Bradford E. Cook

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Bradford E. Cook

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Practice Focus

Brad is head of the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate, Government Relations and Not-for-Profit, Charitable and Religious Institutions Practice Groups. He is a past President of the firm and has practiced with Sheehan Phinney since 1973.

He represents many colleges and private secondary schools, religious organizations throughout New England, and hospital, nursing home and other charitable clients. He also represents both for-profit and not-for-profit clients before the New Hampshire Legislature on a regular basis, and practices general corporate law. He writes a regular column, "Cook on Concord," which appears in the New Hampshire Business Review.

Sample Matters
  • Representing religious groups before the New Hampshire legislature in all matters of concern to them.
  • Negotiating labor agreements between faculty/staff and university administration of a private university.
  • Advising clients on complex estate planning matters and the appropriate probate or probate avoidance techniques and trust administration.


B.A., summa cum laude, (Phi Beta Kappa), University of New Hampshire
J.D., Cornell University Law School


In 2012, Brad was named to Business NH Magazine's "2012 Influencer Index " as a "Political and Nonprofit Maestro". In 2011 he received the Good Samaritan Award from Pastoral Counseling Services, and in 2008 he received the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association's Above and Beyond Award. In 2001, Brad was recognized by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year. That same year, he received the Eugene M. Van Loan III Leadership Award from Easter Seals New Hampshire. In 2012 he was the National Easter Seals 'Volunteer of the Year'. In 1980, his contributions to the University of New Hampshire were acknowledged with the UNH Alumni Meritorious Service Award. He also has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the Trusts and Estates Section, as well as Non-Profit and Charities Section. Best Lawyers in America named him Manchester’s Non-Profit/Charities Law Lawyer of the Year for 2013.

Memberships and Admissions

Brad is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire and before the Federal Courts, and is a member of the New Hampshire and American Bar Associations, the Diocesan Attorneys Association of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Lawyers Association.

Community Involvement

Brad's list of professional and civic involvements is extensive. He currently serves as Chair of the Warren B. Rudman Center Campaign and President of the Boys Club of New London, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA). He serves as secretary of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, Camp Fatima and Camp Bernadette of the Diocese of Manchester. Brad was a graduate of the first class of both Leadership Manchester and Leadership New Hampshire and now is a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Manchester Steering Committee. He also is a member of both the Steering Committee of the New Hampshire Forum on the Future and the Board of Directors of Canterbury Shaker Village. He is Chair of the Easter Seals Vermont Board of Directors, Assistant Secretary of Easter Seals New York and Connecticut. Brad is a member and Chair of the N.H. Ballot Law Commission on which he also served in the 1980s.

He is the immediate past president of the Little Sunapee Protective Association, former president of the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association and the Manchester Bar Association as well as the former secretary of the Board of Trustees of Southern New Hampshire University. He is also a former Trustee of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and former Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA). He has chaired the board of Easter Seals New Hampshire, where he now serves as General Counsel, the Easter Seals Telethon and the UNH Fund. Other previous positions include: secretary of the Manchester Airport Authority, member of the Manchester School Board and chair of its Finance Committee, and chairman of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved in political campaigns and is a former board member of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. He was elected to serve on the Manchester Charter Commissions in 1996 and 2003. In addition, he was a delegate to the National Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2003 and 2005.

Practice Areas
Communications and Broadcasting
Estate Planning and Probate
Government Relations
Health Care
Not-for-Profit, Charitable and Religious Institutions
Zoning, Planning and Land Use

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