With two decades of experience as a skilled practitioner in and out of the courtroom, Daniel de Abreu handles general business litigation, including municipal and land use matters, criminal defense, and appeals. He appears regularly in Massachusetts courts.
Prior to joining BRCSM, Dan was the First Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Taunton. In his eight years with the City, he provided counsel on a range of matters including procurement, public works projects, contracts and zoning law. He represented the City, in court or as in-house counsel, in the defense of civil rights and tort claims made against the City.
He previously was in private practice with a focus on civil litigation and criminal defense. Dan represents clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, including show cause hearings, arraignment and bail hearings, pretrial motion hearings including evidentiary motions to suppress, and jury trials in District and Superior Court. When appropriate, Dan represents clients during plea negotiations. He has substantial experience in post-conviction appeals. He also handles matters involving abuse prevention orders and harassment prevention orders (both of which are often referred to as restraining orders).
Recently, after a police department had applied for a criminal complaint for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, to wit, a firearm, Dan persuaded a Clerk-Magistrate not to issue a complaint against his client, through prompt investigation and thorough preparation.
He is admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts (2002)
First Circuit Court of Appeals (2017)
CIVIC & CHARITABLE INVOLVEMENT:
Bristol County Bar Advocates, Board of Directors | New Bedford, Massachusetts (2009 – 2011)
Suffolk University Law School, cum laude (2001)
Providence College (1994)