Health Care Attorney, Sheehan Phinney

Birthplace: Auburn

Family: Wife, Kiele; two sons, Hayes (5) and Wyn (3); and a baby girl due in February 2019

High school: Pinkerton Academy, Derry

College/post grad degrees: Northeastern University, B.S. (2007) – Political Science; Vermont Law School, J.D. (2010)

What is the best career advice you ever received?

One of my mentors at Sheehan Phinney, Brian Thomas, encouraged me to find a specialty in the law that fueled my personal interests and filled a need at the firm and in the state. After litigating business cases for several years, the opportunity arose for me to join the firm’s health care group. Given that I originally went to college to be a pharmacist, and my interest in health policy issues, this specialty was a natural fit and I am very pleased that I seized this wonderful opportunity.

Why did you choose your profession?

Because I like to help people. I take great pleasure in easing anxiety and helping clients navigate murky legal waters to resolve complex issues and find creative solutions to their problems. My most rewarding experiences in my professional life are those where clients have told me that helped ease their nerves in a time of immense stress or listened to what they were saying when no one else seemed to hear them.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

From an early age, my parents extolled the virtues of giving back to those who are less fortunate and involved me in the process of giving back. Whether it was going with my mom to pick up presents for a Salvation Army family, being encouraged to volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club, or hearing about my parents’ favorite charities, I was raised to believe that giving back to my community is a civic and personal duty. I am fortunate to have joined a law firm that supports my community activities. I now try to live in the model of extraordinary Sheehan lawyers like Bill Green, Kimon Zachos, and Brad Cook, who have given back so much to their communities.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Slow down, have fun, and be grateful for what you have. Like many lawyers, I was laser focused on getting good grades in order to get into a good law school and move to the next phase of life. This focus often led to tunnel vision and the inability to just cut loose and live in the moment. I am still working on this issue and try hard to be present for my family and teach my children the importance of living in the moment and trying to be grateful for what we have every day. Luckily, my beautiful wife, Kiele, is really good at all of these things and helps me along.

Volunteer activities: Board member – N.H. Providers’ Association (trade group for drug and alcohol treatment providers); board member – N.H. Long Term Care Foundation (nonprofit that raises scholarship money for long-term care employees); Education Committee Member – N.H. Health Care Association (plan events for long-term care facilities); Volunteer – Exeter Trails Committee; Former Chair – Exeter Conservation Commission; former board member – New Horizons for New Hampshire; frequent lecturer for health care trade groups such as N.H. Health Care Association, Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of N.H., Bi-State Primary Care Association, Medical Group Management Association, and N.H. Providers Association.

Last major achievement: Named Rising Star in Health Care Law by New England Super Lawyers in 2018.