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Richard E. Samdperil

Criminal defense Attorney at Exeter, NH

5.0   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NH
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Drug possession and sales; sexual assaults; assault and battery cases; homicides; theft, forgery and related crimes; alcohol offenses by minors; habitual offenders; annulments.

    30 years, 4,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    DUI, DWI, Reckless Driving and other motor vehicle offenses, DMV hearings.

    30 years, 500 cases

  3. Expungement

    30 years, 200 cases

  4. Appeals
    Criminal and other appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

    30 years, 60 cases

  5. Ethics and professional responsibility

    30 years, 10 cases

Richard Samdperil has been practicing law in New Hampshire since 1995.  He has tried hundreds of cases in New Hampshire courts and won cases before the Circuit Courts, Superior Courts, and New Hampshire Supreme Court.  Richard's practice regularly includes DUI's, felonies, drug cases, assaults, and other criminal cases, as well as certain civil and business matters.  Richard has also published and taught lawyers and students on topics including criminal law, evidence, and ethics. 

Richard is a partner at Samdperil & Welsh, which he co-founded in 2006.  The firm, which has its principal office in Exeter, New Hampshire and a satellite office in Portsmouth, maintains a state-wide practice. 

Richard is a member of a number of professional organizations, inlcuding the New Hampshire Bar Association, and has been selected by peers to New England SuperLawyers for the past 2 years.  


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Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC


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Posted by David | November 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Service
I was referred to Attorney Samdperil after my deferred sentence was in jeopardy due to two minor offenses that came up over the summer. Atty Samdperil quickly took action and represented me in the most recent case. One of the offenses were dropped, and he managed to get the second offense lowered as to not trigger the balance of the deferred sentence. From there, Attorney Samdperil represented me again when it was time to have my deferred case suspended, which also resulted in a favorable outcome. I highly recommend Attorney Samdperil. Has great work ethic, tells it like it is, but also had no doubt he had my best interests in mind at all times.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard made me feel I was more than just a case
A few months back I found myself in legal trouble for the very first time. I was confused, lost and scared. I immediately started doing research and after reading reviews (like on this site) I reached out to Richard. He called me back right away. I had spoken to a few other attorneys while doing my research but what struck me the most about Richard was his experience. He was so level headed and even-keeled during our conversation. Also during our first chat he took interest in me the person, I wasn’t just a case to him. Our conversation gave me something I was in dire need of, hope. Richard was also highly recommended to me by a friend who works in the industry but in another state. His firm knew of Richard and his reputation and that’s all I needed. Richard has a way to make even the scariest of legal terms easy to understand. He always made me feel like I was his top priority and would answer even the smallest question I had right away. His knowledge of the legal system is undeniable. He outlined every step of the process for me and gave me both sides so I knew exactly what to expect at every turn. Richard helped me get a better outcome than I could have imagined when I first got into my situation. There was never a moment of doubt with him. He has a calmness about him that is contagious and is very easy to open up to. Finally he is not only experienced but he handles every situation with respect and class. I felt extremely confident with him representing me in my situation and I could not have asked for me. Richard is a class act and we would all be very lucky to call him a friend.
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Posted by Paul | July 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A master of legal rhetorical argumentation. A paragon of legal professionalism and ethics. A genius of both strategy and tactics
It is a good thing that Daniel Webster is no longer with us, because it would be bad news for him to learn that Richard E. Samdperil has overtaken the throne of "New Hampshire's greatest lawyer". I've been working with Richard for over a year. His expertise spans multiple levels relevant to the legal profession, while his competitors often lack greatly in certain areas. That is to say, Richard is far more than a brilliant legal argumentator. Richard is far more than someone who can entertain anyone who watches the Supreme Court oral argument webcasts, when he makes an absolute fool out of state prosecutors on the other side who simple cannot muster the intellect to undermine Richard's powerfully simple, persuasive arguments. Far more than these tactical elements, Richard has a masterful handle on holistic legal strategy that many other attorneys lack. Richard's expert competency in legal strategics (as opposed to solely "tactics") is absolutely necessary for clients who find themselves in far-reaching legal entanglements spanning multiple cases as in my case, and very helpful for clients in simpler cases to ensure an optimal outcome big-picture. Richard is essentially a risk-minimizer and approaches his legal profession as an outlet of veritable therapeutic life coaching for his clients: i.e., an adherence to a general principle of minimizing harm, minimizing costs, and minimizing legal impacts, instead of more typical attorney behaviors of myopically focusing on specific case tactics and racking up a good bill while so doing, with little genuine concern for the client. Not Richard. Richard cares about his clients and is a honorable defender of the United States Constitution and the rights granted thereby to the citizens. By this service to the people, he compounds great honor to his name just as our Armed Forces defend our laws and rights in a very different fashion. Richard's practice however illuminates the oft-forgotten truth that quality, principled defense attorneys are nearly as crucial to defending our rights and liberties from domestic threats as are our good men and women in the military who defend the same from foreign threats to the same. It is therefore not excessively hyperbolic to call Richard a brilliant soldier of justice - indeed, he is just this, and much more. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone seeking legal help in his practice areas.
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Posted by NP | January 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Superb Atty
I contacted Atty Richard E. Samdperil, He gave me lots of helpful and honest opinion. He spent about 30 mins on phone and few emails, researched and did lots of leg work. Richard E. Samdperil is wonderful Atty and will do a great job - Patel
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Intelligent, knowledgeable, easy to talk, clear and direct
I contacted Richard to ask advice on several legal matters. I found him to be not only extremely knowledgeable but he was easy to understand and when I was uncertain of particular legal terms he was patient, clear and direct with me. I would definitely recommend Richard to anyone who is seeking legal advice or representation. I ended up not needing to use Richard’s representation but was very thankful for the consultation that he gave me.
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Posted by Aleh | April 7, 2015
Overseas feedback to Mr Samdperil
I`m not a US resident but used to be in US several times. Since my last visit I had an issue in US I needed attorney help to deal with. I made a quick email research around several attorney offices and found that Mr Samdperil was the quickest one to respond. More over finally it was discovered that his fee was the most adequate and acceptable. While cooperation with Mr Samdperil I found him very professional, constructive and positive. He helped me in understanding all the peculiarities even before we signed off the contract. He also kept me informed on all the stages of the process. I very much appreciate his help and definitely would advise to work with him if you need honest and reliable partner in US. Thank you very much Mr Samdperil and I wish you the best Clients and wins in the court.
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Posted by Denis | October 28, 2013
Review by Denis
I want to take this time out and recommend Richard Samdperil. I hired Richard a few months ago for a case in Portsmouth, NH. My case was a bit tricky, as it was a few years old and had an immigration component to it. Richard was very professional and diligent and worked with my immigration lawyer to craft the best strategy. Once we had all the documentation lined up, Richard went out and got the best deal possible with the prosecutor. The day of my court appearance Richard sat me down and explained what will happen and where some issues might arise. The court appearance itself went smooth, as both the judge and prosecutor were satisfied with our answers. I was out in 15 mins. Afterwards Richard thoroughly explained the conditions of my punishment. In summary, Richard navigated me thru an unpleasant experience with absolute professionalism and was able to provide the best outcome possible for me. And as a bonus, he is very pleasant to deal with. I highly recommend Richard Samdperil.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2013
Professional & Realistic
Having never had to hire a lawyer before, I had no idea who to call. My daughter was in trouble and I needed help. I found Samdperil & Welsh online and decided to call. I was put right through to Attorney Samdperil who spent at least a half hour listening to my problem and gave me free legal advice. He helped me understand the charges and the law. He made no promises and was completely forthright as to what the possible outcomes would/could be. Attorney Samdperil was professional and non-judgemental. He took our case and worked hard from beginning to end. His communication through this whole ordeal was excellent. He was present in court and spent time with us before and after the proceeding to make sure we understood everything. The outcome was the best we could have asked for. I am certain had we not hired Attorney Samdperil things would have turned out much differently.
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Posted by Adam | February 28, 2011
Honesty and Integrity. I call Richard whenever I need legal advice.
Prior to meeting Richard, I have never met a lawyer I liked as a person. Richard is down to earth, he's not pretentious and he's very likable. I used his services on two occasions. In both cases they were outside of his area of expertise, but he was willing to work with me. In both cases his outcome exceeded my expectations. If you need an advocate, who knows his way around the NH Legal system, Richard is your man. I would wholeheartedly recommend his services.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Acting Executive Director
  • New Hampshire Judicial Council
  • 2022 - 2023
  • Adjunct Professor
  • St. Anselm College
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Trial Attorney, Managing Attorney, Asst. Appellate Defender
  • New Hampshire Public Defender
  • 1995 - 2006
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  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Lake Forest College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. E.H.
  • not guilty
  • State v. D.H.
  • Drugs suppressed. Cased dismissed.
  • State v. Hall
  • Murder conviction reversed.
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  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 1997 - Present
  • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
  • New Hampshire Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer (2017, 2018)
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • New England Division International Association for Identification
  • 2010
  • Standard Field Sobriety Testing - Completion Certificate
  • CES Consulting, Inc.
  • 2006
  • Trial Practice Institute - Completion Certificate
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Advocacy Skills for Defense Lawyers in North Macedonia
  • Trial Advocacy Skills from a U.S. Defense Attorney Perspective
  • 2024
  • NHBA Evidence CLE
  • Practical Evidence in Superior Court
  • 2024
  • NHBA Practical Skills for New Bar Admittees
  • Practical Skills - Ethics & Professionalism
  • 2023
  • International Association for Identification (New England) Annual Meeting
  • Panel Discussion on National Academy of Science Report on the Strength of Forensic Evidence in the US
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (10)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Attorney Samdperil to represent you in your legal matter. I have known Attorney Samdperil for several years, not only working on cases but also in the legal community and will say he is an experienced, hard working and well respected attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am writing to endorse Richard Samdperil. As a former prosecutor, I have had many cases against Attorney Samdperil. He is very intelligent and is a fierce competitor in the courtroom. He is well versed in New Hampshire case law and in the Rules of Evidence. His clients surely will benefit from his trial skills, knowledge of the law, and good reputation in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is one of the most skilled trial lawyers I have seen. His dedication to his clients is also unparalleled. If I were in trouble, I would use my one phone call to retain Richard Samdperil."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a good guy. He has a positive reputation in the community and courtroom."
Appeals Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Samdperil is a highly experienced, skilled, and dedicated professional who has successfully handled felony criminal jury trials and litigated a number of important appeals in the New Hampshire Supreme Court, including groundbreaking challenges to the use and misuse of scientific evidence in the criminal courtroom. He is respected and trusted by his clients, fellow lawyers and judges, because he is always prepared, takes aggressive litigation positions, and is a highly effective advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is a very dedicated and hard working attorney. I had the pleasure of working with Richard on a high profile case recently and found that his ability to analyze and breakdown the legal and factual issues of the case and his trial preparation to be among the best that I have ever worked with. Richard is also an exceptional appellate attorney and I would recommend him to any client looking for a criminal or appellate attorney in the Exeter/Portsmouth area."
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