Patricia M. LaFrance


Licensed in Massachusetts & New Hampshire

Location:        Nashua, NH

Phone:            603-681-9126

Fax:                   781-569-5841


Patricia LaFrance was a felony prosecutor from 2001-2017 and has transferred her extensive trial and advocacy skills developed over 16 years of working with victims of violent crimes into zealous client advocacy as a civil litigator. From 2013-2014, she served as the elected Hillsborough County Attorney. She has handled hundreds of cases and conducted dozens of jury trials, including expert depositions and direct examination in the fields of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, tool mark, drug analysis, fingerprint, computer forensics, serious bodily injury including broken bones and head trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Notable cases include convictions for Negligent Homicide, Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, First Degree Assault of an Infant, and Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault.

Attorney LaFrance also currently serves as an on-air legal analyst for WMUR-TV since 2017. She has provided dozens of trainings for local police departments, and taught a supervisory class at Police Standards and Trainings from 2011-2015. Attorney LaFrance has been a panelist in conferences dealing with Domestic Violence, Child Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking. She has appeared in round table discussions with national political figures Gabby Giffords and Jeb Bush on issues of gun safety and domestic violence; in addition to television, radio and video appearances on the topics of Child Sexual Abuse, Animal Abuse, Human Trafficking and Constitutional Rights for Victims of Crime. She was a core member of the 2014 training team to implement the new Domestic Violence law throughout the State and from 2014-2018 was an adjunct professor at Nashua Community College, teaching Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law. She has also appeared numerous times in front of the New Hampshire Legislature to testify on bills dealing with Domestic and Sexual Violence and protection for victims of crime.


Areas of Practice

  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Victim representation in criminal matters; focusing on domestic and sexual assault of adults and children
  • Domestic Violence / Restraining Orders / Termination of Parental Rights
  • Adoption
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar and Controlled Substance
  • Training: Criminal Law / Domestic Violence

Bar Admissions

  • New Hampshire, 2001
  • Massachusetts, 2020
  • US District Court (1st District NH) 2001

Committees and Volunteer Work

  • Bridges:  Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Services, Board of Directors, (2021-present, Board President since 2022)
  • United Way of Greater Nashua, Governing Board/Community Advisory Council (2021 – present)
  • Pro Bono Attorney Referral Program / DOVE Attorney (2018-Present)
  • NH Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee (2014-2022)
  • Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee (2013-2019) Committee chair (2016-2019)
  • Attorney General's Commission to Combat Human Trafficking / Workgroup (2013-2017)
  • Granite State Children's Alliance, Board of Directors (2009-2016) Vice President
  • Granite State Coalition for Common Sense – Advisory Committee (2015-2016)
  • Hollis Recreation Department – basketball, baseball coach (2012-2014)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (1995-1998)

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 - Inducted into NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Hall of Fame
  • 2014 - County Attorney of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association