About Me

Attorney Peter DeGelleke Smiling

Growing up, I always had a strong interest in the law. In high school I was an active member on my debate team, arguing various policies and political positions. When it came time for college, I decided to remain close to my hometown and attend Tufts University in Bedford, Massachusetts. After taking a few criminal justice courses during undergrad, I quickly realized that pursuing a law degree would not only satisfy my passion for a career in law, but it would also afford me the opportunity to use my strong communication and analytical skills to help others. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1973, I was quickly accepted into the prestigious Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. I was ecstatic at the opportunity to study in the nation's capital and learn from some of the brightest minds in the legal profession. During my time at Georgetown University, I realized a deep passion and joy for being a part of the justice system. By the time it came time for me to graduate in 1976 I couldn't wait to begin my career as an attorney. I quickly passed the state bar and began working as a general practice attorney, gathering valuable experience in a wide variety of areas from criminal defense and personal injury law, to civil litigation and legal malpractice.

I’ve always believed that honest communication and collaboration are crucial to the success of any case, and I’m committed to providing both to all of my clients.

I would spend the next four decades perfecting my craft, picking up a reputation as a tireless worker and a strong advocate for clients across the state of Massachusetts. I became licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court — helping individuals seek justice and ensure that their rights are protected. Pro Bono work also became a major part of my legal career, allowing me to work with proud organizations like the Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Law-Related Education and the Clients' Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court. I'm also proud to have represented the family of a 9/11 Victim, helping them successfully pursue a settlement from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Through the years one constant has remained that has kept me coming into work every single day — the opportunity to use my knowledge and skills as an experienced attorney to help those who may not be able to help themselves. Whether you're facing a difficult personal injury, an unexpected criminal charge, or a simple civil litigation matter, I would be happy to review your case and do whatever I can to help craft a solution that works for your unique situation.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts bar, 1977
  • The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, 1977
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1977
  • The U.S. Supreme Court, 1984


  • B.A. magna cum laude - Tufts University, 1973
  • J.D. - Georgetown University Law Center, 1976

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Clients’ Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court, Chairman 2007-08
  • Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court, Member 1997-2003
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Law-Related Education, Member
  • Middlesex Bar Advocates, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Fee Arbitration Board, Member 1991-Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Dial-A-Lawyer Program, Member 1991-Present
  • Representation of Family of 9/11 Victim Sponsored by ATLA