Jason Guida has dedicated his career to helping people and solving problems.
- Former Legislative and Budget Director in the Massachusetts State Senate
- Former Assistant District Attorney
- Former Director of the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau
- Currently a private attorney and owner of a successful law practice
- Life-long resident of Danvers
Jason began his career in public service shortly after college when he worked on Beacon Hill as a Legislative and Budget Director in the Massachusetts State Senate. Jason’s focus on bills before the Senate Committee on Public Safety led him to co-author a substantive legislative report that proposed commonsense solutions to the growing problem of gang violence in the Commonwealth. This groundbreaking report that also examined the root issues of urban violence, and served as the foundation for new laws that addressed gang and gun violence, created a statewide witness protection program and established a dedicated funding stream for police to fight gang activity. Jason was also directly involved in initiatives that bolstered the Massachusetts fire safety code, increased homeland security measures and reformed the Department of Corrections.
His time and work in the Legislature allowed Jason to understand the terrible ramifications that crime, violence and drugs can have on our communities and that large problems can be attacked with big, bold ideas as well as smaller, commonsense measures. He learned firsthand the intricate ins and outs of turning ideas into laws on Beacon Hill and applied this knowledge to create innovative public policy.
Jason finished law school and, believing that he could do still more to make an impact on people’s lives, was sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney. He was assigned to the guns and drug unit in Springfield, one of the busiest courthouses in Massachusetts, and successfully prosecuted some of the most dangerous and violent criminals in the Commonwealth. He fought for victims of violent crimes every day while helping to keep drug dealers off the streets. He was also a first-hand witness to our criminal justice system’s struggle with the ongoing cycle of poverty, lack of opportunity and addiction, including opioids, alcohol and other drugs, which leads to illicit activity and crime.
Jason was presented with a new challenge when he was appointed to serve as the Director of the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau. Drawing upon his public safety background, Jason was charged with overseeing the implementation and enforcement of firearms laws and policies throughout the Commonwealth some of which he helped to author. His experience in the Executive Branch taught him how to effectively navigate government bureaucracy and negotiate with policy makers and interest groups in order to achieve results.
PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERIENCE AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER
Jason founded his own law firm in 2012. He is a highly sought-after, successful expert in his field and a tireless advocate for his clients. He has harnessed his extensive experience in all three branches of government to become an effective and creative problem solver. He has represented clients in both state and federal court and was one of the attorneys who fought for small, family owned businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown which resulted in the recent McCarthy v. Baker decision.
GROWING UP AND LIVING IN THE 13th ESSEX DISTRICT
Jason is a lifelong Danvers resident and a product of the Danvers public school system. His mom, a retired social worker, and his dad, a retired railroad worker, were drawn to Danvers by its promise of a good education and its safe neighborhoods. His brother is a police officer who patrols those same neighborhoods today.
Jason graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in public administration and obtained his law degree from Suffolk University Law School’s evening program while working full-time during the day. He is active in the community, having coached in several youth sports leagues and served on the Board of Directors of the Danvers American Little League. Jason is the proud father of his 13-year-old son, Joseph.