Dec 10, 2014
Eber Appointed ARLNH Board Chair
Jennifer A. Ebert
has been elected as chair of the board of directors of the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire.
Dec 08, 2014
is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1904, with the mission to protect, rescue, and adopt animals to the public. The organization receives no federal or state funding support and is solely dependent upon fundraising events and private donations to support its cause.
Geiger Appointed to NHSEA Board
Susan S. Geiger
was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association
NHSEA's mission is to educate NH citizens, businesses, and organizations about sustainable energy and to advocate in NH for favorable sustainable energy policies.
Nov 24, 2014
Geiger Moderates NECBC Roundtable
, a member of Orr & Reno’s Energy Practice Group, moderated a roundtable discussion at the annual meeting of the New England–Canada Business Council in Boston on November 13, 2104.
The discussion concerned the New England Governors’ Regional Energy Infrastructure and New England States Committee on Electricity. Panelists included: Eric Johnson, Director of External Affairs at ISO-NE; James Daly, Vice President of Energy Supply at Northeast Utilities; Dan Dolan, President of the New England Power Generators Association; Thomas Welch, Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission; and Richard Kanoff, a partner at Burns & Levinson.
Oct 31, 2014
Event: Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege in the Digital Age
William L. Chapman
will discuss the challenges involved in maintaining attorney-client privilege in the digital age at an Orr & Reno seminar on November 18.
Oct 23, 2014
for additional details or to register. There is no fee to attend this event.
Smith Appointed Vice-Chair of BIA Committee
Maureen D. Smith
has been appointed by the New Hampshire Business & Industry Association to serve as Vice Chair of the BIA Energy & Telecommunications Policy Committee. Smith has more than 30 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors and is a member of Orr & Reno’s Energy and Environmental practice groups. She has an extensive background in regulatory and policy development and focuses her practice on energy and manufacturing facilities. The BIA is New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and business advocate.
Oct 15, 2014
Orr & Reno Attorneys Named As "Super Lawyers"
Twelve Orr & Reno attorneys have been selected as “New England Super Lawyers” for 2014 by the nationally recognized Super Lawyers rating service. Four of the twelve were designated as “Rising Stars.”
“This is a real honor for us,” says Orr & Reno president Peter Burger. “Although no more than 5 percent of lawyers across New Hampshire are chosen as Super Lawyers and 2.5 percent as Rising Stars, almost half of our attorneys were selected. It makes me prouder than ever of our team.”
The Super Lawyers selection process is unique, involving independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations to identify outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
The Rising Star selection process (for lawyers age 40 or under who have been practicing for 10 or fewer years) is similar and is designed to recognize a state’s younger lawyers.
The lawyers selected at Orr & Reno are:
- Peter F. Burger, business/corporate and real estate law. Peter has been recognized as a Super Lawyer annually since 2007.
- William L. Chapman, appellate and communications law. Bill has been recognized as a Super Lawyer annually since 2007.
- Jeremy D. Eggleton, general litigation, appellate, and land use/zoning law. Jeremy has been recognized as a Rising Star annually since 2007.
- Susan S. Geiger, energy and natural resources, utilities, and government relations law. Susan has been recognized as a Super Lawyer annually since 2007.
- Rachel Aslin Goldwasser, energy, natural resources, general litigation, and land use/zoning law. Rachel was first recognized as a Rising Star in 2010.
- James F. Laboe, business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and general litigation. Jim was first recognized as a Rising Star in 2010.
- John A. Malmberg, health care law. John was first recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2007.
- Douglas L. Patch, energy and natural resources, administrative, and communications law. Douglas was first recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2007.
- Rebecca Perkins, business/corporate, real estate, and tax law. Rebecca is recognized as a Rising Star for 2014.
- George W. Roussos, administrative, government relations, and business/corporate law. George was first recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2007.
- Jeffrey C. Spear, business litigation. Jeffrey is recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2014.
- Lisa Snow Wade, health care law, business litigation, and general litigation. Lisa was first recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2008.
Oct 07, 2014
Nominations for Super Lawyer and Rising Star are carefully tracked by the Super Lawyers organization and cannot be purchased or manipulated. The organization’s Super Lawyer Magazine
reaches 13 million readers in the United States and is available online at www.superlawyers.com
Lane to Participate in Upcoming Panels
Orr & Reno shareholder Connie B. Lane
will participate in two upcoming panel presentations.
On October 15, Lane will join colleagues from other firms as they discuss their real estate practices. The session is intended to introduce attorneys with limited experience in real estate law to the practice and provide insight to assist in choosing areas of practice. The event is sponsored by Chicago Title Insurance and its agents and will take place at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.
On November 1, Lane will discuss board development at the “The Law, Small Museums, and Historic Houses” conference. The event will take place at the Mount Kearsage Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire.
Oct 06, 2014
Orr & Reno Launches O2 for Entrepreneurs
Orr & Reno has launched an innovative new specialty legal practice known as “O2 for Entrepreneurs” (www.o2legal.com
), providing flat fee, technology-based legal services for business startups in the region and beyond. The announcement was made today by Peter F. Burger, president of the firm.
“We’re excited about O2 for Entrepreneurs,” says Burger. “It’s designed to do just what its name suggests—help breathe oxygen and life into new business startups by giving them the legal services they need, making them more accessible, and taking billing surprises out of the equation. As far as we know, it’s the first service of its kind in the region.”
“We’re on the younger side,” says Perkins, “with our own entrepreneurial spirit, tech savvy, and forward-thinking interest in helping to rebuild New Hampshire’s tradition of innovation. Today, you can launch a business with little more than a laptop, and our state is in fact home to a growing community of entrepreneurs. But when things get real, startups need legal help just like big companies. That’s where we come in.”
The practice specializes in bundled services—many offered for a flat fee—of the kind that business startups often need, including guidance on company formation, contracts, intellectual property protection, basic tax strategy, licensing agreements, venture capital planning, and crowdfunding.
“Our job is to help make things easier for any new business, whether it’s high-tech, retail, farming, or even a brewery,” says Grosvenor. “On top of our focused legal services and business-sense approach, we’re also current with technology—working with clients electronically (via email, chat, video-call, secure cloud services, and more), over the phone, and in-person. We get it done right, we get it done affordably, and we get it done fast.” He adds that the practice has launched a new website at www.o2legal.com
“Critically,” concludes Perkins, “Orr & Reno stands behind us. The firm has deep resources and an energetic, collaborative culture. We have the good fortune to be able to leverage this—whether our clients need unusually specialized counsel today or are simply aiming to grow rapidly tomorrow—to help ensure good outcomes for everyone we serve at O2 for Entrepreneurs.”
A native of Stratham, New Hampshire, Rebecca Perkins trained at Dartmouth and Cornell and practiced in New York City and Washington, D.C., before returning home. Rebecca was named to Super Lawyer’s New England Rising Stars list in 2013-2014. She advises on financing options and structures, with a focus on crowdfunding as a new tool for raising capital. She also serves as the chair of the board of Natik, a nonprofit humanitarian organization in Boston that she helped found, and in her free time works to help keep young professionals in New Hampshire through community and housing development in the Seacoast. She is also a published author and co-author of articles on the revitalization of New Hampshire downtowns and other topics. Before her life as lawyer, she served in the Peace Corps in West Africa as a volunteer in small business development. Today, Perkins lives in Portsmouth and enjoys running, cooking, gardening, and playing with the local rugby club.
Andrew Grosvenor is a native of Rhode Island, a graduate of Trinity College and Vermont Law School, and has lived in Vermont and New Hampshire for the past 10 years. He provides counsel on all aspects of small business, with a focus in copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law. In addition, he recently served as a judicial extern with former Orr & Reno shareholder Justice James Bassett of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Earlier, he was a piano player in a touring rock band and is still passionate about music. He enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and running, and is also a home brewer.
Oct 05, 2014
Malmberg to Present at HFMA Event
Orr & Reno shareholder John A. Malmberg will present at the 2014 Fall Institute of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, New Hampshire-Vermont Chapter. The conference will take place on October 15 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.
Malmberg’s presentation will focus on compliance, with a specific emphasis on how finance and revenue cycle professionals can reduce coding risk.
Sep 30, 2014
Smith Addresses NH Energy Summit
Maureen D. Smith
, Director at Orr & Reno, spoke at the September 29, 2014 New Hampshire Energy Summit on the challenges and opportunities arising from a recent U.S.E.P.A. proposal to address climate change by limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Smith discussed the legal and policy implications stemming from the proposal and fielded questions from policymakers and industry on the likely outcome of the final rule. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan and Scott Brown also spoke about energy policy. The conference was presented in Concord, NH, by member organizations of the New Hampshire Independent Energy Council.
Sep 22, 2014
Geiger and Smith Author Bar News Articles
Orr & Reno shareholders Susan S. Geiger
and Maureen D. Smith
authored articles in the September 17, 2014 issue of the New Hampshire Bar Association Bar News publication.
Geiger's article examined recently revamped NH Public Utility Commission telephone utility rules that implement legislation intended to substantially decrease regulation of the state’s telephone companies.
Smith's article reviewed the potential impact of a recent EPA proposal that would mandate a nationwide carbon emission reduction of 30 percent by 2030 from the power sector, as well as a 25 percent reduction in other health-threatening pollutants.
Sep 19, 2014
Orr & Reno Hosts Environmental and Energy Entrepreneurs
On September 18, 2014, Orr & Reno hosted members of E2/Environmental Entrepreneurs and the New Hampshire CleanTech Council to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new carbon rules and New Hampshire’s Clean Tech economy.
Speakers included Steve Duprey from The Duprey Companies; Michael Fitzgerald from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services's Air Resources Division; Marc Boom from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2); and Kate Epsen from the NH CleanTech Council.
to learn more about Orr & Reno's Energy Law practice group.