Robert C. Dewhirst

I am a civil litigation attorney, raconteur, and courtroom ninja. For over 35 years, my practice has involved representing individual and corporate defendants in a wide variety of professional liability, product liability, motor vehicle, and premises claims. That representation has included hundreds of trials, administrative hearings, and alternative dispute resolution sessions. 

In addition to assisting my clients in adversarial proceedings, I frequently serve as a mediator, helping non-client litigants revolve their disputes in a more creative and less confrontational manner. I’ve worked with the New Hampshire Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution program since its inception many years ago and currently serve as both a volunteer and paid mediator in state and federal court cases.  

I was a volunteer member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct for nine years and now provide counseling and representation to attorneys who are facing ethical challenges. In addition, I’m currently the chair of Devine Millimet’s Professionalism Committee, and in that capacity, I frequently provide ethics guidance and training to my firm and its members.  

Our clients are a variety of individuals and institutions. A typical case involves the counseling and/or defense of a person or entity that has become the target of either a civil or administrative proceeding. The cases I work on are not criminal in nature.

One of the great things about doing 35+ years of litigation work is that I have been able to become an expert, if only briefly, in just about every building trade. In my spare time, I enjoy doing repairs on my older home. (While I recognize that a lawyer with power tools is a scary proposition, I do still have all of my fingers.) I’m also an avid sports photographer. During the winter months, I can often be spotted freezing my f/stop off at ice level of various hockey rinks around the state. And, to feed my inner-geek, I created and continue to maintain the website for a New Hampshire charitable corporation. 

Representative Matters

  • Obtained numerous defendants' verdicts in premises and automobile liability cases.
  • Obtained a defendant's verdict in favor of a hardware store in a catastrophic burn injury case.
  • Obtained a defendant's verdict for a fire suppression system contractor in a multi-million dollar mill fire case.
  • Obtained dismissal for a building contractor in a personal injury mold case.
  • Obtained a defendant's verdict for an electronics manufacturer in a fire subrogation case.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a dog owner in a catastrophic motorcycle accident case.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a federal lead paint hazard disclosure claim brought against a municipal property owner.
  • Obtained a defendant's verdict for an employer and a supervisor who had been sued by four employees alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.

Representative Clients

  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Western World Insurance Group
  • Cincinnati Insurance 
  • FairPoint Communications
  • NLC Insurance Companies
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • City of Nashua
  • Darwin National Assurance Company
  • Walgreen Eastern Co., Inc.

Community Involvement

  • YMCA Camp Belknap, Inc., Director and Officer (1986 to 2008)
  • Camp Belknap Foundation, Inc., Director and Officer (1986 to 2008)

We Can Help You

Contact us today to learn more about how the attorneys at Devine Millimet can help you with your legal needs.

            Services & Industries

            Dispute Resolution & Litigation

            Engineering & Construction Law


            Insurance Defense

            Insurance Law

            Municipal Liability


            Bar Admissions

            New Hampshire


            Univeristy of New Hampshire School of Law, JD, 1982

            formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center

            University of New Hampshire, BS, cum laude, 1976

            Awards & Affiliations

            New England Super Lawyers - Top Rated Civil Litigation: Defense Attorney, since 2013

            New England Super Lawyers - Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney, 2013 & 2014

            Received the Best Lawyers® 2020 Litigation - Insurance "Lawyer of the Year" award in Manchester

            Received the Best Lawyers® 2019 Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" award in Manchester

            Received the Best Lawyers® 2015 Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" award in Manchester

            Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Insurance Law since 2018, Litigation - Insurance, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants since 2015

            AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

            New Hampshire Bar Association

            New Hampshire Bar Foundation

            New Hampshire Supreme Court Professional Conduct Committee, 1992 - 2001

            Best Lawyers Award Badge Best Lawyers Award Badge