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James B. Krasnoo - Andover, MA

28 Andover StreetSuite 240 Andover, MA 01810

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Andover Criminal Litigation in State and Federal Courts Lawyer


Attorney James B. Krasnoo is a seasoned trial lawyer devoted exclusively to litigation with more than fifty-seven years of legal experience...

Attorney James B. Krasnoo is a seasoned trial lawyer devoted exclusively to litigation with more than fifty-seven years of legal experience. Recipient of the state-wide honors of the Edward Duggan Zealous Advocacy Award from Committee For Public Counsel Services in 2006 and the Massachusetts Bar Association 2014 Access to Justice Defender Award and named, for 2010 to the present, to the TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS in MASSACHUSETTS by The American Trial Lawyers Association, Krasnoo brings his life-long passion for the law to each matter he handles, including the wide gamut of criminal charges, (including first degree murder cases), the most complex civil and civil rights cases, and the representation of attorneys before the Board of Bar Overseers. Graduated from Harvard University (A.B. 1961), Northeastern University (M.A. 1966) and University of Chicago Law School (1964),. Jim entered public service, where from 1966 to 1968, he served as both a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and, later, as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts. From 1969 through 1973, Jim served as an Assistant United States Attorney. From 1973 to the present, Krasnoo has worked in private practice, handling an extensive variety of criminal cases and a wide assortment of civil matters at the state and federal levels. Attorney Krasnoo has tried more than five hundred civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts. At one point, Jim successfully obtained the then second largest jury verdict in a Section 1983 civil rights action involving a strip search in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Attorney Krasnoo has argued more than one hundred cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. Of the ten first degree murder cases Krasnoo has tried, not one defendant he has represented has been found guilty of first degree murder.

A long-time, highly experienced litigator, Attorney Krasnoo, author of several publications on legal issues has served on the faculty of several Boston area law schools. Krasnoo taught criminal procedure at Suffolk University Law School, for several years, and he was and remains a frequent lecturer at seminars instructing other lawyers. Attorney Krasnoo is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of California. Attorney Krasnoo has practiced in federal and state courts throughout New England and is past president of both the Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts chapter, and of Lawrence Bar Association.

About James B. Krasnoo

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Litigation in State and Federal Courts 90%
  • Appellate Litigation (Civil and Criminal) in State and Federal Courts 10%


  • 100%


Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1964
  • California, 1965
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1964
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1964
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1965
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1965
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1968

Other Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 1975 to Present
  • Lawrence Bar Association, Member, 1995 to Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, 1990 to Present
  • NACDL, 1995 to Present
  • MACDL 2000 to Present
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member, 1995 to Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Past President
  • Lawrence Bar Association, Past President
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Andover High School Mock Trial Team, Advisor, 2001 - Present

Past Positions

  • Office of Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1965 - 1968
  • United States Attorney's Office, Assistant United States Attorney, 1969 - 1973
  • Norris, Kozodoy, Krasnoo & Fong, Partner, 1973 - 1990
  • Law Office of James B. Krasnoo, Sole Proprietor, 1990 - 2007


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1964
  • Harvard University, 1961
  • Northeastern University, 1966

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi


Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


28 Andover StreetSuite 240 Andover, MA 01810


  • 978-474-9005

Office Hours

M-F 9am-5pm


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Past Lists

  • 2023 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list

View the profile for James B. Krasnoo on Super Lawyers


  • Edward J. Duggan Zealous Advocate Award, Committee for Public Counsel, 2008 - Present
  • Super Lawyers, Boston Magazine, 2008 - 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers in MA, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 - Present
  • Access to Justice Defender Award, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2014

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