Bar News - February 9, 2007
Names in the News
Gov. John Lynch named New Hampshire Bar Association President Richard McNamara and Bar members Rick St. Hilaire, Grafton County Attorney, and Marguerite Wageling, Hillsborough County Attorney, as members of the recently established New Hampshire Commission on Crime. The 20-member commission is tasked with filing a report this year with recommendations on ways that regional, state, and local law enforcement agencies can work together to improve public safety and reduce in-state and interstate crime.
Gov. Lynch also recently swore in Attorney Thomas Burack as the commissioner of the state Dept. of Environmental Services. Formerly a partner at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, Burack served as chairman of the Business and Industry Association (BIA) of New Hampshire’s WasteCap Program Steering Committee and as a member of BIA’s Environmental Affairs Committee assisted in drafting the state’s Brownfields Program.
Senate President Sylvia Larsen selected Donna Soucy, formerly legal counsel to the state Banking Dept. and three-term state representative, as Senate chief of staff, and Jennifer Frizzell, formerly director of special projects at Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire, as policy director.
The NH Association of Counties chose several attorneys as winners of its 2006 County Government Awards, which honors individuals for their service to county government and the citizens of their communities. Bar members who received awards include: Grafton County Attorney Rick St. Hilaire, County Attorney of the Year; Assistant Belknap County Attorney Wayne P. Coull, Assistant County Attorney of the Year; and Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney, Maureen O’Neil, County Attorney Employee of the Year.
The Rindge Chamber of Commerce honored Attorney David M. Tower of Tower, Crocker & Mullins as 2006 Business Leader of the Year. Tower is one of the longest serving town moderators in the state. He has also been the Jaffrey-Rindge School District Moderator since 1991 and has served his town in several other capacities as well.
Peter J. Duffy has left his law firm in Manchester, after 30 years as a civil litigator, to join the staff of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) as the organization’s new deputy director and joint lobbyist. Duffy is a retired Army Judge Advocate Corps (JAG) colonel. He has served in the US Army and in the NH Army National Guard.
Derry District Court Judge John Coughlin, a JAG major, volunteered for a second tour of duty in Iraq. He is serving for a year as deputy senior legal advisor to the commanding general of the transition team that oversees the training of Iraqi military and police. He was deployed in January 2004 when his NH Army National Guard unit was mobilized.
Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Roger “Rusty” Chadwick was one of eight criminal justice officials to receive NH Attorney General’s 2007 Cyber Crime Awards for Excellence. He was selected in the Individual Prosecutor category for his contributions to the New Hampshire Cyber Crime Initiative (NHCCI) and to the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office successful prosecution of cyber crime.
Jeremy Walker, an attorney with McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, was awarded the firm’s Jack B. Middleton Pro Bono Legal Services Award for his commitment to serving New Hampshire’s underpriviledged citizens.
Attorney Jeanne Kincaid, of Drummond Woodsum’s Portsmouth office, a national speaker on education and disability rights law, received the Ralph E. Julnes Award from the University of Washington. The award recognizes a lecturer with a demonstrated commitment to educating the public on the legal implications of the federal special education law.
Bruce Felmly, co-chair of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton’s Litigation Practice, was elected as regent to the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), the first lawyer from New Hampshire to serve in this national role.
Alan Cleveland, of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, was elected as president of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys. He also serves as general counsel of the NH Retirement System board of trustees.
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers inducted as a Fellow Debra Weiss Ford, Devine Millmet shareholder, director, and past chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Practice Group. She is the only New Hampshire attorney, and one of only three in New England, to receive the honor this year.
Gail E. Bakis, of Wiggin & Nourie, was accepted as a member of the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire (CLANH) and was elected to serve on its board of directors. The organization is made up of lawyers trained in collaborative law, a way for divorcing couples to work as a team, with their respective lawyers, to resolve disputes without litigation.
Bernstein Shur attorney and Bar Member David A. Soley has received an “Award of Excellence” from the American Bar Association, which was presented in recognition of his leadership role in the ABA’s Business Torts Litigation Committee.
Jeffrey Spill and Barry Glennon, deputy directors of the state’s Bureau of Securities Regulation, were singled out by executive director Mark Connolly for their efforts in helping the Bureau win a national enforcement award presented by the North American Securities Administrators Association. Recently, the agency achieved settlements with three large corporations over alleged securities law violations. The settlements were: $7.4 million with American Express Financial Advisors, the largest such settlement in state history, over pressuring agents to push its underperforming mutual funds without proper disclosure; $5 million with Tyco International over the corporate board’s failure to perform its fiduciary duty in overseeing finances (the money from the settlement launched the Initiative for Corporate Responsibility and Investor Protection’s investor education and corporate governance programs); and, $2.75 million with ING, over pushing its own mutual funds without proper disclosure. (The settlement required the company to report its fee structure, which could set precedent in the retirement planning industry.)
“Both [attorneys] have played key roles in our enforcement actions in 2006 and in previous years as well,” said Connolly. “We still have the best financial markets in the world, but we have a way to go.”
NH Bar member Geoffrey J. Vitt, of Vitt & Rattigan, based in Vermont, was elected to a three-year term on the council of the ABA’s Litigation Section. The council is the governing body of the section, the largest in the ABA.