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Donna J. Brown

Criminal defense Attorney at Manchester, NH

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  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 7 years
    New Hampshire - NH 37 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NH
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Donna

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Donna has practiced criminal law exclusively for 29 years. She has been lead counsel in some of New Hampshire's most high profile cases. She has obtained verdicts of not guilty in numerous cases including self-defense cases, domestic violence, sexual assault consent cases and drug related entrapment cases. She also handles juvenile matters and motor vehicle offense. Donna has practiced in courts all over the state and in federal court. She has also done litigation on racial profili

    37 years

  2. Juvenile law
    20%
    Donna has represented numerous juvenile cases including charges involving theft and assaults.

    37 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Donna has successfully defended numerous DWI cases in both the district court level and at jury trial

    37 years

  4. Federal crime
    10%

    37 years

  5. Violent crime
    10%
    Donna has tried numerous crimes involving allegations of violence. In the last few years she has obtained verdicts of not guilty on three felony domestic assault cases. She has also obtained verdicts of not guilty on charges of murder, aggravated felonious sexual assault and armed robbery.

    37 years

EXPERIENCED AND CARING ATTORNEY DEDICATED TO GETTING THE BEST OUTCOME POSSIBLE FOR CLIENTS.

I represent clients in all areas of criminal law including DWIs, assaults, domestic violence, sexual assault/consent, possession or sale of drugs, entrapment, racial profiling, false confessions, theft, motor vehicle offenses, juvenile charges, major crimes, sexual assaults and homicides. 

I have 30 years of experience in criminal law which includes appearing in courts throughout the state, including federal district court.  I have been lead counsel in numerous high profile cases.

I also have have extensive experience in post-conviction work including motions to suspend sentences, sentence review hearings, motions for a new trial and claims of ineffective assistance of trial counsel as well as experience in prisoners' rights litigation. 

I have helped clients who are suffering from mental health issues get the dignity and justice that they deserve.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Location

Wadleigh, Starr and Peters, P.L.L.C.

Reviews

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Posted by Susan | April 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, Respectful, Believer.........
Donna came into our lives at a time our family thought the world ended for us...Not being able to say to much right now, I do want to say, if you need and want a professional defense lawyer, Donna Brown is the one to contact....Our family will forever be a strong supported of Donna Brown, she is family oriented, she listens, shes compassionate, she's REAL....and will always be there for you.. Donna doesn't give up on her clients. Ever.,.
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Posted by Peter | February 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best
I hired attorney Brown for a criminal defense case late last year. Attorney Brown was amazingly professional and thorough in her execution of this case. She provided outstanding feedback throughout the legal process as well as insight into the court systems. The outcome of her work was beyond my expectations. Highly recommend attorney Brown!
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Posted by BES | July 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Donna Brown/Lawyer is OUTSTANDING...
I required an out of state lawyer and law firm in NH to aid me in my legal issue earlier this year in 2017.I chose Donna Brown and Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC because of their high ratings and reviews. Donna maintained continuous contact with me providing updates via phone/text and emails which was a complete joy to me and my family especially due to the nature of our issue and being an out of state client. Donna answered all my questions offered key advice and really showed that she cared absolutely about me. Donna completed my case in an exemplary manner and we had better than outstanding results. Myself and my family are extremely happy with the accuracy and humility and privacy that Donna and her firm afforded us. I would refer Donna Brown and Wadleigh ,Starr & Peters, PLLC to anyone whom requires 1st Rate lawyer services with personal and effective professional results. It’s a wonderful thing when someone tells you exactly what they can do to assist you and they come through on every count. Thank you always and forever Donna you were an absolute joy to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Donna is truly passionate about her work and it is evident how much she cares about the law and the proper interpretation of it. Donna gave us a great starting point for our case along with options. I left her office with a sense of hope for the first time in a long time.
Posted by Frank | January 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and Motivated
I've refused to allow another lawyer represent me, ever since I met her in 2011. She has earned my complete and utmost trust, which is not any easy thing to do. I listen to, and respect, her words because they always contain value and reason. Donna won't pull any punches, nor will she try to pull the wool over your eyes, BUT she WILL pull out all the stops. Donna has not only the been the best lawyer to represent me, but she is also one of the finest, most intelligent and well rounded individuals that I have ever met. I would go to war with or for Donna at the drop of a hat, in an instant, no questions asked. Why? Because she's gone to war for me.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wadleigh, Starr and Peters
  • 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • New Hampshire Public Defender Program
  • 1986 - 2015

Education

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. J.B.
  • Client was found Not Guilty.
  • State v. L.D.
  • Client was found Not Guilty.
  • State v. D.C.
  • Client was found Not Guilty.
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Associations

  • NAACP
  • Legal Redress Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • Manchester Bar Association
  • member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
  • member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 1988 - Present
  • New Hampsire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 1988 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Champion of Justice Award
  • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • NH Federal Court CJA Panel Training
  • Race Matters
  • 2017
  • NH Conference on Homelessness
  • Criminal Annulments
  • 2017
  • New Hampshire Public Defender Annual Training
  • Your Client On the Stand: Law and Strategy.
  • 2007
  • New Hampshire Public Defender Annual Training
  • Cross-Examination of Experts in Sexual Assault Cases
  • 2006
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law Practice
  • 2005
  • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Litigating Racial Profiling
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Donna does not need my endorsement, but I provide it without reservation. Her achievements speak for themselves. Here is a link to her most recent victory in the landmark NH Supreme Court case State v. Jones: (https://www.courts.state.nh.us/supreme/opinions/2020/2020004Jones.pdf). I was fortunate enough to be one office away from Donna when I started at the NH Public Defender. I learned so much just by listening to her talk through cases and treat clients as anyone would want to be treated."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Donna has been a colleague for many years. She works very hard and you won't find anyone more dedicated to their clients. Donna is highly respected in NH, as she should be. She certainly has my endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Donna's experience is vast, her knowledge of the law is incredible, and her commitment to her clients and their needs is without equal. She a fearsome advocate in the courtroom and spellbinding in front of juries."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Donna Brown is an incredible lawyer and advocate for the accused. I would recommend her to anyone seeking representation in a criminal matter. She has particular expertise in mental health issues and their intersection with the criminal justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donna is an A+ lawyer. Donna's smart, compassionate and knows the law, but more importantly, she cares deeply about her clients and will fight for them every step of the way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donna is an exceptional advocate. Her experience in criminal defense is unparalleled. The highest endorsement I can provide is that if I ever had a criminal law problem Donna would be my first call."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Donna for over a decade in the same office and consider her a mentor and friend. She is a tenacious and extremely talented criminal attorney who is well respected by all. She is deeply committed to her clients and never takes the easy way out."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is smart, tenacious and very experienced in all state and federal criminal defense matters. Well respected by judges and well known in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In 1995, Donna was my supervising attorney when I tried one of my first jury trials, a client accused of stabbing a man outside a local bar. Donna tried the case with me and because of her amazing skills with cross-examining witnesses and challenging the government's case, we secured a not guilty from the jury. Since then, I have seen her try more jury trials - and win more jury trials - than anyone else I know. She is a tenacious and fearless litigator, but she comes across as a regular person, both with her clients and with juries, which makes her all the more effective. I give her my strongest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Donna was one of my supervisors in the early days of my career as a Public Defender. She is one of the most thorough, caring, and capable trial lawyers I've ever met. I learned as much from co-counseling cases with her as I have in any other professional context. Donna is a dogged advocate who doesn't need to raise her voice to be an extremely effective advocate. Not only would I refer potential clients to Donna, but she is also on the short list of people I would turn to if I or someone I love were to find themselves in trouble in New Hampshire."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Donna without reservation. Her experience, skills and personality make her one of the best defense lawyers in the state. I can count on the fingers of one hand the defense attorneys in NH that I would refer a friend or family member to for representation. Donna would be at the top of a very short list."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Donna since 2011 as a friend and colleague in prisoners' civil rights. Donna Brown is the kind of ethical and conscientious lawyer who dispels the bad reputation that lawyers often get. Whether the matter is civil or criminal, Donna brings years of experience and a passion for justice that is undiminished with time. I cannot recommend Donna highly enough!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Donna Brown for more than 20 years. She is one of a handful of the very best criminal defense lawyers in New Hampshire. She is exceptionally creative, knowledgeable, and skilled. Because of these qualities, and her strong commitment to her clients, she has achieved great results in many many cases."
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Manchester Criminal defense Lawyer Donna J. Brown
Donna J. Brown
Criminal defense Attorney
Manchester, NH
Licensed for 37 years
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