James L. Sultan - Rankin & Sultan

James L. Sultan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991
Phone: 617-720-0011

Attorney Jamie Sultan has more than 30 years of experience fighting for clients facing serious criminal charges in both state and federal courts.  His practice includes seeking to fend off charges against clients under investigation, defending clients who have been charged, and prosecuting appeals and post-trial motions on behalf of clients following conviction.  He has appeared in trial and appellate courts throughout Massachusetts and in seven other states.  Jamie has handled a number of high-profile cases, including the post-conviction litigation in the Fells Acre Day Care sex abuse case which garnered national media attention.  Some of his most recent reported successes include appellate reversals of first degree murder convictions in Commonwealth v. Woodbine, 461 Mass. 720 (2012) and Commonwealth v. Toolan, 460 Mass. 452 (2011).

Attorney Jamie Sultan has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America from 1991 to date and in Massachusetts Super Lawyers from 2004 to date.  He has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV, signifying “the highest level of professional excellence.”  In 1997, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named him one of the ten Massachusetts Lawyers of the Year.  He has taught criminal law at Suffolk University Law School and lectures regularly at criminal defense conferences.

Attorney Jamie Sultan has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1980 and was admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar in 1988.  He also belongs to the U.S. District Court Bar and the Bar of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, and Seventh Circuits.

Before beginning his practice of law, Attorney Sultan served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Robert F. Drinan and clerked for U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice. While a student at Harvard Law School, he was awarded Best Oralist in the Ames Moot Court Competition.

Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 1980

Office Location

151 Merrimac Street, Second Floor
Boston, MA 02114
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: General Practice of the Boston Metro Area
James L. Sultan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice (Criminal Appeals)
Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar