John A. Locke, Principal

John A. Locke has a long and distinguished record of service to the Wellesley community.

john.locke@lockelegal.com
John Locke maintains a vibrant general practice, including matters involving residential real estate to estate planning and administration, business formation, and civil and criminal litigation in all Massachusetts courts.
Early in his career, john gained significant trial experience as a Special Assistant (Rule 3.03) District Attorney in the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney. During his tenure with the office, John tried almost 100 criminal district court cases. John followed his father and great grandfather’s path into politics at a young age. In 1981, at the age of 18, John became the youngest ever elected at the time to Wellesley’s representative Town Meeting. In 1994, he ran for and won a seat in the
Massachusetts House of Representatives, winning reelection in 1996, 1998 and 2000.
John authored numerous bills that became law, including the groundbreaking statute
requiring firearm safety training of applicants for gun licenses. On his retirement
from public service, John served as the Ranking Republican on the Legislature’s
Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
John received a B.A. from American University in 1986, and a Juris Doctor Degree in
1991 from Suffolk University Law School where he was a recipient of the American
Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy.
In his spare time, John enjoys fishing and lobstering, and holds a U.S. Coast Guard
Captain’s License. He and his wife Tina, a public school teacher, reside in
MetroWest.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American, Massachusetts, Norfolk and Worcester County Bar Associations
  • Member, Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Member, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member/Supporter, The New England Innocence Project 
  • Hearing Officer, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
  • Commissioner, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Appointments under SJC Rule 4:01)
  • Certified Conciliator, Norfolk Probate and Family Court
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