Criminal Defense

Rankin & Sultan concentrates on vigorously defending individuals and companies facing criminal investigations or prosecution. Our firm provides aggressive advocacy in a variety of contexts.

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Civil & Administrative Litigation

Rankin & Sultan also handles selected civil matters. Most often, it is our commitment to defending individual liberties and fighting against government misconduct that brings us into the civil arena.

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Rankin & Sultan News


December 2015 We are pleased to welcome our new student intern, Jess Acosta-Muller, to Rankin & S[...]

Dedham Juvenile Court

November 2015 Our client, a juvenile, was being held on a probation violation.  Jamie Sultan and [...]

Boston Municipal Court

November 2015 A disgruntled co-worker accused our client of threatening to shoot her.  Jamie Sult[...]

Middlesex Superior Court

Our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and other drugs. We filed a [...]

First Circuit Court of Appeals

Kerry Haberlin successfully challenged our client’s federal sentence on appeal.  Our client, who ple[...]

About Us

Attorney Charles “Charlie” Rankin and Attorney James “Jamie” Sultan founded our boutique criminal defense firm on June 1, 1986.  They had graduated from Harvard Law School in the same class (1980) and worked together as associates at the small criminal and constitutional litigation firm of Silverglate & Gertner.  After each subsequently enjoyed a successful tour in private solo practice, the two reunited to join forces as Rankin & Sultan.

Rankin & Sultan quickly developed a reputation for providing highly sophisticated and effective criminal defense at both the trial and appellate levels.  Today, Rankin & Sultan is at the forefront of the field, having forged some of the most significant advances in criminal justice in Massachusetts over the past two decades.  Our attorneys practice regularly in state and federal trial courts throughout Massachusetts.  We also practice regularly in state and federal appellate courts in Massachusetts and in other jurisdictions.  The firm is one of very few Boston criminal firms listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

All of our attorneys are passionate about fighting zealously on behalf of the accused. We believe that the power of government is immense, and the process fraught with pitfalls. Our mission is to marshal our skill and experience to protect the underdog – to even the playing field; to safeguard liberty, property, and sometimes life; and to champion fundamental principles of justice, equity, and human dignity.

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