New Hampshire

Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment - New Hampshire


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What the team is known for A full-service team providing expert advice on labor, employment and employee benefit matters. Trains, assists and defends employers in all manners of employment-related issues, from drafting employee handbooks to guidance on handling allegations by workers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Responsive customer service, good commercial awareness and strong knowledge of New Hampshire labor law."

"An excellent firm with many excellent partners." 

Work highlights Represented Southern New Hampshire University before the Commission for Human Rights as defendant against claims of discrimination brought against the university by some of its professors.

Defended N.E. Document Conservation Center before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in relation to maternity leave and sex discrimination claims by an employee.

Notable practitioners  

David McGrath has a strong litigation practice and often represents employees and employers in discrimination and predatory hiring cases as part of a broad range of expertise.

Clients commend James Reidy as "an absolutely perfect professional in employment law. He's terrific and responsive." Clients enjoy working with him and peers regard him highly for his expertise in advising employers on handling employment disputes.

Clients report that their experience working with Diana Wieland has been "excellent," particularly with respect to her work across the full range of general employment issues. 

Elizabeth Bailey is described by clients as "professional and responsive to requests." She focuses on representing both private and public employers in employment disputes, and provides advice and counsel to clients regarding various employee claims.

Alan Cleveland is renowned in the field of employee benefits, with a strong practice in ERISA, pension-related law and workers' compensation matters.

Significant clients Stonyfield Farm, Easter Seals of NH, Terrace Communities, Lutheran Social Services of NE, Yankee Publishing.

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What the team is known for Acts for companies across New Hampshire and beyond in all aspects of employment and labor law. Offers particular expertise in litigation, with specialist attorneys defending employers against employee claims of discrimination, wage issues and harassment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good at preparing for trial and also in depositions that help us settle matters in mediation to avoid trial."

"They are a terrific firm that doesn't hesitate to coordinate and obtain for you the resources of an appropriate expert to provide the assistance you need in a timely and cost-effective manner."

Work highlights Represented Liberty Mutual in various cases in which the plaintiff attempted to withdraw a severance agreement with claims of coercion and unfair discharge. All matters resulted in the filing of a summary judgment.

Acted on behalf of Sunbridge in relation to an allegation of disability discrimination, which resulted in a judgment of no probable cause at the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights.

Notable practitioners  

Debra Weiss Ford is described by clients as "super-knowledgeable with fantastic responsiveness and a very practical, no-nonsense approach to dealing with general employment advice." She is a market leader in employment issues and is noted as a "double threat in terms of offering great advice and defending it very capably."

Daniel Schwarz represents employers and universities in the full range of employment law disputes, including wrongful termination, wage issues and breach of confidentiality.

Martha Van Oot built extensive trial experience in her previous role as prosecutor in the Attorney General's office. She focuses her practice on employment litigation, for which she is recognized by peers and clients alike, as well as commercial disputes.

Thomas Closson practices exclusively within the realms of labor and employment law and litigation. He is respected in the industry as an experienced attorney who does "exceptional work."

Significant clients Exeter Health Resources, St. Joseph Healthcare, Elliot Hospital, Primex3, Riverwoods.

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What the team is known for Acts for a strong client base in the New Hampshire market, representing employers in industries ranging from manufacturing and hospitality to hi-tech. Offers advice and representation across the full spectrum of employment issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are available at short notice, respond very quickly and have good knowledge of our company's values and strategies. I believe that they are well rounded in all employee matters."

"Their lawyers seem to really enjoy what they do, are always responsive and provide expert advice and guidance."

Work highlights Successfully acted on behalf of Hitchiner Manufacturing in defense of an employee's claim of unpaid absence wages as a result of disability.

Represented defendant AutoZone with respect to a racial discrimination claim brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners  

Jennifer Parent is chair of the employment practice at the firm and handles risk management and acting on behalf of clients against claims brought by employees. Clients say she "is thorough and articulate, and represents arguments quite well."

Charla Stevens represents clients in compliance issues and defending businesses against discrimination, misclassification and wage claims. She provides "outstanding service" with a "personable, reliable" approach. Sources note she is "committed to resolving issues with the customer's needs and interest as top priority."

Linda Johnson cochairs the firm's education and litigation practice, advising private schools and businesses on their legal compliance duties and litigating employment issues. One client reports she has "an amazing ability to explain things in a way that is clear and understandable."

Significant clients Ektron, University System of New Hampshire, DNR Group, Yankee Spirits, Pinard Waste Systems.

Band 3 | Bernstein Shur

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What the team is known for Represents healthcare institutions, financial organizations and other businesses in relation to their labor and employment issues. Particular areas of expertise cover noncompetition law, wage and hour compliance and contractor issues. 

Work highlights Continuous representation of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative in relation to labor relations, with particular respect to advising on its workforce union, and providing employment law advice including defending discrimination claims and contract interpretations.

Notable practitioners  

Emily Gray Rice has a trial-led practice, defending and counseling employers on matters pertaining to employment disputes. Peers describe her as "a fantastic litigator" and "a great lawyer."

Terry Shumaker has a broad practice in employment matters and has an impressive client base due to his depth of experience in the industry. One peer notes: "He does a lot of union work and he's very good at it."

Significant clients Franklin Pierce University, Hasco Medical, Meredith Village Savings Bank.

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What the team is known for Strong employment law practice, focusing on advising a wide range of companies on defending against employee claims and managing employment risks.

Notable practitioners  

Clients commend Jennifer Shea Moeckel for her "command of understanding the implications of providing answers. You never feel like you're not getting the right answer." She has experience in representing companies before federal and state courts.

"Terrific lawyer" Andrea Chatfield earns praise from clients for her ability to handle complex employment matters well. One client reports she did a "stellar job for the company."  

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What the team is known for Able to handle employment issues ranging from hiring in a startup company to defending businesses against discriminatory claims by employees. Also provides general business and employment counsel to medium-sized companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very good firm."  

Work highlights Defended Latva Machine against a claim regarding wages brought by an employee. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Salafia is recognized as a standout individual in the workers' compensation field. He has extensive expertise in defending employers against claims of injury in the workplace. One client highlights Salafia as "the best workers' compensation defense lawyer in the state" because he "is very efficient, communicates superbly and his billing is extremely fair."

Significant clients Crotched Mountain Foundation, Cottage Hospital, SIS USA, Salem Cooperative Bank, Alice Peck Day Health Systems.

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What the team is known for Represents companies across New England in advice and litigation relating to employment and labor issues. Offers expertise in employee benefits matters and defense against discrimination accusations.

Notable practitioners  

Jeanine Poole acts for employers on the full range of issues, including discipline and termination matters as well as wage and hour complaints. Peers commend her for her "terrific manner" and approach.

Edward Kaplan has a broad practice, advising businesses, religious organizations and school districts on their employment issues. He is also recognized for his strength in labor law matters.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mark Broth of Drummond Woodsum offers particular expertise on employee and contract cases. Clients report that "he has a great deal of experience litigating those issues." He is also known for his handling of labor law issues.

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