The Gender Equality Committee of the NH Bar Association has announced the recipient of the 2020 Philip S. Hollman Award for Gender Equality: attorney Christina Ferrari.
Ferrari is a shareholder of Bernstein Shur, where she is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Business, and Healthcare Practice Groups. She represents individuals and businesses in complex litigation matters and appeals in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in the dispute resolution process. She is President of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA), and has been on the Board of the NHWBA since 2011.
The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association nominated Ferrari for the honor, writing that: “Notably, Christina’s efforts in getting New Hampshire Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(g) implemented demonstrate: (1) her dedication to promoting respect and fair treatment of all members of the judicial system; and (2) her promotion of gender equality through leadership and education on the issues.”
The nomination, submitted by NHWBA Vice President Caroline K. Leonard on behalf of the board, continued: “Her initiative and leadership in getting Rule 8.4(g) passed made her a role model for the entire New Hampshire Bar. Because of this, the NHWBA Board believes that Christina deserves special recognition for her work championing Rule 8.4(g)’s implementation.”
Colleague Talesha Saint-Marc also nominated Ferrari, describing her as embodying the legacy of Judge Hollman.
“Christina’s advocacy for fair treatment of all goes beyond her efforts with regard to Rule
8.4(g),” Saint-Marc wrote. “She is a passionate advocate and community leader, and an excellent candidate for this award.”
Ferrari previously served as the NHWBA’s Treasurer and Vice-President. She is also a member of the Manchester Business Council, appointed by Mayor Joyce Craig,and a member of the New Hampshire Tech Alliance’s BioMedTech Committee and Government Affairs Committee. She has also served as a Board member of the Equality Health Center and a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Gender Equality Committee (2012-2014).
“I am deeply honored to receive this year’s Philip S. Hollman Award, named after Judge Hollman and in recognition of his important advocacy for gender equality in the legal system,” Ferrari said after the announcement. “I look forward to continuing the discussion at this year’s Gender Equality Breakfast about how we can all work together to move the needle forward on gender equity in our profession, an issue of paramount importance.”
Before entering law, Christina was a dedicated researcher in the fields of neurosurgery and neuropharmacology, and her work has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience. She now puts her industry-specific, technical knowledge to work specifically in defending pharmaceutical, medical device, and life sciences clients in products liability litigation and other related disputes. She also serves as outside general counsel to her clients, delivering comprehensive regulatory and risk management strategies and compiling cross-disciplinary teams to meet all of their business needs.
In 2017, Christina graduated from the Leadership Greater Manchester (LGM) Program through the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. LGM is a program designed to recognize and nurture existing leadership talents from diverse sectors of the local community.
She earned her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where she was a Daniel Webster Scholar and sworn into the New Hampshire Bar prior to graduation, and her M.A. in Medical Science, with Thesis Honors, from Boston University School of Medicine.
Established on the occasion of the Honorable Philip S. Hollman’s retirement from the Superior Court bench in 2003, the Gender Equality award is designed to honor Judge Hollman’s efforts in advocating for gender equality in the NH legal system.