Concentration

  • Civil Litigation and Trial Practice in State and Federal Court
  • Employment Law
  • Business Disputes

Specific Civil Litigation Experience

  • Managed over 500 civil litigation cases to conclusion on behalf of institutions, businesses and individuals in 35 years of legal experience.
  • Trial of cases in state and federal courts including the defense of a complex civil rights class action as well as cases involving wrongful death, police misconduct, bodily injury, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, tax abatement and shareholder, partnership and contract disputes.
  • Provided representation in multiple jurisdictions including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

Admitted to Bar

  • Pennsylvania (1979)
  • New Hampshire (1986)

Prior Practice Associations

  • Cleveland, Waters & Bass, P.A.
    Shareholder/Director (1988 – 1996)
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Rawle and Henderson
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1979 – 1986)

Education

  • BA, cum laude, University of New Hampshire (1976)
  • JD, cum laude, Villanova University (1979)

Professional Associations

  • New Hampshire Bar Association

Prior Charitable/Civic

  • Board of Directors, Woodside School, Concord, New Hampshire
  • Board of Directors, Community Bridges, Bow, New Hampshire

Honors

  • Villanova Law Review, 1977-1979

Publications

  • “Employee References: Saying Too Much About a Terminated Employee Can Land a Former Employer in Court”, Business NH, December 1993
  • “The 0.5% Trade Allowance: The Third Circuit Holds the Custom Unenforceable Under COGSA”, 10 Maritime Lawyer 183 (1985)

Presentations and lectures

  • The Mercedes Maria: The Case for the Customary Trade Allowance, a presentation to the Petroleum Cargo Claims Forum for the Maritime Industry, New York City (June 18, 1985)
  • Public Officials Liability: How Successful Can Your Defense Be?, a presentation to the Annual Conference of the New Hampshire Municipal Association (November 15, 1989)
  • Municipal Employment Practices Liability Seminar, a presentation to the New Hampshire Municipal Association Property Liability Insurance Trust, Inc. (October 11, 1990)
  • Sexual Harassment – A Loss Prevention Workshop, a presentation to the New Hampshire Municipal Association-Property Liability Insurance Trust, Inc. (June 17, 1991)
  • Understanding the Insurance of Claims Against Public Officials, a presentation to the Annual Conference of the New Hampshire Municipal Association (November 13, 1991)
  • Substantive Due Process and Land Use Regulation, a guest lecture at the Franklin Pierce Law Center (March 18, 1992)
  • Highway and Sidewalk Liability under R.S.A. 231:90-93, a presentation to the New Hampshire Municipal Association-Property Liability Insurance Trust, Inc. (May 28, 1992)
  • Overview of 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 Litigation, a presentation to the Advanced Real Estate Law in New Hampshire Seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute, Inc. (October 21, 1992)
  • Municipal Records Maintenance, a presentation to the Annual Conference of the New Hampshire Municipal Association (November 13, 1992)
  • Municipal Tort Liability, a presentation to the Municipal Law Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association (November 17, 1993)
  • Introduction to the Law of Employee Termination: Does the Employee Really Serve at Will? a presentation to the Employment Law Symposium sponsored by Cleveland, Waters & Bass, P.A. (January 6, 1994)
  • Employee Recommendations: Pitfalls and Loss Prevention Techniques, a presentation to the Employment Law Symposium sponsored by Cleveland, Waters & Bass, P.A. (January 6, 1994)
  • Hiring and Firing, a presentation to the Retail Merchants’ Association of New Hampshire (May 2, 1996)
  • Sexual Harassment, Loss Prevention & Liability Avoidance Techniques for the Employer, a symposium for employers sponsored by the Law Offices of Craig L. Staples (February 20, 1997)
  • Advice to Town and City Managers on the Effective Negotiation of Executive Contracts and Severance Agreements, a presentation to the New Hampshire Managers’ Association (October 21, 1994/April 21, 2000)