Whitey Bulger Prosecutor Joins Boston Law Firm

The federal prosecutor who once tried gangster Whitey Bulger is joining the Boston law firm Anderson & Kreiger, the firm announced on Tuesday.

Carmen Ortiz, former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, will specialize in white collar criminal defense in her new role.

Outside of Bulger, Ortiz guided the federal prosecutions of the Boston Marathon bomber, as well as former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi on public corruption charges.

Her tenure as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts spanned between 2009, when she was appointed by President Barack Obama, and January 2017, when she resigned a week before the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

During her tenure, the District of Massachusetts recorded some of the largest civil healthcare fraud settlements in U.S. history. She also established the District’s first Civil Rights Unit.

In an interview, Ortiz said that she was drawn to the firm, at least in part, because of her experience working with the firm’s managing partner.

“I have a lot of respect for David,” said Ortiz, referring to David Mackey, with whom Ortiz worked as a prosecutor in the 1990s.

When he approached her about joining the firm, she said she was drawn to the firm’s civic-mindedness.

“They’re very well suited to the person I am,” she said of the firm, which has about 35 attorneys.


After a long stint in the public sector, Ortiz’s private practice will focus on white collar criminal defense, a new area of specialty at Anderson & Kreiger, according to a news release.

She will also handle cases on internal investigations, and corporate compliance and litigation. Although she started at Anderson & Kreiger Sept. 5, she will work part-time through the end of the year.

She will juggle her new responsibilities with an existing commitment to as a visiting professor at Boston College Law School’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.

“I’ve long admired Carmen and am now proud to call her a colleague,” said David Mackey, managing partner at Anderson & Kreiger, in a news release. “I am confident she will immediately strengthen our ability to serve our clients, and I can’t think of a better mentor to help guide and train our younger lawyers.”

Ortiz’s legal career spans more than 30 years with service at the U.S. Department of Justice, well as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County.

In addition to her public service, Ortiz was a senior trial attorney at the law firm of Morisi & Associates, P.C., and worked as a program associate and training coordinator at the Harvard Law School’s Center for Criminal Justice, where she worked on the Harvard/Guatemala Criminal Justice Project, collaborating with the judiciary of Guatemala and other professionals to implement criminal justice reforms.

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