Peter G. DeGelleke

Peter G. DeGelleke

Sole Practitioner
Bedford, Massachusetts

Experienced Attorney in Concord, Massachusetts

Criminal Defense ◊ Personal Injury ◊ General Civil Litigation ◊ General Practice

If you have an unresolved legal matter, whether you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, or have suffered a personal injury, you want an experienced lawyer who will take the time to understand the unique aspects of your case so that you can find solutions that meet your needs. You want an attorney who has successfully helped others in similar circumstances and who will help you identify all your options so that you can make informed decisions.

Attorney Peter G. DeGelleke has protecting the rights of individuals since 1977 throughout Massachusetts, including Middlesex and Worcester counties. He defends clients against a wide range of felony and misdemeanor charges and represents people in personal injury claims and other litigation. Attorney DeGelleke built his successful practice on a commitment to a high level of personal service. When you hire him to represent you, whether it involves charges of assault or cocaine possession, or a car accident that left you with serious injuries, he will devote his full attention to your case. Attorney DeGelleke will never delegate responsibility for your defense to a paralegal or a less-experienced attorney without your permission. Contact the office or call Attorney DeGelleke at 781-275-0800 to set up a free initial consultation.

The Practice

Attorney DeGelleke is an experienced litigator who teaches Trial Advocacy at Harvard Law School. He offers skilled and experienced counsel to clients in cases involving:

  • General criminal matters - He handles defense in a wide range of felonies and misdemeanors, from drunk driving and heroin possession charges to domestic abuse and sex offenses. Attorney DeGelleke brings a wealth of trial experience to all criminal cases. See the page on criminal defense to learn more.
  • DUI/DWI/OUI - Attorney DeGelleke protects the rights of individuals charged with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, or operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He handles administrative hearings at the Registry of Motor Vehicles regarding license suspension, as well as criminal proceedings to determine penalties. For more information, go to the page on DUI/DWI/OUI.  
  • Assault and battery - Attorney DeGelleke defends individuals charged with assault and battery, whether the charge stems from a barroom brawl, a schoolyard fight or domestic violence. He can often help you resolve these charges without criminal consequences. To learn more, see the page on assault and battery.
  • Drug Crimes - Attorney DeGelleke handles defense against drug charges involving possession, possession with intent to distribute, and drug manufacturing. He helps clients improve their situation through strong advocacy and by helping clients with voluntary enrollment in substance abuse programs. See the drug possession defense page for more information.
  • Personal injury - Attorney DeGelleke protects the rights of personal injury victims, handling claims involving automobile accidents, slip and fall cases, medical and dental malpractice, sexual abuse and product liability. See the page on auto accident rights to learn about what you should do if you have been in a motor vehicle accident.
  • General Civil Litigation and General Practice - Attorney DeGelleke represents plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving breach of contract, Chapter 93A (Consumer Protection Act) violations, collections, real estate disputes, contested wills, business litigation, personal injury, professional malpractice, and many other issues. He works with lawyers who specialize in other practice areas, including family law (divorce), estate planning (wills and trusts), and real estate purchases and sales. He will refer you, free of charge, if necessary.

Why You Need an Experienced Trial Lawyer on Your Side

The majority of cases, both civil and criminal, settle before trial. So why is it so important to hire an experienced trial lawyer? Two reasons: 1) a case is unlikely to settle on favorable terms unless the opposition is convinced that your lawyer can win at trial, and 2) some cases have to be tried in order to achieve a favorable outcome.

Attorney Peter DeGelleke has trial experience since 1977. He teaches Trial Advocacy at Harvard Law School.

Trial advocacy - the effective representation of clients at trial - is both an art and a science. Effective techniques of direct and cross examination, opening statements and summations involve elements of a riveting theatrical performance but within the confines of Court and evidentiary rules and customs. Most important, an effective trial lawyer needs the ability to communicate and relate to both jurors and judges. It is an incredibly complex process that is mastered by a very small percentage of lawyers.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Animal Bites - Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Honors: Top 25% of Class
  • Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1973
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • American Institute for Foreign Study, Inc.


  • Instructor, Trial Judge, Trial Advisor, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, 1985 - Present
  • Bar Advocate Training Program, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1987 - 1990

Pro Bono Activities

  • Clients' Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court (Chair, 2007-2008), 2003 - 2008
  • Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court (Hearing Committee Member for Bar Discipline Cases), 1997 - 2003
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Law Related Education
  • Middlesex Bar Advocates
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Fee Arbitration Board, 1991 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Dial-A-Lawyer Program, 1991 - Present
  • Representation of Family of 9/11 Victim Sponsored by ATLA