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James E. Coughenour

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Practice Areas:

  • General Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation


Attorney Coughenour is a partner of Rainboth, Murphy & Lown and his areas of concentration are Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation. He regularly appears in Courts throughout New Hampshire and Maine, but spends the majority of his time appearing before the NH Department of Labor. Attorney Coughenour has built a reputation for vigorous and compassionate advocacy on behalf of his clients and has been recognized by SuperLawyers as a "Rising Star" in the field of workers' compensation since 2019.

Attorney Coughenour graduated Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Justice Studies. While attending UNH during the day, Attorney Coughenour attended the NH Police Academy at night. He earned his Police Certificate in 2007 and went on to work as an auxiliary police officer for the City of Portsmouth. While working as a police officer, Attorney Coughenour attended law school at the Massachusetts School of Law and graduated in 2011.

Attorney Coughenour is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire Association for Justice. He previously served on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Association for Justice and the Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity.

Attorney Coughenour is a lifelong New Hampshire resident and is active in community activities. In addition to spending time with his family, he is an avid sports fan and enjoys attending Red Sox games. He currently lives in Portsmouth, NH with his wife and four children.


  • Massachusetts School of Law, Andover, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2011
  • NH Police Education and Training (certificate), 2007
  • University of New Hampshire
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2011
  • New Hampshire, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 2014
  • Maine, 2015

Past Positions

  • City of Portsmouth, NH, Auxiliary Police Officer, 2007 to 2012
  • City of Lowell, MA, Volunteer Assistant City Solicitor, 2011 to 2012

Professional Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 2011 to 2013
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, 2012 to Present
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice, 2014 to Present
  • Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity, Board of Directors, 2016 to Present

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Lawyer for the Day Program, Volunteer Attorney, 2011
  • Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity, Board of Directors, 2016 to 2019

Current Employment Position

  • Partner


  • SuperLawyers, Rising Star, 2019, 2020