NEW HAMPSHIRE by jennyyingdi


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Local litigation firms              Local litigation stars                        Arnold Rosenblatt
                                                                                  Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson
                                                                                  Commercial Litigation
Highly recommended                  Christopher Carter
                                    Hinckley Allen & Snyder                       Andrew Serell
Devine Millimet & Branch            Commercial Litigation, White Collar Crime     Rath Young and Pignatelli
                                                                                  Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law,
Hinckley Allen & Snyder             Michael Connolly                              Insurance
                                    Hinckley Allen & Snyder
McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton   Commercial Litigation, White Collar Crime     James Shirley
                                                                                  Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green
Nixon Peabody                       Andrew Dunn                                   Commercial Litigation
                                    Devine Millimet & Branch
Orr & Reno                          Civil Litigation                              Eugene Van Loan
                                                                                  Wadleigh Starr & Peters
Wadleigh Starr & Peters             Bruce Felmly                                  Commercial Litigation
                                    McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton
                                    Commercial Litigation                         Martha Van Oot
Recommended                                                                       Orr & Reno
                                    Kevin Fitzgerald                              Commercial Litigation
                                    Nixon Peabody
Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson
                                    Commercial Litigation                         David Vicinanzo
D’Amante Couser Steiner Pellerin                                                  Nixon Peabody
                                    Steven Grill                                  White Collar Crime
Gallagher Callahan & Gartrell       Devine Millimet & Branch
                                    Commercial Litigation                         James Wheat
Nelson Kinder Mosseau & Saturley                                                  Wadleigh Starr & Peters
                                    Michael Harvell                               Commercial Litigation
Rath Young and Pignatelli           Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green
                                    Commercial Litigation
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green
                                    Russell Hilliard                              Future stars
Sulloway & Hollis                   Upton & Hatfield
                                    Commercial Litigation, Insurance              Brendan Mitchell
Upton & Hatfield                                                                  Devine Millimet & Branch
                                    Edward Kaplan
Wiggin & Nourie                     Sulloway & Hollis                             Robert Miller
                                    Employment Litigation, Products Liability,    Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green
                                    Professional Liability

                                    Michael Lehman
                                    Sulloway & Hollis
                                    Products Liability

                                    Roy McCandless
                                    D’Amante Couser Steiner Pellerin
                                    Commercial Litigation

                                    Robert Miller
                                    Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green
                                    Commercial Litigation

                                    Peter Mosseau
                                    Nelson Kinder Mosseau & Saturley
                                    Medical Malpractice

                                    Scott O’Connell
                                    Nixon Peabody
                                    Commercial Litigation

                                    Thomas Pappas
                                    Wiggin & Nourie
                                    Commercial Litigation

                                    Michael Pignatelli
                                    Rath Young and Pignatelli
                                    Commercial Litigation

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      New Hampshire                                                                                            Association to transfer $110 million into the
                                                                                                               state’s general fund over the next three years.
                                                                                                               Led by partners Kevin Fitzgerald, Gordon
                                                                                                               MacDonald, and Scott O’Connell, the Nixon
                                                                                                               team prevailed for their client group of more
                                                                                                               than 300 health care providers all the way to
      Because of its proximity to Boston, New Hampshire firms have benefited from the                          the New Hampshire Supreme Court and
                                                                                                               proved      that   the    requirement       was
      recent wave of case filings regarding New England investment managers and                                unconstitutional under state law. Fitzgerald is
      insurance providers. Firms have also noticed an uptick in the volumes coming                             the managing partner of the firm’s
      through their regulatory and compliance practices for clients in the financial                           Manchester office and handles issues related
      services and public utility sectors.                                                                     to securities fraud, insurance coverage
                                                                                                               disputes, and employment law. O’Connell is
      Highly recommended firms                             McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton                   the deputy chair of the firm’s litigation group
                                                           Founded in 1919, McLane Graf Raulerson &            and acts on behalf of financial services
      Devine Millimet & Branch                             Middleton has cultivated a broad corporate          companies regarding securities fraud and
      Established in 1947, Devine Millimet &               platform that includes over 90 lawyers for          internal investigations. David Vicinanzo is a
      Branch offers clients a network of four offices      transactions and matters of litigation. The         former federal prosecutor noted for his
      throughout northern New England. The                 firm maintains offices in Concord,                  experience      in   handling      white-collar
      firm’s     Manchester        headquarters       is   Manchester, Portsmouth, and Woburn,                 investigations. His previous clients include
      supplemented by offices in Concord and               Massachusetts, with commercial litigation           medical device manufacturer Smith &
      Newport, as well as an office in nearby              focuses      in    corporate     governance,        Nephew and Powers Fasteners.
      Andover, Massachusetts. From the more than           employment law, intellectual property
      80 lawyers at the firm, more than 30 are             disputes regarding copyrights and trade             Orr & Reno
      strictly devoted to aspects of civil litigation in   secrets, and insurance coverage disputes. The       Orr & Reno has been an established presence
      state and federal courts. Andrew Dunn is             firm’s strong transactional background has          in Concord, New Hampshire, since its
      recognized in the local market for his broad         also led to McLane Graf’s litigators                founding in 1946. Half of the firm’s 30
      civil practice that includes issues of personal      developing supplemental expertise in relation       lawyers are dedicated to commercial
      injury, product liability, construction law, and     to antitrust investigations, securities fraud,      litigation in the areas of civil rights,
      insurance coverage disputes. Over 35 years of        and class-action cases related to product           intellectual property, professional and
      litigation experience have also established          liability. In July 2009, the firm’s litigation      product liability, and issues involving public
      Dunn’s expertise in appellate proceedings            group received a bittersweet reminder of its        defamation and First Amendment law. The
      before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and        talent when partner Carol Ann Conboy was            firm also handles defense cases for employers
      the US Supreme Court. Peers recommend                selected to serve as a justice for the New          facing charges of sexual harassment,
      Steven Grill as a highlight among Devine             Hampshire Supreme Court.                            wrongful termination, and OSHA violations.
      Millimet’s overall litigation group. As co-             Litigation co-chair Bruce Felmly is a            Martha Van Oot is recommended by fellow
      chair of the firm’s commercial litigation            standout to peers who say the New                   employment litigators, a testament to her
      platform, Grill provides a generalist                Hampshire litigator has successfully taken a        experience for numerous employers facing
      approach in his handling of business disputes        local practice and made it successful on the        discrimination charges. Van Oot also handles
      for corporate entities and entrepreneurs.            national stage. In addition to handling             insurance disputes and medical malpractice
      Recent successes have made him an expert             general commercial litigation, insurance            cases, and has a growing reputation as a
      within the telecommunications industry,              coverage cases, and personal injury claims,         mediator in related matters.
      particularly concerning issues of land use.          Felmly’s practice also underscores another
                                                           firm-wide strength in representations for           Wadleigh Starr & Peters
      Hinckley Allen & Snyder                              public utilities and companies in the energy        Based in Manchester, Wadleigh Starr &
      Hinckley Allen & Snyder is a favorite among          sector. Felmly has been tapped in recent years      Peters is a general practice firm known for its
      local lawyers who note the firm’s ability to         by clients such as Irving Oil and Energy            abilities in civil litigation. The firm’s litigators
      maintain a quality commercial litigation             North Natural Gas, and is currently advising        have developed specialties in representing
      platform across its four New England offices.        natural gas utilities in simultaneous               parties in employer discrimination cases and
      “It’s a fine firm with great lawyers,” says one      proceedings regarding contribution claims in        in negotiating organized labor initiatives
      competitor. “They have some great clients on         Connecticut and South Carolina.                     before entities like the New Hampshire’s
      their roster.” With offices in nearby Boston,                                                            Public Employee Labor Relations Board. This
      Hartford, and Providence, the firm’s New             Nixon Peabody                                       expertise also allows the firm to maintain its
      Hampshire group is based in Concord and              Nixon Peabody is one of the few national            expertise in municipal representations, an
      has established itself as a one-stop-shop for        firms to establish a sophisticated litigation       area where the firm provides growing
      corporate disputes and transactional advice.         presence in the New Hampshire market. The           opinions in ordinances, civil rights, zoning
      Christopher Carter and Michael Connolly              firm’s Manchester office is one of 14               and land use. Eugene Van Loan is
      are both selected by peers for their white-          maintained by the firm in the US, in addition       recommended by peers for his commercial
      collar expertise, a practice that has seen both      to international offices in London, Paris, and      litigation practice involving complex business
      partners defend clients against potential false      Shanghai, offering clients the resources of         disputes and constitutional law. James Wheat
      claims violations, bank fraud, securities            some 700 lawyers worldwide. But aside from          offers 37 years of civil litigation experience in
      fraud, health care fraud, as well as internal        its international reach, part of what has made      issues of construction law, professional
      regulatory compliance issues. With one peer          Nixon Peabody successful in New Hampshire           negligence, product liability, and personal
      calling the firm “solid national counsel” in         is its ability to generate a healthy mix of local   injury claims.
      commercial litigation matters, previous high-        and national clientele. One recent high-
      profile clients include ExxonMobil, General          profile matter handled by the firm was a            Recommended firms
      Electric, Viacom, and Wyeth Laboratories.            dispute regarding state legislation requiring
                                                           the policyholders of the New Hampshire              Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson
                                                           Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting              Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson is a

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twelve-lawyer commercial law boutique               employment and labor, intellectual property,      insurance coverage disputes, senior partner
based in Manchester, New Hampshire. The             insurance coverage, and professional liability    James Shirley has over 30 years of experience
firm was established in 1986 and built its          are among those typically handled by the          trying cases throughout New England.
litigation platform in accordance with              firm. Beyond these foundations, Peter             Michael Harvell is recommended by peers for
corporate clientele seeking advice for disputes     Mosseau is acknowledged by peers for his          his commercial practice focusing on
involving corporate governance, employment          defenses of health care providers against         stockholder disputes, intellectual property
law, intellectual property, and mass torts.         claims of professional misconduct and             issues, and state tax litigation.
Name partner Arnold Rosenblatt is a civil           negligence. Mosseau is a former assistant
litigator who handles intellectual property         attorney general for New Hampshire and            Sulloway & Hollis
disputes involving patents, trademarks, and         also carries experience in general commercial     Established by two Dartmouth graduates,
trade secrets, in addition to professional          litigation, product liability, and white-collar   Sulloway & Hollis traces its New Hampshire
malpractice      claims     and     derivative      investigations.                                   roots back over 150 years. In that time the
shareholder lawsuits. Aside from his eclectic                                                         firm has expanded its litigation bench to a
commercial focus, the breadth of                    Rath Young and Pignatelli                         point where it accounts for more than half of
Rosenblatt’s litigation practice is also on         Since its founding in 1987, Rath Young and        the firm’s 30 attorneys, as well as opened
display in his ability to appear before courts      Pignatelli has forced itself outside the mould    offices in Concord and Gorham, New
in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New                of other northern New England firms. With         Hampshire. A leading presence in medical
York, and Vermont.                                  offices in Concord and Nashua, as well as a       malpractice lawsuits can be traced back to
                                                    growing Boston office, the firm services          senior talent like Michael Lehman, who has
D’Amante Couser Steiner Pellerin                    clients     located    throughout       Maine,    built a career through defending clients like
The five-partner firm of D’Amante Couser            Massachusetts, and its home state of New          academic medical centers and hospitals
Steiner Pellerin maintains a presence in local      Hampshire. Rath Young has also                    against malpractice and product liability
litigation matters through its lone office in       distinguished itself in providing specialized     claims. Edward Kaplan is similarly
Concord. An established presence in real-
estate transactions has given rise to an
equally impressive group of litigators
specializing in construction law, land use
statutes, and natural resource development.         “ ‘It’s aAllen firm with great lawyers,some greatcompetitor their
                                                                    & Snyder]. ‘They have
                                                                                            ’ says one
                                                                                                       clients on
This practice was recently expanded through
                                                    roster.’ ”
the arrival of Kathryn Bradley, a former
litigator with the New Hampshire Attorney
General’s Office. Bradley specializes in issues
of eminent domain and construction law.
One standout from the firm’s litigation group       counsel related to public policy. The firm’s      recommended as an affective product liability
is Roy McCandless who, in addition to               government relations group has developed          litigator in the health care market who also
practices in general commercial and personal        one of the few comprehensive regulatory           offers proactive counseling on labor and
injury litigation, has developed a unique           practices in the state and regularly advises      employment matters.
practice in advising not-for-profits and            public utilities and clients in the health
religious groups through issues of corporate        insurance and financial services industries.      Upton & Hatfield
litigation and First Amendment law.                 Co-founder Michael Pignatelli is a former         Upton & Hatfield maintains its presence in
                                                    assistant attorney general for the state of       the local litigation market through offices in
Gallagher Callahan & Gartrell                       New Hampshire and is recognized by peers          Concord, Hillsborough, North Conway, and
Offering a bench of more than 30 lawyers            for his experience in business disputes,          Portsmouth. The firm has developed a broad
through its Concord office, Gallagher               particularly those regarding medical              commercial practice that handles partnership
Callahan & Gartrell is a general practice firm      malpractice issues. Andrew Serell leads the       and contract disputes, insurance coverage,
that has developed its litigation capabilities to   firm’s overall litigation group and maintains     professional liability, and securities fraud.
match its transactional prowess. While peers        his own general commercial practice. Serell is    Upton & Hatfield has also developed a niche
note the loss of partner David Garfunkel to a       noted by peers for his experience trying          practice advising local municipalities in issues
judgeship in the New Hampshire Supreme              claims related to land use and environmental      relating to land use, real estate, employment
Court, the firm is viewed as retaining senior       contamination, insurance coverage disputes,       law, and taxation. Partner Russell Hilliard is
litigation talent in co-founders Christopher        regulatory compliance, and tax statutes.          recognized by peers for his expertise in
Gallagher and Michael Callahan. The firm’s                                                            insurance coverage disputes and his growing
commercial litigation practice focuses on           Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green                      practice as a mediator.
issues related to general liability claims, civil   The general practice firm of Sheehan Phinney
rights, employment law, mass tort and               Bass & Green maintains three offices in New       Wiggin & Nourie
insurance coverage disputes, product liability      Hampshire and one in Boston. While the            Wiggin & Nourie is a general practice firm
claims, and white-collar investigations.            firm’s geographical spread throughout the         with a 12-lawyer litigation group. While the
                                                    region is impressive, the firm has been           firm has developed a commercial litigation
Nelson Kinder Mosseau & Saturley                    working to similarly expand its trial bench in    practice consisting of practice areas like
The litigation boutique of Nelson Kinder            the last year. One example of their progress is   construction law and insurance coverage,
Mosseau & Saturley has established an               the arrival of Anna Barbara Hantz, a civil        Wiggin & Nourie has also brought a healthy
impressive business litigation platform that        litigator and former partner of the Gottesman     amount of plaintiff work into the mix
allows the firm’s 31 lawyers to compete with        & Hollis firm. Hantz offers the litigation        through claims related to medical malpractice
the expanding number of national firms in           group experience in family law and land-use       and product liability claims. Peers note the
New England. In addition to its Manchester          statutes, and her addition also gives the firm    experience of Thomas Pappas in construction
headquarters, the firm maintains offices in         a nearly even split between transactional         law. A trial veteran of 25 years, Pappas also
Boston and Portland, Maine, allowing a              attorneys and litigators.                         handles issues within the financial services
broader reach to regional clients. Issues              With a practice focused on professional        industry, like shareholder disputes, in state
relating to bankruptcy, construction law,           negligence, toxic torts, real estate, and         and federal courts.

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