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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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Michelle Menken persuaded the Supreme Judicial Court to take direct appellate review of a case challenging the propriety of a community parole supervision for life (CPSL) sentence for failure to register as a sex offender. The issue arises from the Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Kateley, 461 Mass. 575 (2012), and implicates its very recent decisions in Commonwealth v. Batista, 465 Mass. 1008 (2013), and Commonwealth v. Domino, 465 Mass. 569 (2013).
Massachusetts Parole Board
Our client came to us having been previously convicted second degree murder and serving a sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after a minimum of 15 years. Cathy Hinton represented our client at the initial hearing before the Parole Board, after which the Parole Board voted unanimously to release our client on parole on the first parole petition, having served only 15 years in prison, a result occurring in only 2% of lifer parole hearings since 2011.
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.