Michael A. Pezza Jr.


Professional Experience

  • Law Office of Michael A. Pezza Jr.
  • Boston Dispute Resolution Services
  • Northeastern University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty
  • Holland & Knight, LLP, Senior Counsel
    • Litigation Section, Media Law Team, and Intellectual Property Litigation Team
  • Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, L.L.P., Partner
  • AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 of 5) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell*


Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.

  • National Moot Court Team
  • Moot Court Executive Board
  • Best Oral Advocate, Dunmore Moot Court Competition

Colgate University, A.B. (English)

  • Class President
  • Konosioni Honorary Society
  • George Cobb Fellow
  • University Council
  • Commission of Academic Affairs
  • Student Senate
  • Commencement valedictory speaker
  • Alumni Reunion Chair
  • Alumni Giving Committee

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Pro hac vice admissions in several state and federal courts

Current or former professional affiliations

  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Communications Law
    • Section of Dispute Resolution
    • Section of Litigation
      • Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
      • First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee
      • Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
      • Trial Practice Committee
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Media, Privacy & Defamation Law Committee, Former Vice Chair
    • Trial Techniques Committee
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Mediation Works Incorporated district court mediation program
  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section
  • New England Association for Conflict Resoluion
  • New England Media Lawyers Group
  • Online Media Legal Network @ Harvard's Berkman Center
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, Panel Counsel

Professional Speaking and Publications

  • Contributing Author, PERLE, WILLIAMS & FISCHER ON PUBLISHING LAW (Wolters Kluwer, 4th ed.  2013).
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, program chair and faculty member
  • MCLE 60-Minute Lawyer audio series, featured lecturer
  • The Best of MCLE Journal, featured author
  • Client seminars
  • Presentations on First Amendment issues to educator and human rights groups
  • Panelist on local television program regarding First Amendment issues
  • Northeastern University School of Law, guest lecturer
  • Media and First Amendment blog, ofandconcerning.blogspot.com
  • Dispute resolution blog, bostonresolution.blogspot.com
  • @mapjresq on Twitter

Community and Pro Bono Activities

  • Colgate University alumni and development activities, including continuing service as class president, reunion chair, annual fund class committee member, and member of the President's Club
  • Mediation Works Incorporated, District Court Mediation Program
  • Regional judge, ABA Law Student Negotiation Competition
  • Pro bono legal representations have included work on behalf of artists, and the successful representation of a teen-ager from the People’s Republic of China who sought asylum in the United States due to his imprisonment and torture in China because of his participation in the Falun Gong spiritual movement
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, Panel Counsel
  • Online Media Legal Network @ Harvard's Berkman Center, Member
  • Writing Coach for Citizen Schools 8th Grade Academy (2003-2004)
  • Essay judge for Holocaust and community violence student essay contests (2003-2004)


Michael resides in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife, who also is a lawyer. They have three children.