Ryan Russman

Attorney Ryan Russman has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of New Hampshire citizens.

His practice, based in Exeter (Rockingham County) New Hampshire, is limited to cases involving DWI and DUI, other motor vehicle and criminal cases, and many cases involving personal injury.

He is, however, best known as one of New Hampshire's leading legal authorities on DWI. In fact, he has written 2 books on the subject:

Board Certified in NH DWI Defense Law by The National College for DUI Defense

Many attorneys strive for Board certification. Only those capable of meeting the most stringent requirements earn certification. Attorney Russman has achieved this stature.

What's more, Attorney Russman is often quoted in newspapers, on radio and TV.

Client-focused and battle-tested, Attorney Russman has developed a reputation throughout the state as a lawyer you can trust to fight for your rights every step of the way.

Education, Honors, Training and Affiliations


Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999 – J.D.

American University, Washington, DC, USA – B.A.

Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards:

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • ABA National Trial Competition Regional Semi-Finalist, 1999
  • Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy Participant, 2001
  • 3rd Year Moot Court Trial Competition Semifinalist


Board Certified by The National College for DUI Defense
(General Member since 2005)

NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor

NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration / IACP Drug Evaluation Certification

Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Technician / Intoxilyzer Instrument

Certification for Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases

2011 Summer Workshop Sessions Cambridge, MA

Forensic Chromatography III: Theory and Practice

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement

Multi-Device Breath Testing Mega-Course

Legal Advice: Challenging a DWI Citation

Additional Training:

  • Auto Case Essentials
  • Insurance Law
  • Estimating Crash Severity
  • National College of DUI Defense: Harvard Law School
  • Evidentiary Breath Technician: Intoxilyzer 5000EN
  • From Roadside to Curbside: DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity
  • Advanced DWI and ALS
  • New Hampshire DWI Update
  • Strategies in Handling DWI Cases
  • Lorton Hears a Who- DWI Jurisprudence
  • Direct and Collateral Consequences of Motor Vehicle Related Convictions
  • Lab Fraud, Wrongful Convictions, and Freeing the Innocent
  • Jury Trial Skills: Jury Selection, Closing Arguments and Cross-Examination of Experts
  • Jury Selection and Persuasion
  • Voir Dire, Jury Selection and Creative Jury Practices
  • How U.S. v. Sell will Affect NH Practice
  • Attacking the Voluntariness of a Confession
  • DNA Evidence in New Hampshire Courts
  • Forensic DNA Evidence: Principles of Law and Science in New Hampshire Courts
  • Population, Genetics and Statistics Relating to Forensic DNA
  • End of the year updates; DNA, State v. Melvin
  • Scientific and Legal Challenges in Drug Cases
  • Creating the Record
  • Federal and Immigration Consequences to Arrest and Conviction
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions – Focus on Immigration
  • Criminal Practice – Juvenile Cases
  • Litigating Domestic Violence Cases
  • Expert Testimony on Battered Woman's Syndrome
  • More Nuts and Bolts: Electronic Surveillance, Accomplice Liability, Search Warrants
  • Media Coverage of Criminal Cases in NH
  • Expert or Opinion Testimony and Scientific Evidence
  • Reasons to Challenge Digital Evidence and Electronic Photography
  • Issues in Substantive Criminal Law: Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault – Effective Litigation in Sexual Assault Cases
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Trial Skills Institute
  • Defense of Sexual Assault Charges
  • Computer and Internet Crimes; Including Pornography on the Internet
  • Computer Forensics
  • Racial Profiling in Searches and Seizures
  • Navigating the Mental Health System
  • Litigating Competency
  • Treatment to Restore Competency and United States v. Sell
  • Overview of Mental Health System in NH
  • Demonstrative Evidence Techniques

Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Trial Lawyers Association

Volunteer Firefighter with New Castle Fire Department, 2000 – Present

Past Employment Positions:

NH Attorney General's Office, Criminal Bureau Intern, 1997

NH Public Defender's Office, Rule 36 Intern, 1998


Phi Alpha Delta

Birth Information:

1974, Exeter, New Hampshire

Recent Blog Posts


  • One of the Leading NH DWI Attorneys

    I cannot thank Attorney Russman and his kind staff enough. They always responded to me promptly, they kept me in the loop and I feel as though they truly cared about me and my case. After my DWI arrest, I was sure I would lose my license. I was able to keep my license and am so glad Mr. Russman w...
  • One of the Best DWI Attorneys in New Hampshire

    I reside in Portsmouth, NH and I am so pleased I hired Attorney Russman to represent me in my DWI proceedings. Mr. Russman is extremely knowledgeable and helped to educate me, while making it possible for me to keep my license. Anyone considering an attorney to assist with their DWI must talk con...
  • One of New Hampshire's Top Attorneys!

    Mr. Russman helped me keep my license and reduced my DWI penalty. It was my first offense, and I was scared and really not sure what to do. Mr. Russman assured me everything would be fine - and sure enough, he was correct! If anyone I know is ever in my situation, I'm sending them directly to Mr....
  • Saved my Teenager's License

    Mr. Russman was an absolute savior! A typical teenager, my son made some poor choices and was on the verge of losing his license. Mr. Russman and his staff not only saved my son's license, but ultimately helped to keep our family together.
  • He saved my license and career

    Mr. Russman is extremely professional, reliable and was an invaluable asset. I was on the verge of losing my license, and Mr. Russman saved my license and my career! I cannot thank him enough for his services, and highly recommend him to anyone facing a DWI charge.
  • Falsely charged

    Attorney Russman represented me when I was falsely charged of sexual abuse. My ex-girlfriend made some extremely outrageous claims, and her attorney was out to get me. Thankfully, Attorney Russman was extremely skilled at drilling down to the truth. My reputation remains intact and all charges we...
  • Accused me of stealing company money

    My boss accused me of stealing company money, and began withholding my income. I tried to work through the problem on my own, but was escorted out of the office and shortly thereafter bombarded by corporate lawyers. Attorney Russman came highly recommended to me, and was able to get all charges d...
  • Claims of assault and battery

    My wife kicked me out of the house and called the cops – filing claims of assault and battery. Our fight had gotten heated, and we acted irrationally toward one another. Attorney Russman worked with me to sort out the details and counter the charges filed by the other attorney. After it was all s...
  • So glad he was on my side

    I wrote a few checks that bounced and the prosecutors came after me. Attorney Russman got the felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor. I'm so glad he was on my side.
  • Sharper Than a Tack

    Attorney Russman settled my personal injury case for roughly $85,000. The settlement covered my many months of physical rehabilitation, lost wages and vehicle damage. I cannot begin to describe the relief of knowing my expenses will be fully paid with this settlement. Mr. Russman is kind, underst...
  • Intelligent and Wonderful

    Mr. Russman is intelligent and has a wonderful personality. I was involved in a car collision a few years ago and was down in the dumps to say the least. He much appreciated humor helped me to smile, and I know he was extremely diligent with my case; the result was more than I had dreamed. My cas...
  • Superb

    Mr. Russman is a fine New Hampshire attorney. His education and background is superb and his dedication to the legal profession is to be applauded.
  • Thankful for Everything

    I got hurt on the job and Attorney Russman helped me get the money that will keep my family afloat. I am thankful for all he did for me. I recommend him to anyone!
  • There for Us Every Step of the Way

    My child was involved in a collision, and like any parent, I was petrified. Her car was mangled and we were not sure she would survive her injuries. Mr. Russman's name was given to us, highly recommended by a dear family friend. My husband and I met with Mr. Russman, and he assured us everything ...
  • Represents Fairly

    I was involved in a terrible collision and hospitalized for months. The accident was not my fault, and the insurance agencies wanted to settle for less than my medical expenses. Attorney Russman reviewed my case and determined I was not being represented fairly by my insurance agency. After a lon...
  • Very Honorable

    Attorney Russman is very honorable. He handled my case with precision and care, always responding promptly and with professionalism. He helped me with my personal injury case, and not only did he treat me fairly, but ensured my case was fairly reviewed by the judge.
  • In Good Hands

    I suffered a terrible concussion at work and was originally unable to collect workers' compensation. I contacted Attorney Russman and he won my case. Thanks to Mr. Russman I was able to pay my medical bills and recover knowing that I was in good hands.