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Bar News - February 8, 2008

Name, Personnel Changes for Trial Lawyers’ Group


The NH Trial Lawyers Association, effective Jan. 1, changed its name to the NH Association for Justice (NHAJ) – but an even more significant change is in the works – replacing its longtime executive director.


The NHAJ has hired an executive search firm and appointed a search committee to find a replacement for NH Bar member Jennifer Farrell, who left the association to take another position. She had served as the top administrator for the group for seven years.


It’s been a challenging year, acknowledged Chris Seufert, the association’s president and a personal injury lawyer in Franklin. In addition to Farrell’s departure, the NHAJ also lost another key staffer this year. Fortunately, the association has hired an interim director, Mark Dionne, a nonprofit administrator, who will be helping out until the spring, when he will return to his original part-year job at the Audubon Society.


Seufert said the NHAJ board is finalizing its job description for the executive director post, and he encouraged interested applicants to contact Robert Perodeau, of Evergreen Executive Source, LLP at 800-286-4009, or at


The name change mirrored that of the national organization, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) which now calls itself the American Association for Justice (AAJ).


“We want our name to describe what we do, which is work for justice, whether in the courtroom, at the Legislature, or in our communities,” Seufert said.




Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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