County Governors (continued)
Scott Harris is a director in the McLane Middleton firm’s Litigation Department. He has tried cases in the state and federal courts in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and elsewhere for over 15 years. His practice involves representing companies and executives in litigation and at trial in a range of commercial disputes including: tax matters, trade secret and restrictive employment covenant litigation, contract claims, shareholder rights, land use and other business disputes. Scott also represents both plaintiffs and professionals in professional malpractice and licensure litigation and has a substantial practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in significant personal injury matters.
David W. McGrath
David W. McGrath practices law at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, P.A. in Manchester. He serves as Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department and also serves on the firm’s Management Committee. David represents firm clients in state and federal courts, arbitration and administrative proceedings, with a focus on employment disputes. He is also a certified mediator who serves in that role frequently for the state and federal courts, as well as the New Hampshire Commission For Human Rights. David received his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School, where he served as an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He received his B.A. degree from Framingham State College. David is a past member of the New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership NH. David has been and remains involved in various community charities, on a board level and in other capacities. He is also active in his church.
Edward E. Philpot Jr.
Ed Philpot is a past member of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Board of Governors and his practice has been focused on trial work since 1987. He has extensive trial experience. Ed’s Lakes Region law practice has a statewide focus in construction law and litigation, and general civil litigation. In addition to his construction-related practice, Ed has extensive experience in the areas of municipal, condominium, and commercial law, land use, personal injury, and criminal defense. Ed also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of civil cases. From 1997 to 2003 Ed served on the Laconia School Board. For three of those years he served as Board chairman. As Chair, Ed oversaw the renovation of three elementary schools. Ed was instrumental in the creation and development of the District’s strategic planning process, recognized by the New Hampshire School Boards Association as an innovative and dynamic approach to the management and operation of a municipal entity. Ed served two terms as Belknap County Commissioner from 2008 to 2014. He served for two of his six years as the Board Chairman, and as Chairman of the Jail Planning Committee. Ed resides in Laconia, New Hampshire, with his wife of 29 years, Dianne. A 1984 graduate of Rutgers University, Ed graduated from UNH School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1987. He is also a former bricklayer and member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Union.
Peter E. Hutchins
Peter E. Hutchins is a 1983 JD graduate of Boston College Law School. He has been a member of the NH Bar since 1983. He is a past president of the NHBA (2001-02), a member of the ABA, ATLA, NHTLA, the Manchester Bar and the Dartmouth Lawyers’ Association. He is also admitted to practice in the US District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Hutchins resides in Manchester and in Hampton, NH with his wife Kathy, a realtor/broker. He has one daughter, Jamie, a financial advisor to Merrill Lynch in Manchester. Hutchins enjoys golfing and officiates at high school basketball games.
Robert R. Howard, III
Robert R. Howard graduated from Boston University with a J.D. in 1969 and was admitted to the NH Bar in 1969; he has been the NHBA treasurer since 1993. He is also a member of the NHBA Finance Committee; he has been a member of various NHBA sections and on faculty panels of a number of CLEs. He is a former Merrimack County governor and governor-at-large on the NHBA Board of Governors. He served nine years as a part-time district court judge and was the recipient of the NHBA President’s Award for Outstanding Professionalism in 1996. He co-teaches the Law Practice Management session of the required Practical Skills course offered semi-annually to new admittees.
Public Sector Governor
J. Christopher Marshall
Christopher Marshall grew up in Conway, attended Kennett High School, and graduated from Dartmouth in 1970 and from the George Washington University Law School in 1973. After clerking for a year for then-Associate Justice William Grimes, he joined the McLane law firm. Over the next 22 years, he practiced general corporate law, real estate and employee benefits, eventually concentrating in insolvency law. In 1996, he left McLane and was appointed US Trustee for Region 1, which consists of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The US Trustee Program is a component of the US Department of Justice that oversees the administration of bankruptcy cases, especially private trustees who administer chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases. In that role, he worked on legal and policy issues with insolvency lawyers and judges from the four states in Region 1 as well as from other parts of the country. He later worked at Ford & Weaver in Portsmouth and returned to the public sector in 2005, joining the NH Attorney General’s Office to work on the liquidation of the Home Insurance Company, which is one of the largest insurance liquidations ever to have occurred. He also serves as the Attorney General’s appointed counsel to the New Hampshire Insurance Department, which raises the usual variety of public sector issues involving administrative procedure, regulatory oversight, personnel matters, right to know issues and legislative matters.
Danielle Vanderzanden, a 1993 graduate of Boston College Law School, has specialized in the area of labor and employment law for nearly 20 years. She devotes her practice to helping employers with employment related disputes, conducting investigations, providing counseling and handling disputes in litigation and arbitration. She has personally conducted dozens of investigations, including those involving employee allegations of misconduct by company executives and systemic discrimination. Ms. Vanderzanden has many years of experience litigating in the U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Second Circuits, and in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
Sandra L. Cabrera
Sandra L. Cabrera is an associate with WaystackFrizzell Trial Lawyers in Colebrook, New Hampshire. She practices in all areas of civil litigation in both federal and state courts. She has also written briefs for, and argued before, the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Sandra is an active member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA). In 2010 she was elected to its Board of Directors as the Strafford County representative. In 2012, after moving to Colebrook, she was reelected as the Coos County Representative. For two years before joining Waystack Frizzell, Sandra served as a law clerk for the judges of the Strafford and Carroll County Superior Courts. Sandra graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. As a law student, she served as the Associate Articles Editor of the Vermont Law Review. Sandra received her Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Environmental Policy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Paul W. Chant
Paul Chant is a partner at Cooper Cargill Chant in North Conway, NH. His practice is almost exclusively in civil litigation, primarily personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. He previously served on the NH Bar Association Board of Governors and has chaired the Bar Association’s New Lawyers Committee. He also served as chair of both the NH Bar Foundation and NH Association of Justice boards and is a past recipient of the NHBA President’s Award for Service to the Profession.
John A. Curran
John Curran is a graduate of Boston College (1986) and Suffolk University Law School (1990). Following law school, he moved to New Hampshire and served as a judicial law clerk and deputy senior law clerk with the New Hampshire Superior Court (1990-1992). He then served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire, where he prosecuted homicide cases and represented the state in criminal appeals and federal habeas corpus proceedings (1992-1995). After prosecuting, he worked at Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A., and later, Getman, Schulthess & Steere, PA. Since 2010, Mr. Curran has worked in the Nashua office of Curtin, Murphy & O’Reilly, PC, where he represents multiple counties and towns, and handles liability defense for Demoulas Supermarkets, Inc. He has served on several state and local boards and commissions, including service as a Commissioner for the NH Post Secondary Education Commission, Public Member of the NH Board of Registration for Funeral Directors, President of the Manchester Bar Association and as an elected member of the Town of Londonderry Budget Committee, as well as a youth soccer coach.
Jonathan M. Eck
Jonathan M. Eck is a shareholder and member of the litigation department at Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A. in Manchester, where his practice frequently involves handling probate litigation matters, commercial lease disputes, and real estate litigation. For the past six years, Jonathan has been on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors as a Governor-at-Large. Additionally, for the past two years, he has served on the Bar Association’s Committee on Cooperation With the Courts. Jonathan is also a member of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire’s Federal Court Advisory Committee and a trustee for the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society. In 2014-15 Jonathan was president of the Manchester Bar Association. Jonathan, who was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2006, received his law degree from Vermont Law School and is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Christopher T. Regan
Christopher T. Regan is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B) and received his J.D. from Boston University in 1981. He came to New Hampshire to clerk for the Hon. William Batchelder at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He worked for a 10-person law firm for four years, and now is toiling in the trenches as a solo or small firm practitioner, first in Dover and now in Durham. Regan was president of the Strafford County Bar Association in 2000-01 and is now Barrister in the Inns of Court. For the past 10 years, he has served as a lawyer/chair of the NH Compensation Appeals Board. Currently, he is moderator for the town of Durham.
Belknap County Governor
Kristin G. Fields
Kristin G. Fields is a lifelong resident of central New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Holderness School and Southern New Hampshire University. Kristin graduated from University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2011. Immediately following her admission to the bar in November 2011, she worked as a fellow at New Hampshire Legal Assistance in Concord, assisting low income residents across the state in matters of housing and unemployment benefits. Kristin served as the vice president and treasurer of the Belknap County Bar Association in 2013. Kristin Joined Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A. in May of 2015, after operating as a solo practitioner in Ashland, NH. Kristin focuses primarily in the areas of family law and civil litigation. Prior to practicing law, Kristin was in the accounting field for several years. Kristin resides in Holderness with her husband and daughter. She enjoys attending her daughter’s field hockey, basketball and softball games, as well as her dance performances.
Carroll County Governor
James P. Cowles
James P. Cowles is partner at Walker & Varney PC in Wolfeboro. A member of the NH Bar since 2008, Jim is a 2015 graduate of the NHBA Leadership Academy, as well as a volunteer attorney with the NHBA DOVE Project. He is also member of the NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the NH Association for Justice, and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project and the Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association.
Cheshire County Governor
Richard C. Guerriero Jr.
Richard C. Guerriero, Jr. is an attorney in private practice at Lothstein Guerriero, PLLC in Keene, NH. Prior to entering private practice he was the litigation director at the NH Public Defender for twelve years. Richard’s practice focuses on criminal defense in state and federal court, and the professional responsibilities of criminal defense attorneys. Most of his cases are sexual assaults, homicides, or other serious felonies. He has represented six defendants who faced capital punishment. Richard is a member of the NH Bar Association’s CLE and Ethics Committees and its Board of Governors, representing Cheshire County. He is also on the NHACDL Board of Directors. Richard is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and was a recipient of the 2009 Frank Rowe Kenison Award for community service. He has been recognized as a “Champion of Justice” by the NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2005 and the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1991. Richard earned his law degree from Louisiana State University in 1984.
Coos County Governor
Thomas McCue earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his Juris Doctor degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center, now known as the UNH School of Law. McCue expected to return to Boston after law school, but found that small town life agreed with him. He “hung out his shingle” in Loudon, New Hampshire in 1992, providing representation to individuals, small business owners and their families in State and Federal Courts. McCue moved to the state’s northernmost city, Berlin, in 2006, where he was elected to the City Council for a four-year term. He currently serves as Chair of the Berlin Planning Board and as alternate member on the Coos County Planning Board. He also represents Berlin at the New Hampshire Municipal Association.
Grafton County Governor
Martha Ann Hornick is the Managing Attorney of the Littleton office of the New Hampshire Public Defender. She has represented indigent persons of all ages charged with all types of crimes across the state since she joined the public defender program in 2003. She has trained and mentored a number of attorneys. She has been a part of the Justice Involved Veterans Task Force, the Friends of Drug Courts, as well as helping establish local and county wide alternative sentencing programs. Marcie was recently elected to the Board of the NHACDL. Marcie received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. Upon her return to the north country to work as a Public Defender where she previously owned a restaurant and enjoyed catering, she was elected to the Littleton Library Board, appointed to the Board of the Littleton Conservation Commission and was elected to the Board of the Littleton Food Co-op where she serves as treasurer. She also enjoys teaching tennis.
Hillsborough North County Governor
Daniel E. Will
Daniel E. Will is a shareholder at Devine Millimet where he enjoys a business and nonprofit litigation practice. On behalf of a variety of business clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to family businesses to nursing homes and hospitals, Dan has handled contract and business obligation claims, including between businesses and vendors, and brokers and sales personnel, shareholders in closely held entities, among others. Dan also has extensive experience in property tax abatement and exemption litigation, state and federal tax litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Dan’s clients have taken him through trial and appeal in state and federal trial courts in New Hampshire, as well as the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to joining Devine, Millimet, Dan spent a year clerking for the honorable Morton A. Brody of the United States District Court for the District of Maine, and for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Hillsborough South County Governor
Catherine E. Shanelaris
Catherine E. Shanelaris is a founding member and partner with Shanelaris & Schirch, PLLC in Nashua, NH. She earned her B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire at Durham and her J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1992. Cathy is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Nashua Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association. She was formerly the chief staff attorney for the New Hampshire Division of Child Support Services and served as a county governor for the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. Cathy practices law in the domestic relations area including divorce, child support, parenting and guardianship matters. She is a trained marital mediator. She is a member of the NHBA’s Family Law Section and the NHBA’s Pro Bono Governing Board. Cathy is the Hillsborough South County representative for the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association. She was appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Commission. Cathy is a frequent lecturer on family law topics at continuing legal education programs and is the author of several Bar Journal and legal articles relating to family law issues.
Merrimack County Governor
Adam B. Pignatelli is a shareholder and member of the litigation department at Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C. in Concord. He focuses on business litigation and medical-legal matters before New Hampshire and Massachusetts State and Federal courts. He also represents professionals before State licensing boards, including the Boards of Medicine, Dentistry and Chiropractic Examiners. Adam has litigated a diverse range of cases involving professional negligence, partnership and limited liability company disputes, business torts, employment disputes and non-competition agreements. Adam earned his law degree from American University and his Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. Prior being admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, Adam practiced law in Washington, D.C.
Rockingham County Governor
Susan Lowry was admitted to practice in New Hampshire in 2008 after graduating magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. During law school, she was an Articles Editor for the Vermont Law Review and served as a judicial extern to Justice Denise R. Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court and Magistrate Judge Robert J. Johnston of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. After law school, Susan had the privilege of working at the New Hampshire Public Defenders’ Office. She then entered private practice and has been practicing both civil and criminal law ever since.
Strafford County Governor
Sarah E. Lavoie
Sarah E. Lavoie is a partner with the law firm of Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller and Durkin in Dover, New Hampshire, where her practice includes personal injury, probate and family law matters. She is a New Hampshire native who graduated from the Dover public schools, the College of the Holy Cross, and Villanova University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court for one year and then entered private practice at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller and Durkin.
Sullivan County Governor
Lanea A. Witkus
Lanea Witkus started practicing in 1977 as a solo practitioner, practiced in several small law firms and is now a solo again. She previously served on the Board of Governors as a member from Sullivan County, then as Governor-at-Large for 2 years in the 1980s.
ABA Association Delegate
Jennifer L. Parent
Jennifer L. Parent is a director and chair of the litigation department in the McLane Middleton law firm in Manchester, with particular focus on business and employment litigation. She served as President of NHBA from 2011-2012. She is currently Secretary of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, which provides programming to state and metro bar leaders nationally. Parent also served as President of the NH Women’s Bar Association from 2000-2002. She served on the NHBA Board of Governors from 2004 to 2008, representing Hillsborough County North. She has participated in a number of task forces and committees of the NH Bar Association, including, most recently, co-chair of the Bench Bar Conference in March 2015 and chair of the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts. Early on, she was active in the New Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. Parent received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the NH Bar in 1995. She received the Robert E. Kirby award, honoring excellence in advocacy, civility and professionalism of a lawyer under 40 years of age, from the NH Bar Foundation in 2003. She received the 2009 Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award. As Association Delegate, Parent represents the New Hampshire Bar Association in the House of Delegates.
ABA Association New Lawyer Delegate
Andrew R. Hamilton
Andrew Hamilton is an associate with McLane Middleton, Professional Association. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, especially complex litigation, as well as emerging energy technologies and real estate litigation. He was a summer associate at McLane Middleton, and also served as a judicial intern at the US District Court for the Southern District of NY. Andrew graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2013, and from Dartmouth College in 2004, with an A.B. in Anthropology. Between college and law school, Andrew served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria and worked as a paralegal at a large, international law firm in Manhattan. He grew up in Concord, New Hampshire.
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Nominations to the Board of Governors Open for 2018
The NH Bar Association is seeking nominations for positions on the NHBA Board of Governors for the membership year starting in June 2018.
Petitions are due March 1, 2018; election to be through online ballots sent to eligible members starting April 1. For information about serving on the Board, contact NHBA Acting Executive Director Denice DeStefano.