This Board is the governing body of the Association as authorized by the NH Supreme Court. Its operation and role are defined in the NHBA Constitution, Article V, and NHBA Bylaws, Article III.
Public Sector Governor
Out of State Governor
- Belknap: Jesse W. Friedman
- Carroll: Leslie M. Leonard
- Cheshire: Joseph D. Steinfield
- Coos: Scott J. Whitaker
- Grafton: Marcie A. Hornick
- Hillsborough North: Leslie C. Nixon
- Hillsborough South: Donald H. Sienkiewicz
- Merrimack: Jonathan M. Eck
- Rockingham: Susan Aileen Lowry
- Strafford: Christopher T. Regan
- Sullivan: Geoffrey M. Gallagher
Daniel E. Will
Dan Will serves as New Hampshire’s first Solicitor General, working under the Attorney General in the Department of Justice. As Solicitor General, Dan’s responsibilities include, among other things, oversight of all civil and criminal appeals in which the State is involved. Dan also helps direct strategy and analysis in complex litigation involving the State, and monitors developments in the common law as they pertain to the state, in New Hampshire courts and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to becoming Solicitor General, Dan spent 21 years at Devine Millimet where he was a shareholder and enjoyed a commercial and business litigation practice. Dan has tried cases in New Hampshire Superior and federal courts, and has conducted appeals in the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial and Appeals courts, 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 a year clerking for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Richard C. Guerriero, Jr.
Richard Guerriero is an attorney in private practice at Lothstein Guerriero, PLLC in Keene and Concord, 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, both trials and appeals. He handles misdemeanors and felonies, including assaults, drug cases, sex crimes, homicides, and white collar crimes. Richard was 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. In 2007, Richard was selected as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2009 he was a recipient of the NH Bar Foundation’s Frank Rowe Kenison Award for community service. Richard has served on the board of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations and is currently on the board of directors of the NH Public Defender as well as the NH Disabilities Rights Center. He is a longstanding member of the NH Bar Association Ethics Committee. Richard earned his law degree from Louisiana State University in 1984.
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.
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
Lisa M. English
Lisa M. English is currently the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining DHHS, Lisa was a senior assistant attorney general with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office serving in a number of roles including Chief of the Civil Law Bureau and the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau as well as the Director of the Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Unit. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the State University of NY at Potsdam in 1993. She earned her joint M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University in 2000 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2004. Following law school she clerked for the Honorable William G. Young, U.S. District Court, and the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to joining the NH bar in 2010, Lisa worked at Goodwin Proctor LLP and the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau.
Jason B. Dennis
Jason Dennis is a 2003 graduate of Roanoke College and a 2008 graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Jason, an attorney with the firm of Hastings Malia P.A. in Fryeburg, ME, is a general practitioner who has handled matters ranging from administrative law to personal injury to zoning. Although a general practitioner, Jason focuses his practice on municipal law and civil litigation. Jason works with his clients in Maine and New Hampshire to develop practical, cost effective, sometimes creative, solutions to legal problems.
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.
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.
Christine M. Hanisco
Christine Hanisco is an attorney with The Stein Law Firm, PLLC in Concord, and is licensed in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Her practice is focused on third party family building through adoption and assisted reproductive technology. She was a public defender for almost 12 years and continues to represent defendants throughout the state. Presently, she is a member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, the NHBA’s Family Law Section, the American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, and a member of the Grievance Committee for the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. Finally, she serves on RESOLVE New England’s Board of Directors and is an active member of both its Executive Committee and Technology Committee. She is a graduate of New York Law School (2000) and Saint Anselm College (1993).
Kathleen M. Mahan
Kate is a member of Cook, Little, Rosenblatt and Manson, pllc in Manchester, New Hampshire. She practices business litigation in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration proceedings. Kate assists clients in all areas of corporate governance disputes, contract actions, employment matters, trade secrets, trademarks, and other forms of intellectual property.
Kate received her J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University and her B.A., cum laude, from Saint Anselm College. Prior to joining CLRM, Kate clerked for the New Hampshire Supreme Court for two years and for the New Hampshire Superior Court for two years.
Kate is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation Board of Directors as well as the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Committee on Cooperation with the Courts. She also is a long time member of the Daniel Webster-Batchelder Inns of Court. Outside the legal profession, Kate serves on the board of her local food pantry, as well as on the Saint Anselm College Alumni Council.
Though James Shepard was born and raised in NJ he has spent the entirety of his professional life in NH. (Except for a brief stint in Maryland for Law School and a year post graduation clerking for Maryland’s equivalent of a superior court judge).
Prior to law school James was a police officer for five years in Littleton, NH. Upon moving back to NH he obtained a job as counsel for the NH Banking Department, then moved on to the NH Department of Safety where he served as a prosecutor for the last 12 years. Jim also maintains a small side practice mostly consisting of family law cases. This side practice gives him the grounding he needs to regularly take on Pro Bono family law cases and DOVE cases.
James previously served on the board of governors as the Merrimack County representative for two terms and during that time was appointed to serve on the Pro Bono board upon which he continues to serve. Attorney Shepard currently serves as a panel member of the Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Advisory Counsel.
Shepard describes himself as a “rare bird” in the bar because he is a government lawyer who also has a solo practice in a “totally different area of law.”
“I think that gives me a unique perspective on the services offered by the bar association and the demands put on the membership by some of our agreements with the court,” he says.
Over the past year James says he’s spent the majority of his free time building an addition on his house and raising goats. He looks forward to being involved with the board once again. “I ran for the board again,” he said, “because I missed the level of service and involvement in the operation of the organization that I experienced in my last turn.”
Belknap County Governor
Jesse W. Friedman
Jesse Friedman is a partner at Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC in Meredith, NH. He currently focuses his practice on statewide criminal defense, family law and personal injury.
Jesse entered into private practice after almost two decades at the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office in Laconia. As the Managing Attorney of that office from 2007-2019, Jesse was involved in the creation and implementation of numerous alternative sentencing programs including diversion, pretrial services, compliance court and drug courts in both Belknap and Carroll counties.
Jesse received his J.D. from Vermont Law School and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York. He has twin children that are currently finishing their Junior year of college. Jesse resides in Holderness where he has lived since moving to NH in 2000 and continues to volunteer his time serving as a member of the Belknap County Recovery Court Team and the Carroll County Adult Drug Treatment Court Team.
Jesse said he’s looking forward to learning more about the Board of Governors and finding ways to apply his skills to help others during his time there.
Jesse credits Ed Philpot and Richard Guerriero as major influences in his decision to run for the Belknap County Governor position. “Honestly, it was Ed and Richard, talking to me and encouraging me to be involved,” Jesse says. “They made me think about it more and made me realize there’s a bigger picture out there. I think my years at the public defender’s office shaped the attorney that I am today… but I didn’t always think about the rest of the pieces that other people are working on and realize how dynamic and expansive the Bar and the practice of law in NH actually is. So it was the combination of those guys being in my ear and also moving into private practice and thinking about the bigger world.”
Jesse said he’s looking forward to learning more about the Board of Governors and finding ways to apply his skills to help others during his time there.
Carroll County Governor
Leslie M. Leonard
Leslie Leonard is a partner, at Cooper Cargill Chant, PA. She received her J.D. from the Franklin Pierce School of Law, Cum Laude 2006, and earned a B.A. from the University of N.H., Cum Laude. Attorney Leonard was admitted to N.H. Bar in 2006, the Massachusetts Bar in 2006 and the Maine Bar in 2014.
During her 14 years of practice, Leslie has always striven for a collegial, collaborative relationship with the attorneys she has had the pleasure to work with. She is active in her local community in North Conway, currently serving on numerous boards and as a member of various organizations: NH Association for Justice, current member; Carroll County Bar Association, current President; Rotary Club, current member, former President (2017-2018); Gibson Center, 2017-present, Board Member; Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, 2019-present, Board Member.
Leslie’s practice areas include family law, estate planning and real estate planning. The catalyst for her decision to become an attorney, she explained, came while reflecting on her time in Colorado, where she worked as a paralegal.
“At one point I looked around and I realized ‘I’m as smart as the lawyers I work for, why shouldn’t I be going to court representing clients and doing all the things lawyers do,’” she explained.
After her time in the west Leslie returned to her roots, went to law school, and eventually migrated north to the mountains of NH. After law school Leslie clerked in the Hillsborough South (Nashua) Superior Court from 2006-2008 and then worked at a law firm in Portsmouth- Boynton Waldron- for a year and a half before making the move to Carroll County. Leslie has been fortunate to practice in Carroll, Coos and Belknap counties since March 2010, when she began practicing with her colleagues at Cooper Cargill Chant.
She said she welcomes the opportunity to use her energy, experience and positive attitude, to serve the attorneys practicing in Carroll County and the NHBA to make the practice of law even better for all who work in this area.
Cheshire County Governor
Joseph D. Steinfield
Joseph D. Steinfield, a Keene resident, is a graduate of Stevens High School in Claremont, Brown University, and Harvard Law School. In 2014, after a lengthy career in Boston, where he was a partner at Hill & Barlow and, more recently, at Prince Lobel Tye, he became Of Counsel to the firm of Thomas R. Hanna & Associates in Keene.
Joe is a trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, teacher, and writer. One of his more notable cases is the New Hampshire Impeachment case, in which he served as special investigator for the House of Representatives and as special prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice David Brock, which he tried before the State Senate.
Joe is a specialist in First Amendment law, which he teaches as a member of the adjunct faculties at Boston College Law School and the University of New Hampshire Law School. He has also taught at several foreign universities. He is on the faculty of the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning in Keene, where he teaches constitutional law. He writes a monthly column on legal topics for the Keene Sentinel; and a monthly column called “Looking Back” for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. His book, “Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory,” was published in 2014.
He is a past chair of the Massachusetts Clients Security Board and the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct, served on the City of Boston Finance Commission, and has held numerous leadership positions in the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations and the American College of Trial Lawyers, to which he was elected in 1984.
Coos County Governor
Scott J. Whitaker
Scott J. Whitaker is an assistant county attorney with the Coos County Attorney’s Office. His primary responsibility is to prosecute felony-level cases at the superior court while working with local and state law enforcement officials. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Scott was an associate with Waystack Frizzell, Trial Lawyers, a local law firm with a state and federal civil practice. A 2014 graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Scott was a member of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program and served as the 2013-2014 Chief Justice for the UNH Moot Court Advisory Board. He is a proud graduate of both Plymouth State University and White Mountains Community College.
Grafton County Governor
Martha Ann Hornick (Marcie) was elected as the Grafton County Attorney in November, 2018 and sworn in on January 2, 2019. She previously worked as a Managing Attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender in their northernmost office in Littleton, NH. Over the course of her legal career, she has, among other things, been a part of the Justice Involved Veterans Task Force, the Friends of Drug Courts, the Judicial Selection Commission and she has helped establish local and county wide alternative sentencing programs.
Marcie received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire. She was grateful to be able to return to the north country to practice law 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 currently serves as Board President. She enjoys teaching tennis to kids (and playing when she has the time).
Hillsborough North County Governor
Leslie C. Nixon
Leslie Nixon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a partner with Nixon, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky & Simoneau in Manchester, New Hampshire, a firm founded by her father, the late David L. Nixon. During her law career, in addition to representing clients in court and before administrative agencies in all areas of personal injury, including medical negligence, products liability, car crashes, workers’ compensation, and employment law, Leslie has advocated for her clients’ interests in the New Hampshire Legislature, in which she served for a term, and as a member and officer of numerous professional associations. She is a past President and long-time Board member of the New Hampshire Association for Justice (formerly New Hampshire Trial Lawyers’ Association) and current Board member and former Executive Committee member of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). She has also served on the Board of New Hampshire Legal Assistance. After 9/11 Leslie volunteered for Trial Lawyers’ Care, to help family members obtain compensation from the Victims’ Compensation Fund. Leslie has received several awards, including a Distinguished Service award from the American Association for Justice, and has been recognized as a New England Super Lawyer.
Hillsborough South County Governor
Donald H. Sienkiewicz
Attorney Donald H. Sienkiewicz focuses his legal practice on estate planning, asset protection, elder law, and business transition planning. He is the principal attorney at the Estate Preservation & Planning Law Office in Amherst, New Hampshire. Attorney Sienkiewicz previously practiced with the firms of Rath, Young, & Pignatelli, P.C., in Concord, New Hampshire and Goodwin Procter LLP, in Boston, Massachusetts.
His practice includes advising clients on tax efficient wealth management, business succession planning, and long-term care planning through the use of revocable and irrevocable trusts, limited liability companies, and other legal arrangements. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2002 from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was a fellow in the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Public Service. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Economics and Environmental Policy, both magna cum laude.
Before attending law school, Attorney Sienkiewicz spent four years leading expeditions for troubled teenagers in Utah, Arizona, Oregon, and California as a wilderness guide. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and fishing. He lives with his wife, Katja and their four children in the beautiful Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire and serves clients from the Canadian border to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Merrimack County Governor
Jonathan M. Eck
Jonathan M. Eck is a shareholder and member of the litigation department at Orr & Reno, Professional Association in Concord, where his practice frequently involves handling probate litigation matters, commercial lease disputes, business litigation, and high-exposure tort claims. For the past eight years, Jonathan has been on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors as a Governor-at-Large. Additionally, for the past three years (and as Chair for the last 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 Vice President of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society. In 2014-15 Jonathan was president of the Manchester Bar Association. He received the Bar Foundation’s Robert E. Kirby Award in 2015. Jonathan was a member of the 2018 Class of the Leadership New Hampshire program. 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.
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
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.
Sullivan County Governor
Geoffrey M. Gallagher
Geoffrey M. Gallagher is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. and M.A.) and received his J.D. and L.L.M. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in 2013. He has served on the New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee since the fall of 2013. He is a Barrister member of the Daniel Webster-Batchelder Inn of Court and a member of its executive committee. Geoff is an assistant county attorney at the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office.
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 State Delegate
Russell F. Hilliard
Russell F. Hilliard, Program Chair/CLE Committee Member is a partner with Upton & Hatfield, LLP in Portsmouth, NH where he focuses his practice in professional discipline; ADR; commercial and insurance litigation. He earned his B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1973, his J.D. from Cornell University Law School in 1976 and his LL.M. in taxation in 1985 from Boston University. Russ is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the NHBA’s CLE Committee (past chair) and Insurance Law Section. He is a past president of the NHBA; a past-chair and current member of the NHBA’s Committee on Professionalism; and past chair of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. He is also the state delegate to the American Bar Association and an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Russ has participated on numerous CLE panels on trial practice, insurance issues, legislative developments and professional ethics.
ABA Association New Lawyer Delegate
Heather A. Cherniske
Heather Cherniske worked at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office for over five years. While at the office, she worked as an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security fraud prosecutor, and is currently an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Bureau. Prior to working at the Attorney General’s Office, Heather worked as an assistant Concord city prosecutor for two years. She also worked as a New Hampshire Superior Court law clerk in the Rockingham County Superior Court. Heather is an active member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association and held various positions on the board of directors. Additionally, she is a member of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She received her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007 and graduated from the University of New Hampshire School Of Law in 2010.