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"I am dedicated to getting you the compensation (money) you need and deserve, without hurting anybody else in the process.

I am able to settle most cases for top-dollar without going to court, and that is the best way to go. Every once in a while, however, an insurance company tries to shortchange an injury victim. I am always ready, willing and able to go to court to obtain justice. Sadly, there are too many lawyers who are afraid of going to court, so they force bad settlements on their own clients.

I won't let anyone take advantage of you and I'd be honored to help you and your family."

—Charlie Donahue

Meet Charlie

Practicing law for over 36 years, Charles A. Donahue is the founder of Donahue Law, one of New Hampshire's most successful personal injury law firms.

Charlie was born in 1958 and grew up in a mill town, Lowell, Massachusetts, where he graduated high school as a member of the National Honor Society. He received his undergraduate degree, with high honors, from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and, at the age of 24, his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

He was honored with the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic award – Phi Beta Kappa.

During summer vacations from college, he worked as a National Park Ranger (wearing a “Smokey The Bear” hat) for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

In 1981, Charlie received legal training in London, England, working as a law clerk for solicitors and barristers.

Early in his career, he worked as a criminal defense lawyer and police prosecutor to get courtroom experience, and to try cases before jurors.

He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar Association, the United States District Court, the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, and the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers' Association.

In the 1990s he expanded his practice by opening Donahue Law Firm in Vero Beach, Florida.

With legal connections across the country, Donahue Law Firm can help with any personal injury case in any state.

Year-in and year-out, the people of Cheshire County rate Charlie Donahue as “Greater Keene's Best Attorney” (source: Market Surveys of America).

His activities have attracted the attention of the national media. His fight against City Hall was featured on a Paul Harvey national radio broadcast called “Squawking Lawyer,” after he set up a farm in downtown Keene to protest a municipal zoning regulation. He gave radio interviews on many stations across the country, and was written about in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Manchester Union Leader, Monadnock Shopper News, and the Keene Sentinel.

Charlie Donahue appeared with his client, a 26-year old victim of long-term sex abuse at the hands of her father, on a nationally syndicated Maury Povich Show titled “Forgiving the Unforgivable.”

In the courtroom, Charlie has won cases in various Superior and District courts around the State of New Hampshire. He has argued & won cases before the NH Supreme Court. Donahue Law has supported the NH Trial Lawyers' Association in its quest to bring justice to the little guy, by filing Amicus Curiae Briefs with the Supreme Court in the cases of Bowden v. NH Department of Transportation and Sintros v. Harmon. Justice for people runs in Charlie Donahue's blood.

The last time Charlie heard, he still holds the record for the quickest favorable jury verdict in the history of the county.

He was the first lawyer in the history of the county to bring a civil law suit, on behalf of a minor, for monetary damages versus the abuser and the first to file a civil law suit for a minor versus a landlord for exposure to lead paint poisoning. To quote Sergeant Preston of the Yukon: “If you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.”

Around town, Charlie coached youth baseball and is a sponsor of many youth sports. He established scholarships at several high schools for college bound students, as well as for students pursuing technical training. He has supported Special Olympics, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Keene Police and Fire Departments, St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry and other charitable, civic and religious causes.

At Donahue Law, we stand up to the mighty insurance companies to protect the injured and to help make our communities safer places to live and work—one client at a time.

Call me now at 603-357-2363 or email me for a free consultation, or send me an email message.

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  • ACCIDENT VICTIM

    “Charlie Donahue is very kind and treats his clients like friends. He never makes you feel that you are just another client. Charlie was very persistent in handling my case and achieving a settlement even though he had limited information to work with. Charlie and his staff kept us informed at al...
  • PERSONAL INJURY

    “To say that you have made a difference in our lives is an understatement.There are those moments in life that are truly watershed moments. Meeting you was one of those moments. You never made us feel like we were a client. You made us feel like we were your friends. I believe that is a gift you ...
  • TRUCK ACCIDENT

    “As a retired judge and experienced mediator, I like to think that I can recognize when an attorney is down-to-earth and straight forward in addressing case issues and taking care of business. This was certainly what I experienced with Charlie Donahue. I came away feeling well cared for and very ...
  • CAR ACCIDENT

    “Charlie came into my life in the beginning of 2008 when I was involved in a life altering motor vehicle crash. During the past three years, Charlie has become a member of the family, with my three children calling him Mr. Charlie every time they see his face on the phone book and hear his voice ...
  • AUTO ACCIDENT

    “I was in a car crash with my husband and did not know what to do. I went to see Charlie and his staff and they helped me through the whole process. Whenever I would call, Lisa or Debbie would answer my questions, and Charlie was helpful in explaining things to me. I hope I don't get into another...
  • ACCIDENT VICTIM

    “I was so nervous when I went to meet Charles Donahue, I have never been injured in an accident before but when I went there to meet with him for the first time he was so nice, We went in and talked he was caring and very comforting about what had happened. He said he would do his best and he did...
  • PERSONAL INJURY CASE

    “Charlie definitely provides personal attention and does not make you feel like ‘just another customer' in any way. Charlie's staff are also great people and during the process Charlie referred me to some excellent other people and resources. The thing I liked best about working with Charlie is ...
  • TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

    “Charlie not only represented my family in a very professional and successful manner, but as importantly, made us feel comfortable; human; and important during the process. The result of our case will make an impactful difference in our lives. Because of Charlie's “people skills” the healing from...
  • CAR ACCIDENT

    “Charlie not only represented my family in a very professional and successful manner, but as importantly, made us feel comfortable; human; and important during the process. The result of our case will make an impactful difference in our lives. Because of Charlie's “people skills” the healing from...
  • MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

    “I don't think I could have gotten a better lawyer for my case. Not only is he great at his job, but he took the time to get to know me as a person and to make sure he knew exactly what I had been through due to the accident. He did everything he said he would and did it in a very timely fashion....
  • MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIM

    “I don't think I could have gotten a better lawyer for my case, not only is he great at his job, but he took the time to get to know me as a person and to make sure he knew exactly what I had been through due to the accident. He did everything he said he would and did it in a very timely fashion....
  • PERSONAL INJURY CASE

    “Charles and staff have been on top of our case from day one. There has never been a span where I am wondering what is going on or wondering why have they not called with updates. Their professionalism and deligence with our case has been exceptional. I would highly recommend Charles A Donahue an...
  • AUTO ACCIDENT

    “Charlie Donahue represented me after i was in a very bad car accident. My sister made the call to have him represent me, he redily agreed . He came to the hospital to meet with me and i got the most beautiful flowers, he was so wonderful to me and my family. He was so honest and straightforward ...
  • PERSONAL INJURY

    “Charlie and his staff worked tirelessly for us, researched cases, kept in constant contact, and generally prepared very well. When we got in front of the jury, he was very real and related successfully with them. You could tell the jury was moved and thought that he was not creating a false real...
  • PERSONAL INJURY

    “Charlie definitely provides personal attention and does not make you feel like ‘just another customer' in any way. Charlie's staff are also great people and during the process Charlie referred me to some excellent other people and resources. The thing I liked best about working with Charlie is ...
  • INJURY VICTIM

    “From the moment my wife and I walked through the door we were treated like friends and not clients. Our first meeting lasted two hours, and Charlie took a sincere interest in our lives not just our case. I will never forget the words he spoke to us as we finished our first meeting when he said, ...
  • AUTO ACCIDENT/WORKER’S COMP

    “Attorney Donahue was extremely caring and attentive in talking with me. He kept me informed every step of the way as to what was to be expected taking the time to explain in detail each aspect of my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance with an injury .”
  • AUTO ACCIDENT INJURY

    “I was rear ended and ended up with post concussive syndrome. The insurance companies were not returning my calls or were giving me conflicting or confusing information and I felt very overwhelmed and anxious on top of headaches and sleep problems. My sister recommended I talk to Charlie to help ...
  • CAR ACCIDENT

    “Attorney Donahue is very professional. He is always available if you call to talk to him; if he isn't there, he calls you back quickly. His staff is knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend him if you are in need of an attorney in NH due to an accident. He cares a lot about his client...
  • Testimonial

    "Knuckles of Brass....Heart of Gold."  - James Amrein, Munsonville, NH
  • PERSONAL INJURY

    “Charlie and his staff were dedicated and on the ball with all the information pertaining to my case. They set realistic time lines and expectations up front. If he couldn't answer the phone due to be being busy or in court, Charlie would always personally call me back promptly when I had any que...
  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

    “A determined, persistent, and passionate fighter for the rights of the “little” guy, Charlie took our case and dug deep into all research aspects of our particular situation. As others have noted, we're impressed by his honesty and integrity, and only regret he can't handle every legal matter re...
  • PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM

    “Charlie and his staff were dedicated and on the ball with all the information pertaining to my case. They set realistic time lines and expectations up front. If he couldn't answer the phone due to be being busy or in court, Charlie would always personally call me back promptly when I had any que...
  • AUTO ACCIDENT

    “Charles and staff have been on top of our case from day one. There has never been a span where I am wondering what is going on or wondering why have they not called with updates. Their professionalism and deligence with our case has been exceptional. I would highly recommend Charles A Donahue an...
  • ACCIDENT CLAIM

    “From the first time we met Charlie I knew we were in good hands. He treated us like people and not just another case to him. All the work and extra words of reassurance in a scary time were just what we needed.All that and he got us a great settlement to help us move on from the accident.You wan...
  • AUTO ACCIDENT

    “I recommend Charles Donahue.As a retired judge and experienced mediator, I like to think that I can recognize when an attorney is down-to-earth and straight forward in addressing case issues and taking care of business. This was certainly what I experienced with Charlie Donahue. I came away feel...
  • PERSONAL INJURY CASE

    “Charlie Donahue is The best Injury lawyer Ive heard of. everyone had always talked very highly of him. So when I got in my accident and needed representation he's the first lawyer I went to and man, did he help. He not only was compassionate and helpful through the traumatic experience but he ma...
  • SLIP & FALL INJURY

    “Attorney Donahue was extremely caring and attentive in talking with me. He kept me informed every step of the way as to what was to be expected taking the time to explain in detail each aspect of my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance with an injury.”
  • ACCIDENT VICTIM

    “Attorney Donahue is very professional. He is always available if you call to talk to him; if he isn't there, he calls you back quickly. His staff is knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend him if you are in need of an attorney in NH due to an accident. He cares a lot about his client...
  • AUTO ACCIDENT

    “I was rear ended while driving for my job, Charlie Donahue fought with the other drivers insurance company to pay my workers comp back. He also fought to get me a settlement, something I didn't even expect. I only expected my medical bills to be paid. Charlie really cares for the people he repre...
  • Client Testimonial

    Charlie and his team are by far the best in the business. They worked with me on a tough case that was a fight from beginning to end. Charlie was with me every step of the way, always being honest and transparent, yet also optimistic regardless of the situation. Nobody else I would have chosen, a...

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