Rankin & Sultan concentrates on vigorously defending individuals and companies facing criminal investigations or prosecution. Our firm provides aggressive advocacy in a variety of contexts.Read More
Civil & Administrative LitigationRankin & Sultan also handles selected civil matters. Most often, it is our commitment to defending individual liberties and fighting against government misconduct that brings us into the civil arena.
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Suffolk County Superior Court
Our client was charged with first degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. The Commonwealth claimed that our client shot and killed a man in the course of an attempted armed robbery. At trial, Jamie Sultan and Audrey Grace challenged the prosecution’s witnesses as unreliable and its investigation as sloppy and biased. The jury acquitted our client on all charges.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Our client, a female, was classified as a Level One sex offender by the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) and sought to be relieved of the obligation to register. On appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court, Cathy Hinton argued that the SORB arbitrarily and capriciously failed to consider the relevance of our client’s gender in addition to the other risk factors and erred when it denied her funds for an expert on female sex offenders. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed, holding, among other things, that much of the research on sex offenders upon which the SORB guidelines are based is out-of-date and that the SORB must consider recent and relevant scientific research in order to conduct an individualized risk assessment of each offender. The opinion is available here.
Attorney Charles “Charlie” Rankin and Attorney James “Jamie” Sultan founded our boutique criminal defense firm on June 1, 1986. They had graduated from Harvard Law School in the same class (1980) and worked together as associates at the small criminal and constitutional litigation firm of Silverglate & Gertner. After each subsequently enjoyed a successful tour in private solo practice, the two reunited to join forces as Rankin & Sultan.
Rankin & Sultan quickly developed a reputation for providing highly sophisticated and effective criminal defense at both the trial and appellate levels. Increasing demand for their services led them to grow. Catherine Hinton became a partner in 2002, followed by Michelle Menken, who became a partner in 2008.
Today, Rankin & Sultan is at the forefront of the field, having forged some of the most significant advances in criminal justice in Massachusetts over the past two decades. Our attorneys practice regularly in state and federal trial courts throughout Massachusetts. We also practice regularly in state and federal appellate courts in Massachusetts and in other jurisdictions. The firm is one of very few Boston criminal firms listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
All of our attorneys are passionate about fighting zealously on behalf of the accused. We believe that the power of government is immense, and the process fraught with pitfalls. Our mission is to marshal our skill and experience to protect the underdog – to even the playing field; to safeguard liberty, property, and sometimes life; and to champion fundamental principles of justice, equity, and human dignity.