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New England Super Lawyers recognizes 12 Dinse Attorneys

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announces that eleven attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list in six different practice areas, and one attorney has been selected for inclusion on the 2016 New England Rising Stars list.  Attorneys are identified as “Super Lawyers” based on extensive nomination and polling among New England attorneys aimed at identifying New England’s top attorneys in each class. Attorneys are identified as being “Rising Stars” based on extensive nomination and polling among New England attorneys who are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

The practice areas and the attorney(s) listed in each area for the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list are as follows:

  • Business Litigation: Ritchie Berger, Karen McAndrew
  • Business/Corporate Law: Jeffrey McMahan, Brian Murphy, Afi Ahmadi, David Gurtman
  • Employment & Labor Law: Jeffrey Nolan
  • Estate Planning & Probate: Mark Langan
  • Health Care Law: Linda Cohen
  • Real Estate Law: Molly Langan, Austin Hart

The practice area and attorney listed for the 2016 New England Rising Stars list is as follows:

  • Construction Litigation: Andy Macilwaine

Dinse Welcomes New Attorneys

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew is pleased to announce that Kienan D. Christianson, Malory S. Lea and Lauren Sampson joined the firm in September as associate attorneys.

Mr. Christianson is a member of the firm’s litigation group. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable Justice Robinson of the Vermont Supreme Court and the Honorable Joan M. Azrack of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He graduated from New York Law School where he served as an Articles Editor for the New York Law School Law Review and was a member of the law school’s Justice Action Center.


Dinse receives top rankings in Chambers USA 2016

The 2016 edition of Chambers USA, a leading directory of American lawyers and law firms, recognized 10 Dinse attorneys in their practice areas. The new guide, released May 27, also recognizes the firm as among Vermont’s best in every category of practice.

The firm’s Labor & Employment group was described as a “Distinguished employment law practice, noted for its strength in the education and healthcare sectors. Experienced in a wide range of employment law matters, including discrimination litigation, terminations and unemployment compensation.

The firm’s Litigation group received the highest possible ranking and clients agreed that Dinse’s Litigation group is “Very client-centered, supportive and competent.

The firm’s Real Estate group also received the highest ranking and was described by Chambers as being a “Highly respected practice, offering advice across a diverse range of real estate issues, including transactional matters, financing and development.

The firm’s highly-ranked Intellectual Property practice is noted as a “Noteworthy practice that specializes in technology licensing, trademarks and copyright matters. Strong experience in domestic and international trademark clearance, prosecution, registration, enforcement and maintenance.

And the firm’s Corporate/Commercial group was top-ranked, with Chambers’ sources saying Dinse is a “Market-leading practice, well known for its transactional and regulatory work in healthcare and higher education. Also offers noted experience pertaining to the technology, software and construction sectors.

Corporate/Commercial (Band 1)
Afi Ahmadi (Band 3)
David Gurtman (Band 3)
Brian R. Murphy (Band 1)
Jeffrey J. McMahan (Band 1)

Intellectual Property (Band 2)
Jeffrey J. McMahan (Band 2)

Labor & Employment (Band 1)
Amy M. McLaughlin (Band 1)
Jeffrey J. Nolan (Band 2)
Karen McAndrew (Band 1)

Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)
Ritchie Berger (Band 1)
Ritchie Berger (Spotlight Table)
Karen McAndrew (Band 1)

Real Estate (Band 1)
Austin Hart (Band 1)
Molly Langan (Band 1)


Linda J. Cohen receives Master of Healthcare Delivery Science degree

We are pleased to announce that Linda J. Cohen, a Director at the firm, has been awarded a Master of Healthcare Delivery Science Degree from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and Geisel School of Medicine.

Linda focuses her practice on counseling health care providers navigate the evolution to value based reimbursement.  She works with ACOs, health systems, providers and entrepreneurs to achieve compliance and business objectives.   Ms. Cohen advises on regulatory compliance, reimbursement and transactions.  Her compliance counseling includes state and federal fraud and abuse laws, corporate governance, reimbursement, professional services agreements, data use, reimbursement contracts, and patient health care information privacy under state law and HIPAA.  She serves as outside general counsel for ACOs, home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities and has substantial experience in reimbursement issues involving both governmental and commercial payors, having litigated many disputes to conclusion.


Molly Langan joins King Street Center’s Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that Molly Langan joined the King Street Center’s Board of Directors in January. King Street Center is a not-for-profit community organization that provides children and families the core life-building skills necessary for a healthy and productive future.

Ms. Langan, a Director of the firm, concentrates her practice in the commercial area, focusing on transactions involving complex real estate issues.


Nicole Andreson elected to the American Law Institute

We are pleased to announce that Nicole Andreson has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI). Ms. Andreson is one of 72 newly elected judges, lawyers, and law professors from around the country.  ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

Ms. Andreson’s practice is focused on the representation of physicians and hospitals in professional malpractice actions in both federal and state courts.  Immediately prior to joining the firm, Ms. Andreson served as a Deputy State’s Attorney for the Chittenden County State’s Attorneys’ Office.  During her tenure at the State’s Attorneys’ Office, Ms. Andreson prosecuted sexual assaults and crimes against children. Prior to prosecuting, Ms. Andreson worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.


Two Dinse attorneys recognized as litigation stars in Benchmark Litigation 2016

We are pleased to announce that Ritchie E. Berger and Karen McAndrew are featured in Benchmark Litigation 2016 as Litigation Stars for their outstanding work in litigation. The results of Benchmark Litigation stem from the culmination of a six-month research period where researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers.

Mr. Berger is head of the Litigation Section of the firm and is considered one of Vermont’s premier trial lawyers.  He concentrates on the defense of complex civil litigation throughout Vermont and New England. He is a Fellow and Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Past-President of Vermont Chapter.

Ms. McAndrew is one of Vermont’s leading trial lawyers.   She headed the firm’s litigation practice for many years, and was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1997.  She has successfully tried many complex civil cases in state and federal courts, and handled numerous appeals in the Vermont Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has a particular concentration in higher education law.


David Gurtman receives Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Stars Recognition award

We are pleased to announce that David Gurtman has received Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Stars recognition award. He is among 40 award winners under the age of 40. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.

David Gurtman joined the firm in 2006. Mr. Gurtman practices in the areas of business transactions, non-profit organizations and commercial real estate. Mr. Gurtman advises Vermont companies on legal issues impacting their business, including structuring and closing strategic acquisitions and dispositions, capital raising and financing transactions, the formation of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, supply and distribution agreements, and tax planning.  His clients range from entrepreneurial startups to mature companies with operations within and outside of Vermont.  He has also been involved in some of the largest renewable energy projects in the state and provides state and federal tax advice related to such projects.  His practice also includes advising tax exempt organizations in entity organization and formation, recognition of their tax-exempt status and corporate governance matters including drafting bylaws and operating policies. Prior to joining Dinse, he served as a law clerk for the Vermont trial courts in Chittenden and Addison Counties.  He currently serves on the Boards of CarShareVT, Chittenden County Bar Association, Leadership Champlain, and is member of the Vermont Business Roundtable.


Best Lawyers Recognizes Twelve Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew Attorneys

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announces that twelve of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) in nineteen different practice areas. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The practice areas and the attorney(s) listed in each area are as follows:

  • Commercial Litigation: Ritchie E. Berger, Karen McAndrew
  • Corporate Compliance Law: David Gurtman
  • Corporate Governance Law: Brian Murphy
  • Corporate Law: Jeffrey J. McMahan, Brian R. Murphy
  • Education Law: Jeffrey J. Nolan, Karen McAndrew
  • Employment Law – Management: Amy M. McLaughlin, Jeffrey J. Nolan, Karen McAndrew
  • Immigration Law: Leigh Polk Cole
  • Litigation – Construction: Karen McAndrew
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property: Shapleigh Smith, Jr., Karen McAndrew
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment: Amy M. McLaughlin
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants: Ritchie E. Berger
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law: Brian R. Murphy
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law: Brian R. Murphy
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants: Ritchie E. Berger, Karen McAndrew
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants: Shapleigh Smith, Jr.
  • Real Estate Law: Austin D. Hart, Molly Langan
  • Tax Law: Mark A. Langan
  • Technology Law: Jeffrey J. McMahan
  • Trusts and Estates: Mark A. Langan