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Pierce Atwood names new practice leaders … and more

Pierce Atwood has announced that Ilan Barzilay and Gavin McCarthy have been selected as new practice leaders.

Barzilay, an intellectual property practitioner, has been named chair of Pierce Atwood’s Patent Practice Group. He leads a team of attorneys that procures patents for clients ranging from technology startups and research institutions to established companies and multinational corporations.

McCarthy, a trial lawyer, has been named chair of Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on class action defense, the representation of businesses in complex commercial disputes and construction litigation.

Parent named to McLane Middleton’s management committee

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Jennifer Parent

The law firm of McLane Middleton has announced that attorney Jennifer L. Parent has been named to the firm’s Management Committee. A director in the firm’s Litigation Department and chair of its Business Litigation Practice Group, Parent has over 27 years of experience litigating and resolving disputes for companies and business owners in a wide range of complex commercial cases and employment matters.

Insurance Department issues consumer complaints reports

The NH Insurance Department says that its Consumer Services Unit processed 929 consumer complaint investigations in 2022 along with 4,080 assistance requests and 90 applications for external health review. The unit recovered an unprecedented $4.1 million for consumers, eclipsing its 2021 recovery by more than $2.8 million, according to Keith Nyhan, cirector of the Consumer Services Unit.

The Consumer Services Unit is divided into two sub-units: property and casualty and life and health. In 2022 the property and casualty unit processed 506 consumer complaint investigations, 49 auto body shop investigations and 1,610 requests for service. The sub-unit facilitated the recovery of $1,531,205. The life and health sub-unit processed 423 consumer complaint investigations, 91 healthcare provider investigations, 3,074 requests for assistance and 90 applications for external health review. The sub-unit facilitated the recovery of $2,601,652.

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