Syrie Fried graduated from Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.

She spent more than 10 years as a federal public defender in Massachusetts and more than 8 years as a local public defender in Boston, Miami, and the District of Columbia. In her career she has defended serious criminal cases including murder, rape, burglary, robbery, drug distribution, and gun possession, as well as white collar cases such as bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, theft of government property, and counterfeiting. Ms. Fried has had many serious jury trials and has won acquittals on charges including murder, rape, drug conspiracy, burglary, armed robbery, and wire fraud.

Before joining the federal public defender office in Boston, Ms. Fried taught criminal defense trial practice for 4 years at Harvard Law School. She is also an experienced appellate lawyer and has argued appeals in Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia . Her most recent appellate victory came in United States v. Holloway (2011), a significant case about federal gun sentencing that has had a wide-ranging impact on federal sentencing in Massachusetts and beyond, as well as on Massachusetts state sentencing law, immigration, and deportation.


“Syrie Fried represented me in U.S. District Court in a complex fraud and conspiracy case.  She worked very closely with me throughout the 18 months it took to prepare for trial and did a great job trying the case.  I was acquitted of most of the charges, and she continued to work with me and help me long after the trial was over.  She was the best lawyer I could have had, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call her again if I needed help.”

John Handel, Cape Cod