Election is open April 1 – April 15

The NH Bar Association Board of Governors election is open to all active status member. Each active NHBA member should have received an email from vote@electionsonline.com with personal login credentials. If you have not received this email please check your junk/spam folder. If you did not receive the e-mail please contact Deborah Hawkins.  Due to the governor’s stay at home order, paper ballots will not be available for this election.

Officers

President Elect – Richard Guerriero

Attorney Richard Guerriero

Richard Guerriero seeks to continue his service to the bar and citizens of New Hampshire as President-Elect of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

Richard is a trial attorney in private practice at Lothstein Guerriero, PLLC with offices in Keene and Concord, New Hampshire. His practice focuses on criminal defense in state and federal court, both trials and appeals. Richard was in private practice in Louisiana for 8 years before coming to New Hampshire in 1993. He was the Training and Litigation Director at the New Hampshire Public Defender for 12 years. He reentered private practice in 2013 to team up with his partner, Ted Lothstein, and open their law firm. Ted and Richard have worked together in various capacities since 1994. Richard has practiced law for 35 years.

Richard is currently Vice President of the New Hampshire Bar Association and previously served as Board of Governors Cheshire County Representative and then as a member of the board elected at-large. Richard served for many years on the bar’s Continuing Legal Education and Ethics Committees.

In 2007, Richard was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2009 he was a recipient of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Frank Rowe Kenison Award for community service. Richard was recognized as a “Champion of Justice” by the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2005 and by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1991. Richard has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the New Hampshire Disabilities Rights Center and the New Hampshire Public Defender.

Richard earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in 1981, completing the four-year program in three years and graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He graduated from Louisiana State University’s law school in 1984, after having served on the Louisiana Law Review. Richard clerked for Justice James Dennis at the Louisiana Supreme Court before entering the practice of law.

Vice President – Sandra Cabrera

Attorney Sandra Cabrera

I humbly ask for your support of my candidacy for Vice President of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

I am a partner at Waystack Frizzell in Colebrook New Hampshire, where I have been practicing in all areas of civil litigation, and appellate matters, in both State and Federal Courts.  Like many firms in New Hampshire, Waystack Frizzell is a small five-lawyer firm in a rural location.  Before moving to Colebrook, I worked as a law clerk for the Strafford and Carroll County Superior Courts.  I have served on the New Hampshire Board of Governors for the Association for seven years, first serving as the Coos County Representative and presently as a Governor at Large.  I previously served several terms as a county representative for the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association’s (NHWBA) Board of Directors.

Whenever I have the chance, I enjoy teaching and giving back to our profession.  I have lectured at the “Solo / Small Firm Practices” for the NH CLE program; local estate planning seminars for the public; and my partner Attorney Waystack and I recently gave a guest lecture to a Torts class at Vermont Law School.  I have also taken on leadership roles within my community in Colebrook, New Hampshire, recently spearheading an effort to save and expand access to high quality early childhood education by creating and managing an organization to take over a failing child care center, forming the 501(c)(3) nonprofit known as Colebrook Community Child Care, and obtaining grants to secure this important community asset .

Last year I was honored to receive the Robert E. Kirby Award from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.  This award is given each year to an attorney 35 years old or younger who demonstrates the traits of civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy.

I believe that my experience working for the court system, in private practice, and as a long-term member of the Board of Governors gives me a broad perspective to understand the varying needs and interests of our Association, our members, and the Courts.  I enjoy working with people and I am looking forward to connecting with our members, learning their concerns, and helping to support their needs and those of our legal profession.

I recognize that our Bar Association continues to grow and evolve, with many critical issues that must be addressed over the next several years.  I feel that along with my perspective and range of experiences, I have the energy and resolve to face these challenges head on.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Governor-At-Large –  2 positions for 3 year terms

James Cowles

Attorney James Cowels

Jim is a partner at Walker & Varney, P.C. in Wolfeboro.  He is a general practitioner and focuses his practice on civil litigation, DUI/DWI defense, criminal defense, family law, land use, conservation easements, real estate, estate planning and probate law.

Jim graduated from Vermont Law School in 2008 and from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Environmental Conservation – Environmental Affairs in 2004.

He was elected to two terms as Carroll County Governor for the NHBA Board of Governors and graduated from the NHBA Leadership Academy in 2015.  Jim is active in his local community and serves on multiple non-profit boards: member, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Board of Directors (2014-2019); member, Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association, Board of Directors (2015-present); former Secretary and current Vice Present, Carroll County Bar Association (2014-present); and member, Global Action Local Awareness (G.A.L.A.), Board of Directors (2020-present).

Jim is also a member of the NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and NH Association for Justice, and a former member of the Charles C. Doe Inns of Court.  He is a volunteer attorney for the NHBA DOVE project.

Statement of Interest

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the NHBA Board of Governors as a Governor-at-Large.

No matter where I practiced over the last 12 years, I’ve fostered positive relationships with most, if not all, the attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with and learn from. I’ve worked at small firms and the NH Public Defender’s Office, graduated from the Leadership Academy, and I am completing my second consecutive term as Carroll County Governor. My career and experience warrant consideration for a Governor-at-Large position.

I am running for Governor-at-Large to help preserve NH’s reputation as a collegial bar and ensure that the vast majority of NH practitioners that work at solo and small firms like mine continue to have a strong voice on the Board.

I welcome the opportunity to use my energy, talent and experience to serve the NHBA as a Governor-at-Large.

Steven Dutton

Attorney Steven Dutton

Steven J. Dutton is a Director in the litigation department at McLane Middleton, Professional Association in Manchester.  Steve’s practice involves representing businesses and individuals in litigation and at trial in commercial matters, including contract claims, corporate governance and shareholder disputes, tax matters, commercial lease issues.

Steve is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Federal Practice and Business Litigation sections.  He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Manchester Bar Association, and served as President in 2018-2019.  Steve is a member of the 2019 Class of the Leadership New Hampshire program and a member of the Union Leader’s 2015 Class of 40 Under Forty.

Steve is a native of Londonderry, New Hampshire, and a graduate of Londonderry High School.  Steve resides in Goffstown, New Hampshire, where, among other community service, he serves as Chair of the Goffstown School Board.  He was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2005, received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, and is a graduate of Bates College.

Statement of Interest

I am running for election for the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Governor-At-Large role because I am committed to making the Bar Association a productive organization for all attorneys so that we can meet the challenges facing the legal profession now and in the future.  As a member of the New Hampshire Bar for the past fourteen years, I have had the opportunity to observe first-hand the value of a strong, collegial and unified Bar Association.  I would like to continue to maintain and improve member support from the Bar Association.

Kristin Fields

Attorney Kristin Fields

Kristin 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 and is currently serving a second term on the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors. Kristin is a solo practitioner in Laconia focusing primarily in the areas    of family law (including divorce, parenting, post-divorce issues, guardianships) and estate planning.   In 2018, Kristin received a New Hampshire Bar Pro Bono Rising Star award. Prior to practicing law,   Kristin was in the accounting field for several years.

I ask for your support of my candidacy for Governor-At-Large of the New Hampshire Bar Association.  I have a solo practice in Laconia focused on family law and estate planning.  I am currently serving on the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors as the Belknap County representative.  My experience gives me an ability to understand the varying needs, interests, and perspectives of the Association and its members. I will use this experience to connect with our members, learn their concerns, and to support their service to the public and the justice system.

James Shepard

Attorney James Shepard

I am James Shepard of Concord, NH and I am running for a Governor-at-large position on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

Though I was born and raised in NJ I have spent the entirety of my 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 I was a police officer for five years in Littleton, NH. Upon moving back to NH I obtained a job as counsel for the NH Banking Department then moved on to the NH Department of Safety where I have served as a prosecutor for the last 12 years.  I also maintain a small side practice mostly consisting of family law cases.  This side practice gives me the grounding I need to regularly take on Pro Bono family law cases and DOVE cases.  I 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 I continue to serve and I currently serve as a panel member of the Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Advisory Counsel.

I look forward to representing members’ voices once again on the Board of Governors.  As a member of the State Police prosecution unit I have appeared before every single court in the state (except the Supreme Court) so I feel uniquely situated to be a representative of the “at large” population.  I hope you will too and if elected I look forward to hearing from you with your thoughts on the governance of our great association.

Governor-At-Large –  1 position: remaining 1 year of a 3 year term

Christine Hanisco

Attorney Christine Hanisco

Christine Hanisco is an attorney with The Stein Law Firm, PLLC in Concord, and is licensed in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Chrissy grew up in Connecticut, but primarily has resided in New Hampshire since 1989. She is 2000 graduate of New York Law School and a 1993 graduate of Saint Anselm College.

After serving as a NH Public Defender for almost 12 years, Chrissy’s current practice focuses on third party family building through adoption and assisted reproductive technology (ART). She has co-written and advocated for passage of legislation to benefit all NH residents who are building their families through adoption and ART. She is an active member of the NH Women’s Bar Association, the NHBA’s Family Law Section, the ABA’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, and the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy, as well as a member of its Grievance Committee. Since June 2017, she has served on Resolve New England’s Board of Directors, including its Executive Committee.

In 2019 I had the privilege of being appointed to a vacated At-Large seat; to serve the 2nd year of a 3-year term. I am running for the remaining year of that term, so that I may continue to do this important work.  My years as a public servant, combined with my experience in a small firm allow me to have a keen understanding of the needs of the majority of our members.

Timothy Harrington

Attorney Timothy Harrington

I was born and raised in Massachusetts, the youngest of six kids. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and then went on to attend the University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law. I’ve been practicing law for a little over 25 years now. When I first started out, I worked for a solo practitioner. After that I worked as a prosecutor in positions at the Strafford County Attorney’s Office, the Concord City Prosecutors Office, and the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office. I joined Shaheen & Gordon in 2003 and a few years later I was fortunate to be made a partner in the firm. During my time at Shaheen & Gordon, I’ve served as a member of the firm’s management group and as vice president of the firm. My practice focuses primarily on State and federal criminal defense, but I also regularly handle family law cases and general civil litigation matters. I have always tried to volunteer some of my time to organizations that do work for the public good. Since 2015 I’ve served as the Criminal Law Section Editor for the Trial Bar News, a publication of the New Hampshire Association for Justice. I’ve also served on various boards for organizations like Goodwin Community Health and the National Kidney Foundation of New Hampshire. I’m interested in getting involved in the New Hampshire Bar Association again to serve our members. I previously served as the Strafford County Governor to the New Hampshire Bar Association from 2006 to 2008 and I enjoyed working in that capacity and serving our bar members. I appreciate the consideration of our members and ask for their vote for the Governor-At-Large position.

County Governors

Belknap – Jesse Friedman

Attorney Jesse 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. Jesse 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.

Carroll – Leslie Leonard

Attorney Leslie Leonard

Partner, Cooper Cargill Chant, PA; J.D. Franklin Pierce School of Law, Cum Laude 2006; B.A. University of N.H., Cum Laude; admitted to N.H. Bar, 2006; admitted to Massachusetts Bar, 2006; admitted to Maine Bar, 2014; member, NH Association for Justice; Current President, Carroll County Bar Association; Rotary Member, current member, former President (2017-2018); member, Gibson Center, 2017-present; member, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, 2019-present.

 I would love the opportunity to serve on the NHBA Board of Governors as the Carroll County Governor. I have been fortunate to practice in Carroll, Coos and Belknap counties since March 2010, when I moved to the area and began practicing with my colleagues at Cooper Cargill Chant. Born and raised in Southern NH, after nearly a decade in Colorado where I worked as a paralegal, I returned to my roots, went to law school, and migrated north to the mountains of NH.

During my decade of practice in this area, I have always strived for a collegial, collaborative relationship with the attorneys with whom I have had the pleasure to work. I am active in my local community here in North Conway, serving on many boards currently and having sat on others, such as the Children’s Museum, the White Mountain Community Health Center, and the Ham Ice Arena previously. Shortly after I moved to the area, my colleague, Jim Cowles, and I resurrected the Carroll County Bar which had been dormant for several years. Although still not as active as we would like, we do get together semi-annually for merriment and networking. I would love the opportunity to use my 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 of us who work in this area. Thank you for considering me.

Hillsborough North- Leslie Nixon

Attorney Leslie Nixon

I respectfully seek your vote for Hillsborough County Governor. I have been involved in professional organizations for the entirety of my career, influenced in large part by my late father, David Nixon, and former senior partner, Stanley Brown, both of whom served as Bar Association President and were active in the American Bar Association. In the 1980’s, I served on the committee responsible for updating the NH Rules of Evidence to more closely track the Federal Rules, chaired by the late Don Dufresne. I also served on a Jury Reform Committee chaired by Judge Gray which, among other reforms, abolished the exemption from jury service for lawyers and doctors. Although I am a trial lawyer, and have served for many years on the Boards of both the New Hampshire Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice, and as President of the New Hampshire Association, I am committed to all activities of the Bar which increase access to justice for those unable to afford legal representation. I served on the Board of NH Legal Assistance during the period when it was in danger of losing its Federal funding and LARC was founded. I also served on the IOLTA Grants Committee for ten years, and learned first-hand the many ways that the generosity of NH lawyers helps the disadvantaged citizens of our State. I have also sought to protect and improve our legal system and preserve access to the courts and justice through political means. In 1984, when our judiciary was under attack and in danger of losing its independence through efforts to require election of judges, judicial recall votes, and other means, I served as a delegate to the New Hampshire Constitutional Convention. Subsequently I served as a member of the New Hampshire Legislature, and as a member of the House Labor Committee helped to reorganize and streamline the Workers’ Compensation statute. As a Bar Governor I would work to further the goals reflected by my earlier service. But most importantly, I believe the Bar should be a strong voice on behalf of a judicial system which is user-friendly and responsive to the pressures faced by lawyers and the consumers they serve. As our Bar continues to expand far beyond the size it was when I began practicing, we are in danger of losing sight of the civility and courtesy which has long made us unique. I have had the opportunity to work with many trial lawyers from other States, and they often marvel at the camaraderie between lawyers here. I hope you will allow me to work to continue that.

Hillsborough South – Donald Sienkiewicz

Attorney Donald Sienkiewicz

Born in Pittsburgh in 1971, raised in Washington, D.C. in the eighties, and a New Englander since 1990, I like to think that pro football dynasties spring up wherever I tread.

I did my undergrad and law school in Boston, where I also clerked, and worked for law firms there and in Concord before hanging my shingle in 2009. I help clients with their trust and estate planning from offices in Amherst, Peterborough and Wolfeboro. My wife Katja and I are just about finished raising our four children in Wilton, ‘Gateway to the Monadnock Region.’

I have been serving on the Bar Association’s Finance Committee since 2015 and on the Board of Governors since 2018. Before this service, I had no idea how our Bar Association functioned, nor much of what it did.

I am asking to represent Hillsborough County (South) for a second three-year term. At this point, I feel I have developed enough understanding of the workings of the Bar Association, and the dynamics in the legislature and the courts that impact our work as attorneys, that I feel I can be of some real service to our profession, and in turn, the citizens we serve.

Strafford County – Christopher Regan

Attorney Christopher Regan

As New Hampshire lawyers, we are facing an unprecedented challenge to our profession, our way of practicing and even of living.  Nevertheless, someday it will be over, and no matter what the landscape looks like then and how the practice has changes, we still will be lawyers and members of a profession.

In my many years of service on the Board of Governors, as the Strafford County Governor and Governor-at-Large, I have ensured that the perspectives and needs of New Hampshire attorneys are heard and considered.  When decisions are made that help improve the practice of law, I have given my strong support and encouragement; but when those decisions do not, I have spoken up so that our interests as lawyers and also that of our clients are clearly recognized.  With the courts under continued pressure to economize and streamline, our Bar leaders need to be willing to let the Court know when proposed changes are detrimental to our practices and to our clients.

Just as our clients are constantly reminding us to perform our work cost-effectively, so too, in the same way, the Bar Association must continue to use our dues prudently.  The New Hampshire Bar has been able to provide a wide range of member services efficiently in the past while remaining a leader among other state Bar Associations.  I am often surprised and impressed that programs we take for granted in New Hampshire are considered as models by other state bar associations.  We need to continue the programs that the Bar does so well but continue to do so efficiently.

We as lawyers need to remember that we must act as professionals, despite all the pressure we receive to do whatever we can so that our clients “win.”  In the end, however, courtesy and professionalism enhance the practice of law, and the Bar should do all it can to encourage the best in us.  The Bar Association needs to ensure that we are reminded to act ethically and professionally in all our dealings with the courts, our clients, the public and each other.

I received my J.D. from Boston University in 1981, after graduating from Cornell University with an A.B degree.  After law school, I came to New Hampshire to clerk for the Hon. William Batchelder at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  I then worked as an associate for a 10-person Seacoast law firm for four years, and have since toiled in the trenches as a solo or small firm practitioner, first in Dover and now in Durham.

For the past twelve years, I have regularly attended Bar Association meetings as the Strafford County Governor and as a Governor at Large.  In addition, I am Barrister in the American Inns of Court and had served as President of the Charles E. Doe (Seacoast) Chapter.  For the past 20 years, I have served as a lawyer/chair of the NH Compensation Appeals Board.  I have been elected to serve as Moderator for the Town of Durham since 2006.

If re-elected to the Board of Governors, I will continue to listen to your concerns and advocate on your behalf to our leaders and the Courts.  I have made my obligations to the Bar Association a priority and will continue to rearrange my schedule to attend Bar meetings.

Sullivan County – Geoffrey Gallagher

Attorney Geoffrey Gallagher

I obtained my BA in psychology and MA in social psychology/affective neuroscience from Boston College. I received my J.D. from UNH-Law. I am an assistant county attorney at the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office and primarily practice criminal law. I volunteer on a number of Boards and believe that each of us has an obligation to try to improve our profession and community. I believe that I can do that as a Bar Governor. If you have any questions or concerns about the Bar, please never hesitate to contact me. I hope you will consider voting for me as the Sullivan County Bar Governor.

ABA Associate Delegate  – Jennifer Parent

Attorney Jennifer Parent

I ask for your vote to serve as the Delegate of the New Hampshire Bar Association to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.  I am privileged to be representing our Association in this position currently and am looking to continue to serve the interests of New Hampshire lawyers.

I have had the privilege of representing our State bar at the American Bar Association and on a national level.  I started as a young lawyer representative for New Hampshire to the ABA Young Lawyers Division.  Later, as president of our Association, I attended national conferences with other bar leaders across the country.  I have had further national and regional exposure to matters germane to practicing lawyers as the immediate past president of both the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the New England Bar Association.

Having been born and raised in New Hampshire, I am committed to the interests of New Hampshire lawyers and seek the privilege to continue to represent our Association concerning issues coming before the House of Delegates affecting the practicing lawyers in our State.  I actively serve as our Association’s delegate.  Last year, I was appointed by the Chair of the House of Delegates to Chair the Drafting Committee for Rules & Calendar and am serving my second year on the ABA’s Standing Committee for Meetings and Travel.

If elected, I will continue the practice of making known the perspectives and beliefs of New Hampshire lawyers, and continue to look out for the interests of New Hampshire lawyers.