Briana Cummings

Briana has litigated civil rights, employment rights, prisoners' rights, Social Security disability, termination of parental rights, and patent infringement cases in federal and state court. She has also represented criminal defendants in juvenile delinquency and death penalty appeals and petitions to expunge criminal records.

Before founding Branch Legal, Briana worked at Community Legal Aid in Worcester, Mass., and Justice First LLP in Oakland, California, and clerked for Judges Raymond Lohier of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Elizabeth Stong of the Bankruptcy Court, E.D.N.Y, and Leo T. Sorokin and M. Page Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has worked with the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the Journey to Safety program at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and the Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project.

Briana has an active appellate practice, taught legal research and writing at New England School of Law, loves to geek out on legal writing, and is an avid but probably terrible creative writer. She has won many reversals of trial judgments in civil, criminal, and administrative contexts.

Briana trained in negotiation and mediation at Columbia Law School, North Shore Community Mediation Center, and MWI. She is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.


  • Massachusetts

  • New York

  • California

  • U.S. District Courts for Massachusetts, Northern District of California, Central District of California


           J.D., Columbia University School of Law (Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review)
          M.Ed., Quantitative Methods in Human Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education
          A.B., Psychology, Harvard College



French, German