Richard E. Samdperil

Attorney Richard 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.  

An Experienced Trial and Appellate Lawyer

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 three 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.

Teacher and Author

Richard Samdperil has authored materials and taught other lawyers on topics including New Hampshire constitutional law, ethics and professional responsibility, law and forensic sciences, and the elements and defenses of common crimes.

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.  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 defendant's 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 (1st edition 2010, and 2012 supplement; 2nd edition 2021) and to Utilizing Forensic Evidence in Criminal Cases (2012-2013 edition).

Associations and Recognition

For over 25 years, Richard has been a member of both the National and New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  From 2013-2016, he co-chaired the New Hampshire Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section.

Richard is a member of the New Hampshire Judicial Council and the New Hampshire Bar Association's Committee on Cooperation with the Courts.  He has previously served on 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 has been named among Thompson Reuter's Super Lawyers for the past 5 years, and maintains a top rating with Avvo

Presentations and Publications

May 11, 2018 - UNH Law School, Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Public Defender Program
New Hampshire's New Marijuana Laws
June 22, 2016 - Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
Ethics for Public Sector Lawyers
(program co-chair)
June 24, 2015 - Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
Public Sector Ethics: Ethics Is Not A Game
(program chair)
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
October, 2012 - Aspatore (Thomson Reuters)
Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases (2012 ed.)
Contributing Author
July 16, 2012 (Supplement) and 1st Edition (2010) - MCLE New England
A Practical Guide to Evidence in New Hampshire
Contributing Author

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


Your Best Defense Starts Here

For aggressive representation and practical legal advice, contact the experienced New Hampshire attorneys at Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC today.
Exeter, NH
(603) 775-7570
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 436-4901