John Newman, Of Counsel

Attorney John Newman

John Newman is one of the foremost criminal defense lawyers in New Hampshire. As a public defender, he rose to the level of the Deputy Director of the statewide program, an operation of nearly 125 lawyers. Reporting only to the Executive Director, he was responsible for, among other things, overseeing all homicide cases.  As a trusted member of the leadership team, he was instrumental in all major strategic decisions. He also was a point person in the important process of recruiting and training new lawyers. Suffice to say, John achieved this level of responsibility due to widespread recognition of his expertise in defending criminal cases.

Prior to his promotion to management, John defended thousands of criminal cases. He has appeared in dozens of jury trials, including murder cases, and has argued multiple times before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

In 2018 John elected to leave management to open a solo practice. He wanted to get back to his roots, which is the hands-on work of helping clients in court. His immense leadership experience gives him a perspective shared by few other criminal defense lawyers.

A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Connecticut School of Law, John contributes to the Bar by serving on the Ethics Committee. He has previously sat on the Boards of the  Contoocook Valley School Board and the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter.

Cohen & Winters is honored to engage John Newman as “of counsel” to the firm. In this role, he can help our clients when called upon, while maintaining his own practice.

Professional Experience

  • Attorney, Newman Law Office, 2018-present
  • New Hampshire Public Defender, 1991-1997; 2000-2018
    • Deputy Directory, December 2013-January 2018
    • Managing Attorney, Manchester Office, February 2010- December 2013
    • Staff Attorney, 2000-2010
    • Appellate Defender, 1996-1997
    • Staff Attorney, 1991-1995
  • Private Practice, Albany & Troy, NY, 1998-1999


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1991
  • Harvard University, B.A., Engineering and Applied Science, 1984