Donald J. Perrault

Of Counsel

Since coming to Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, P.L.L.C in 1985, Don has represented a wide array of clients in civil litigation matters ranging from anti-trust litigation to professional negligence.  Many of his contested cases involved complex claims and unique circumstances requiring the ability to assess and assimilate legal issues that were unique to the client’s circumstances.  Over the years, Don has represented such varied clients as hospitals, doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, county officials, realtors, manufacturers, banks, developers, hotels, transportation companies and many other professionals.  In recent years, Don was retained to represent and advise the N.H. Executive Council during protracted Administrative Personnel hearings relating to alleged misfeasance/nonfeasance on the part of two State agency heads.  In addition, Don’s practice has included claims by clients who have been harmed by some form of professional negligence or neglect in the last twenty years.  Don has expanded his practice to include arbitration and mediation which provides the opportunity for him to bring his considerable experience to the process of attempting dispute resolution without the necessity of litigation.


Prior to joining Wadleigh, Don’s experience included five years of government service with the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG).  During this period, Don’s practice included government contracting, federal employee labor relations, military claims and litigation.  Upon leaving the service, Don was appointed an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire and worked principally in the Criminal Division prosecuting major crimes before both the Superior Court and the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  He also worked on behalf of the State of New Hampshire in defense of a major class action civil rights suit brought against the State which was tried in United States Federal Court.  Before leaving to enter private practice, Don had been appointed as Chief of the Criminal Division by the then sitting Attorney General.

Don and his wife, Lee, enjoy boating, hiking and biking in the New Hampshire Seacoast area where they reside with an assortment of domestic pets.


  • New Hampshire, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1980
  • United States Supreme Court, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals


  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • NH Association for Justice
  • Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County
    • Don is a charter board member on the Board of Directors of the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County, a first in the State organization formed to protect the interests of sexually and physically abused children.
  • In addition, Don has been active in a number of environmental organizations, both locally and nationally.

Donald Perrault

(603) 206-7230

Professional Liability Defense

J.D., Northeastern University
B.A., Norwich University