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Austin Joyce is the most senior member of the firm, joining the firm in 1983.  He has over forty years of trial and litigation experience, having successfully tried cases in all the federal district courts in the Commonwealth, in many of the state’s trial courts, and in front of numerous administrative agencies and appointing authorities.  He has also represented clients during the appellate process in the federal and state courts.  His practice emphasis has been on personal injury, police misconduct and employment discrimination matter.  Austin has also worked on residential real estate, probate, criminal and business organization matters during his years with the firm.

Austin completed his undergraduate education at Assumption College in Worcester, earning his B.A. degree magna cum laude.  He received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, where he was a member of the school’s law review.

He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, the federal District of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Over the years, Austin has written articles for the law review and on civil liability issues for police chiefs and law enforcement personnel.  He has also lectured and instructed on these subjects for the state’s police training agency, police chiefs’ groups and police departments.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, first Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    Juris Doctor (cum laude)
    Dean’s List
    Law Review
  • Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude)
    Dean’s List

Published Works

  • Annual Survey of Rhode Island Law, 12 Suffolk Univ. Law Review 608 (1978) 
  • Tort Law—Duty of Care, 12 Suffolk Univ. Law Review 1068 (1978)
  • Tort Law—Bystander Recovery, 13 Suffolk Univ. Law Review 212 (1979)
  • Chapter 1—the Federal Civil Rights Act, Chief’s Guide to Civil Liability, Municipal Police Institute (2006)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Annual Survey of Rhode Island Law, 12 Suffolk University Law Review 608, 1978
  • Tort Law – Duty of Care, 12 Suffolk University Law Review 1068, 1978
  • Tort Law – Bystander Recovery, 12 Suffolk University Law Review 212, 1979
  • The Chief’s Guide to Civil Liability, Chapter 1, The Federal Civil Rights Act, Contributor, Municipal Police Institute, 2006

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Super Lawyer, Massachusetts
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