Burack Speaks at 2017 Water and Watershed Conference

Sheehan Shareholder Thomas Burack spoke at the 2017 Water and Watershed Conference on March 24th, at Plymouth State University, NH.  Burack gave the Plenary Talk, Water Power, Paradoxes, and Rainmakers.  For more information on this event, please click here.

Sheehan Phinney Earns Top Rankings by Chambers USA

(June 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – The firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA has once again received the highest rankings in New Hampshire for 2017 by Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the country’s top law firms. Sheehan Phinney is the only firm in New Hampshire to be ranked Band 1 (highest ranking) 

Bailey Named Secretary of Leadership New Hampshire Board

(July 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder Elizabeth A. Bailey has been elected as Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Leadership New Hampshire for the 2017-2018 program year. She as been a member of the Board since 2016. “LNH is extremely fortunate to have a tradition of deeply committed trustees:  individuals who have 

Brave New World or One Step Closer to Robots Taking Over the World?

U.S. employer now experimenting with microchips implanted in employees By Jim Reidy This is an update to an article originally published by Business NH Magazine on June 23, 2017. Read the original story here. On average every adult has at least 27 discrete passwords or access codes they need to log on to their computer, 

How not to handle terminations and layoffs — What HR professionals and managers can learn from the United Airlines fiasco

It was all over the news and social media when United Airlines personnel selected passengers, who were already seated on a place, to involuntarily give up their seats to make room for traveling flight crews. To make matters worse, they also forcefully removed one passenger from that plane. The decisions to terminate employees or reduce 

Hantz Confirmed for NH Supreme Court

Sheehan Phinney congratulated Shareholder Anna Barbara Hantz on being confirmed as an Associated Justice for the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  To read more about her appointment, click here.

NH Legal Perspective: Family in crisis — Is a guardianship the solution?

  The breadth of the opiate epidemic and its social implications have been topics of discussion for some time now in New Hampshire. Often not included in these conversations, however, is the impact of opiate abuse on the well-being of users’ children. Recently, there has been a noticeable increase in the need for extended family 

Waters and Aktas Prevail in American Arbitration Association Hearing

(July 17, 2017, Boston, MA) – on June 30th Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA attorneys Charles A. Waters and D. Deniz Aktas prevailed in an American Arbitration Association hearing in Boston, Massachusetts on behalf of the firm’s client. The three-arbitrator Panel found that a prominent Boston private equity firm breached its obligations contained in a 

Harris Speaks at World Affairs Council of New Hampshire Global Business Summit

Shareholder J.P. Harris recently spoke at the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire – Global Business Summit.  The focus of this year’s summit was How Today’s Cyber Conflicts Impact New Hampshire & the World and toook place on Tuesday, September 27 at Southern New Hampshire University. Click here for more information on the event.

Dealing with a Data Breach – Steps commonly undertaken when employee or customer information is stolen

Most people loathe the annual ritual of filing a tax return. Compounding that unpleasantness, a number of filers attempting to file a tax return only are notified by the Internal Revenue Service that someone else has already filed a return on their behalf and collected the tax refund. We have fielded several calls from employers 

Reidy Guest Hosts Paycom HR Break Room Podcast

With the changes to state laws across the country regarding the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, employers have started to revisit their drug testing policies. Marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law and the Trump administration is signaled they they will be getting tougher on enforcement of federal drug laws, especially in 

Sheehan Phinney’s Intellectual Property Group Recognized by Managing Intellectual Property for 2017

(June 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney is proud to announce it has been honored by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as the 2017 Intellectual Property, Tier 1, Highly Recommended law firm in New Hampshire for the fourth consecutive year. The publication also recognized firm shareholders, Peter A. Nieves, Christopher Cole and Robert H. Miller as 

Reidy Named to BIA Board of Directors

(June 15, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy has been named to the Board of Directors for the Business and Industry Association of NH (BIA). The BIA is New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate. Through advocacy with state legislators and regulators, they shape business-friendly public policy and provide 

Sheehan Phinney Business Litigation Group Earns Top Rankings by Chambers USA

(June 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney’s Business Litigation Group has once again received the highest rankings in New Hampshire for 2017 by Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the country’s top law firms. Sheehan Phinney is the only firm in New Hampshire to be ranked Band 1 (highest ranking) in the state for 

Sheehan Phinney Corporate Group Earns Top Rankings

(June 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney’s Corporate Group has once again received the highest rankings in New Hampshire for 2017 by Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the country’s top law firms. Sheehan Phinney is the only firm in New Hampshire to be ranked Band 1 (highest ranking) in the state for all 

Sheehan Phinney Real Estate Group Earns Top Rankings

(June 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney’s Real Estate Group has once again received the highest rankings in New Hampshire for 2017 by Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the country’s top law firms. Sheehan Phinney is the only firm in New Hampshire to be ranked Band 1 (highest ranking) in the state for 

Sheehan Phinney Environmental Group Earns Top Rankings

(June 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney’s Environmental Group has once again received the highest rankings in New Hampshire for 2017 by Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the country’s top law firms. Sheehan Phinney is the only firm in New Hampshire to be ranked Band 1 (highest ranking) in the state for all 

Sheehan Phinney Labor and Employment Group Earns Top Rankings

(June 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney’s Labor and Employment Law Group has once again received the highest rankings in New Hampshire for 2017 by Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the country’s top law firms. Sheehan Phinney is the only firm in New Hampshire to be ranked Band 1 (highest ranking) in the 

HIPAA Training

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) (collectively, HIPAA) obligate nearly all healthcare providers to protect the confidentiality of patient health information. The HIPAA Privacy Rules require so-called “covered entities” to train staff on HIPAA compliance at the start of employment and 

Burack Receives EPA New England 2017 Environmental Merit Award

(May 22, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green Shareholder Thomas S. Burack received the EPA New England’s 2017 Ira Leighton “In Service to States” Annual Award. The award was presented at the 2017 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony on May 3, 2017 at Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA. The award is named for Ira 

Non-compete, Non-solicit and Related Agreements in New Hampshire – Understanding the Basics and Avoiding Common Traps

Employees and employers frequently wonder if non-compete agreements are enforceable in New Hampshire. You won’t like this, but the answer is, “It depends.” One of the key reasons for seemingly conflicting messages about the enforceability of these agreements is that people often confuse the different types of post-employment contractual restrictions contained in the agreements. These 

Sheehan Phinney Welcomes Lopez to Boston Office

(April 26, 2017, Boston, MA) – Sheehan Phinney is proud to welcome attorney Paul Lopez to its Boston office. Lopez joins the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group where he advises employers on a wide range of issues, including terminations, wage & hour rules, benefits, discrimination, harassment, drug testing, and family & medical leave. Lopez 

Reidy Honored with BIA Above and Beyond Award

(April 26, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder, Attorney James P. Reidy has been recognized with The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire’s (BIA) 2017 Above and Beyond Award. The ‘Above and Beyond’ awards recognize those individuals who have gone the extra mile and demonstrated an extraordinary willingness and commitment to helping the 

Viscarello Named Vice Chair to CATCH Board of Directors

(April 26, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Shareholder Kenneth A. Viscarello has been named Vice Chair to the CATCH Neighborhood Housing Board of Directors. CATCH Neighborhood Housing endeavors to bring affordable homes to everyone. They are a local non-profit organization specializing in affordable housing and real estate education services in Merrimack County. No matter how the economy 

Hantz Named to Governor Sununu’s Judicial Selection Committee

(February 6, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder Bobbie Hantz has been appointed to Governor Sununu’s Judicial Selection Committee. The committee is tasked with examining all potential applicants for judicial nominations and making recommendations for qualified applicants based on experience, good character and temperament. The bipartisan Commission will be comprised of experts from across a 

Hanna Named to Board of the NH Center for Public Policy Studies

(April 26, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder Katherine Hanna was named to the Board of Directors for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies. The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies is an independent, nonpartisan organization that pursues data-based research on public policy matters, develops options, informs policy makers and advises them 

Reidy Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle

(April 15, 2017, Manchester, NH) Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle article, “Why employers shouldn’t ask about an applicant’s previous salary” Read the full article here.

NH Legal Perspective: Basic estate plans and why every millennial needs one

Millenials get a lot of attention. Media and companies analyze what we like and how we think to engage us in causes, attract us as consumers, and secure us as employees. This attention comes with stereotypes and criticisms of who we are, collectively, as millennials. Millennials can be perceived as lazy and narcissistic with misguided 

Reidy Quoted by SHRM

(April 6, 2017, Manchester, NH) Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted in the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) article, “Should Marijuana Be Removed from Pre-Employment Drug Screens?” Read the full article, here.

Reidy Quoted in Bloomberg

(March 17, 2017, Manchester, NH) Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted in the Bloomberg article, “Ban-the-Box Laws Reduce Role of Criminal Records in Hiring” Read the full article here.

Elder, Estate Planning & Probate Law: Advising Clients on Guardianships of Minors in Light of Opiate Epidemic

The number of cases filed in pursuit of guardianship over minors in the Probate and Family divisions of the NH Circuit Court increased by 23 percent from 2011 to 2015, according to state court records. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reports that the number of people in New Hampshire who died 

Reische Named to the Board of the NH Business Committee for the Arts

(April 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder Alan Reiche was named to the Board of Directors for the NH Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA). The NHBCA was formed in 1985 to educate, motivate, and recognize business support of and participation in the arts, advocates for the value of the arts in economic, social and 

DiBrigida Named to Board of NH Center for Nonprofits

(April 1, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder Joseph DiBrigida was named to the Board of Directors for the NH Center for Nonprofits. The NH Center for Nonprofits is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, statewide association dedicated to providing programs and resources that support nonprofit organizational capacity building and to partnering with sector leaders, businesses, and the 

Reidy Quoted in Bloomberg

(March 2, 2017 , Manchester, NH) Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted in the Bloomberg article, “The Case for Eating Weed at Work” Read the full article here.

NH Legal Perspective: When run-off comes onto your property

About a year ago, I wrote an article about the unintended consequences of making changes to your property without planning for water run-off and potential adverse impacts to neighboring property. Not only do such actions come with potential liability for damage claims, failing to plan for drainage issues can prevent or delay regulatory approvals and 

Reidy Quoted in Bloomberg

(February 24, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted on February 21, 2017 in the Bloomberg Legal article, “Employers Must Be ‘Nimble’ Navigating State Marijuana Laws” Read the full article here.

Sheehan Phinney Welcomes New Attorney to Boston Office

(February 1, 2016, Boston, MA) – Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA is proud to welcome D. Deniz Aktas to its Boston office. Ms. Aktas has joined the firm’s Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm, she was a legal extern for the Honorable Patti B. Saris of the United States District Court for the District 

Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 in Business Litigation

Questions linger over accessory dwelling unit law: Are condominium and homeowner associations covered?

Even if you only pick up the newspaper once in a while, there are two issues in New Hampshire that regularly make headlines: the so-called “Silver Tsunami” approaching the state and the staggering amount of student debt facing New Hampshire college graduates. These issues impact many facets of daily life and often come up in 

Q&A with former DES Commissioner Tom Burack

Boston-born Thomas Burack spent part of his early years vacationing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains before moving to Jakcson, NH, at age 10. He developed a lifelong love of the outdoors and a keen interest in environmental issues, leading to a career as an environmental lawyer before his appointment as commissioner of the state Department 

Opinion: New Class of Legal Professionals Could Help Close Justice Gap

By: Karen Morin In his article “Help for the Unrepresented: A Look at a New Approach”, published in the Sept. 21, 2016, issue of Bar News,  attorney Chuck Douglas advocates for the use of non-lawyer legal professionals to close the justice gap in New Hampshire. In contemplating how to provide low-income, unrepresented litigants with the legal 

NH Legal Perspective: Provisional patent applications are not shortcuts

Many are aware of the exclusive right of patents to stop others from making, using, selling, and importing a technology or method. While the exclusive right provided is quite appealing, it typically comes at significant, and sometimes prohibitive, financial cost. Read the full article here.

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 in Intellectual Property

Client Alert: Update on Stalled Federal Overtime Exemption Rule Changes

CLIENT ALERT by  James P. Reidy and Mark J. Ventola In a ruling issued on November 22, 2016, a Federal District Court Judge in Texas blocked implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s amendments to the overtime exemption rules under federal wage law. Before that injunction was issued, covered employers were scrambling to make changes 

Sheehan Phinney Welcomes Tom Burack to Firm’s Environmental Group

(January 24, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green is proud to welcome shareholder Thomas S. Burack to its Manchester office where he will bring significant experience to the firm’s Environment & Energy and Non-Profit Groups. Burack returns to Sheehan Phinney after serving for over ten years as the Commissioner of the New 

The ghost of Christmas yet-to-come?

Now that the dust from the November election has settled, human resources professionals, business owners and executives are anxious about what could come next. While we’ve all given up predicting, with any certainty, what the Trump team will do, here are things likely to be addressed by the new administration (shamelessly borrowing quotes from popular 

Sheehan Phinney attorneys use Relativity Analytics to win $1.2 million for client

Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green was hired to represent a founding member of a venture capital company in a separation compensation dispute. Dumped with 650,000 documents to review and a three-month arbitration deadline, Sheehan turned to Relativity Analytics. “We use Relativity Analytics on every case. The combination of different features – email threading, categorization, cluster analysis 

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 in Electronic Discovery

Lucic Named Chair of North American Lex Mundi Environmental Practice Group

(January 17, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Shareholder Robert R. Lucic has been named Chair of the  North American Lex Mundi Environmental Practice Group. He currently serves as the firm’s liaison with Lex Mundi and previously served as the Regional Vice Chair of the Environmental Practice Group. Lex Mundi is the world’s leading association of independent law firms and 

Reidy Quoted in The Washington Post

(January 6, 2017, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted in the January 6, 2017 issue of The Washington Post article, “What to expect at work in 2017” Click below for a full version of the article. What to expect at work in 2017

Former state environmental chief returns to private sector

The man who served as New Hampshire’s chief environmental officer for the past decade has returned to the law firm he left 10 years ago, with plans to help clients navigate environmental regulations. Tom Burack, who stepped down from state office at the end of December, has returned to the law firm of Sheehan Phinney, 

Harris and Stewart Quoted in NH Bar News

(December 21, 2016) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Harris and Manager of Electronic Discovery Charles Stewart were quoted in the New Hampshire Bar News article, “Attitudes on E-Discovery Evolving in NH.” Click below for a full version of the article. Attitudes on E-Discovery Evolving in NH

Stewart Quoted in Legaltech news

(December 28, 2016) – Sheehan Phinney’s Manager of Electronic Discovery Charles Stewart was quoted in the Legaltech news article, “Is E-Discovery Going Back to the Future in 2017?” Click below for a full version of the article. Is E-Discovery Going Back to the Future in 2017?

Family enterprise guide to major mental illness

(December 8, 2016, Boston, MA) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder Janet B. Fierman has co-authored a chapter of the book Sustaining Family Enterprise: Meeting the Challenges of Continuity, Control and Competitiveness, titled ‘Family enterprise guide to major mental illness’. Click here for a full copy of the chapter: Family enterprise guide to major mental illness Click here for 

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 in Private Held/Family Companies

NH Legal Perspective: Disclosing bad-performance information about ex-employees

The health-care industry is facing a shortage of qualified workers. Health-care providers faced with a job opening often spend months trying to recruit a qualified-candidate. … When licensure searches come up clean, or the prospective employee is not subject to state licensure, these employers are forced to take a leap of faith and hire someone 

Reidy Quoted in Associated Press

(December 1, 2016, Boston, MA) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted in the December 1, 2016 issue of the Associated Press article, “Q&A: Can my employer fire me for legally using marijuana?” Click below for a full version of the article. Q&A: Can my employer fire me for legally using marijuana?

Client Alert: Stop the Presses! Federal Judge Stays Implementation of the Overtime Exemption Rule Changes

CLIENT ALERT by  James P. Reidy and Mark J. Ventola In a ruling issued late yesterday, a Federal District Court Judge in Texas has blocked implementation of the Department of Labor’s amendments to the overtime exemption rules. For all who have worked hard in preparation to implement the changes that were scheduled to go into 

NH Legal Perspective: Things to consider if you’re thinking about selling your business

With improvements in the economic climate and continuing low interest rates, many private business owners have recently seen opportunities to sell their business at an attractive price. Even in good times, however, the sale of a business can be a difficult and complex process requiring considerable planning and advice. While there is no single right 

Gregoire Receives NH Health Care Association Star Award

(November 22, 2016, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney attorney, Jason D. Gregoire has been given the Star Award from the NH Health Care Association (NHHCA). Gregoire was given the award at the Association’s Annual Meeting on November 10th for his service to the organization. “Star Awards are given to New Hampshire Health Care Association members who 

Morin Named President of Paralegal Association of New Hampshire

(November 15, 2016, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney paralegal, Karen Morin, RP, has been named President of the Paralegal Association of New Hampshire (PANH), where she will serve a two year term. Morin works in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group as an IP Paralegal. She previously served as Vice President of the PANH and Chair of 

Miller Named to Saint Paul School Board of Overseers

(November 1, 2016, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder, Robert H. Miller has been named to the Board of Overseers for Saint Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program for a three year term. The Board of Overseers was established for the purposes of overseeing the advancement and success of the Advanced Studies Program, a summer academic program 

Client Alert – Massachusetts Changes Public Bid Laws

CLIENT ALERT By Janet B. Fierman On November 7, 2016, Chapter 218 of the Act of 2016, “An Act modernizing Municipal Finance and Government”, became effective. Among other things, Sections 2 through 12 of Chapter 218 change the public bid laws for government construction, procurement and repair projects by amending Chapter 30, Section 39M and