January 25. 2015 8:18PM

Dan McKenna: He advocates for those faced with life-changing trauma

Union Leader Correspondent

DERRY — Dan McKenna says he put a lot of thought into becoming an attorney and found his place in the courtroom, representing clients in personal injury cases.

A native of Derry, McKenna works as associate attorney at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC in Manchester. He represents people who have been hurt through no fault of their own.“I like doing this type of work because I enjoy working with a client; I enjoy being able to help someone and advocate for someone as they are trying to navigate the traditional system and the insurance system after some traumatic life event,” McKenna, 30, said.

He added, “Clients in the end would always wish they’d never been through whatever event, whatever got them to come to our office. But if we can advocate for them and help them through the process — I like doing that.”

A Pinkerton Academy graduate, McKenna earned his undergraduate degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He received his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston.

While he enjoys his job, McKenna said he tries to balance his career with spending time with his wife, Shannan, and their two children: daughter, Brynn, 4, and son, Colin, 2.

Like many other busy professionals, he said this is one of the biggest challenges he faces.

“Just finding time to do your job, then also give back to the community, be involved, and still find time to be with your family; I’m always trying to do a better job of managing those things,” he said.

Along with his devotion to his family and profession, McKenna finds time to be extremely active as a volunteer in the community. He currently serves on the Derry Cooperative School Board; is the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s legal counsel; and is a board member of Southern New Hampshire Services.

He served as a state representative for Derry from 2007-08.

McKenna credits his parents with helping him become active in the community.

“The big reason I’m so involved is because they were and encouraged me,” he said.