Peter W. Heed, Esq.
- More than 40 years as trial attorney trying hundreds of cases to verdict
- Former New Hampshire Attorney General
- Cheshire County Attorney-Chief Prosecutor and lead trial counsel (2000-2003; 2006-2012)
- Handled numerous appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Federal Courts
- Concentration on personal injury, criminal defense, and medical malpractice
- Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Keene State College
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- Personal injury
- Wrongful death
- Criminal defense
- Drug offenses/DWI
- Medical malpractice
- Civil litigation
- Government relations
- Cornell University, JD, 1975
- Editor, International Law Review; Cornell rugby team
- Dartmouth College, AB, Government, 1972
- Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth rugby team
- New Hampshire Bar, 1975
- United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- United States District Court, District of New Hampshire
- Granite State Independence Award, 2004, for service and contributions to disabled voters
- Truth and Justice Award, New Hampshire Voice of the Faithful and Survivor’s Network, 2008
- New Hampshire Police Academy, graduation and keynote speaker (2003-2004)
- National Trial Lawyers, top 100 trial lawyers (2014-2016)
Attorney Peter Heed is a trial lawyer with over 40 years of litigation experience, trying hundreds of cases to verdict, both criminal and civil. He vigorously fights for the rights of those injured by negligent conduct and also for those who find themselves accused of a crime. Attorney Heed concentrates his practice at Bragdon & Kossayda on personal injury, wrongful death cases, criminal defense, and medical malpractice. Attorney Heed is also an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Keene State College.
For more than ten years, Attorney Heed served the public as County Attorney, the chief prosecutor for Cheshire County, New Hampshire. In that capacity, Attorney Heed established a reputation for aggressively prosecuting felony cases and supporting victims’ rights, particularly in the area of violent crimes, domestic violence, computer crime, and offenses against children. Attorney Heed also served as New Hampshire Attorney General in 2003 and 2004, and in his role as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, he managed and directed more than 145 attorneys, investigators, and staff in the prosecution of the most serious criminal offenders (including all homicides in the state), as well as the prosecution of white-collar crime and consumer fraud.
Attorney Heed grew up in the Amish country of Chester County, Pennsylvania, and came to New Hampshire when he attended Dartmouth College. After graduating from Cornell Law School, Attorney Heed returned to New Hampshire and began his legal career in 1975 as a homicide prosecutor with the State’s Attorney General’s office. He came to Keene in 1980, eventually becoming a senior partner in the law firm of Green, McMahon and Heed. Over the years, Attorney Heed has served his community on numerous non-profit boards of directors, including the Keene Family YMCA, The Moving Company, and Cedarcrest, as well as serving as moderator for the Town of Westmoreland.
Attorney Heed’s other varied interests include community theater, in which he has appeared in more than forty community and summer stock productions, including the annual Keene Lions Club shows. He also enjoys participating in outdoor activities with his wife, Tricia, including paddling, cycling, and nordic skiing. Heed continues to paddle marathon racing canoes competitively at a national level in the “Veterans Division” (old guys), and is proud to have represented our county as a former member of the U.S. Marathon Canoe Team.