Russman Law Offices

Firm Overview

Among Portsmouth personal injury lawyers, I provide superior counsel for all New Hampshire personal injuries, including automobile accidents, slips and falls, dog bites and more.

Beyond personal injury litigation, I was recently Board Certified in DWI Defense Law, and have a strong record of defending clients against serious sentences.

Russman Law Offices was established in 1972, and since then, has successfully represented thousands of clients in varied New Hampshire personal injury litigation cases.

The 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.

Example cases

Facts of the Case: Joe McGillis* came to Russman Law Offices following an automobile collision. The incident occurred while he was driving home from work in his 2005 Toyota Corolla, southbound on Interstate 95. It was a clear day, the roads were dry and traffic was flowing at 60 miles per hour.

As Mr. McGillis drove safely in the left passing lane, another driver in a 2006 Ford Excursion abruptly struck his vehicle from behind. The impact spun his car out of control into the grassy median, causing it to flip on its side, rolling several times before coming to stop. Mr. McGillis was unable to move, and waited for the paramedics' arrival to remove him from his overturned vehicle.

This collision totaled Mr. McGillis' car and he suffered numerous injuries, including several broken ribs, a broken collarbone and lacerations to his face and arms. Mr. McGillis' recovery process involved four months of rehabilitation. The injuries he sustained prohibited him from performing his work duties as a technician. This forced absence permitted Mr. McGillis to return to work under the Family Medical Leave Act, but his wages were lost for the entire duration of his four-month rehabilitation.

Case Outcome: Russman Law Offices was able to settle out of court, but only after a lawsuit was filed against the negligent driver who struck Mr. McGillis from behind. The settlement was substantial, covering Mr. McGillis' vehicle loss, medical bills, loss of wages, and more.

Facts of the Case: Suzanna Cartwright* was shopping with her husband at their local grocery store last winter. As they exited, Mrs. Cartwright slipped and fell on an untreated surface. The cold, moist winter temperature made this untreated surface worse--a very dangerous hazard that should have been taken care of by the property owners.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Cartwright sustained serious injuries. The fall not only twisted her ankle, but Mrs. Cartwright's wrist snapped as she tried to brace for the impact of the fall. Emergency personnel arrived immediately to assess the situation and provide her with medical treatment on the way to the hospital.

As an executive administrative assistant, Mrs. Cartwright's productivity was initially negligible during the course of her rehabilitation. Fearful of losing her position, she continued to use her wrist, slowing the recovery process. The undue stress and pain caused by her injury resulted in a second and third surgery to reset the bone. Following these surgeries, under doctor's orders, Mrs. Cartwright was forced on medical le

Main Office
14 Center Street
Exeter  NH  03833
  • (603) 772-3433
  • (603) 373-1664
  • (603) 772-5895


Free Initial Consultation?
I do offer a free, hour-long consultation for prospective clients.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I have both fixed-price and hourly fees. Most criminal cases are retained on a flat fee basis ranging from $1,500 up to $50,000. The price depends on nature of case.
Hourly Rates
My hourly rate varies per individual case. Please schedule a complimentary consultation for more details.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours

Other Offices

Portsmouth Office
155 Fleet Street
Portsmouth,  NH  03801

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My reasons for becoming an attorney tie directly into my decisions to practice personal injury. My goal is to offer protection of people from not only the government and legal system, but to make sure they are not taken advantage of by insurance companies or other corporations. Citizens are not always equipped to protect themselves, and it's the role of a trained attorney to ensure each citizen is getting a fair and just trial.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Education is key. I make it a point to write articles and post these on my blog and other various legal and social media websites. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way to protect you from unnecessary damage. Often times it's the little things that can help avoid making a situation worse.

The law can be complicated, so I encourage clients to read and ask questions. Of course, this depends on the client's individual personality. Some of my clients like to be extremely involved in the process and ask questions while others just want the expert to handle the situation with little personal involvement in the details. It's the individual's own preference that guides the education process, but it never hurts to be aware of the laws. This can save a lot of time, money and stress for you in the long run.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I'm always happy to review any documents provided by clients. However, I will not issue legal opinions to any individual unless I have been retained by that client.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not provide coaching or counsel for an individual seeking to represent him or herself.

Ryan Russman

I have been practicing law with Russman Law Offices for more than ten years. Prior to completing my law degree, I gained experience in criminal defense both at the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and the New Hampshire Public Defender's Office in 1997 and 1998, respectively.

I was born in and grew up in the state of New Hampshire. I have connections with many residents and understand uniquely the issues and laws as pertain to citizens of the state. This lifelong experience affords me a unique understanding and viewpoint that many other attorneys do not have. Just as any Safari adventurer hires knowledgeable natives for insurance against being eaten, my New Hampshire native status offers this same assurance.

My internships with both the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and the New Hampshire Public Defender's Office have also provided a lot of familiarity with inner workings of how the state prosecutes cases. Those experiences allow me to look at each case from the prosecution's perspective, a viewpoint that other attorneys may not have or may not be able to bring to table. I also make a point to gain technical experience through ongoing education -- just another way to build my understanding of how different processes throughout the legal system.

I tend to lead with honey in every negotiation because you catch more flies with this approach. If I'm not able to have success with this gentle approach, I am prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to win the case. I am vigorous with every case, and my clients' interests are always at the heart of every matter.

Personal interests:

I am a volunteer firefighter who enjoys salt water fly fishing, traveling and spending time with my family. I am a self-proclaimed dessert connoisseur whose heart is warmed with a fine bottle of wine and homemade chocolate cookies.

  • Bar Number: 14238
    New Hampshire , 1999
  • Suffolk University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1999
    Boston, MA
    ABA National Trial Competition Regional Semi-Finalist (1999) and Third Year Moot Court Trial Competition Semifinalist.
  • American University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1996
    Washington, DC
    Political Science

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