Ramsdell Law Firm’s founder, Michael D. Ramsdell, first earned his reputation as one of New Hampshire's premier trial attorneys while heading the Homicide Unit for the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Michael also served as New Hampshire’s Associate Attorney General for the Division of Public Protection, which includes the Criminal Justice Bureau, the Consumer Protection Bureau and the Environmental Protection Bureau. Since entering private practice 15 years ago, Michael not only has maintained one of the state's most visible criminal defense practices, but he also regularly represents New Hampshire businesses in commercial and civil litigation. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Michael was listed in New England Super Lawyers for both business litigation and criminal defense.
Ramsdell Law Firm represents some of New Hampshire's most significant businesses, such as international and multi-state utilities in business litigation, including business torts, property tax matters, eminent domain actions and in defense of wrongful death and personal injury actions. Michael’s case work has included the majority of the New Hampshire administrative, regulatory, and condemnation litigation for an international natural gas pipeline; overturning the award of a significant state contract; defense of a latex glove manufacturer in a product liability case; securing a multi-million dollar tax abatement for a hydroelectric facility; defeating claims of defamation and invasion of privacy brought against a former public official; obtaining one of the largest pollution control tax exemptions for a merchant electricity generation facility; defending a major financial institution in a class action; and prosecuting a complex intellectual property claim pursued under the New Hampshire Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
In Ramsdell Law Firm’s criminal defense practice, Michael has represented a former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and a former County Sheriff in separate criminal investigations, each of which resulted in no charges against either public official. Other high profile matters in which Michael has defended clients include the largest Ponzi scheme in New Hampshire history, one of New Hampshire’s largest employers in a federal investigation regarding the importation of counterfeit parts, a hedge fund manager charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, a former officer of another of New Hampshire’s largest employers charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and a former teacher’s aide charged with multiple counts of sexual assault against children.
In 2012, Michael was appointed to the Federal Court Advisory Committee for a three-year term. He is a former vice-chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association Business Litigation Section, a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel Selection Committee for the District of New Hampshire, and a member of the National and New Hampshire Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also has served as a moot court judge at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and presents on capital punishment semi-annually to a civics class at Hopkinton Middle High School. He received a B.A. from Central Connecticut State University and a J.D. from New York Law School.