BOSTON – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Richard A. Eustis to the position of Associate Justice of the Milford District Court.
Eustis has more than 20 years of experience practicing law, serving most recently as the First Assistant Clerk Magistrate for the Milford District Court after years working with Greenwald, Greenwald, Powers, & Eustis LLP, the Judge Advocate General’s Corp in the United States Navy, and the Barnstable County District Attorney’s Office.
“Richard Eustis’s extensive service to the Massachusetts court system and our nation has provided him with an analytical background and compassionate demeanor that will well serve all who appear before him in the District Court,” said Governor Baker, in a press release. “I am pleased to submit his name for the Governor’s Council’s advice and consent.”
“Attorney Eustis’ enthusiastic commitment to helping our Commonwealth’s next generation through coaching, volunteering, teaching, and serving as a foster parent, all while maintaining an active legal career and military service, speaks to his selfless character,” said Lt. Governor Polito, in a statement. “I am confident, if confirmed, his experience, wisdom and demeanor will serve the Court well.”
Eustis currently serves as the First Assistant Clerk Magistrate for the Milford District Court, where he oversees the management and administration of all court business. He presides over small claim trials, civil motor vehicle appeal hearings, and conducts bail hearings. Previously, he was the owner and sole proprietor of the Law Offices of Richard A. Eustis in Southborough, where he represented clients in Federal, Superior, District, and Probate Court.
Eustis also has experience as a partner with Greenwald, Greenwald, Powers & Eustis LLP. From 1995-1999, he served as Trial Counsel for the Judge Advocate General’s Corp with the United States Navy, where he conducted over 115 bench and jury trials in federal court and managed a staff of 18 service members.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rollins College and graduated with his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Suffolk University Law School. He served as a prosecutor with the Barnstable County District Attorney’s Office. He spends time volunteering as a basketball and soccer coach, with Food for the Poor, and is a foster parent with the Kennedy Donovan Center. He lives with his family in Medway.
The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth’s diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.