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Bar News - February 19, 2010

In Memoriam: Robert L. Chiesa

Robert L. Chiesa
Robert Chiesa, who served as president of the NH Bar Association from 1977 to 1978, died recently at Community Hospice House in Merrimack. He was 78.

Chiesa attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1953 before continuing his education at the Boston University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1960. He was also a veteran of the US Army, where he served in the Counter-Intelligence Corps.

He served as an attorney and managing partner at Wadleigh, Star, Peters, Dunn & Chiesa in Manchester, where he practiced in a wide range of areas, including probate and defense litigation matters. He served as a mediator for both the Superior Court and the American Arbitration Association. He was also involved in the US Supreme Court case, Coolidge v. NH.

Active in the Bar Association, Chiesa served as president of the association and was the organizationís first recipient of the NHBA Award for Outstanding Professionalism in 1989. He also served as a New Hampshire delegate to the American Bar Association. Between 1977 and 1983 he was a member of the Governorís Committee to study Workersí Compensation and was a member of the NH Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Conduct.

Chiesa was very active in the community, serving as managing trustee for the Agnes M. Lindsay Charitable Trust. He also served on the board of trustees of Elliot Hospital, was past president of the Manchester Lionís Club, served as chairman of the Manchester Historic District Commission and was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Peter and Paul; grandchildren, Curtis, Caleb, Nicholas, Tiana, and Mae-Marie; four nephews and a niece.

In memory of our colleague Robert Chiesa, the NH Bar Association Board of Governors has made a contribution to the NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

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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