Attorneys Brian J. Bouchard

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Working in restaurants throughout high school, college, and law school taught Brian one unforgettable lesson: client service is job one. Since joining Sheehan Phinney in 2013, that mantra has been a driving force behind Brian’s legal practice. Today, as a litigator focused on labor and employment, land use, and construction issues, Brian is driven by client service and seeks to offer practical, business focused guidance to the legal questions his clients raise. In the Labor and Employment field particularly, Brian counsels and represents companies through all manner of complexities, from claims involving discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour violations to questions involving employee management, executive contracts, employee mobility, and legal compliance. Brian has written and lectured on legal topics throughout the Granite State and New England, and he is never unimpressed by the complex issues facing employers, businesses, and individuals on a daily basis.

“If we are what we repeatedly do, excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle.

Key Cases

  • Substantial experience in litigating employment discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour cases at the agency and court levels
  • Regularly advises companies on employee mobility and executive employment
  • Prevailed on Summary Judgment for a Fortune 500 company in a case involving the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Successfully represented an energy company in a mineral and property rights dispute
  • Worked with an outdoor guiding company to save it hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages by renegotiating its government contracts
  • Extricated a client from a failed business acquisition and resulting litigation
  • As a pro bono attorney, obtained a favorable judgment for indigent clients in a bench trial
  • Frequent lecturer on discrimination, wage and hour, and government contractor issues


  • State of New Hampshire
  • State of Massachusetts
  • State of Maine
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

Civic Involvement

  • Board Member, Brew NH
  • Chair, Leadership Seacoast Board of Directors


  • Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation
  • Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program
  • Managing Editor of IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence