Practicing since 2005, Marissa Elkins began her solo law practice in July 2012 and expanded to Elkins Law Group, LLC in 2014, and again to Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff in 2018. Prior to striking out on her own, she was a partner in the Amherst law firm of Allison, Angier, Bartmon, Elkins, & Fernald, LLP (now Allison, Angier, & McHale, LLP) and she began her career as a public defender, working as a staff attorney for the Northampton Superior Court office of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS).
Marissa focuses her practice on criminal law, civil rights litigation (police brutality), and appellate advocacy. She represents clients in Superior and District Court throughout Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties. Marissa has tried many cases to acquittal and successfully argued motions to suppress and dismiss resulting in favorable outcomes for clients. She is adept at handling a full range of criminal issues including murder, drug (possession, distribution, and trafficking), gun charges, OUI (driving under the influence), assault and battery, arson, sexual assault, larceny, and white collar crime. Marissa also represents clients in Federal District Court and argues appeals before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
Marissa is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is currently serving on that organization’s Board of Directors and is chairperson of the Public Defense Committee. She is also a member of NACDL’s CLE committee and has organized multi-day trainings in Boston and Savannah, Georgia (upcoming), and presented at national conferences.
She is also a member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. She is past-President of the Hampshire County Bar Association. Marissa is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
In 2014, Marissa was named to the federal court committee to review the qualifications of applicants seeking to fill the seat of U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Neiman upon his retirement in 2015. Additionally, in 2013, she was selected to Boston Magazine’s list of “Rising Stars,” recognizing outstanding lawyers under the age of 40 or with less than ten years in practice. Marissa has been included in the New England Super Lawyers list every year since 2014 and in 2015 she was listed among that publication’s Top 50 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts.
- U.S. District Court, D.Mass., 2009
- Massachusetts, 2007
- Texas, 2005
Awards & Honors
- Mass Lawyers Weekly 2015 Lawyers of the Year
- Top 50 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts – 2015
- New England Super Lawyer – 2014 – present
- New England Rising Star – 2013
- Dean’s Scholar; LexisNexis Law Publishing Award; CALI Award, Civil Appellate Litigation Clinic; Best Oral Advocate & Second Best Brief, National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, 2004. Champion, UConn Loiselle Moot Court Competition, 2003
- University of Connecticut School of Law, Juris Doctorate, with Honors, 2005
- University of Houston, Masters in Theater, 2002
- Austin College, Bachelor of Arts, 1997