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Jesse Friedman (left) and John Bresaw, who opened their own law firm in 2019, specialize in criminal defense, family law and personal injury cases. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MEREDITH — After working together in various capacities for nearly two decades, attorneys Jesse Friedman and John Bresaw opened their own legal practice last year in Meredith.

Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC, a criminal defense and family law firm, handles a wide range of cases, including drug crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes, driving under the influence, child custody, divorce and personal injury.

Friedman, 48, and Bresaw, 43, met while working at the public defenders’ office in Laconia.

The Laconia office covers all of Carroll and Belknap counties.

“We also appeared in courts statewide throughout our representation of various individuals, particularly in higher-profile cases,” Friedman said.

Friedman grew up in Woodstock, N.Y. His grandmother was a family court judge in New York City, and Friedman said he was “inspired by her professionalism and charismatic leadership in her role on the bench.”

He graduated from State University of New York, majoring in political science with a concentration in international relations. He graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2000.

Bresaw grew up in New Hampshire, and earned his bachelor of arts degree in criminology from the University of Southern Maine. He went on to attend the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

While attending law school, Bresaw worked both as a private investigator and a legal intern with the New Hampshire Public Defender program. His supervisor was Friedman, and Bresaw was hired as a staff attorney in 2002.

“This was the beginning of a two-decade friendship and extensive professional relationship that culminated in the formation of Friedman & Bresaw,” according to Bresaw’s biographical profile on the firm’s website,

“We have worked together for almost 20 years and have always planned to open up a law practice together,” Friedman said.

The two brought that plan to fruition in 2019. “We decided that we were ready for new challenges and wanted the opportunity to utilize our extensive legal experience and take on different types of cases and help those facing serious issues,” Friedman said.

Friedman and Bresaw work collaboratively on all their cases.

“One of us will take primary responsibility in a particular case,” Friedman said, “but you end up with the efforts and expertise of both attorneys.”

He added: “We both have different strengths, but we complement each other in the law practice. We both have an indefatigable fight for the underdog and believe that everybody deserves to be treated like a human being.

“We leave no stone unturned in attempting to resolve problems for our clients,” Friedman continued. “Our motto, ‘Our Fight is Your Fight,’ sums up our mentality. We know how stressful the legal system can be, especially for those who are dealing with legal issues for the first time. We do everything we can to make the process as humane and stress-free as possible.”

Friedman said the most rewarding part of the profession for him is “getting to know our clients and helping those in need.”

He said: “When you hire us, we will do everything possible to obtain a positive result for you. Communication is paramount, and we will discuss with you what is happening every step of the way.”

The Friedman & Bresaw law firm serves clients in Carroll and Belknap counties, the Lakes Region and statewide. For more information, call (603) 707-4800 or go to

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