Burton Chandler

Burton Chandler

Worcester, Massachusetts

Burton Chandler is recognized as one of the foremost litigators of his generation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His reputation spans trials and appeals of all types in most of Massachusetts State and Federal Courts. He is knowledge extends beyond the courtroom to estate planning, business formation and tax law.

He is a graduate of Harvard College (cum laude) and Harvard Law School. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Federal Bar.

Mr. Chandler has been Chairman of the Prepaid Legal Insurance Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association and a member of the Law Practice Council Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He has taught business law at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and has lectured before various Massachusetts Bar Association Committees and Worcester County Bar Association Committees. He has been active in numerous civic organizations.

Mr. Chandler has been listed in "The Best Lawyers In America" since 1989 in the areas of business litigation and corporate law. Mr. Chandler has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" in the category of business litigation, corporate law and construction law.

Mr. Chandler has served as lead counsel in many high-profile cases. These cases include the following:

  • He successfully represented three African Americans in the Federal District Court, who alleged that the local police used undue force in arresting them. This was the first successful police brutality case brought against the Worcester Police Department.
  • Mr. Chandler successfully represented a local bank that had lent a significant sum of money to a corporation, which was part of a very affluent, and successful corporate group owned by the same shareholders. When the loan became overdue, the borrower pleaded that it had no assets. Mr. Chandler successfully pierced the corporate veil and received a verdict in Worcester Superior Court against a related corporation for the full amount of the loan.
  • Mr. Chandler was lead counsel for one of the parties in a case decided by the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which determined that a father could not disinherit a minor child in his estate plan. The father died leaving a very young child who was born out of wedlock. Upon the father's death the court adjudicated whether a deceased parent's estate could remain liable for child support. This case established new law in this area and the father's obligation was imposed on his estate.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1959
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1960
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1965


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • LL.B - 1959
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • A.B. (Cum Laude) - 1956
    • Major: Government

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Construction Industry
  • Automobile Industry
  • Numerous Small Family Owned Corporations


  • Taught, Business Law, Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA (for Two Years)

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Worcester Chapter of American Civil Liberty Unions of Massachusetts

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Worcester Jewish Federation, Board of Directors
  • Worcester Jewish Community Center, Board of Directors
  • Jewish Family Service of Worcester Association, Past President
  • Harvard Club Worcester, President
  • Incorporator of the former Worcester Five Cent Savings Bank
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Chairman, Judicial Practice Committee

Pro Bono Activities

  • Variety of Civil Rights Cases, 1959 - 2009