Paul Richard Cox

Attorney Paul Richard Cox





  • College of the Holy Cross (BS Cum Laude, 1960)
  • Suffolk University (JD, 1963)

Admitted to Bar:

  • Massachusetts 1963
  • New Hampshire 1964


  • Long standing Preeminent A/V rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • Selected by Peers for inclusion in SUPER LAWYERS of NEW ENGLAND, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA (one of very few attorneys nationally listed for more than 10 years)
  • Nominee, National Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Washington, D. C. 1995 – 1997, Finalist 1997
  • Special Recognition Award, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, 1997

Chronicled in:

  • “Seeking the Lawyers Lawyer”, New Hampshire Editions, July, 1994
  • “The American Lawyer”, Dec 1996
  • N H Trial Lawyers Journal, Jan 1997 Special Recognition Award

Professional Activities:

  • Superior Court Committee to Study Jury Reform 1995-1997
  • Committee on Cooperation with the Courts 1993-1997
  • Board of Governors N. H. Bar Association 1983-1984
  • Bar Counsel 1982-1984, New Hampshire Supreme Court
  • Member Committee on Professional Conduct 1972-1981; (Chairman 1973-1975)
  • Faculty – New Hampshire Bar Association and New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Trial Practice Courses (programs repeated over several years)
  • Lecturer – numerous legal seminars
  • National Vice President, American Law Student Association 1962-1963

Professional Associations:

  • New Hampshire Bar Association. (Member Board of Governors 1983-1984)
  • Strafford County Bar Assoc. (President 1979-1980)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice

Notable Cases:

Numerous significant verdicts and settlements, a small sampling of which are:

MacLean v Beatrice Foods et al., Federal Jury awarded $3.4 million (including interest) in damages for parents’ loss of child against inebriated salesman for Defendant Company. Described by Judge Martin Laughlin, trial judge on the case, as the ultimate case successfully portraying parental grief.

Smith v Public Service Company of New Hampshire et al, $2 million settlement to worker for tree service company who received serious, disabling injuries in an electrocution incident when machinery came in contact with energized power lines of utility.

Dunlap v “Double D” Inc. et al, obtained seven figure recovery for tannery laborer suffering serious injuries when clam-shell press improperly cycled, entrapping his hands.

Drury v Anonymous, obtained $2.5 million recovery including lifetime compensatory benefits for child receiving neurological injuries due to excessive trauma at birth, caused by obstetrical negligence.

Dumas v State Farm, 111 N. H. 43 (’71) After obtaining verdict for plaintiff in excess of insurance policy held by defendant, suit was brought and won against State Farm for the entire amount of the verdict, plus interest and costs, due to State Farm Insurance Company’s negligence in handling the claim, including its failure to settle. All verdicts were upheld on Appeal and the case stands as an important landmark relative to the rights of the claimant and the insured against careless insurance companies.