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New Hampshire Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NHACDL)

About the NHACDL


  • President: Jeff Odland
  • Location: Epping, New Hampshire

Mission and History

The New Hampshire Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NHACDL) is a voluntary, professional association of the criminal defense attorneys in the state of New Hampshire. NHACDL is the only statewide organization devoted to criminal defense.

More than 300 members belong to this organization including both private attorneys and public defenders practicing in state and federal court.

NHACDL estimates that its members include nearly half of all practicing public defenders and most members of the private bar who are New Hampshire criminal defense lawyers.

As an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the NHACDL's stated mission is to "ensure, safeguard and promote the effective assistance of counsel in criminal cases, to support the lawyers this work, and to preserve the fairness and integrity of the criminal justice system."

NHACDL monitors pending legislation and maintains a lobbying presence in Concord, New Hampshire, during the legislative session.

Attorneys in NHACDL practice throughout the counties in New Hampshire including: Belknap County, Carroll County, Cheshire County, Coos County, Grafton County, Hillsborough County, Merrimack County, Rockingham County, Strafford County, Sullivan County.



Board of Directors

Jeffrey Odland
Hopkinton, NH
Meredith Lugo
Meredith Lugo
Concord, NH
John E Durkin
Dover, NH
Leonard D Harden
Director At Large
Lancaster, NH
Gary Apfel
Director At Large
Lebanon, NH
Michael J Iacopino
Director At Large
Manchester, NH

Past Presidents

Michael J Iacopino
Manchester, NH
Cathy J Green
Manchester, NH
Andrew R Schulman
Manchester, NH
Alan J Cronheim
Portsmouth, NH
Robin D Melone
Manchester, NH

NHACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Leonard D Harden
Harden Law Offices
Lancaster, NH
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Raymond Tamayo
Tamayo Law Firm, PLLC
Manchester, NH
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Contact the NHACDL

New Hampshire Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NHACDL)
PO Box 8
Epping, NH 03042
Office: (603) 674-4885

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Benefits of Membership

For criminal defense lawyers in New Hampshire, the benefits of joining NHACDL include:

  • Access to a 300-member email discussion group, or listserv, devoted to criminal practice in New Hampshire;
  • The opportunity to attend training, CLEs, and workshops including a two full day annual meeting and CLE seminar;
  • Networking with some of the most senior and experienced criminal defense lawyers in New Hampshire;
  • Participation in policy and legislative activities that benefit the criminal defense bar ad helpful to criminal defendants;
  • Access to a motions bank, a depository of unpublished trial court orders, lists of experts and other resources;
  • Ability to request that NHACDL appears as amicus curiae (or "friend of the court") in appellate cases involving questions of general importance in the area of criminal practice;
  • Protection of a "strike force" of attorneys who may provide free representation to any member who is "subpoenaed, threatened with criminal prosecution or subjected to a disqualification motion as a result of providing proper representation in a criminal case";
  • The opportunity for referrals from the "find a lawyer" feature on the NHACDL website which allows other attorneys or members of the public to search for either state court practitioners or federal court practitioners in a particular county in New Hampshire.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in New Hampshire

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in New Hampshire which includes both NHACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a lawyer in New Hampshire, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the NHACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for NHACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the NHACDL.

Use this directory to find a New Hampshire criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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