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2015-2016 NH Bar Association Officers & Board of Governors
Mary E. Tenn
Robert R. Howard, III
Public Sector Governor
J. Christopher Marshall
David W. Ruoff
Peter E. Hutchins
Out of State Governor
Danielle Vanderzanden
Vice President
Scott Harris
Immediate Past President
Lisa Wellman-Ally
ABA Association Delegate
Russell F. Hilliard

Governors-at-Large (3-year term)
John A. Curran Jonathan M. Eck Edward E. Philpot Jr. Paul W. Chant Christopher T. Regan

County Governors (2-year term)
Suzanne S. McKenna

Ora Schwartzberg

Patrick O'Day
Dennis Morgan

Hillsborough North:
David W. McGrath

Edward T. Clancy
Richard C. Guerriero Jr.

Hillsborough South:
Catherine E. Shanelaris

Lanea A. Witkus
Sandra Cabrera

James Shepard


Mary E. Tenn
Tenn And Tenn PA
16 High Street, Suite 3
Manchester, NH 03101
Mary Tenn received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review. She received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College. Mary is a frequent trial advisor for the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School and a judge for the Harvard Law School First-year Moot Court Program.

Mary is the immediate past-president of the Manchester Bar Association, and currently serves on the Manchester Bar Association Executive Committee. She currently serves by appointment of the New Hampshire Supreme Court as the Vice-Chair of the NH Board of Bar Examiners. Mary is a past Governor of the New Hampshire Association for Justice. In 2005, Mary was recognized by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and was presented the Robert E. Kirby award for demonstrating the traits of civility, courtesy, perspective, and excellence in the practice of law.
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David W. Ruoff
Howard & Ruoff PLLC
831 Union Street
Manchester, NH 03104
David Ruoff has been an active member of the Bar for almost 18 years. He has served as an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Rockingham County Attorney and staff attorney with the NH Public Defender and has been in private practice at Howard & Ruoff, PLLC since 2006.

Ruoff is a member of the NH Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and an adjunct professor at UNH-Law, where he has taught Advanced Trial Advocacy for over 15 years. Since 2007 he has served on the Executive Committee for the Manchester Bar Association. The NH Supreme Court has appointed Ruoff to sit on the Professional Conduct Committee's Hearings Panel. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Act's Complex and Major Crimes Panel, where he take federal court-appointed cases.

Ruoff writes the Lex Loci column for the NH Bar Journal and has been the primary author for an annual update to a treatise on eyewitness identification for the past 18 years.
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Vice President

Scott H. Harris (2015)
McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton PA
900 Elm Street
PO Box 326
Manchester, NH 03105-0326
Scott Harris is a director in the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & 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.
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Robert R. Howard, III (2015)
Howard & Urbaitis
168 Maple Street
PO Box 900
Henniker, NH 03242-0900
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.
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Peter E. Hutchins (2015)
Law Offices of Peter E. Hutchins, PLLC
The Beacon Building
814 Elm St., Suite 200
Manchester, NH 03101
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.
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Immediate Past President

Lisa A. Wellman-Ally
Wellman-Ally Law PLLC
98 Charlestown Road, Suite 1
Claremont, NH 03743
Lisa Wellman-Ally graduated with a J.D. degree from Washington & Lee School of Law and was admitted to the bar in NH 2002, in VT in 2003 and to NY Bar in 1990. She is a member of the American Association for Justice, New Hampshire Association for Justice, New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association. Wellman-Ally is in private practice in Claremont.

Before relocating to New Hampshire, she practiced law in New York City for 12 years. She previously served on the Board of Governors representing Sullivan County and as Governor-at-Large.
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Public Sector Governor (3-year term)

J. Christopher Marshall (2018)
NH Attorney General's Office
33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301-6397
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.
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Out of State Governor

Danielle Y. Vanderzanden (2018)
Ogletree Deakins Nash
One Boston Place, Suite 3220
Boston, MA 02108-4403
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.
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Governors-at-Large (3-year term)

John Curran (2016)
Curtin, Murphy & O'Reilly PC
20 Trafalgar Square, Suite 201
Nashua, NH 03063
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.
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Jonathan M. Eck (2017)
Devine Millimet & Branch PA
111 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Jonathan M. Eck is an associate in the litigation department at Devine, Millimet & Branch in Manchester, where he practices commercial litigation and insurance defense. His practice focuses on representing businesses, individuals, and government in a broad range of matters including contract disputes, premises liability, probate matters, legal malpractice lawsuits, and intellectual property litigation.For the past four years, Eck has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's New Lawyers Committee. Previously, he served a two year term as the District Representative for New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Eck has also been active with the Manchester Bar Association, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee.Eck, 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.
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Edward D. Philpot Jr. (2017)
Edward D. Philpot Jr. PLLC
354 South Main Street, Suite 1
Laconia, NH 03246
Ed Philpot resides in Laconia, New Hampshire, with his wife of 26 years, Dianne, and his three college aged children. A 1984 honors graduate of Rutgers University, Newark, Ed graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1987 and was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in the fall of 1987. He 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 jury and non-jury trial and arbitration and mediation experience. Ed's law practice has a statewide focus in construction law and litigation, and general civil litigation, from its location in Laconia.

In 1997 Ed was elected to the Laconia School Board and served for 6 years, three of those as Board chairman. He also served as a member of the Facilities and Budget committees. Ed was instrumental in the creation and development of the districts 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 is currently serving in his second term as a Belknap County Commissioner. He was elected to a four year term in 2008, and re-elected to a two year term in 2012. He currently represents the City of Laconia and the Towns of Sanbornton and New Hampton. He served for two years Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, and currently serves as Vice Chair and Chairman of the Jail Planning Committee.
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Paul W. Chant (2018)
2935 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860
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.
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Christopher T. Regan (2015)
Bamford Dedopoulos & Regan
68 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
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.
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County Governors (2-year term)

Suzanne S. McKenna (2016)
Martin Lord & Osman PA
One Mill Plaza
Laconia, NH 03246
Belknap County
Suzanne S. McKenna has been practicing with the Laconia, NH firm of Martin, Lord & Osman, PA since 2008 in the areas of real estate, business, estate planning, probate and trust administration. She is currently Secretary of the Belknap County Bar Association and sits on the New Hampshire Bar Association Leadership Academy steering committee. Prior to moving to New Hampshire she practiced law in the northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. metropolitan area following a clerkship at the Fairfax County Circuit Court. She graduated from the George Mason School of Law in 1993 and the University of Virginia in 1987.

Suzanne lives in Gilford with her husband and three children. She enjoys attending youth baseball, softball, football, volleyball and basketball games and dance and theater performances.
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Dennis Morgan (2016)
Cooper Cargill Chant PA
2935 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860-5210
Carroll County
Dennis Morgan joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2001 after serving as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of felony cases, including white collar, narcotics and violent crime. During his tenure as a prosecutor, he tried dozens of criminal trials. He also received two commendations from the FBI for his service while a prosecutor. Since joining Cooper Cargill Chant he has focused his practice on civil litigation, criminal defense, and bankruptcy. In 2008, he was named Managing Partner of Cooper Cargill Chant.
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Richard C. Guerriero, Jr. (2017)
Lothstein, Guerriero PLLC
39 Central Square
Suite 202
Keene, NH 03431
Cheshire County
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.
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Sandra L. Cabrera (2017)
Waystack Frizzell Trial Lawyers
251 Main Street
PO Box 137
Colebrook, NH 03576
Coos County
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.
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Ora Schwartzberg (2017)
Attorney At Law PC
117 Route 10
PO Box 130
Piermont, NH 03779-0130
Grafton County
Ora Schwartzberg has been practicing law since 1985 and was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2001. She is a graduate of Vermont Law School.

Her New Hampshire practice has been focused primarily on Family Law. Ora wrote a book on divorce mediation which was published in 2009: Divorce Mediation from the Inside Out, A Mindful Approach to Divorce.

Ora currently serves on the NH Bar's Legislative Committee and is Co-Chair of the ADR Section. She served as President of the Grafton Bar Association from 2010 to 2012 and is now a member of its Executive Board. She is also a member of the Family Law Section and the New Hampshire Association for Justice.
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David W. McGrath (2016)
Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA
1000 Elm Street
PO Box 3701
Manchester, NH 03105-3701
Hillsborough County North
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.
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Catherine E. Shanelaris (2016)
Shanelaris & Schirch PLLC
35 East Pearl Street
Nashua, NH 03060
Hillsborough County South
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.
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James A. Shepard (2017)
Law Offices of James A. Shepard
75 S. Main Street
Unit 7 PMB 121
Concord, NH 03301
Merrimack County
James A. Shepard was admitted in NH in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland, School of Law. At Maryland Law he was the President of the University Student Government Association and facilitated a major reworking of that governing body's bylaws and administrative procedures during his tenure. Prior to law school he was a police officer in Littleton, NH for five years. He has spent the majority of his legal career working in various litigation positions for state government; first at the NH Banking Department and currently as a Prosecutor for the Department of Safety. He also enjoys a micro-practice concentrating in family law including DOVE representation on his days "off". His principal office is in Concord. He is married with two young sons.
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Patrick T. O'Day (2017)
O'Day Law Office PLLC
155 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Rockingham County
Patrick T. O'Day has been a solo practitioner since opening his O'Day Law Office. PLLC in Portsmouth in February 2010. He concentrates his practice in litigation, including personal injury, employment law and landlord/tenant matters, and has a particular interest in education law having earned a Masters degree in education. Patrick previously worked at a Massachusetts law firm providing legal advice to corporate and nonprofit clients. He also worked as a trial attorney at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin where he helped injured plaintiffs navigate the civil justice system to redress their damages.

He participated in the inaugural class of the Bar Association's Leadership Academy. Patrick serves on the Board of the Rockingham County Bar Association, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and the New Hampshire School Boards Association.

Patrick graduated from the College of William and Mary and from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law at Bloomington. Prior to entering law practice, Patrick worked as a college administrator for 15 years. He resides in Exeter where he serves as Chair of the School Board.
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Edward T. Clancy (2016)
Clancy Law Office
113 Spur Road
Dover, NH 03820
Strafford County
Edward T. Clancy received his JD from William & Mary Law School in 1975 and has been in private practice in Dover since 1990. Prior to that, he served as an associate with John J. Wholey in Porsmouth and an associate/partner at Fisher, Parsons, Moran & Temple and successor firms in Dover.

Clancy served on the New Hampshire Bar Association of Governors 20 years ago and looks forward to adding to the governing process after 40 years in the field.
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Lanea Witkus (2016)
Witkus Law Office PLLC
14 Ash Street
PO Box 5
Newport, NH 03773-0005
Sullivan County
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 1980's.
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ABA Association Delegate

Russell F. Hilliard (2015)
Upton & Hatfield LLP
159 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Russell F. Hilliard is an attorney with Upton & Hatfield, LLP in Portsmouth, where he focuses his practice in litigation, commercial law and insurance law. Russ 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 School of Law. He is an American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow and a member of the Merrimack County and American Bar Associations. He is a member and past-chair of the Committee on Professionalism and a member of the Outreach Task Force. Russ is a past President of the NHBA Board of Governors, and is a former NHBA CLE Committee Chair. As Association Delegate, Hilliard represents the New Hampshire Bar Association in the House of Delegates.
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