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Bar News - September 14, 2012

In Memoriam: Dort S. Bigg, Jr.

Dort S. Bigg, Jr.
Dort S. Bigg, Jr., 82, a well-known NH trial lawyer, died August 17, 2012 in Auburn, Maine, surrounded by his family.

Bigg graduated from Dartmouth College in 1952 and attended Boston University School of Law, graduating cum laude. He was a member of the bars in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Illinois.

Bigg started his career at Orr and Reno in Concord. He was appointed assistant attorney general and later assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Hampshire. In 1957, he joined the Wiggin & Nourie law firm in Manchester, where he stayed until his retirement in 2005. Bigg was a nationally recognized trial lawyer who tried cases all over the country in many courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. His high-profile cases included one that led to new laws regarding flame-retardant fabrics in children’s clothing.

Bigg was appointed chair of the NH Ballot Law Commission and also served on the Professional Conduct Committee. He received the the lifetime achievement award from the Manchester Bar Association in 2005, and the New Hampshire Bar Association’s E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism in 2002.

Peter Hutchins, a Past NHBA President who worked with Bigg at Wiggin & Nourie early in his career, said: "Dort’s intelligence, skill and presence were legendary. These qualities, however, could not surpass his deep concern and care for his clients. He constantly demonstrated this concern to them, and they responded with respect and devotion.

Bigg took to his work with zest, Hutchins recalled: "Whenever I was second chair with Dort, which was often, he would say, ‘Hutch, feed me the bullets and I’ll shoot ‘em!’"

Not surprisingly, Bigg was an avid sportsman. His passion for scuba diving led him to specialize in competitive spear fishing internationally. He explored sunken ships in New England and the Caribbean, as well as the cenotes at Chichen Itza and Uxmal. As a hunter, he made many trips to Africa, accumulating a world-renowned collection of exotic and domestic mounted animals.

He leaves behind his wife, Meredith Bigg; his four sons, Dort S. Bigg III, William Bigg, Patrick Bigg, and Daniel Bigg; his stepson, Danny Small; and two sisters, Julie Veazey and Pixie Cushman.

In honor of our colleague Dort S. Bigg, Jr., the NH Bar Association Board of Governors has donated 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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