Attorney Jason J. Benzaken
Jason was born and raised in the Washington Heights section of New York City. His parents immigrated to this country and he and his sister are amongst the first generation of his family that were born and raised in the United States. He attended the Bronx High School of Science where he was on the debate team and traveled nationally to competitions.
After graduating law school, Jason worked as a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Brockton Superior Court office where Jason carried a heavy caseload of felony criminal cases in the District and Superior Courts. In 2006, Jason left CPCS and opened a law practice focusing on criminal defense at the trial and appellate level. Over the years, Jason expanded his practice to also expand his practice to include administrative law, sex offender registry law, and civil rights litigations. In 2008, Jason joined Joshua Wood, also a former attorney for the Brockton CPCS office, and formed Benzaken, Alexander and Wood.
Jason is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts. Jason regularly appears in the district and Superior courts, the Massachusetts. In 2012 Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly awarded Jason with its “Up and Coming” Award at their Excellence in the Law Awards Ceremony.
Background & Experience
Jason was born and raised in the Washington Heights section of New York City. His parents immigrated to this country and he and is sister are amongst the first generation of his family that were born and raised in the United States. He attended the Bronx High School of Science where he was on the debate team and traveled nationally to competitions.
He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT for college, where he received a bachelor of the arts in government. He was involved in the music scene and student politics. He graduated in 1998.
After college he lived in Oakland California where he worked in construction. He still loves word working and has been involved in real estate projects since law school.
Jason knew and loved Boston and moved from Oakland, CA to go to Northeastern University School of Law planning on building his career in the area. Very early in his schooling he knew that he wanted to focus on criminal defense so he developed a course of study focused on that goal. He interned with local public defender agencies and with small criminal defense firms, and he did clinical work representing an inmate before the parole board.
After graduation, he was hired to work as a public defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Brockton, MA. He immediately began defending persons charged with felony offenses, and he quickly developed trial experience.
Jason has been in private practice since 2006, and continues to focus on criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. His philosophy is to use the law and the facts to defend the accused. His strong understanding of the way criminal cases work at both the trial and appellate level guide his approach to defense of cases involves both intensive investigation and work with experts as well as extensive legal research and a heavy motion practice. At trial he pursues a strong and compelling defense.
He has handled serious cases involving crimes such as:
Jason works closely with investigators and experts and has addressed complicated issues in his cases such as the following:
He practices in the state and federal trial courts and has been before the State appellate Courts and the Supreme Judicial Court. His appellate works is not limited to criminal defense, such as his work on Schoeller v. The Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, which involved and freedom of speech violations.
More About Attorney Benzaken
The neighborhood where Jason grew up was very violent in the 1980’s and 1990’s, as the crack cocaine trade was very heavy in that section of New York. Jason witnessed violence, Jason was the victim of crimes, but he also knew people involved in criminal activity. The police department at the time was riddled with corruption, and neighborhood dissatisfaction with the police department lead to in riots in early 1990’s. Because of all this, Jason has always felt that he developed a complicated view of crime and how society addressed crime, and this lead him to his work as a defense attorney.
Jason has handled hundreds of felony cases in their career in courts throughout the state. He regularly goes to trial on complicated cases, and is in court almost every day.
Josh is committed to his clients. He defends people facing the most frightening and life changing experience in their lives. he develops close relationships with the people he represents and their families, and he cares about what happens to them.
Although every case and very client is different, when new clients come to him, they are all vulnerable. Usually it’s his client’s family reaching out to him first, because someone has been arrested. And when people meet with him to discuss their options, they understand the fear that he has and the concern that he has for their client’s future. But he does not take advantage of people’s fears and act as a salesman. He gives his clients truthful and honest assessments of their cases and explanation of the services he can meaningfully offer them. His work can range from and extensive investigation with a goal on trial or work with experts to develop a strong case for a favorable resolution to the case.
Aside from work, Jason enjoys wood working and masonry. Jason spends his free time doing carpentry or stone projects, and is constantly pursuing renovation projects. Jason also enjoys cooking and gardening.