(September 5, 2006. Manchester, NH.) - Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green Attorney James Q. Shirley of Goffstown, a shareholder with the firm, has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, a national research firm. Shirley is one of 23 SPB+G attorneys to be honored for their outstanding work and distinguished reputations. Shirley was named to the list for his commercial litigation law practice. Nearly half of the firm's 49 attorneys in New Hampshire made the 2007 list.
Shirley has been trying cases in state and federal court in New Hampshire, as well as in neighboring jurisdictions, for more than 30 years. Over time, he has increasingly concentrated on commercial litigation. His practice focus consists of professional negligence, product liability, toxic torts, real estate and insurance coverage.
Shirley is a 1964 graduate from Dartmouth College, received his MA from San Francisco State University in 1967 and graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1970.
f the 23 attorneys named to the list, 22 are shareholders with the firm (with one being "of counsel"), eight are on the list for the first time, seven have been on the list at least 10 years, and three have been on the list for at least 20 years.
Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definite guide to legal excellence in the United States. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which 16,000 leading attorneys throughout the country cast more than a half million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."
Sheehan Phinney is a regional business law firm with offices in Boston, MA, Manchester, Concord and Hanover, NH. The firm provides a broad range of sophisticated legal services to businesses and institutions in traditional and emerging areas of the law. Its diverse client base includes local and regional organizations, as well as national and international businesses with interests in the Northeast.