Vikas S. Dhar


Boston Criminal Defense & Civil Rights Attorney

Vikas is widely recognized as a leader in the New England legal community. He specializes in white-collar criminal defense, international extradition matters and state criminal defense. He is a past recipient of the “Excellence in the Law” award by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and has been recognized by Boston Magazine annually for the past 15 years as a “Super Lawyer” in white-collar criminal defense.

He has twice been invited by the Federal judiciary to serve on Merit Selection Panels to appoint new Federal magistrate judges in Boston, served a 5-year term as a Hearing Officer for the Board of Bar Overseers and is a panel member of Senior Partners for Justice. Vikas is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and his firm’s pro bono work and community contributions have been profiled by Forbes Magazine and Harvard Business Review.

Regarded as powerful in the courtroom and unflappable at the negotiating table, clients rave about his calming demeanor, friendliness, and never-ending energy reserves.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Civil Rights/Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

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


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

Published Work

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


  • Senior Partners for Justice, Pro Bono Panel Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association,
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association


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


  • CourtWatch Massachusetts, Member
  • 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


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Heading up the firm, Vikas Dhar 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 six years by Boston Magazine.

I have the power and the skill to be able to save people from themselves. I can be your guide during the darkness. I can hold your hand and navigate you out of the darkness into the light.

— Vikas Dhar
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