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Best of Lawyers honors across NH firms, contempt case hearing for local business ... and more
Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys honored with Best Lawyer of the Year awards
Twenty-five attorneys from Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC have been included in the 2024 editions of Best Lawyers in America. Four of the firm’s lawyers were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year,” and three were named to the Ones to Watch list.
Lawyer of the Year: Burlington, Vermont-based attorneys Robert B. Luce, Christopher D. Roy and David J. Sylvester. James C. Gallagher, in the firm’s St. Johnsbury office, was also recognized.
Burlington, Vt.-based attorneys recognized in Best Lawyers are: Andre D. Bouffard, Tristram J. Coffin, Kathleen H. Davis, William J. Dodge, Timothy C. Doherty Jr., Marc B. Heath, R. Prescott Jaunich, Walter E. Judge Jr., Peter B. Kunin, Robert B. Luce, Johan W. E. Maitland, Jennifer E. McDonald, Paul H. Ode, Wm. Roger Prescott, Christopher D. Roy, Timothy Sampson and David J. Sylvester.
Best Lawyers also recognizes Brattleboro attorney Timothy E. Copeland, and in the Lebanon, NH, office Willemien Dingemans Miller and Elizabeth K. Rattigan.
Five St. Johnsbury attorneys are also recognized: Kimberly M. Butler, James C. Gallagher, John H. Marshall, Mary K. Parent and James G. Wheeler.
Included on the Ones to Watch list are Burlington, Vt., lawyers Joshua D. Leckey and Evan J. O’Brien. Shannon K. Lenzini, of the firm’s St. Johnsbury office, is recognized in the corporate law category.
McLane Middleton welcomes new attorneys
Attorneys Katherine B. Fiallo and Jack D. Hepburn have joined McLane Middleton, P.A.
Katherine Fiallo is a member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy practice group, assisting businesses with creating privacy policies and other documents in compliance with state, federal, and international privacy laws. She also supports businesses in navigating data breaches and their regulatory reporting obligations. In addition to her cybersecurity and privacy work, Fiallo also works with the Litigation Department on e-Discovery, particularly document review and production. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, Fiallo can be reached in the firm’s Manchester or Woburn offices at (603) 628-1444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack Hepburn is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Department, where he advises businesses on transactional matters related to entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract review and drafting, and corporate governance. Admitted to practice in New Hampshire and United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Hepburn can be reached in the firm’s Manchester office at (603) 628-1168 or email@example.com.
Contempt hearing held in Silver Scones case
Superior Court Judge Charles Temple heard arguments Tuesday from both sides in an alleged contempt case in which neighbors to the Silver Scone Teas business allege that owner Jane Elwell violated a court order by making improvements to a parking area on her property.
Silver Scone Teas is in the midst of an appeal process with a group of abutters and neighbors who are protesting town approvals related to the business, including Planning Board approval of her site plan. As part of that appeal, the Nashua Superior Court ordered a stay on all Planning Board proceedings.
According to Nancy Clark, the lawyer representing the abutters, Elwell violated that order when she took down several trees in the parking area, removed the stumps and graded the surface. Clark alleged that the Town of New Ipswich failed to enforce the court stay by not issuing Elwell a cease-and-desist order or otherwise stopping the work.
Clark said Elwell’s arguments that the work was for her own personal use, including cutting trees for firewood and doing regular maintenance to the existing parking lot to accommodate parking for her daughter’s upcoming wedding, “is simply not credible.” Clark argued that one of the trees removed was a pine, which she said was not suitable for firewood, and contested Elwell’s claim that the parking lot was pre-existing.
Clark argued that the Elwell had shown a history of skirting the law, including operating the business without the proper permits in the first place before the town issued a cease-and-desist order in 2022, and holding several events after being issued a cease-and-desist.
Robert Fasanella, the attorney representing Elwell in the case, said Elwell was not originally aware of the planning and zoning processes required, and moved to obtain those approvals once aware. While he admitted she had held gatherings since ordered to cease and desist, he maintained that Elwell had not charged for those events, and had the gatherings for friends and supporters.
Madeline Osbon, an attorney with Upton & Hatfield representing the Town of New Ipswich in Tuesday’s hearing, called the suit “frivolous.”
“The town maintains it is in compliance with the court’s order, and believes the motion against the town is frivolous, which we explained to the petitioners’ counsel when the town was threatened with a motion for contempt if we did not her order to send a cease-and-desist,” Osbon said.
Osbon said the correct enforcement for the authority is the court, and that the town is responsible for only its own ordinances. Osbon said the town is not compelled to issue a cease-and-desist notice, and that towns have discretion on when and if to enforce regulations.
considered “very preliminary,” but minor in the scope of the total work.
Temple indicated he would not announce a decision immediately following the hearing, but expects to render an expedited decision on the matter. — By ASHLEY SAARI/MONADNOCK-LEDGER TRANSCRIPT
Sulloway & Hollis attorneys honored for 2024 Best Lawyers
Eleven NH-based attorneys at Sulloway & Hollis were named to the 2024 Best Lawyers in America list. For Lawyers of the Year, attorneys Melissa Hanlon, Christopher Pyles and Elise Salek were honored. Out of the firm’s Concord office, 2024 Best Lawyers in America named were Christopher Pyles, Beth Catenza, Melissa Hanlon, Peter Meyer, William Pandolph, Bradley Holt, Kevin O’Shea, Elise Salek, Rose Marie Joly, David Johnston and Sarah Murdough.
As for the 2024 Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch, honored were Iryna Dore, Geoffrey Gallagher, Allyson Moore and Paula Domanski.