2020 Kirby Award Recipient Caroline K. Leonard

Caroline K. Leonard is a Shareholder-Director with Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, P.C. the firm where Bob Kirby worked before his untimely passing. She is the first recipient from GCG to receive this award.

Caroline is a business lawyer assisting large and small businesses with mergers and acquisitions, shareholder sales, reporting obligations, compliance with securities laws, and commercial litigation. She has handled multi-million dollar deals and has successfully argued at the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She is recognized as a top-rated business and corporate lawyer and litigation attorney in Concord, NH, by New England Super Lawyers® with a Rising Stars designation for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Caroline is passionate about community involvement. She has been a board member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association since 2015, and begins her term as President on September 1, 2020. She serves as Community Outreach Chair for the Webster-Batchelder American Inn of Court, Director for Concord’s Red River Theatre, and Trustee of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society. Caroline is an alumna of the Junior Service League of Concord. She served six years on the Northern New England (ME, NH, and VT) regional board of the American Red Cross and was awarded “Board Member of the Year” in 2019. Caroline was appointed for a second three-year term on the New Hampshire Professional Conduct Committee by the New Hampshire Supreme Court beginning January 1, 2020.

Caroline has also worked as an adjunct professor at the UNH School of Law, teaching a legal residency course. This course places law students directly into the legal field for a semester, typically with private firms, courts, or companies’ in-house legal departments. Through this experience, students apply the skills they have learned in law school in real-life legal settings before graduation.

Caroline graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where she was a Daniel Webster Scholar, and earned her bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Colby College. Caroline lives in Concord, NH with her husband and their goldendoodle, Wendy.