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Richard E. Samdperil

Attorney Richard Samdperil has been trying cases in New Hampshire courts for more than 25 years.

He has tried and won cases in almost every court in southern New Hampshire, and has briefed and argued dozens of cases at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Richard’s practice includes criminal defense, DUI defense, appellate litigation, and certain civil and personal injury litigation. Richard’s clients come from all different backgrounds, and include students, professionals, craftsmen, laborers, and business owners.

Richard Samdperil graduated from Lake Forest College in 1990, and Northeastern University School of Law in 1994.

In 1995, after spending a year working in Georgia, Richard returned to New England, and has been working as a trial and appellate lawyer in the New Hampshire courts ever since.

Over the past decades, Richard Samdperil has represented clients in some of New Hampshire’s most serious criminal cases. He has tried and won cases in the circuit and superior courts of Cheshire, Sullivan, Hillsborough, Grafton, Rockingham, and Strafford counties. He estimates that he has tried close to 200 cases before either a judge or jury. He has also represented businesses, business owners, and government entities in civil matters.

Prior to entering private practice in 2006, Richard spent 11 years with the New Hampshire Public Defender program as a trial attorney in four different counties, and from 1999-2000 managed the Manchester office, the state’s largest public defender office.

From 2000-2002, Richard worked as part of a select group of criminal appeals lawyers at the Appellate Defender Program, then based at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law). Richard maintains an active appellate practice, and has briefed and/or argued more than 60 cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, many of which have resulted in published opinions.

Richard Samdperil has authored materials and taught other lawyers on topics including New Hampshire constitutional law, ethics and professional responsibility, law and forensic sciences, evidence, and practical trial skills.

Richard is an adjunct faculty member of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire, where he has taught courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. and Trial Advocacy. From January 2019 to August 2020, Richard also served as the Interim Director of the law school’s Criminal Practice Clinic.  As the Clinic’s Director, Richard taught and supervised law students representing indigent defendants in real court proceedings.

From 2007-08, Richard was an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire where he taught Criminal Law to undergraduates.

Richard is also a contributing author to A Practical Guide to Evidence in New Hampshire (first published in 2010 and now in its 3rd edition), Utilizing Forensic Evidence in Criminal Cases (2012-2013 edition), and has revised and updated the New Hampshire Practice Guide chapter on Ethics & Professionalism (2022).

Richard is a member of both the National and New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has been affiliated with both organizations for the past twenty years.  From 2013-2016, Richard co-chaired the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section.

In 2020, Richard was appointed by the Chief Justice of the N.H. Supreme Court to the serve as a member of the New Hampshire Judicial Council and was re-appointed to another term in 2024. He currently serves as the Council’s vice-chair, and was appointed to act as the agency’s temporary executive director from December, 2022 through November, 2023.

Richard is a past member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Ethics and Professionalism committees, and is a past president of the Rockingham County Bar Association. Richard is also a past chair and member of the Board of Directors for the Seacoast Science Center.

Richard maintains a top rating with Avvo and has been listed among Thompson Reuter’s Super Lawyers for multiple years.

Contributing Author – MCLE New England: A Practical Guide to Evidence in New Hampshire (3d ed. 2024)

April 12, 2024 – Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
NHBA Evidence CLE
Practical Evidence in Superior Court

March 26-27 & 28-29, 2024 – Skopje, North Macedonia
National Center for State Courts
Trial Advocacy from a U.S. Defense Attorney Perspective
Trial Advocacy Skills for Defense Lawyers in North Macedonia

December 13, 14 & 15, 2023 – Skopje, North Macedonia
National Center for State Courts
Attorney Ethics from a U.S. Defense Attorney Perspective
Ethics for Defense Lawyers in North Macedonia

December 5, 2023- Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
NHBA’s Practical Skills Program for New Admittees
Ethics Workshop

May 15, 2014 – Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
DWI Litigation: Keeping Pace with a Rapidly Changing Landscape
Recent Case of Interest to DWI Litigators

May 15, 2014 – Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
DWI Litigation: Keeping Pace with a Rapidly Changing Landscape
Recent Case of Interest to DWI Litigators

September 25, 2013 – Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
2013 Superior Court Civil Practice: New Rules & Far More
Voir Dire Techniques for Civil Practice

November 9, 2012 – Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
Sentencing Law and Practice from All Perspectives

Contributing Author – Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases (Aspatore (Thomson Reuters) 2012 ed.)

November 5, 2010 – Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
Anatomy of a Criminal Jury Trial

May 21, 2010 – Manchester, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Challenging Fingerprint Evidence

March 24, 2010 – Weeks Public Library, Greenland, New Hampshire
The Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird
The Role of the Defense Attorney in the Criminal Justice System

November 12, 2009 – Freeport, Maine
International Association for Identification, New England Division
Panelist, Discussion of National Academy of Science Report