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, 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2008 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney James D. Rosenberg is a partner with Shaheen & Gordon, PA, law firm, which has five office locations throughout New Hampshire and Maine. Serving as chair of the firm's Criminal Defense Practice Group, Mr. Rosenberg focuses his practice almost exclusively on this area of law, and he has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of clients across New Hampshire, as well as Massachusetts, who stand accused or are under investigation for white collar crimes, DWI, sexual assault, domestic violence, and other felonies and misdemeanors.

    Early in his legal career, Mr. Rosenberg served as an assistant attorney general with the Criminal Justice Bureau of the New Hampshire Department of Justice. During his time as a prosecutor, he handled a wide variety of cases before the New Hampshire Superior Court and other state and federal courts, and he prosecuted murder cases across the state. He also served as one of two prosecutors responsible for the investigation into clergy sexual abuse at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester.

    Mr. Rosenberg's past prosecutorial experience armed him with invaluable insight into the state's criminal justice system, which enables him to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. Since focusing on criminal defense, he has achieved a long record of securing acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for his clients, and he has gained a reputation as one of the leading criminal defense lawyers in his region.

    Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Rosenberg has received perennial recognition from The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2015, and he has earned many other consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He also received the 2008 Truth and Justice Award and a 40 Under Forty award from Manchester Union Leader.

    A 1996 graduate of American University, Mr. Rosenberg obtained his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999. He is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Mr. Rosenberg is an active member of the New Hampshire and National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association, and he once served on the Professionalism Committee of the New Hampshire Bar Association. He also once served as adjunct professor at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, where he taught advanced appellate advocacy, and he has published articles and conducted lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics related to criminal defense, plea bargaining and other related subjects.

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    Practice Areas
    • 40%Criminal Defense
    • 40%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Appellate
    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, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Appeals


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018, 2020 Rising Stars: 2008 - 2014

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    About James Rosenberg

    Admitted: 2001, New Hampshire

    Professional Webpage: https://www.shaheengordon.com/attorneys/james-d-rosenberg/


    • Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year: White Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
    • Volunteer of the Year 2012, Concord National Youth Softball
    • People’s Choice Award 2015, NHTI Dancing with the Stars
    • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008-2014
    • Super Lawyers – Criminal Defense, 2017, 2016 & 2015
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2017
    • Promoted to be a co-chair of the Judicial Selection Commission, which was responsible for interviewing, investigating and recommending to the Governor qualified candidates to serve as State Court judges, Co-Chair, Judicial Selection Commission, Governor Hassan, 2013
    • Manchester Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" 2005 - named by the New Hampshire's only state-wide 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, 40 Under 40, Manchester Union Leader, 2005
    • Named Lawyer of the Year in 2020 by Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - White Collar, Best Lawyers of America, 2018
    • 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, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2008
    • Nominated by his peers to be a Super Lawyer between 2015-2018, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
    • Truth and Justice Award, March 3, 2008 - commemorating the fifth anniversary of the release of secret documents from the Diocese of Manchester, Truth and Justice Award, Voices of the Faithful, 2008
    • 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, Judicial Selection Commission, Member, Governor Lynch, 2010

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Criminal Defense Practice Group, Co-Chair
    • American Bar Association
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • United States Supreme Court
    • 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
    • New Hampshire Bar Association
    • Member of the Bar – New Hampshire
    • Admitted United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • President, New Hampshire Lightning ASA Softball Club
    • Member of the Board, Concord Chamber of Commerce
    • Past President, Cap-Area Babe Ruth Softball
    • Concord Family YMCA, Former Board Member
    • Past President, Concord National Youth Softball

    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 District Court on behalf of a single mother wrongly accused 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 Prison 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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    107 Storrs Street
    Concord, NH 03301

    Phone: 877-687-2779

    Fax: 603-225-5112

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