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Merrill elected to Bernstein Shur board, Quarles honored by Bar Association … and more
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Jim Merrill

Merrill elected to Bernstein Shur board

Jim Merrill, shareholder and managing partner of Bernstein Shur’s New Hampshire office, has been elected to serve as a member of the firm’s board of directors.

Merrill maintains a full-service public affairs practice, providing strategic, grassroots, government relations and communications solutions to corporate and nonprofit clients engaged in complex matters. Over the past 20 years, he has also served as a senior advisor to multiple presidential campaigns, helping candidates navigate New Hampshire’s presidential primary.

Devine Millimet attorney honored

Devine Millimet shareholder Thomas Quarles Jr., is the 2023 recipient of the NH Bar Association’s Distinguished Service to the Profession award.

He was presented with the honor June 23 during the NHBA Annual Dinner at the AC Marriott in Portsmouth.

Quarles, a litigator at Devine Millimet for over 35 years, was a member of the NHBA’s Client Indemnity Fund, used to compensate victims of lawyer theft, which was replaced after the NH Supreme Court established the Public Protection Fund Committee. Since 2013, he has served as chair of that panel.

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Thomas Quarles

In 1998, Quarles was the recipient of the NHBA’s Distinguished Service to the Public award. He is only the fifth person to receive both awards.

Shaheen & Gordon attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers

Twenty Shaheen & Gordon attorneys have been selected for the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists for 2023.

Super Lawyers rates attorneys based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Named 2023 Super Lawyers were: William Christie; Tracey Goyette Cote; Steven Gordon; Cathy Green; Timothy Harrington; Benjamin Siracusa Hillman; Francis Murphy; D. Michael Noonan; Colleen O’Connell; Jared O’Connor; Brian Quirk; James Rosenberg; and Lawrence Vogelman.

Named 2023 Rising Stars were: Stephanie Annunziata; James Armillay; Leah Cole Durst; Nicholas Kline; Danielle Pomeroy; Lyndsay Robinson; and Alexander Spadinger.

Belknap corrections officers vote to join Teamsters

The 24 corrections officers at the Belknap County Department of Corrections have voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 633.

Local 633 represents over 4,700 workers in New Hampshire, police officers, court security officers and corrections officers.

Warner man indicted in asbestos abatement scheme

Jordon M. Dunne of Warner has been indicted in both Sullivan and Grafton counties for felony counts related to falsely representing that he was a licensed asbestos abatement professional.

The attorney general’s office said Dunne, 27, was indicted June 16 in Grafton County for two class A felony charges of attempted theft by deception. On June 20, a Sullivan County grand jury returned indictments Against him for two class A felony charges of theft by deception.

The AG said, that in all cases Dunne obtained over $1,500 funds by falsely representing that he was a New Hampshire licensed asbestos abatement professional, In addition the building samples obtained from a Claremont residence were sent to a lab and tested positive for asbestos.

Dunne was also charged in Sullivan County with two Class A misdemeanor charges for unfair and deceptive business practices in violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act and one class A misdemeanor charge of theft by deception related to the same transactions, the AG said.

If convicted, he faces 7½ to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine on each felony charge as well as 12 months in the county jail a $2,000 fine on each misdemeanor charge.

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