Markham & Read

Markham & Read

Markham & Read represents individuals and their companies in criminal and civil cases brought in the state and federal courts of many states

Firm Overview

Markham & Read, with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Camden, Maine, and with a practice in state and federal courts in many states, has years of experience in representing individuals and their companies in criminal and civil cases generally. We bring considerable knowledge and dedication to cases already filed and work with clients under investigation to avoid charges and other adverse impacts wherever possible. Take time to evaluate our credentials in the following areas and ask us about our results:

Civil and criminal litigation generally and in particular in the following practice areas:

-Federal agency cases brought by the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Drug Enforcement Administration;.
-Fraud charges, grand jury and internal investigations;
-Federal appeals and in the First, Second, Third, Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals;
-Family Law and Plaintiffs' Injury, Employment, and Contract Claims
-Client Counseling

Markham & Read advocates on behalf of students at private schools, colleges and universities

Students attending private schools, colleges, and universities have a variety of rights that are often ignored during disciplinary proceedings. Student disciplinary records, once placed in a student's record, can have a serious adverse impact on later employment, public service, and professional licensing. Markham & Read advocates on behalf of students and provides counsel at these disciplinary proceedings.

We have defended many students at the secondary school and college level, minimizing or completely avoiding disciplinary sanctions and the resulting adverse future effects.

Main Office

Main Office
One Commercial Wharf West
Boston MA 02110




Criminal Defense

Civil Litigation & Regulatory Proceedings

Markham & Read also represents individuals and their companies in civil litigation and regulatory investigations in state and federal courts. We bring considerable knowledge and dedication to our cases and work with clients to obtain the best possible outcome as expeditiously as possible. Our litigation practice has in recent years included commercial lawsuits as well as personal and family disputes. Over the years, we have developed good working relations with many law firms throughout the United States. If we do not think we can provide you with the best representation possible, we will tell you and may well be able to help you locate a suitable attorney for your problem. Take time to evaluate our credentials in the following areas:
-Civil (and criminal) investigations and litigation
- SEC, FTC, IRS, DEA and other agency investigations and actions
-Fraud claims and internal investigations
-Appeals - State and Federal
-Select Family Litigation
-Select Plaintiffs' Personal Injury Claims
-Client Counseling

John Markham

Markham & Read

John Markham practiced commercial law as an associate at the Wall Street law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York and as a partner at Lillick, McHose & Charles (now Nixon Peabody) in San Francisco. He later served as a federal prosecutor for six years in San Diego, San Francisco, and Boston, where he was appointed Chief of the Major Frauds Section. John has taught law at the Harvard Law School as an adjunct faculty member, at the University of Santa Clara Law School as a tenure track professor, and as an instructor at the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute at the Department of Justice. His writings include contributions to books and journals such as:

-CaliforniaCriminal Trial Practice, Matthew Bender. A three-volume treatise on the California Evidence Code.
-Making the Most of the Multiparty Defense, Litigation, The Journal of the ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 18, 1992.
-Attacking and Supporting Witness Credibility, California Litigation, The Journal of the Litigation Section (California), Vol 4, No. 3, Spring 1991.

John is a member of the bar in the states of Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and California, as well as a member of the United States District Courts in those states. He is also admitted to the federal bar of the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.

John Markham received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia in 1969. He majored in French literature and made the Dean's List for his academic achievements. As an undergraduate, he defended other students charged with honor and conduct violations, was captain of the varsity tennis team, and played varsity soccer. He went on to obtain his law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law in 1972. He won the school moot court competition, competed as a regional finalist in the National Moot Court Competition, and edited and contributed to the Washington & Lee Law Review. He was a member of the Honor Counsel and was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.

Elizabeth Read

Markham & Read

Elizabeth Read has been active professionally in Boston, New York and California since she was first admitted to practice in California in 1979. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

Upon graduation from law school Elizabeth joined the firm of Lillick, McHose & Charles (now Nixon Peabody), where she focused on general commercial litigation and complex insurance coverage cases in its San Francisco and San Diego offices, and appeared in state and federal courts across the country. In 1985 she relocated to the east coast with her family and joined Foley Hoag & Eliot as an associate, continuing a commercial litigation practice. After returning to California, she and attorney John Markham formed Markham & Read (San Francisco and Boston) where she continued her practice in civil and criminal law.

From 2000 to 2010 Elizabeth worked as a legal administrator at an AmLaw 50 firm headquartered in Boston. As an administrative director she was responsible for practice area management and strategic operations, including the opening of five offices in California, as well as offices in London and Hong Kong.

Since returning to Markham & Read she has represented clients in civil and criminal litigation in Massachusetts and California, including the defense of actions brought by the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission. Her practice has also included the defense of clients in bank foreclosure cases and internal investigations. Throughout her years of practice she has acquired a special interest and developed an advisory practice in legal ethics and conflicts of interest.

She is a member of the bars of California and Massachusetts, and admitted to practice before the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the District of Massachusetts, and the First and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Bridget A. Zerner

Markham & Read

Bridget Zerner has worked at Markham & Read since 2005. She is a member of the bars of Massachusetts and New York and is admitted to the United States District Courts of Massachusetts and the Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of New York. Bridget is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association.

Since joining Markham & Read, Bridget has represented clients in criminal and civil matters in Massachusetts and New York, and in federal cases across the country, including Utah and Georgia.

Bridget received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2004. She double majored in Law & Society and Philosophy and was admitted to the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program. She graduated summa cum laude with University Honors in philosophy and was inducted into the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.

Bridget was awarded a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2007. She was a participant, then a co-leader, of the Indian Law Service project that organized service trips to the Navajo Nation where law students interned for the Navajo Supreme Court and Department of Justice. She also interned for a summer in New Mexico, where she provided legal aid services for the Navajo Nation and Jicarilla-Apache tribe. In her final year, Bridget participated in the Boston College Defenders clinical program where she was a student advocate representing clients in criminal cases in Dorchester District Court.

Blakely Markham

Markham & Read

Blakely Markham graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008, magna cum laude in Anthropology and English. As an undergraduate she also studied at Oxford University.

Blakely obtained her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2012. While attending law school Blakely worked as a legal intern at Markham & Read and interned at the Colorado Public Defenders Office in Denver in 2010. In 2011 she worked in San Francisco at the Office of the Public Defender of the State of California, focused on death penalty appeals. She also participated in the Boston University Criminal Clinic Program during her last year of law school. Blakely is a strong advocate for civil rights and due process.

Blakely is a member of the bars of Massachusetts and Maine.