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New city attorney in Portsmouth, Garrett admitted to NH Bar … and more
Susan Morrell

Susan Morrell

Portsmouth picks Susan Morrell as city attorney

NH Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan G. Morrell has been chosen as Portsmouth’s next city attorney, succeeding Robert Sullivan, who is retiring after 40 years in the post. Morrell starts her job on Aug. 8.

Morrell served two stints with the Office of the Attorney General, from 1990 to 1995 and then 1999 to 2022). She also has worked deputy county attorney and then assistant county attorney for the Stafford County Attorney’s Office and served as assistant city attorney and then acting city attorney for the city of Keene.

Sig Sauer is sued over pistol critics say goes off by itself

In the latest in a string of lawsuits targeting Portsmouth-based gun manufacturer Sig Sauer’s P320 pistol, a U.S. Army veteran has is charging that the gun is prone to go off without the trigger being pulled – a defect that the suit claims has led to dozens of injuries over the past several years.

The veteran said his holstered Sig Sauer pistol discharged while he was going down the stairs, causing a serious leg injury.

The P320 “is the most dangerous pistol for its users sold in the United States market,” the plaintiff’s lawyers alleged in court documents.

The firm representing the plaintiff, Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, represents plaintiffs in six other

Garrett Brian

Brian Garrett

pending cases against Sig Sauer over the pistol.

McLane attorney admitted to New Hampshire Bar

Brian Garrett, an attorney at McLane Middleton’s Portsmouth office, has been admitted the New Hampshire State Bar. Garrett is vice chair of McLane Middleton’s Education Law Group and has experience in a broad range of complex education and employment matters throughout the country, including in state and federal courts, in alternative resolution processes, and before various administrative agencies. He focuses his practice on the needs of independent day and boarding schools, colleges and universities, and early child care programs.

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