James D. Rosenberg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Concord, NH

Shaheen & Gordon, PA
 | 107 Storrs Street, Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 877-687-2779
Fax: 603-225-5112
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018
Selected To Rising Stars: 2008 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%)
Attorney Profile

James D. Rosenberg is a shareholder at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. and the Chair of its Criminal Defense Practice Group.  Attorney Rosenberg defends individual and institutional clients in a broad range of criminal matters, including theft, fraud, white collar crimes, drug crimes, assault, sex crimes and DWI/DUI/OUI cases.  

Attorney Rosenberg regularly tries criminal cases in state court's throughout New Hampshire, defending matters large and small. He has earned recent trial victories in both District Court Misdemeanor bench trials as well as in Superior Court Felony Jury Trials, defending charges which range from DWI to Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault.  

Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Rosenberg spent four years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Bureau of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.  As a prosecutor, he was assigned to the Task Force responsible for the prosecution of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester for failing to protect children from sexually abusive clergy.  He also served in the Homicide Unit where he was responsible for the prosecution of murder cases statewide. 

Attorney Rosenberg has earned significant recognition for his work as both a defense lawyer and a prosecutor.  In 2005, he was named to the Union Leader’s 40 Under 40's list, a yearly publication of the State’s up and coming business leaders issued by the state’s only newspaper of statewide circulation. He was awarded the Truth and Justice Award in 2008 by Voices of the Faithful.  He was selected by his peers for inclusion to the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Star list in the area of criminal defense. In 2015 & 2016, he was promoted to the Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense. In 2015, 2016 & 2017 he was named by Best Lawyers in America and New Hampshire Magazine among New Hampshire's top attorneys in the areas of Criminal Defense, White Collar Criminal Defense and DWI Defense.  In 2010, he was nominated by Governor Lynch to serve on the Judicial Selection Commission, which is responsible for interviewing, investigating and recommending to the Governor candidates for state court judicial vacancies.  In 2013, Governor Hassan promoted him to serve as the Co-Chair of the Judicial Selection Commission a post he held through 2016. 


Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 40%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2008 - 2014

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Admitted: 2001, New Hampshire

Professional Webpage: http://www.shaheengordon.com/Attorney-Profiles/James-D-Rosen...


  • Manchester Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" 2005 - named by the New Hampshire's only statewide newspaper to its list of forty individuals under the age of forty that have made valuable contributions to their businesses, professions, and the communities in which they live.  Jim was one of the youngest recipients of the award in 2005
  • 2008 Super Lawyers Rising Star, Jim was selected to the 2008 New England Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars for his work in the area of Criminal Defense. Jim was the only New Hampshire lawyer named to the Rising Stars list in the area of Criminal Defense. Only 2.5% of New Hampshire lawyers either under the age of 40 or in practice for 10 years or less were eligible for selection to the list.
  • 2009 Super Lawyers Rising Star, For the second year running, Jim was selected to the 2009 New England Super Lawyers list for his excellence in the area of criminal defense.  He was the only New Hampshire attorney named to the Rising Stars list in the area of criminal defense. 
  • Truth and Justice Award, March 3, 2008 - commemorating the fifth anniversary of the release of secret documents from the Diocese of Manchester
  • 2010 Judicial Selection Commission, Appointed by Governor Lynch to the Judicial Selection Commission, which is the group responsible for interviewing, investigating and recommending to the Governor candidates for New Hampshire’s state court judicial vacancies.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • Former Member, Professionalism Committee, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar – Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Member New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar – New Hampshire
  • Admitted United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • A discussion of ethical responsibilities shouldered by both defense attorneys and prosecutors during plea bargaining, New Hampshire Bar News
  • Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts School of Law, 2002, White Collar Crime
  • Adjunct Professor, Franklin Pierce Law Center, 2006 and 2007, Advanced Appellate Advocacy
  • Plea Bargaining – “When Deal Making Turns To Deal Breaking” published in the New Hampshire Bar News, July 8, 2005


  • DWI Victory – Plymouth District Court (2008) - Obtained Not Guilty verdict during trial based on successful Motion To Suppress Preliminary Breath Test evidence on Constitutional grounds
  • DWI Victory - Keene District Court and ALS Hearing (2009) - Won administrative suspension hearing relying on client medical issues followed by dismissal of court case
  • DWI Victory – Concord District Court (2009) - Secured not guilty verdict after trial despite the fact that the client was pulled over for traveling 84 miles per hour on I-89, Officer detected an odor of alcohol and the Officer testified that the client failed the HGN, 9 Step Walk and Turn and the 1 Leg Stand tests
  • Possession of Drugs and DWI Second Offense Victory – Laconia District Court (2006) - Won Motion To Suppress drugs followed by verdict of Not Guilty after a bench trial for client charged with both DWI Second Offense and Possession of Marijuana
  • DWI 2d Offense Victory - Won Trial in Concord Distirct Court on behalf of single mother wrongly accussed with her second DWI offense.  
  • International Arbitration – MARKS v. Presstek, 455 F.3d 7 (1st Cir. 2006) - Secured significant victory for publicly traded company after briefing and oral argument before the First Circuit, when the court affirmed the dismissal of the Plaintiff’s demand for arbitration of an international contract dispute
  • Criminal Contempt Victory – Franklin District Court (2007) - Obtained a Not Guilty verdict following a bench trial for client charged with Criminal Contempt
  • Simple Assault Victory – Merrimack District Court (2008) - Won case in the middle of trial based on Motion To Dismiss for failure of State to meet its burden following defense cross examination of State witness
  • DWI Victory Laconia District Court (2009) - Secured dismissal of DWI case during trial by contesting propriety of State's blood draw evidence
  • Criminal Contempt Victory – Concord District Court (2006) - Won Motion to Dismiss charges of Criminal Contempt for possessing firearms
  • Ellsworth v. Warden, 333 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2003) - Achieved reversal before an en banc panel of prior First Circuit decision granting a convicted rapist’s request for habeas corpus relief arising out of a pre-trial discovery dispute in a criminal case
  • DWI Victory – Laconia District Court (2007) - Motion to Dismiss DWI case granted by the court following a victory in the administrative hearing
  • Felonious Sexual Assault Victory – Merrimack County Superior Court (2008) - Secured Not Guilty verdicts after jury trial on behalf of a client charged with Felonious Sexual Assault and Simple Assault
  • Appeal Victory – New Hampshire Supreme Court (2008) - Successfully defended a client in an appeal where the client was sued for money damages arising out of a property transaction
  • Sexual Assault Rockingham County (2009) - Secured outright dismissal of Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault charges
  • Report on the Investigation of the Diocese of Manchester (2003) - In former role as Assistant Attorney General, co-authored report which was the final product of an intense investigation into the manner in which the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester handled allegations that priests committed sexual assaults against minors — an investigation that established that the Diocese endangered the welfare of children
  • Business Crime Victory – Laconia District Court (2008) - Successfully defended individual defendant charged with violations of boating laws relating to administration of local business by securing dismissal of case during trial
  • Employment Victory – Jeffrey Gahm v. Bailey Distributors v. Ocean State Oil, (Hills-N. April 28, 2006) - Successfully defended closely held company against request for a preliminary injunction brought by a competitor, arising out of an employee non-compete agreement
  • Won Jury Trial on behalf of former UNH student wrongly accused of Felonious Sexual Assault in his dorm room on campus. Jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict on all Felony Sexual Offenses following days of trial testimony, avoiding State Prision and Sex Offender Registration obligations.
  • DWI Victory – Concord District Court (2007) - Won a Not Guilty verdict in DWI case after bench trial

Educational Background:

  • American University, Washington, D.C., 1996
  • Concord High School, Concord, NH, 1992
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Office Location for James D. Rosenberg

107 Storrs Street
Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 877-687-2779

Fax: 603-225-5112

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