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Jennifer L. Parent headshot
900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: 603 628 1360

Jennifer L. Parent

Director and Chair of the Litigation Department

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Biography

Jennifer is a Director and Chair of the firm's Litigation Department. She has over twenty years of experience litigating and resolving disputes for companies and business owners in a wide range of commercial cases and employment matters. She has litigated in state and federal courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Jennifer has represented employers in the areas of employment discrimination, executive termination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, contract, defamation, wages, trade secret, non-competition, and non-solicitation disputes. She has represented companies in business litigation involving contracts, tortious interference, unfair competition, shareholder, real estate, tax abatement, eminent domain, leases, misrepresentation, and other business disputes. Jennifer has also represented companies in employment and tax abatement matters at the agency level and conducted workplace trainings and discrimination/harassment investigations. She is also a trained mediator with extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution.

Jennifer received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School (1995) and her B.A., cum laude, from Boston College (1992). She also completed the St. Paul's School Advanced Studies Program (1987).

Areas of Focus

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Business/Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Land Use and Development Law
  • Tax Abatement

 

Admissions

Jennifer is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and First Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Recognition

Involvement

  • New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, Secretary (2017); Board (2015 - present)
  • Palace Theatre, Board of Trustees (2012 - present); Secretary (present)
  • National Conference of Bar President, Executive Council and Officer (2012 - present)
  • American Bar Association, Associate Delegate to ABA House of Delegates (2015 - present)
  • New England Bar Association, Board (2011 - present)
  • American Bar Association (1996 - present)
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Committee on Cooperation with the Courts, Chair (2013 - present)
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Leadership Academy, Steering Committee  (2010 - present)
  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation, Board Member and Life Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Chair for New Hampshire and Life Fellow
  • Suffolk University Law School, New Hampshire Alumni Association president
  • Opera NH, Board of Directors (2006-2012)

 

Representative Clients

  • City of Rochester v. AECOM Technology Corporation, et al, New Hampshire Supreme Court 2016-2012 (December 13, 2016).  After oral argument, successfully affirmed trial court's grant of AECOM's motion to dismiss from litigation based on statute of limitations.  On issue of first impression, Supreme Court held that doctrine of Nullum Tempus Occurrit Regi ("time does not run against the king") does not apply to municipalities in contract actions.
  • H. Boone Porter, III and Margaret Porter v. Town of Sandwich, et al, Carroll County Superior Court (2015).  After two day trial, successfully obtained judgment for Porters.  Trial court found several violations of the NH Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A et seg), vacated two separate board decisions and mooted one, awarded attorneys' fees and costs, and ordered remedial training by town boards and individuals.
  • Leon Stillwagon v. Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Inc., Hillsborough County Superior Court (2013).  Successfully defended company against claim for potentially multi-million dollars in payments to former executive.  Upheld on appeal (No. 2013 – 0716)
  • Southern Spectrum v. Town of Wolfeboro, Carroll County Superior Court (2012). Successfully obtained significant abatement for high end waterfront property after trial.
  • Green Crow Corporation v. Town of New Ipswich, Hillsborough County Superior Court Southern District (2011). Successfully obtained judgement for commercial landowner for upgrade of Class VI road to Class V road after five day trial.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of employers in federal court on claims of race discrimination under Title VII, discrimination claims under the ADA, retaliation under Title VII and New Hampshire’s anti-discrimination statute, and wrongful termination.
  • Hitchiner Manufacturing, Inc. v. Mark White, Hillsborough County Superior Court Southern District (2010).  Successfully obtained jury verdict for employer in trial to enforce relocation agreement and promissory note executed by former employee, including award of attorney fees and costs for employer.
  • Richard Dennis v. Osram Sylvania, Inc., 549 F .3d 851 (1st cir 2008).  Successfully upheld summary judgment in favor of employer at First Circuit Court of Appeals on dismissal of retaliation claim.
  • Shawn Rye v. Allegro Microsystems, Inc., Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District (2006).  After an eleven day jury trial, successfully obtained defendant’s verdict on claims of sexual orientation and gender discrimination under the New Hampshire law against discrimination and claims of retaliation.
  • State v. Skip Fern Trust V, Board of Tax and Land Appeals (2008).  Successfully obtained fair compensation award of $2.4 million for landowner in taking of private property by state by eminent domain.
  • Successfully reversed on appeal planning board’s denial of permanently vested rights under development project by successor in interest. 
  • Steir v. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., 150 N.H. 212 (2003).  Finding no tolling of statute of limitations under New Hampshire’s anti-discrimination statute for minors.
  • Steir v. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., 383 F .3d 7 (1st Cir. 2004).  Upholding summary judgment in favor of defendant.
  • Minuteman, LLC & a. v. Microsoft Corporation, 147 N.H. 634 (2002).  Finding indirect purchaser rule applies to New Hampshire anti-trust statute.

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