You Need A Lawyer Who Knows the Lay of the Land

This firm fights hard every day with unmatched professional experience and an unparalleled reputation to achieving quality results for clients.

You Need A Lawyer Who Knows the Lay of the Land

This firm fights hard every day with unmatched professional experience and an unparalleled reputation to achieving quality results for clients.

You Need A Lawyer Who Knows the Lay of the Land

This firm fights hard every day with unmatched professional experience and an unparalleled reputation to achieving quality results for clients.

You Need A Lawyer Who Knows the Lay of the Land

This firm fights hard every day with unmatched professional experience and an unparalleled reputation to achieving quality results for clients.

At the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, Union Brigadier General Gouverneur Warren looked out over the battlefield from atop the Union left flank at the famous landmark, Little Round Top.  He recognized the Union Army's vulnerability and took the initiative to assign troops to defend the hill at all costs.  He knew the enemy's strategy and he knew the lay of the land.  His experience, wisdom and decisive action were instrumental in the Union victory at Gettysburg.  

Attorney Ruoff is a prominent and experienced trial lawyer who knows the lay of the land. As a state and federal practitioner, he has the wisdom, experience and the drive to decisive action that you need to resolve your legal issues.  This firm handles government investigations, white collar criminal prosecutions, environmental crimes, medicaid fraud investigations, DUI or DWI defense, and all types of felony and misdemeanor cases.  It also represent clients in general civil cases, such personal injury, wrongful death, contract cases, and commercial disputes.  Attorney Ruoff also represents clients in professional disciplinary matters.  The firm's client list includes multi-million dollar defense contractors, doctors, lawyers, bankers, as well as college students and average folks who are either injured or accused of, or being investigated for possible unlawful conduct.  This firm also handle appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Attorney Ruoff has significant experience in litigating complex federal cases, state cases, and simple, low-level misdemeanor and violation level cases.  He also has an active appellate practice.  

Attorney Ruoff has 20 years of experience in state and federal court in New Hampshire.  

Practice Areas

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Civil and Administrative Litigation

Litigation, or the act of bringing or contesting a legal action in court or before an administrative body, is really a two-fold, simultaneous, endeavor. On the one hand, litigation requires expertise and creativity in preparing for a trial or hearing. On the other hand, litigation requires thoughtful consultation with a client in order to assess the most optimal outcome and work towards achieving that outcome through careful negotiation. We are prepared to spend the time necessary to engage in this simultaneous process in order to litigate your case effectively.

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Professional Liability and Certification

We provide representation for individuals faced with loss of professional licensing/certification either resulting from criminal charges or allegations of other types of professional misconduct. The firm has represented clients in front of the NH Attorney Professional Conduct Committee, NH Board of Nursing, Board of Medicine, Board of Education, IRS Disciplinary Board and the Police Standards and Training Council.  We work diligently to address these matters early on with the hope of using our negotiation and litigation skills to diffuse a situation before formal proceedings are initiated.

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Appellate Practice

Attorney Ruoff has appellate experience in both the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. This firm will handle your appeal with a thoughtful, creative and skillful approach, after carefully reviewing all pertinent proceedings, filings and transcripts relevant to your case. Our goal is to ensure that your appellate rights are protected and represented with tenacity and integrity.

Personal Injury

Our personal injury practice covers a range of injuries because we understand the significant effects that these matters can have on you, your job and others in your family. Whether your injury is a neck strain, dog bite, concussion, or you contact us for representation in a wrongful death case, we will use our skills to aggressively pursue discovery, file appropriate pleadings, engage in negotiations, and take your case to trial if negotiations fail.  

Recent Blog Posts

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Going to the Bench...my loss is the State of New Hampshire's gain.

It is with a confluence of emotions that I write to inform everyone that my law partner - and one of my closest friends - leaves the private practice of law today.  At just after noon today, Mark (see picture) will be sworn in by Governor Maggie Hassan as a Justice of the Superior Court.  I am honored to be one of the two citizens to sign Mark's judicial commission.  My loss is the State of New Hampshire's gain.  Today, the citizens of this State will receive a judge who is as intelligent as he is compassionate, hard-working as he is thorough, thoughtful as he is fair.  That is the most we can ask for in a judge. I will miss our friday afternoons in the office talking about the various intellectual and legal issues of the day.  Good luck my friend.

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The Economics of Solving the Heroin Epidemic

Heroin is cheap, abundant in supply, high in demand, and very addicting.  Because of its explosion in "popularity" economic forces have made the heroin of today much more potent (or pure) than yesteryear's opiate.  Lots of it. Very pure. Cheap.  A perfect storm for an addict.  For the past 30 years, the Government's War on Drugs has sought to fight the War by attacking the first two pillars of the drug trade:  its supply and its price (by reducing supply).  Drug interdiction, breaking up cartels, going after the drug dealers.  Experience has taught us that the drug trade routes are manned with Hydras.  Take one down and three more take its place.  The War on Drugs has never really focused its efforts - or its money - on the third pillar:  demand.  In economics, demand drives everything.  It drives price and supply.  Any economist will tell you that.  To my Wharton School Friends...yes, I know I am over-simplifying this.

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Three letters to beware: BWI - Boating While Intoxicated...

Tis the boating season.  By all accounts, the boats are out in force on NH's lakes in record numbers this summer.  So are the Marine Patrols.  What many do not realize is that the same alcohol prohibitions that apply to driving a car...also apply when piloting a boat...no matter how big or how small it is.  What's more? Here's the part that catches MANY by surprise:  A conviction for BWI will result in the loss of your license to drive a car...not just the boat.  So, by all means, enjoy the recreation of boating, the sand bars, the water skiing, the wake boarding, the tubing, the sunset cruises along a placid lake.  Just be careful, and be mindful that BWI might spill over into your "real" life.

Call to talk about your case BEFORE you try to do anything yourself, BEFORE it is too late.