District Attorney candidate Brett J. Vottero has earned a reputation as one of the most experienced and accomplished prosecutors in Massachusetts, successfully prosecuting some of the most serious and difficult criminal cases in the past three decades.
Vottero’s experience and achievements include serving more than 20 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Hampden County and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau (Narcotics & Special Investigations) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Widely recognized as an expert in arson cases and having obtained more than 100 arson convictions, Brett is considered one of the foremost experts in the state, and was named by Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger as the first statewide arson prosecutor to prosecute complex arson cases
Brett was named special prosecutor by Northwestern District Attorney Dave Sullivan in the case of the Commonwealth v. Anthony Baye, the Northampton serial arsonist who killed two people. He also has written briefs and argued appeals in the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court. His cases have been featured on ABC and CNBC news programs and CourtTV.
Brett participated in the task force on fire and building safety formed after the tragic fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island that claimed the lives of 100 people and injured 200 others. In that role, he drafted a proposal to establish criminal penalties for violation of fire and building codes resulting in serious injury or death, proposals which were enacted into law in 2004.
Vottero served as Chief of the Hampden County District Attorney’s Homicide Unit, supervising and advising unit attorneys, while continuing to try major cases himself. Other leadership roles included executive committee member, chief of arson and special prosecutions, deputy chief trial counsel, supervisor of vehicular homicide cases, and supervisor of ADAs in the superior, juvenile, and district courts.
Vottero’s experience extends far beyond the courtroom as well. He has accumulated significant experience during the past three decades teaching and lecturing on trial tactics, legal issues, and evidence collection.
He served as a faculty advisor for the National College of District Attorneys Career Prosecutor Course, and has taught prosecutors, fire and police investigators, and law students in programs offered by the Massachusetts State Police, the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Western Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy, the National Fire Academy, the Massachusetts Fire Academy, the International Association of Arson Investigators, Western New England University College of Law, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Vottero is involved with Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV), an organization that promotes cross-cultural understanding. In 1997, he co-founded the greater Springfield chapter of the organization and has served as national and international president of the organization.
Brett has raised his family in Hampden County and currently lives in downtown Springfield.