New Hampshire

Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment - New Hampshire


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What the team is known for Significant breadth in labor and employment issues, including employee benefits. Areas of expertise include defending discrimination claims, as well as training managers and employers to prevent the onset of lawsuits.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They really have the tools to provide training for us. All their services are wonderful, they are a great asset to a company." 

"Customer service is their strength, they will call you back within 24 hours. They are very good at responding." 

Work highlights Represented the Southern New Hampshire University against a former employee who attempted to claim disability benefits from the university, despite not having been employed there for several years.

Advised Stonyfield Farm on a claim of age discrimination made by an employee whose employment was terminated.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Cleveland is particularly noted for his work on employee benefits. He is well versed in ERISA law and is considered a leader in this field.  

With 24 years of experience in employment law, James Reidy is nothing short of a specialist in the field. Clients describe him as a "phenomenal resource" and as a "technically sound" attorney.

Diana Wieland has significant standing in labor and employment, and is noted for her successful representation of employers and managers. Clients appreciate that "she has a background that helps us understand how the government thinks."

Elizabeth Bailey is a well-regarded employment litigator, praised by clients as being simply "phenomenal." She is widely regarded as a "very good attorney."

David McGrath is an "accomplished litigator" who handles matters in both commercial and employment law. Clients regard him as a "smart, thorough and practical lawyer."

Significant clients Delta Dental Plan of NH, Easter Seals of NH, Ecco Shoe, High Liner Foods USA, Yankee Publishing.

Band 2 | Bernstein Shur

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What the team is known for All-encompassing labor and employment practice that handles matters from grievances and noncompete clauses to collective bargaining agreements, ADA claims and terminations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very professional; excellent response time, and thoughtful counsel is provided."

"Their team approach assures us that the answers to our questions are provided by someone who specializes in the area of the issue at hand."

Work highlights Advised New Hampshire Electric Cooperative on its unionized and nonunionized employees. Advice has involved collective bargaining agreements, grievances and disciplinary concerns.

Defended the client, Fidelity, against a claim by an employee concerning alleged violations of the ADA. The plaintiff argued that the defendant did not make adequate adjustments to accommodate his disability and was therefore in breach of the Act.

Notable practitioners  

Emily Gray Rice recently joined the firm's labor and employment practice. She handles a variety of litigation and is considered by peers to be one of the "best trial lawyers" in New Hampshire.

Sources are quick to comment on the "excellent" Terry Shumaker, and state that "his knowledge of labor law is vast and he provides wonderful guidance so his clients are aware of any legal boundaries." He is also commended for his ability to "provide excellent counsel in tricky individual employment situations and be masterful when it comes to negotiations."   

Significant clients Franklin Pierce University, Meredith Village Savings Bank, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, St Anselm College.

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What the team is known for New Hampshire branch of the nationwide boutique law firm, specializing solely in labor and employment law. Particularly strong in litigation and handles many discrimination and class action cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have got a wide geographical footprint, which is helpful, and a deep knowledge of labor and employment law."

"They have a really strong focus on preventing problems, rather than just litigating."

What's new? Marty van Oot recently joined the firm as a partner in August 2012.

Work highlights Defended the City of Nashua against a wrongful termination claim made by a former employee. The firm's motion for summary judgment was granted and affirmed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court after appeal.

Acted for Moore Center Services in the defense of a claim of race discrimination made by an ex-employee, which was appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The firm successfully secured an order which dismissed the case.

Notable practitioners  

Debra Weiss Ford specializes in employment and litigation, areas which she is considered to be "extremely strong" in. She is held in high regard by clients, who remark that she is an "excellent lawyer and trusted adviser." She is said to be "especially good at giving us advice to avoid litigation."

Thomas Closson advises and litigates on a variety of matters in labor and employment law, ranging from employee labor relations to discrimination cases and ERISA.

Dan Schwarz is highly regarded by his clients, who praise him for his "depth and knowledge" in labor and employment law. He is also strong in litigation.   

With Martha Van Oot's breadth of experience in litigation, she adds considerable strength to the firm's labor and employment team. Peers remark that she is "very able" in this area of law.

Significant clients Elliot Hospital, Exeter Health Resources, Little Bay Lobster, University of New Hampshire, QA Technology.

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What the team is known for Strong practice in all areas of labor and employment law, with sector experience in education, manufacturing, hospitality, commercial banking, and the software and hi-tech industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a big firm and a good practice."

Work highlights Defending AutoZone against a race discrimination claim brought by a former employee. The case is pending and will be heard by the federal court.   

Representing Federal Express against claims of age and gender discrimination by a former employee. The claimant also holds that the company is in breach of the Equal Pay Act.

Notable practitioners  

Linda Johnson is noted for her expertise in education, and regularly advises educational institutions on labor and employment issues. She is cochair of the education and litigation practice group at the firm.

Jennifer Parent chairs the employment law practice group and handles a range of cases in this area, from disability discrimination and harassment to employment misconduct and termination of employment.

Charla Stevens is rated for her work in employment and litigation, where she regularly defends clients against discrimination and harassment claims, among others. 

Significant clients Agincourt Wallboards, Pinkerton Academy, Poultry Products of New England, Sturm Ruger, Walgreens.

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What the team is known for Specialty focus on employment law. Covers all aspects of the practice, providing everything from advice and training to litigating employment disputes.  

Notable practitioners  

Andrea Chatfield advises employers on a variety of issues that arise, from revising policies to handling discrimination claims.

Jennifer Shea Moeckel has a wealth of experience in employment and advises and litigates on matters such as drug testing at the workplace and noncompete agreements.

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What the team is known for Breadth of expertise in advising small and medium-sized companies on day-to-day labor and employment needs. Areas of activity include disability discrimination claims, policy handbook updates and advising businesses on noncompliance, hiring and termination of employment.

Work highlights Aided small startup companies on employment issues such as hiring policies, wage and hour matters, and noncompliance. This work is undertaken as part of the firm's Small Business Practice Group on a pro bono basis for clients.  

Notable practitioners  

Margaret O’Brien heads the team and is a key contact.

Significant clients A & J Beverage, Catholic Medical Center, Cottage Hospital, Salem Cooperative Bank, Yankee Greyhound.

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What the team is known for Well-rounded practice that advises employers on all matters, from employee handbooks and discrimination claims to collective bargaining agreements and ERISA issues.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Kaplan is noted particularly for his work with educational institutions and religious organizations. Peers say he is a "strong employment and trial lawyer."

Jeanine Poole has practiced at the firm for 25 years and is an experienced labor and employment lawyer. She represents employers in the public and private sector.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mark Broth of Drummond Woodsum is a recent addition to the firm's employment team. He provides a range of services to employers, from the development of employment policies and agreements, to providing training in handling disciplinary matters and unions.

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