Stephen J. Judge


Steve has a broad practice in government relations, administrative law, utility law and civil litigation. He has represented the State of New Hampshire and all of its agencies as well as private clients in litigation in state and federal court including New Hampshire state courts, federal district courts, appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. Steve has taught trial practice courses in New Hampshire and for the National Association of Attorneys General. In his administrative law practice, Steve has represented or appeared before most of the state boards including the Board of Registration in Medicine, the Public Employees Labor Relations Board, the Board of Tax and Land Appeals, and the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. He has also spoken before the Governor and Executive Council in order to obtain approval for state contracts on many occasions. He has lobbied for and against legislation on behalf of the Attorney General. Steve has represented clients in the electric and water industries before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition to the State of New Hampshire, Steve has represented national corporations including Taco Bell and U-Haul. He has also represented individuals and small companies. He has extensive experience with alternate dispute resolution including the successful conclusion of a settlement negotiation involving 40 parties over a three year period which revolutionized the electric utility system in New Hampshire.


Before joining Wadleigh in 2003, Steve spent 19 years in the Attorney General’s Office. He served as Director of Litigation, Bureau Chief, Division Head, Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General. He has served as a member of the Judicial Council, the N.H. Supreme Court Standing Committee on Character and Fitness, the Fire Standards and Training Commission and the Police Standards and Training Council.  Steve was in the United States Naval Reserve on active duty from 1971 -1973. He served as a Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class and an assault boat coxswain on the USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29).


  • New Hampshire, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1996
  • United States Supreme Court, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2007


  • New Hampshire Bar Association
    • Member of the Environmental and Federal Practice sections

Steve is active in the Concord community where he has served in many roles in his church and on the Board of Directors of RB Productions, a non-profit theater company which encourages children and adults to better express themselves.

Steve was appointed by Governor Benson and the Executive Council in 2003 to a commission tasked by the New Hampshire Legislature with recommending changes to the state’s right-to-know law in light of advances in computer technology. The duties of the Right to Know Study Commission, by the terms of its enabling legislation, ended in October 2004 when it filed its final report. The Commission was renewed in 2005 by an act of the New Hampshire Legislature (House Bill 41) as a five-year oversight commission. Steve was appointed to the new commission by Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council, effective July 13, 2005.

He was appointed by Attorney General Kelly Ayotte in 2007 to the Legislative Commission to Study the Consolidation and Centralization of State Legal Services.

Stephen Judge

(603) 206-7218

Administrative Law
Utilities Law

J.D., Boston College Law School, with honors
B.A., University of Maryland