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 or would like a paper ballot please contact Deborah Hawkins.

Officers

President Elect – Daniel Will

Attorney Daniel 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.

Dan lives in Loudon with his wife Laurel and two daughters, Emma and Samantha.

Education

  • Boston College Law School, Juris Doctor (Summa Cum Laude), 1995
  • University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude), 1989

Vice President – Richard Guerriero

Attorney Richard Guerriero

Richard Guerriero is a criminal defense attorney in private practice at Lothstein Guerriero, PLLC, which has offices in Keene and Concord. Richard currently serves as a Governor at Large. Richard respectfully seeks election to the position of Vice President so that he might continue to serve the interests of all members of the bar as well as the interests of New Hampshire citizens.

Richard is originally from Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate, completing his bachelor’s degree in three years and graduating magna cum laude. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He then attended LSU’s law school where he was on the Louisiana Law Review. From 1984 to 1985, Richard clerked at the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans. After his clerkship, he entered into private practice in Baton Rouge. From 1985 to 1993, Richard had a general litigation practice in Baton Rouge, with the majority of his cases being criminal defense cases.

At the end of 1993, Richard moved to New Hampshire with his wife who wanted to return home to New England. From 1994 to 2013, Richard was an attorney at the New Hampshire Public Defender, first at NHPD’s Keene Office and then at NHPD’s Concord and Manchester Offices. From 2000 to 2012, Richard was the Litigation Director at NHPD.

Richard has devoted a substantial part of his career to service of the bar and the community at large. He served on the NH Bar Association’s CLE Committee for over ten years. He then joined the Bar’s Ethics Committee in 2013, where he still serves. Richard regularly organizes and speaks at CLE events. He served on a committee established by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to compile the New Hampshire Rules of Criminal Procedure. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for the United States District Court in Concord.

In 2007, Richard was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2009, he received the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Frank Rowe Kenison Award for community service.  Richard has twice been named a “Champion of Justice,” by the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2005, and previously by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, in 1991.

Richard currently serves on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Disabilities Rights Center and the board of directors of the New Hampshire Public Defender. He has also been active outside of the legal community, serving on the board of directors of the Montessori School House of Cheshire County for five years, the board of directors of the Keene Community Music Center for three years, and the board of directors of the Colonial Theater in Keene for three years.

Richard has lived in Keene for over 25 years.  His wife, Anne, is a middle school teacher in Keene. They have two daughters.

Governor-At-Large –  Kate Mahan

Attorney Kate 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.

Statement of Interest

I write to express my interest in the New Hampshire Bar Association, Board of Governors Member at Large role.

As a member of the New Hampshire Bar for the last thirteen years, I have had the opportunity to observe first-hand some of the best that the New Hampshire Bar has to offer.  In my role as Young Lawyer Delegate representing New Hampshire in the American Bar Association House of Delegates, I had the privilege of representing this bar association and participating as a member of Board of Governors. Through that role, I learned more about the NHBA and all of the ways in which it supports the needs of its members and the profession in a way that is unique to New Hampshire.

It would be an honor to serve as a Governor-at-Large, to serve our members, and to help the NHBA achieve its mission.

County Governors

Cheshire – Joseph Steinfield

Attorney Joseph Steinfield

I was appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2018 to fill the seat vacated by Catherine Ruffle, who became Clerk of Merrimack Superior Court.  I hope to continue on the Board and am running for a full two-year term.

I graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont (I published a book called “Claremont Boy” in 2014), Brown University, and Harvard Law School.  I have practiced law full time since 1965, when I joined Hill & Barlow in Boston.  When that firm dissolved in 2002, I became a partner at Prince Lobel Tye.  Since moving to Keene In 2014, I have been Of Counsel to the firm of Thomas R. Hanna & Associates.

I am a trial lawyer, specializing in business litigation and First Amendment law.  I also serve as an arbitrator and mediator, am an adjunct faculty member at UNH Law School and Boston College Law School, and write monthly columns for the Keene Sentinel and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.  I also serve on the faculty of Cheshire Academy for Lifetime Learning (CALL), teaching constitutional law.  I have taught at several foreign universities, including the University of Iceland, to which I will return in March 2019.  I have been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1984.

I have had the good fortune to work on many interesting cases, the most notable of which was the New Hampshire Impeachment case.  I served as special investigator for the House of Representatives and then as special prosecutor in the trial of Chief Justice David Brock before the State Senate.

Coos – Scott Whitaker

Attorney Scott 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.

Candidate Statement

If elected as the Coos County Governor, I will look to add my experience as a North Country resident and lawyer to the Board of Governors. A healthy, robust, and member-friendly bar association that is dedicated to supporting its members is absolutely necessary in today’s legal environment. My perspective as a young, rural attorney with experience in both the private and public sectors would allow me to provide a broad perspective on how the bar can continue to maintain and improve its member support. I would be honored to serve Coos County as its County Governor.

Grafton – Martha Ann Hornick (Marcie)

Attorney Martha Ann Hornick

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).

Statement of Interest

Marcie decided to run as the County Governor for Grafton County because of her interest in continuing to be the conduit -or bridge- between the statewide Bar Association and Grafton County practitioners.  She is also interested in fostering the overall collegiality enjoyed between attorneys both in Grafton County and across the state and thus looks to continue that as well.

Merrimack

John Curran

Attorney John 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 has worked at Devine, Millimet & Branch, Getman, Schulthess & Steere, and Curtin, Murphy & O’Reilly. In 2019, he joined Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC, where he continues his practice defending governmental entities in federal and state courts.  He has served on several state and local boards and commissions, including as a Commissioner for the NH Post-Secondary Education Commission, Public Member of the NH Board of Registration for Funeral Directors, NH Supreme Court Rules Committee, Federal Court Advisory Committee, President of the Manchester Bar Association and as an elected member of the Town of Londonderry Library Trustees and Budget Committee, as well as volunteering as a youth soccer coach.

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. 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).

Statement of Interest

It would be my honor to serve the attorneys of Merrimack County on the Board of Governors. In my 17 years of practice, in both public and private sectors, I have seen a very real and growing gap between the goal and aspiration of the practice of law, including a rich life of public service, and the psychological and economic strains young lawyers face. I have seen good lawyers and good people beaten down by the demands of keeping up with the law, to make a living and to make a life.  As we become more computer-bound and less collegial, these strains become more self-evident and lead to myriad of economic and psychological errors in judgement.  As an attorney who has worked in the public sector, who has a family and who understands the burden of student loan debt, I hope to bring to the Board of Governors my sensitivity to these issues, and to work with the Board of Governors and the Bar committees to improve the practice of law for its members and our community.  It will be my honor and privilege to serve.

Rockingham – Susan Aileen Lowery

Attorney Susan Aileen Lowery

Susan Aileen Lowry is an attorney at the law firm of Upton & Hatfield, LLP where she focuses her practice in criminal defense, representing municipalities, commercial litigation, and plaintiff’s work.  She was admitted to practice in New Hampshire in 2008 after graduating magna cum laude from Vermont Law School.  Susan has enjoyed serving on the Board of the Rockingham County Bar Association since 2010.  She is also a member of the Charles C. Doe Inns of Court, the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the New Hampshire Association for Justice.

ABA Young Lawyer Delegate  – Heather

Attorney Heather Cherniske

Cherniske

Heather has worked at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office for over five years.  While at the office, she has worked as an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security fraud prosecutor, and she is currently an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Bureau.  Prior to working at the Attorney General’s Office, she worked as an assistant Concord city prosecutor for two years.  She has 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 has 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.

Statement of Interest

I am interested in being the Association Young Lawyer Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates because I want to bring a fresh perspective on behalf of New Hampshire to the rest of the American Bar Association.  I have worked in the public sector for my entire career thus far, and I think that sharing my experiences and insight to an organization primarily consisting of private practitioners will be advantageous to both the New Hampshire and American Bar Associations.  Although I have worked in the public sector, I have maintained relationships with those in private practice through my involvement in the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association.  I have learned from all of my colleagues and fellow bar members, and I would be honored to represent their interests to the rest of the country through this position.  Not only do I want to represent our state, but I want to learn about new ideas and different approaches to practicing law from the American Bar Association members and share that knowledge with New Hampshire lawyers.