Generally, one of the best ways to tell if a lawyer is any good is to see whether those who once went up against them now come to hire them when they need help once again. In Attorney Roger “Rusty” Chadwick’s case, several individuals whom he had previously prosecuted (and even put in prison) have later either hired him directly or regularly refer friends and family to him. This is why rather than just saying goodbye, Rusty likes to smile and say, “Be good, but if you can't be good, call me.” Rusty is a master at finding the right themes to weave together a convincing case, and his prosecution and defense attorney experience speak to this.
With over 28 years of experience and the fight and enthusiasm of a lawyer still as strong since he first emerged from law school, Attorney Chadwick relishes finding creative ways to solve problems. Known by the moniker "Rusty" by most everyone in New Hampshire courts, he enjoys driving around the Granite State (or appearing by WebEx and phone) to defend clients’ rights in criminal and family courts or checking out the scenes of alleged crimes. Besides the “home” courts in Nashua and Manchester, he regularly travels to Rockingham, Grafton, and Cheshire County Superior Courts and even up to Lebanon District Court when needed. His faithful companion, Ruby, no longer travels with him but another new canine friend sometimes spends the day in the office wondering when she can go for a walk.
As a defense attorney, Rusty has obtained not guilty verdicts in multiple cases including sexual assault, drug sales, physical assault, and other cases. He has guided other cases to quiet resolutions and helped many others avoid the longer sentences they once faced. He defends most everything from murder cases to the occasional simple motor vehicle case but mostly focuses on serious felony cases involving drugs, sexual assault, child pornography, physical assaults, guns…you name it. He will also handle the “right” type of domestic violence or family case, especially post-divorces cases involving parenting time.
Rusty first started his legal career as a law student in Haverhill, Massachusetts when he was hired to help one of the co-defendants in the Pamela Smart murder case. He then worked as a public defender, where he was trained by some of the very best lawyers in New Hampshire. In his decade as a prosecutor, many of his convictions were appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, where he successfully obtained guilty verdicts, and received front page coverage in local newspapers and online. When chosen to be the First Assistant to the County Attorney, he ran a CyberCrime Task Force that used Internet stings to arrest more than 50 individuals seeking to meet children online. As a result, due to his prosecution experience, Rusty, now exclusively a defense attorney, knows what the other side is thinking and what prosecution methods they may use against you.
Rusty has received several awards, including "The CyberCrime Prosecutor of the Year" from the Attorney General’s Office and from the Hillsborough Child Advocacy Center for his work defending children who were abused. Those cases included running a daycare sexual abuse with dozens of potential victims. When he visits the State Prison to meet potential new clients, he often walks past individuals who will be there for the next few decades due, in part, to his work as a prosecutor. He continues to be called upon to conduct criminal law trainings at the local and statewide level. As a result, as a defense lawyer, Rusty knows how to effectively defend you against certain accusations.
Like many other lawyers, Rusty did not initially intend to engage in divorce and custody cases, but he kept receiving referrals and realized how much a good common-sense lawyer was needed to stop the drama and keep everyone calm and focused on the children in custody battles or on the big picture in alimony cases. He views family cases not as a way to bill clients until they are out of money but as way to encourage quick solutions rather than encouraging messy and wasteful fights. He is also starting to take on interesting civil and injury actions that intrigue him. If he is not able to help you, he knows another good lawyer who might have the skills you need.
Feel free to call Attorney Rusty to discuss your case or the trials of hunting, fishing, climate change, preaching at a church, or running a Boy Scout troop.