Associate Justice 1978-2009
Charlotte Anne Perretta was the senior associate justice of the Appeals Court from 2003 to 2009. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1942, she received a B.A. from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1964 and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1967.
After graduating from law school, she joined the Massachusetts Defenders Committee (the forerunner of the Committee for Public Counsel Services), working on postconviction matters. In 1969 she joined the Boston law firm of Crane, Inker & Oteri, where she specialized in appellate work and argued numerous cases before the Supreme Judicial Court and the newly formed Appeals Court. In 1975 Justice Perretta entered into practice at Keating, Perretta & Pierce in Boston, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. She later practiced with Attorney Ronald Wysocki in Boston.
In 1978 Governor Michael Dukakis appointed her to the Appeals Court, where she become the first female justice. Justice Perretta was a member of the adjunct faculty at New England School of Law for many years, where she taught trial practice. She retired from the Appeals Court on October 2, 2009. Justice Perretta passed away on April 10, 2015. She is survived by her two brothers. The Appeals Court's Memorial to Justice Smith may be found at 89 Mass App. Ct. 1139