Richard W. Head
Of Counsel

Before joining the firm, Richard was a partner at SL Environmental Law Group representing states, municipalities and water utilities in environmental contamination cases.  Richard also worked for the New Hampshire Department of Justice where he held multiple senior leadership roles throughout his tenure.  As an Associate Attorney General, Richard was the Director of the Division of Legal Counsel and oversaw the management of the Civil and Transportation Bureaus and the Charitable Trust Unit.  As a Senior Assistant Attorney General, he served as the Bureau Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau and the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau.  Prior to working for the Department of Justice, Richard worked in the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services after spending 10 years in private practice as a litigator.

Richard focuses his practice on environmental law and environmental and commercial litigation.  He has experience in both the public and private sector with issues involving environmental compliance, permits, approvals and litigation.  He has practiced before environmental regulatory agencies and litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts.  Richard serves on the Board of the Five Rivers Conservation Trust and is a commissioner of the Hillsborough Conservation Commission.  He is also a member of the American Water Works Association Groundwater Resources Committee.

Richard earned his B.A. from Clark University and his J.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University.


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Education and Bar Admissions


  • Indiana University, J.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science
  • Clark University, B.A.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Hampshire Bar
  • Federal District Court, New Hampshire
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
Community Involvement
  • Hillsborough Conservation Commission – Commissioner
  • Five Rivers Conservation Trust – Board Member
  • New Hampshire Real Estate Commission – Former Commissioner