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 all areas, which include Corporate/Commercial (including Tax), Environment, Labor & Employment, Litigation and Real Estate.

In addition, 3 Sheehan Phinney attorneys were recognized as among the nation’s top lawyers in their respective fields:

Peter S. Cowan – Litigation: General Commercial
James Q. Shirley – Litigation: General Commercial
Charles A. Waters – Commercial Litigation (Massachusetts)

Chambers USA comments:

What the team is known for: Considered to be a leading name for commercial litigation in New Hampshire. Offers litigation services for individuals and organizations in a wide range of industries including education, insurance and retail. Also known for its skills in mediation and arbitration.

A client praises the team for its communication, saying: “I have been very happy with the service. I think communication is key. They are open and honest about the possible outcomes of cases from the start, and they give me realistic approaches on things.”

Key Attorneys:

Peter Cowan represents clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, including consumer protection and breach of contract cases. Clients regard him as a “great litigator,” noting also that “he is a great communicator.”

The hugely experienced James Shirley remains a highly respected figure at the New Hampshire Bar. He is widely recognized for his broad expertise in contentious commercial matters, including product liability disputes, toxic torts and insurance coverage cases.

About Chambers USA

Each year Chambers USA researchers conduct thousands of interviews with attorneys and clients across the United States in order to rank attorneys based on their reputation in the market. The rankings are based on qualities such as technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence and commitment. For each firm referenced in the directory, Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers, provides detailed quotations from clients and peers, a list of practice strengths, an overview of recent work and a client listing. The guide is available on-line at

About the Firm

Sheehan Phinney is a full service business law firm representing local, national and international clients with innovative approaches and practical solutions. Founded in 1937, Sheehan Phinney has grown to over 60 attorneys with four offices throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is known for professional excellence, practical counsel and commitment to both its clients and the communities it serves. Sheehan Phinney is the exclusive member in New Hampshire of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of premier independent law firms.