Wendy Sibbison

Wendy Sibbison l 26 Beech Street l Greenfield, MA 01301 l (413) 774-3410 l sibbison@sdappeals.com


Wendy Sibbison, Precedent-setting civil appeals and reversals of ten first-degree murder convictionsMassachusetts Appellate Attorney, Wendy Sibbison, Listed in Best Lawyers

Wendy Sibbison was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. She is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A. 1968), Columbia University (M.A. 1969), and the Rutgers School of Law-Newark (J.D. 1977). A Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, she has specialized in civil and criminal appeals since 1982, before which she had a general practice for five years in the firm of Lesser, Newman, Sibbison & Souweine in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her appellate clients come from all over Massachusetts and occasionally from other areas of New England. She is admitted to practice before the Massachusetts appellate courts, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits. A frequent writer and lecturer on appellate practice, she is a member of the Appellate Bench Bar Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

For seven years she served on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.  She presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Public Representation, a nonprofit public interest law firm that advocates for the rights of people with mental disabilities.  She has also served as a Hearing Committee member for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. In 1999 she was appointed by former Chief Justice Herbert P. Wilkins to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court Ad Hoc Committee on Appeals in Cases of Murder in the First Degree, which drafted the amendments to Mass. R. App. P. 19(d) adopted by the Court.

In the area of appellate practice Attorney Sibbison has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” in Law and Politics and Boston magazines since 2006 and in the publication Best Lawyers in America since 2012.  She is the 2001 recipient of the Edward J. Duggan Private Counsel Award, given by the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services for zealous advocacy and outstanding legal services to the poor; was named a Lawyer of the Year in 1988 and again in 2010 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly; in 2011 received the Massachusetts Bar Foundation President’s Award for her dedication to the MBF’s mission and for tireless advocacy on behalf of the nonprofit legal aid providers of Western Massachusetts, and in 2014 became the first recipient of the Brownlow Speer Award, created by the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to recognize excellence in appellate advocacy in the defense of the accused.

Attorney Sibbison is noted for having represented the winning appellants in such precedent-setting civil appeals as Rowley v. Mass. Electric Co., 438 Mass. 798 (2003); Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC, v. Harvard, 436 Mass. 347 (2002); Woods v. O’Neil et al., 54 Mass. App. Ct. 768 (2002), Douillard v. LMR, Inc., 433 Mass. 162 (2001), Rotkiewicz v. Sadowsky, 431 Mass. 748 (2000), Roberts v. Southwestern Bell Mobile Sys., Inc., 429 Mass. 478 (1999), Heins v. Ledis, 422 Mass. 477 (1996), Tatro v. Manor Care, Inc., 416 Mass. 763 (1994), and Deerfield Plastics Co. v. The Hartford, 404 Mass. 484 (1989).

She is also noted for her many successes on the criminal side, including reversals of ten first-degree murder convictions.  She was counsel of record for amicus curiae, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, in support of the successful appellant in Richardson v. United States, 526 U.S. 813 (1999).