Asha White



Asha White is the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. He oversees the operation of nine different divisions: White Collar & Public Integrity, Gaming Enforcement, Human Trafficking, Financial Investigations, Appeals, and Enterprise, Major & Cyber Crimes divisions, as well Victim Services, Massachusetts State Police Detective unit and the Digital Evidence Lab. His primary responsibilities are to oversee and approve requests for investigation, indictment, and prosecution of a wide range of criminal matters.  He also approves sentencing recommendations, advises the Attorney General on policy matters, and handles a select caseload. 

Attorney White attended Northeastern University School of Law and graduated in 2004. After graduating in 2004, he began his career in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where he served as an assistant district attorney from 2004-2008.  During his time in the District Attorney’s office he worked as an ADA in Roxbury court, the Major Felony Bureau, and the Gang Unit.   After leaving the DA’s office in 2008, Attorney White worked at the City of Boston Law Department as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for one year. In that role he represented the City and city employees in different kinds of civil matters. 

From November 2009 to June 2018, he managed his own criminal defense practice. He was a member of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (“SLJ”), the organization that oversees appointed private attorneys in Boston. In that time span he handled countless serious felony matters and tried several cases in the district, superior, juvenile and federal courts. He was a member of the “murder list” where he was certified to accept appointed homicide assignments across the Commonwealth.  He simultaneously served as a supervising attorney with SLJ and conducted evaluations and participated in the hiring of appointed lawyer and also investigated complaints filed by clients against their attorneys. 

From July 2018-April 2020, Attorney White was as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate at the Dorchester division of the Boston Municipal court. He had a range of adjudicative and administrative duties which included: determining probable cause in new complaints, conducting       show cause hearings, approving search warrants and arrest warrants, setting bails at police station and presiding over the small claims session. 

Prior to becoming president of MBLA, Attorney White has previously served the organization as an At-Large Director, chair of the social action committee, Vice-President and President-Elect. In addition to his current deputy chief role, Attorney White is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Suffolk University.