Sheehan Phinney Named Top in State by Best Lawyers® for 2024; Seven Named Lawyer of the Year

(August 17, 2023, Manchester, NH, Boston, MA) – Sheehan Phinney is proud to announce that forty-two attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2023.

In addition, seven Sheehan attorneys were selected as 2024 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ in their respective practice areas. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the ‘Lawyer of the Year’. Each has received a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity:

Elizabeth Bailey – Litigation/Labor & Employment
Matthew Benson Corporate Law
Ann Butenhof Elder Law
Christopher Cole Employment Law/Individuals
Scott Ellison Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Colleen Lyons Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Kenneth Viscarello Real Estate Law

Three of our recognized attorneys have been selected in the ‘Ones to Watch’ section, a recognition given to attorneys who typically have been in practice for 5-9 years for outstanding professional excellence in private practice:

Brian J. Bouchard – Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law/Management, Litigation/Construction, Litigation/Labor and Employment
Gregory A. Chakmakas Real Estate Law
Emily B. Penaskovic Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law

The thirty-nine Sheehan Phinney attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers in America® for 2024 include:

Boston, MA
Bruce H. Bagdasarian Real Estate Law, Commercial Finance Law
Jeff D. Bernarducci – Litigation/Construction
Kathleen O’Neill Burgener – Real Estate Law
Alexander Pyle Corporate Law
Mark J. Ventola Employment Law – Management
Karen A. Whitley – Litigation, Labor and Employment

Concord, NH
Robert P. Cheney – Energy and Environmental Law

Manchester, NH
Elizabeth A. Bailey – Litigation/Labor and Employment, Employment Law/Management
Peter T. Beach – Litigation & Controversy/Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax Law
Matthew H. Benson Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Technology Law, Venture Capital Law
Judith L. Bomster Elder Law, Trusts & Estates
Thomas S. Burack – Environmental Law
Ann N. Butenhof Elder Law
Christopher M. Candon – Corporate Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Megan C. Carrier – Commercial Litigation, Litigation/Insurance, Litigation/Labor & Employment, Litigation/Land Use and Zoning
Andrea G. Chatfield Employment Law/Management
Bradford E. Cook – Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts & Estates
James G. Cook – Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Technology Law
Peter S. Cowan – Commercial Litigation
Joseph A. DiBrigida – Corporate Law
Andrew B. Eills Healthcare Law
Scott W. Ellison  Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law
Jason D. Gregoire – Health Care Law
Katherine M. Hanna – Health Care Law
James P. Harris – Commercial Litigation
Courtney H.G. Herz – Commercial Litigation
James S. LaMontagne – Commercial Litigation
Robert R. Lucic – Commercial Litigation
Colleen Lyons – Corporate Law, Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Mergers and Acquisitions
Susan A. Manchester – Real Estate Law
David W. McGrath – Mediation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law/Management, Labor Law/Management, Employment Law/Individuals
Robert H. Miller – Commercial Litigation, Litigation/Land Use and Zoning
Jennifer Shea Moeckel Employment Law/Management
Margaret E. Probish – Commercial Finance Law, Real Estate Law
James P. Reidy – Employment Law/Management, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Labor Law/Management
James Q. Shirley – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Douglas G. Verge Litigation/Intellectual Property, Trademark Law
Kenneth A. Viscarello – Corporate Law, Real Estate Law

Portsmouth, NH
Christopher Cole – Labor Law/Management, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law/Individuals & Management, Litigation: Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment and Land Use & Zoning

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.