Jaye A. Duncan - Cohen And Winters Family Law

With well over 100 jury trials to her credit, Jaye’s exceptional trial experience helps her maintain a strong, steady presence in the courtroom, even in those high-pressure situations when a lawyer with less experience would fold. As a public defender in Florida, she handled a caseload ranging from DWI to murder. Because of her top-notch courtroom skills Jaye was hand-picked to serve as co-counsel in the case of Florida v. Julie Scheneker, one of the nation’s most highly publicized murder trials of 2014. In private practice, she has chosen to broaden her trial skills to include both family and criminal cases.

Jaye has twice represented clients facing the death penalty. In both instances her team was able to avoid execution. Because the entire state of New Hampshire has only seen one death penalty trial in this last fifty years, this effectively means that Jaye has a level of trial experience beyond almost any other lawyer in the state. Simply stated, she will not be intimidated by any opposing lawyer or judge.

A Pennsylvanian native, Jaye moved west to attend Colorado State University and then returned to the east coast where she earned a law degree at New England Law. After eight years in Tampa, Jaye returned to New England with her family. In her spare time, Jaye is an avid runner, hiker, and skier. She lives in Brookline with her husband, teenaged sons, and their golden retriever.

Professional Experience

  • New Hampshire Public Defender ProgramConcord, NH; October 2018 – Present
  • Rockingham County Attorney’s OfficeEpping, NH; March 2018 – October 2018; Assistant County Attorney
  • Law Office of Julianne Holt, Public DefenderTampa, FL;  February 2008 –December 10, 2015;  Assistant Public Defender, Felony Division Chief


  • New England School of Law, Boston, MA Degree: Juris Doctor, May 2006
    • Honors: Dean’s List, 2004, 2005, 2006
    • Activities: Philanthropic Affairs “Social Awareness” Committee, 2003-2004
    • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Organization, Social Chair, 2003-2004, Vice President, 2004-2005, President, 2005-2006
  • University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, CO Degree: BA, Political Science, December 2002
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List 2002
    • National Dean’s List, 2002
    • Capps Capozzolo Award for Academic Excellence, 2002
    • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2002
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Course of Study:   Undergraduate Studies, 1998-  2001

    • Honors: Dean’s List, 1998-2001
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 1999-2001
    • Activities: Alpha Xi Delta Sorority 1999-2001, President, 2001