Martin Alperen



  • Suffolk University Law School, JD (with Honors) 1985
  • Connecticut College, BA (with Honors) 1980. Major: Government
  • Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, “Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense),” GPA: 3.84, 2006.

Professional Admissions and Roles

  • State Bar of California, 2009 – present


General Experience

Mr. Alperen tried cases to verdict in all Massachusetts courts: Criminal defense, discrimination, insurance coverage, employment, labor, personnel matters, business disputes, personal injury, civil rights, real estate contracts, land boundary disputes, zoning variances, construction, collection, and care/protection of minors.

During his career at the Virgin Islands Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General, he successfully prosecuted major felony cases (e.g., murder, narcotics, firearms trafficking), major white-collar crimes such as fraud and perjury, public corruption, and public official embezzlement, and has drafted significant changes to public safety legislation. He devised and advocated Department of Justice policy and supervised criminal investigations as well as acting as a consultant to the Governor’s Narcotics Strike Force, and to the Attorney General on homeland security matters.

Specific Experience

Mr. Alperen is an experienced litigator and has practiced law in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, and the United States Virgin Islands. He has worked in both the government and private sectors and has a large range and depth of experience in civil and criminal law, with 75 trials to verdict, as well as in real estate, and land use litigation.


He authored “Foundations of Homeland Security: Law and Policy, 2nd Ed.” (Wiley, 2017, 3rd Ed. expected September 2023). From former life, Martin has professional first responder experience as a police officer, an EMT, and a search and rescue team member.


Mr. Alperen developed and implemented the Virgin Islands Asset Forfeiture Program, resulting in 100% success in all attempted cases and the production of binding case law.

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