Each year, the New Hampshire Bar Association gives out awards at its Midyear and Annual Member Meetings to recognize outstanding achievement and service among its membership. See the links below to find out more about each award and past recipients. We encourage you to nominate your peers for their accomplishments.

Awards given at the Annual Meeting

To honor the memory of E. Donald Dufresne this award is presented to an attorney that best fits the following:

A professional lawyer is an expert in law

Pursuing a learned art in service to clients and in the spirit of public service;

And engaging in these pursuits as part of a common calling

To promote justice and public good.

2024 Bruce Felmly
2023 Russell F. Hilliard
2022 Pamela E. Phelan
2021 Hon. Richard E. Galway
2021 Bill Glahn
2019 William C. Saturley
2018 James J. Tenn, Jr.
2017 George Moore
2016 R. David DePuy
2015 Hon. John Kissinger
2014 Eileen Fox
2013 Thomas R. Watson
2012 Gretchen L. Witt
2011 John B. Garvey
2010 Christopher M. Keating
2009 Graham P. Chynoweth (posthumously at the Midyear Meeting)
2008 Peter G. Beeson
2006 Emily G. Rice
2005 Arpiar G. Saunders
2004 Cathy J. Green
2003 Frederic K. Upton
2002 Dort S. Bigg
2001 Randall F. Cooper
2000 Arnold R. Falk (posthumously)
1999* William L. Chapman

To honor the memory of Justice William A. Grimes this award is presented to a judge who best reflects the highest standards of integrity, legal knowledge and ability, judicial temperament, diligence and compassion.

2024Hon. David King
2023Superior Court Chief Justice Tina L. Nadeau
2022Hon. M. Kristin Spath
2021Master Thomas G. Cooper
2019Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn
2018Hon. Gillian L. Abramson
2017Justice Carol Ann Conboy
2016Hon. J. Michael Deasy
2015Hon. Pamela D. Albee
2014Hon. Albert Cirone Jr. (retired)
2013Hon. Harold W. Perkins (retired)
2012Hon. Steven Houran
2011Hon. Paul Moore
2010Chief Justice John T. Broderick
2009Hon. Pamela D. Kelly
2008Hon. Raymond A. Cloutier
2007Hon. Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr.
2006Hon. Martha W. Copithorne (Marital Master ret.)
2005Hon. Paul H. Lawrence
2004Hon. John R. Maher
2003Hon. Patricia C. Coffey, Hon. Carol Ann Conboy, Hon. Kathleen A. McGuire and Hon. Robert E.K. Morrill
2002NH Supreme Court Bench: Hon. David A. Brock, Chief Justice, Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr., Hon. Joseph P. Nadeau, Hon. Linda S. Dalianis and Hon. James E. Duggan
2001Hon. Gerald F. Giles
2000Master Peter J. Bourque
1999*Hon. Walter L. Murphy

This award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits service to the legal profession.

2024 Richard Guerriero
2023 Thomas Quarles
2022 Mitchell M. Simon
2021 David H. Bradley
2019 Jennifer A. Eber
2018 Wilfred “Jack” Sanders, Jr.
2017 Charles Douglas
2016 Justice Carol Ann Conboy
2015 John Burwell Garvey
2014 Mary Searles
2013 James R. Starr
2012 Philip Waystack
2011 Robert A. Wells
2010 John B. Andrews
2009 Charles A. DeGrandpre
2008 Gretchen L. Witt
2007 Hon. John R. Maher (retired)
2006 John F. Bomster
2005 Michael S. DeLucia
2004 Edward H. Adamsky
2003 Robert C. Varney
2002 Bruce W. Felmly
2001 Howard J. Zibel
1999 William S. Harrold; John C. Norton
1998 Richard Y. Uchida
1997 Andrew D. Dunn
1996 Hon. William F. Batchelder
1994 Stephen L. Tober; Linda S. Paquette
1993 Paul W. Chant
1992 Nashua Bar Association, Donald E. Mitchell & Deskbook Committee
1991 Edward B. Mulligan, IV
1990 Jack B. Middleton, Senator Warren B. Rudman

This award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits service to the legal profession.

Awards given at the Midyear Meeting

Instituted in 1998 to honor the memory of Vickie M. Bunnell “A Country Lawyer” and to applaud the community spirit that is a hallmark of our profession this award is presented to an attorney from a small firm (four or fewer attorneys) who has exhibited dedication and devotion to community by giving of their time and talents, legal or otherwise.

2024 Ines Cristina Rousseau
2023 Chrissy Hanisco
2022 Martha M. Jacques
2021 Bernard H. Campbell
2020 Jack P. Crisp, Jr.
2019 Kimberly A. Weibrecht
2018 H. Alfred Casassa
2017 Robert C. Varney
2016 Roger Phillips
2015 James Gleason
2014 Jonathan Frizzell
2013 Christopher T. Regan
2012 James Noucas
2011 George C. “Kit” Carter
2010 Quentin J. Blaine
2008 Solo & Small Firm Attorneys
2007 Matthew Lahey
2006 Mary L. Wade
2005 David D. King
2004 Katherine B. Stearns
2003 Vicki S. Roundy
2002 Paul D. Desjardins
1999 Gerard J. Boyle
1998 Ignatius MacLellan

This award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits service to the public on behalf of the administration of justice.

2024 Helen G. Honorow, William Henry Barry III
2023 Sarah T. Blodgett
2022 Gilles R. Bissonnette
2021 Howard J. Zibel
2020 Barbara R. Keshen
2019 Janet F. DeVito
2018 Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis
2017 Hon. Joseph Laplante
2016 Judge Joseph DiClerico
2015 Judge Edward “Ned” Gordon
2014 Gordon J. MacDonald
2013 Margaret H. Nelson
2012 Roland Morneau
2011 Charles Greenhalgh
2010 Jack B. Middleton, David L. Nixon, Kimon S. Zachos
2009 Carol L. Kunz
2008 Rule 170 Volunteers
2007 Paul S. Moore
2006 John C. Norton
2005 Military (active) members of NHBA
2003 Members of the Judicial Selection Commission: Atty. Ken Brown, Atty. John Dwyer, Atty. Fred Hall, Atty. Katherine Hanna, Chair, Ms. Kathy Keller, Atty. Marilyn McNamara, Atty. Diane Nicolosi, Ms. Marcia Sink, Mr. William Walker, Atty. Phil Waystack, Chief William Wrenn
2002 W. John Funk
1999 Hon. Robert D. Marshall
1998 Thomas B.S. Quarles
1996 Hon. William Batchelder

This award is presented to a member of the New Hampshire Bar, or an organization employing eligible members, with at least five years of service in government, military, law enforcement, or public interest law services (including prosecution, public defense, legal advocacy in low-income communities or for individuals with disabilities at a nonprofit organization), or at another nonprofit organization. 

2024 K. Allen Brooks, Anna Zartler Krasinski
2023 Melissa L. Davis
2022 Cordell Johnston
2021 Lucy C. Hodder
2020 Kay E. Drought
2020 Lisa L. Wolford
2019 Lynne J. Clay
2018 Besty Paine
2017 Maureen F. O’Neil
2016 Dorothy Graham
2015 Joseph Malfitani
2014 Jeffrey Strelzin
2013 Alan Linder
2012 Barbara Keshen
2011 Marshall Buttrick
2010 Cheryl A. Sessions
2009 B. Randy Hawkes*
2009 James E. Fender*

This award is presented by our Gender Equality Committee honoring Judge Hollman’s efforts as a stalwart advocate for gender equality in the legal system. Awarded to the recipient who has taken initiative in matters of gender equality and has been a role model exhibiting dedication to promoting respect and fair treatment toward all members of the judicial system.

2024 Kathleen C. Peahl
2023 Hon. Susan B. Carbon
2022 Lindsay E. Nadeau
2021 Hon. Landya B. McCafferty
2020 Christina A. Ferrari
2019 Holly B. Haines
2018 Joni N. Esperian
2017 Joseph Keefe
2016 Sherry Young
2015 Jaye L. Rancourt
2014 Heather E. Krans
2013 Hon. Gillian L. Abramson
2012 Hon. Gary E. Hicks
2011 Hon. Linda S. Dalianis
2010 Jennifer L. Parent
2009 Linda S. Paquette
2008 Katharine A. Daly
2007 Honey Hastings
2006 Linda S. Johnson
2005 Maureen Raiche Manning
2004 NH Public Defender Program

Other Awards

This annual award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits a high degree of professionalism: possesses an outstanding level of job-related knowledge; has motivation that exceeds expectations; is considered a role model for other paralegals; and promotes paralegal work as a profession.

2023 Jessica Gendron, Shaheen & Gordon PA
2022 Laura Maynard, Office of the NH Attorney General, Environmental Protection Bureau
2021 Diane Aikens, Office of Public Guardian
2020 Monica Marcotte, Cleveland, Waters and Bass P.A.
2019 Tricia G. Bell, Atkins Callahan PLLC
2018 Margaret O. Conway, Orr & Reno
2017 Nancy Dorr, McLane Middleton
2016 Priscilla Sleeper, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
2015 Christine Foley, Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella
2014 Kari Fridley, Niederman Stanzel & Lindsey
2013 Anna McLaughlin, Boutin & Altieri
2012 Stacey Peters, Preti Flaherty
2011 Suzanne Blake, City of Concord Solicitor’s Office
2010 Melissa McNally, Bourque & Associates
2009 Linda Hammond Lewis, Wiggin & Nourie
2008 Candace C. Gebhart, NH Legal Assistance
2007 Anikó Bouley, GoffWilson Professional Association
2006 Renee C. Wormell, Citizens Bank NH
2005 Deborah Snow, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
2004 Sue Gendron, Hebert & Uchida
2003 Michele Berardo, Orr & Reno
2001 Thomas Van Beaver, Merrimack County Attorney’s Office
2000 Heather Molkentine, Hamblett & Kerrigan
1999 Lorinda Gaillard Monroe, Ransmeier & Spellman
1998 Rebecca L. Myers, Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott
1997 Cheryl Meachen, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
1996 Merry Sweeney, Garner & Minkow
1995 Kathleen Williams-Fortin, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
1994 Charles A. Barkie, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
1993 Felicia Bessey, Feeney, Adams & Bennett
1992 Pauline Leman, Wiggin & Nourie
1991* Betty Jean Bailey, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
2021Virginia A. Martin
2020Eileen Fox
2019Raymond “Ry” Sumner Perry, Jr. (posthumously)
2017David M. Rothstein
2015Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr.
2014John Tobin
2014Foreclosure Relief Project, HomeHelpNH, 2-1-1 NH
2000Richard Gagliuso
2000Nina C. Gardner
1999Jack B. Middleton
1992Tom Rath

Awards no longer given by the NHBA

This award recognizes a NH Bar member and UNH Law alumni member who embodies the values and work of Bruce Friedman, the late founder of the civil practice clinic at the law school and a legend in the world of civil legal services in New Hampshire.

2019 Thomas A. Fredenburg (posthumously)
2018 Kirk C. Simoneau, Nixon, Vogelman Slawsky & Simoneau
2017 Marilyn Mahoney, Harvey & Mahoney PA
2016 Catherine E. Shanelaris, Shanelaris & Schirch PLLC
2015 Jack P. Crisp Jr., The Crisp Law Firm PLLC
2014 Quentin Blaine, Blaine Law Office PLLC
2013 Steven B. Scudder
2012* Marilyn Billings McNamara, Upton & Hatfield

This award was named for Jon Ross in 1988 to recognize his work on the state and national level to mobilize bar leaders to support civil legal services for the poor along with his unsurpassed leadership and dedication to pro bono legal services.

2020Roger B. Phillips
2018Quentin J. Blaine
2017Brian Shaughnessy
2015Marilyn Mahoney
2014Charles Greenhalgh
2013David L. Nixon
2012Pamela Peterson
2011Steven Scudder
2009Richard Y. Uchida
2008Katherine Bucklin Stearns
2007Chief Justice John T. Broderick
2006Patrick T. Hayes
2005Alethea Froburg
2004Michael P. Hall
2003Stephanie A. Bray
2002John C. Norton
2002Sanders & McDermott Law Firm
2000Phil Rader (posthumous)
1999Steven V. Camerino
1998Donald F. Hebert
1997Elliott Berry
1996Marilyn B. McNamara
1995Robert D. Gross
1994Chief Justice David A. Brock & Chief Justice Joseph P. Nadeau
1993Bruce Friedman

*First such award given.