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Richard E. Samdperil - Exeter, NH

100 High Street Exeter, NH 03833

Updated: 06/20/2019

Exeter Criminal Defense Lawyer

Overview

Richard Samdperil has been practicing criminal defense in New Hampshire since 1995. He has tried and won cases in almost every court in southern New Hampshire, and has won new trials for convicted defendants at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Richard's current practice includes criminal defense, DWI defense, appellate litigation, and civil and personal injury litigation...

Richard Samdperil has been practicing criminal defense in New Hampshire since 1995. He has tried and won cases in almost every court in southern New Hampshire, and has won new trials for convicted defendants at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Richard's current practice includes criminal defense, DWI defense, appellate litigation, and civil and personal injury litigation.

An Experienced NH Trial and Appellate Lawyer

After graduating from law school in 1994, Richard went to Georgia to work with lawyers defending capital murder cases. In 1995, Richard returned to New England, and has been working as a trial and appellate lawyer in the New Hampshire courts ever since.

As a trial lawyer, Richard has tried and won cases in the district and superior courts of Cheshire, Sullivan, Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford counties. He estimates that he has tried over 100 cases before a judge or jury.

From 2000-2002, Richard worked as an attorney with the Appellate Defender Program at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord. As an appellate lawyer, Richard briefed and argued dozens of cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. To date, he has litigated over 50 cases before the State's highest court.

Richard has also authored materials and taught defense lawyers on topics including New Hampshire constitutional law, law and forensic sciences, courtroom identification procedures, and the elements and defenses of common crimes.

Hard-work and Commitment

Richard is a member of both the National and New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has been affiliated with both organizations for over a decade. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Committee on Professionalism, and is vpast president of the Rockingham County Bar Association. Additionally, in 2007-08 Richard was an adjuct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, where he taught Criminal Law.

Richard lives on New Hampshire's seacoast with his wife and three children.

About Richard E. Samdperil

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI Defense
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney
  • Partner

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • New Hampshire, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2011

Other Affiliations

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Rockingham County Bar Association (past president)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, 2013 - 2016 (Co-Chair)
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Committee on Professionalism (Past Member)
  • NHBA, Ethics Committee (Present Member)

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1994
    J.D.
  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, 1990
    B.A.
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Senior Commencement Speaker, Class of 1990
    Major: Independent Scholar Program

Past Positions

  • Public Defender's Manchester Office, Managing Attorney, 1999 - 2000
  • Appellate Defender Program, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, Attorney, 2000 - 2002
  • New Hampshire Public Defender Program, Trial Attorney, 1999 - 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, Criminal Practice Clinic, Interim Director
  • Seacoast Science Center, Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Seacoast Science Center, Board of Directors, Member

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Criminal Law, Saint Anselm College, Criminal Justice Department, August 20, 2007 - May 30, 2008
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Criminal Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2012 - 2013
  • New Hampshire's New Marijuana Laws, UNH Law School, New Hampshire Public Defender Program, May 11, 2018
  • Co-Chair, Ethics for Public Sector Lawyers, New Hampshire Bar Association, June 22, 2016
  • Chair, Public Sector Ethics: Ethics Is Not A Game, New Hampshire Bar Association, June 24, 2015
  • DWI Litigation: Keeping Pace with a Rapidly Changing Landscape, Recent Case of Interest to DWI Litigators, New Hampshire Bar Association, May 15, 2014
  • Superior Court Civil Practice: New Rules & Far More, Voir Dire Techniques for Civil Practice, New Hampshire Bar Association, September 25, 2013
  • Sentencing Law and Practice From All Perspectives, New Hampshire Bar Association, November 9, 2012
  • Anatomy of a Criminal Jury Trial, New Hampshire Bar Association, November 5, 2010
  • Challenging Fingerprint Evidence, New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, May 21, 2010
  • The Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird, The Role of the Defense Attorney in the Criminal Justice System, Weeks Public Library, March 24, 2010
  • Panelist, Discussion of National Academy of Science Report, International Association for Identification, New England Division, November 1, 2009

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Richard E. Samdperil

Included on the 2023 New England list


Past Lists

  • 2022 New England Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 New England Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 New England Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 New England Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 New England Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 New England Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Richard E. Samdperil on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Top Rating, Avvo
  • Super Lawyers, Thompson Reuter's

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Office Information

Address

100 High Street Exeter, NH 03833

Fax

  • 603-775-7580

Publication

Articles

  • Contributing Author, A Practical Guide to Evidence in New Hampshire, MCLE-New England, 1st Edition, 2010 and 2012
    Contributing Author - An authoritative and practical evidence manual for NH litigators by 14 of the state's most noted trial lawyers.
  • Contributing Author, Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases, Aspatore (Thomson Reuters), October, 2012

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