Legal Briefs: News From Around NH

SBDC, Tech Alliance offer free cyber reviews
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Sheehan’ Phinney’s Environment & Energy Group recently with the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation to help clean up debris on Hampton Beach. The employees and family members helped in debris tracking and recording the findings to further aid marine conservation research. The 17 volunteers cleared 38.5 pounds of debris from the beach.

The NH Small Business Development Center and NH Tech Alliance are partnering to offer free cybersecurity reviews to businesses with up to 500 employees.

The SBDC/NHTA Cybersecurity Reviews program offers individualized cybersecurity reviews, education and a high-level cyber risk assessment with a cybersecurity expert. A business will meet with an expert to discuss their cybersecurity maturity and needs, and receive a customized evaluation with actionable and achievable steps they can take to start protecting their business immediately.

Eligible clients will receive:

  • Up to three hours of consulting time with a cybersecurity expert.
  • Access to educational videos
  • An initial meeting to discuss your company’s cybersecurity policies (you will need to do some prep work for this one-on-one meeting with a cybersecurity expert)
  • A report and action plan written by the consultant
  • A follow-up meeting for the consultant to present the report and simple, easy to follow action steps to protect your business.

Deadline to apply is Aug. 15. For more information, visit

Nixon Peabody names new real estate practice lead

Christopher Froeb has been named to lead Nixon Peabody’s real estate practice, which includes affordable housing, condominiums and cooperatives, environmental, real estate finance, land use, and leasing practice areas as well as commercial real estate. He heads a group of more than 100 attorneys and professional colleagues firm-wide. Froeb most recently was managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Boston office.

In his practice, Froeb represents developers, investors and owners in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions. His clients include national investors as well as local developers.

He succeeds Denise Pursley, who will continue to counsel her clients and mentor the next generation

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of real estate professionals.

New professional development director at Bar Association

Megg Acquilano has joined the NH Bar Association as director of professional development, managing and developing the association’s continuing legal education programs.

She previously worked as district-wide technology trainer for the Londonderry School District.

State refers record insurance fraud cases for prosecution

NH Insurance Department investigators referred a record 22 cases of suspected insurance fraud for prosecution in the last fiscal year, the agency has announced.

The fraudulent claims prosecuted during the period include two workers’ compensation claims, one homeowners insurance claim, one disability insurance claim, and 18 auto insurance claims. In total, they represent nearly $283,000 in fraudulent claims, said Insurance Commissioner Christopher Nicolopoulos.

“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime,” Nicolopoulos said. It “hurts everyone by driving up costs for all consumers and undermining confidence in the marketplace.”

The department also said that its fraud unit receives an average of 25 fraud referrals a month, of which 12 percent result in opened cases. In the 2022 fiscal year, there were 298 fraud referrals resulting in 37 opened cases.


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