brother, Vilas, who is of Counsel at Dhar Law, LLP, his philosophy on socially conscious business practices and community contributions have been profiled by Forbes, the American Bar Association Journal, the Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal.

Regarded as powerful in the courtroom and unflappable at the negotiating table, Vikas talks fast because he thinks fast, and clients rave about his calming demeanor, friendliness and never-ending energy reserves. He believes that 'good things come to those who wait go out and earn it,' and he brings a people-first attitude to each matter in the firm.

He was recently tapped by the U.S. District Court to sit on a Merit Selection Panel to recommend a new Magistrate Judge and to advise on the reappointment of a sitting Magistrate Judge. Vikas has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Organization as a Top 100 Massachusetts Defense Attorney, and in 2012, alongside a U.S. Congressman and other honorees, he was presented with an “Excellence in the Law: Up & Coming Attorney” award by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Weekly.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: 2003 John S. Rendleman Award
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • A.B.

Published Works

  • Coordinator, Forensic Psychiatry & Memory: Perspectives in Law, MCLE Program, 2008
  • The DHS Initiative, Massachusetts Bar Institute Section Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Young Lawyers CLE Co-Coordinator, 2005 - 2006
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Section Review Articles Editor, 2004 - 2005
  • South Asian Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2005
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Washington University Alumni Admissions Program
  • Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative, Advisory Board Member
  • Senior Partners for Justice, Pro Bono Panel Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Past Employment Positions

  • Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs
  • Governor's Commission for Revision of the Illinois School Code, 2001 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boston Bar Association, Pro Bono Panel Member
  • Senior Partners for Justice, Pro Bono Panel Member
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pro Bono Panel Member
  • Pro Bono Immigration Advisor, School of Leadership-Afghanistan
  • Pro Bono Immigration Advisor, International Healthcare NGOs