Michael A. Cunniff
Adjunct Professor

B.A., cum laude, Boston College
J.D., magna cum laude, Suffolk University Law School

A magna cum laude graduate of Suffolk University's School of Law and a cum laude graduate of Boston College, Michael Cunniff is a founding member of McCloskey, Mina, Cunniff & Dilworth, LLC. After retiring from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration as a Supervisory Special Agent in 1999, Mike brought to the practice of law twenty-seven years of meritorious experience in the investigation and prosecution of complex federal criminal cases. Mike spent several years as Associate Counsel in the litigation practice group at a first-tier Maine law firm where he focused on white collar defense and regulatory compliance. He served as the Co-Chair of his former firm's Technology, Security and Investigations Practice Group, as well as the coordinator of the firm's criminal practice. An alumnus of the Edward Gignoux Inn of Court, Mike has gained a reputation as a superbly organized and tenacious courtroom advocate for his clients. In 2006, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine appointed Mike to a panel of experienced federal practitioners who are assisting in the federal court's strategic planning efforts.

In June of 2002, Mike collaborated with Jay P. McCloskey, his friend, colleague and former United States Attorney, to form what was then known as McCloskey & Cunniff, LLC. One year later, the pair joined forces with Thimi R. Mina, another long-time federal prosecutor and trial lawyer, to form McCloskey, Mina, Cunniff & Dilworth, LLC.

Mike is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Courts in Maine and Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and state courts in Maine and Massachusetts. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker on various topics relevant to his practice, including search and seizure law, investigative tactics, police liability and health care fraud.