Robert E. Dunn, Jr.

I serve clients who need assistance with legislation, administrative rulemaking, and state regulation in New Hampshire. My clients span many different industries, but much of my work is focused on religious institutions and healthcare (especially long term care, hospitals, and nursing). Before I was in private practice, I served as the Assistant Commissioner of the NH Department of Safety and as an Assistant Attorney General in the NH Department of Justice.

More than anything, I love spending time with my family. We are huge fans of the Bruins, the Red Sox, the Patriots, and the Tour de France. I spend as much time as I can reading about  the Civil War and listening to classical and Irish traditional music.

Representative Clients

  • New Hampshire Health Care Association (trade association representing private nursing homes and assisted living facilities)
  • Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester
  • Catholic Medical Center
  • Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce
  • FairPoint Communications
  • NH Catholic Charities
  • NH Nurses’ Association
  • NH Nurse Practitioner Association
  • NH Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • AAA – Northern New England
  • Brain Injury Association of NH
  • NH Library Association


  • "Liturgy and Politics in the 21st Century”, Church Life: A Journal For The New Evangelization (University of Notre Dame, Institute for Church Life), Volume 2 Number 4 (2014)
  • "Lawyers and Lobbying in New Hampshire," 41 New Hampshire Bar Journal 2 (June 2000)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Abraham Lincoln and the Virtue of Prudence,” NH Men’s Leadership Forum, May 2018
  • “The Church’s Mission of Mercy in the Public Square,” Knights of Columbus Event, Belmont, NH, April 2018
  • "Legislation, Politics, and Libraries," NH Library Association Spring Conference, May 2017
  • "Catholic Perspectives on End-of-Life Decisions," Derry Area Care Transitions Group, April 2017
  • "Update on the 2017 Legislative Session," briefing to attendees at 2017 Catholic Day at the State House Event, March 2017
  • "Catholics and Governmental Budgets as Moral Documents," breakout session at the 2017 SDASH Event, March 2017
  • "The Mission in the NH Public Square," remarks to Annual Meeting of the Diocese of Manchester Deacons, February 2017
  • "Why the Lobbyist?," Remarks to Leadership Greater Nashua, December 2016.
  • "Catholics and the 2016 Election," St. Joseph Cathedral Speaker Series, October 2016.
  • “Catholic Advocacy in Concord”, Remarks at Catholic Day at the NH State House, March 2015.
  • “Four Ethical Foundations For Catholic Lawyers”, CLE Presentation to NH Catholic Lawyers Guild, October 2014
  • “Freedom To Act: Religious Liberty And Catholics in the Public Square”, Fortnight for Freedom Event, Manchester NH, June 2014.
  • “Effective Advocacy by Catholic Citizens”, Remarks at Church In The Public Square event, Diocese of Manchester, November 2013
  • “Politics, Holiness and The Liturgy”, St. Martin de Porres Conference on Social Justice, Hanover NH , November 2013
  • “Religious Liberty And The Constitution”, Fortnight for Freedom Event, Laconia NH, June 2013
  • “Making the Case: Lobbying and the Public Library,” NH Library Trustees Association Annual Meeting, May 2013
  • “A How-To Guide On the New Hampshire State Budget Process,” The Church in the Public Square 2012 , Diocese of Manchester, November 2012
  • “Catholics and the Church’s Mission in the Political World,” Theology on Tap Series, Dartmouth University Catholic Student Center, October 2012
  • “Caesar’s Rivals: The Kingdom of God and Catholic Citizenship,”  Rockingham County Deanery of the Diocese of Manchester, September 2012

Community Involvement

  • NH Catholic Lawyers Guild, President
  • Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, Board of Directors
  • Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, Campaign Committee Member
  • Concord Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (former member)
  • NH Nuclear Decommissioning Finance Commission (former member)
  • State of New Hampshire Civil War Memorials Commission (former member)
  • Diocese of Manchester Pastoral Council (former member)
  • Diocese of Manchester Liturgical Commission (former member)
  • NH Motor Carrier Advisory Board (former chair)
  • NH Council on Resources and Development (former member)
  • NH State Breath Machine Advisory Committee (former member)

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            First Circuit Court of Appeals


            Georgetown University, JD, 1986

            Holy Cross, BA, Valedictorian and Bean Classics Scholar1983

            Awards & Affiliations

            Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for Government Relations Practice, Concord, 2019

            Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Government Relations Practice since 2018

            Named Top Lawyer Lobbyist in New Hampshire by Business NH Magazine, 2015

            Recipient of the 2016 Chairperson's Award from the NH Health Care Association

            Recipient of the 2016 Advocate of the Year Award from the NH Nurse Practitioner Association

            Recipient of the 2015 St. Thomas More Award from NH Catholic Lawyers Guild

            Profile Service Award, N.H. Association of Counties, 2007

            President's Award, New Hampshire Nurses' Association, 2006

            President's Award, N.H. Health Care Association, 2003

            Adjunct Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire Law School

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