A Premier Litigation Practice
Litigation has long been a core strength at Sulloway & Hollis. Since the firm’s founding more than 160 years ago, we have continued to build on a legacy of excellence in litigation services, remaining on the leading edge of new technologies and strategies for effective advocacy.
Our attorneys draw on a wealth of experience to prepare compelling cases. We have a proven record of success and appear regularly before state and federal trial courts as well as representing clients on appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Rhode Island Supreme Court and the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals. We understand when to press forward and when to settle, depending on the unique goals of each client and the parameters of every case. We also help clients resolve disputes through arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our goal is to reach a swift, favorable and cost-effective resolution through whatever avenue is best suited to protecting our clients’ interests.
As a result of their many successes in the courtroom, our litigators have earned professional recognition from prestigious peer-review sources – including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers U.S.A., The American College of Trial Lawyers, New Hampshire Business Review Top Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell.* We are also the New Hampshire member firm of The Harmonie Group, an affiliation of independent law firms nationwide dedicated to the defense of multiple industries.
Comprehensive Litigation Services
Our litigation practice spans a wide range of legal issues. Because these issues often intersect with other practice groups, we provide clients with a well-rounded perspective, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions.
Examples of litigation matters we handle include:
- Health care litigation, including medical malpractice defense, contract disputes, physician/hospital advocacy and administrative proceedings
- Business & corporate litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes, fiduciary claims and derivative actions
- Labor & employment disputes involving ERISA, noncompete agreements, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour claims, grievance arbitration and other employment matters
- School law matters with a focus on defending school districts and educational institutions against a wide array of legal claims
- Insurance defense and coverage disputes regarding individual and group policies of all kinds
- Real estate and land use litigation, including eminent domain, inverse condemnation, zoning issues, environmental proceedings, public utility proceedings, construction disputes and tax abatement/exemption claims
- Bankruptcy proceedings with a focus on protecting creditors’ rights
- Professional responsibility counseling and litigation, including breach of fiduciary duty claims
- Probate litigation involving complex, high-asset estates and trusts
- Family law disputes involving high-asset divorce and child custody
- Bond litigation involving surety, probate and construction bonds
- Tax litigation, including property tax appeals in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire
- Appellate practice before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Massachusetts Court of Appeals, Rhode Island Supreme Court and the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Practice Group Members
- Kevin C. Cain
- Beth G. Catenza
- David W. Johnston
- Rose Marie Joly
- Edward M. Kaplan
- Rob Lanney
- Joseph R. Lavoie
- Michael P. Lehman
- Derek D. Lick
- Melissa M. Hanlon
- Peter A. Meyer
- Sarah S. Murdough
- Margaret H. Nelson
- Kevin M. O’Shea
- William D. Pandolph
- Christopher J. Pyles
- Jay Surdukowski
- Marrielle B. Van Rossum
- Ronna F. Wise
- David W. Zizik
We represent clients in litigation matters across New England. For more information about our Litigation Practice Group, please visit our contact page or call our Practice Group Leader, Derek Lick, or our Director of Business Development, Rob Lanney, at 603-223-2800.
*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.