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William H. Shaheen

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A native of Dover New Hampshire, Bill has been practicing law throughout the State of New Hampshire for the last fifty (50) years. In that fifty years, he’s had many challenging and rewarding achievements. He first started practicing in 1973 with a retired judge. The practice focused primarily on civil litigation. In addition, he became the City Attorney for the City of Somersworth. In 1977, President Carter asked him to serve as U.S. Attorney for the State of New Hampshire and he held that position for four (4) years. After that, in 1981, he opened his new practice with Steve Gordon, and they have been partners ever since. Also, in that same year, Governor Gallen appointed Bill to be the District Court Judge for the Durham District Court.

Bill has successfully tried many personal injury cases and divorce cases on behalf of his clients. He has received substantial monetary awards for his personal injury clients as well as obtaining favorable judgments for his divorce clients. In conjunction with his successful personal injury and divorce trial work, one of Bill’s great assets is his ability to negotiate. This ability has resulted in significant successes for his business and corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and business formation. Bill continues to represent many local, regional, and national multimillion-dollar businesses.

He also successfully represented the New Hampshire woman who won the January 2018 Powerball Lottery worth $560 million.


  • Member of the Bar- New Hampshire
  • United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education and Career

  • H.S., Dover High School, 1961
  • B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1965
  • Captain, U.S. Army, 1965-1969
  • J.D., University of Mississippi, with honors, second in class, 1973
  • City Attorney, City of Somersworth, NH, 1974-1976
  • U.S. Attorney, District of New Hampshire, youngest in the country, 1976-1981
  • Judge, Durham, NH, District Court, 1981-1996
  • Director/Shareholder Shaheen & Gordon 1981-Present

Professional &  Community Involvement

  • Advisory Board, Saint Anslem's College New Hampshire Institute of Politics
  • Past Chairman of the New Hampshire Heart Association
  • Past President of the New Hampshire District Court Judges Association
  • Co-Chaired Jimmy Carter's Presidential Primary campaign in New Hampshire
  • Chaired VP Al Gore's Presidential Primary campaign in New Hampshire
  • Chaired Senator John Kerry's Primary campaign in New Hampshire
  • Chair Senator Clinton's Presidential Primary campaign in New Hampshire
  • Member of the State Steering Committee for President Obama

Recognition & Honors

  • NH Business Review’s 2020 New Hampshire 200 Award – The Granite State’s Most Influential Business Leaders
  • Recognized in the 2021 & 2022 Best Lawyers® in America for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Named in 2005 by New Hampshire Business Review as one of the Top Powerful People in the State of New Hampshire
  • Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2014

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