Bruce Felmly to Receive E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism

The New Hampshire Bar Association announced that attorney Bruce Felmly will be receiving the E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism at their Annual Meeting on June 7-9, 2024. This award is given to a professional who is an expert in law and whose work is in service to clients, in the spirit of public service, and part of a common calling to promote justice and public good.

Bruce is a distinguished trial lawyer with a career spanning over four decades. With an extensive record of trying cases in state and federal courts to both juries and judges, he has a national reputation as a well-regarded legal advocate.  Bruce’s commitment to the legal professional includes serving as President of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and decades on the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners, currently serving as Vice Chair.  Bruce’s leadership and expertise have left a lasting mark on the State’s legal community.

Bruce’s expertise as a trial lawyer led to his selection as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, where he served as a Regent on the College national board, contributing significantly to the advancement of trial advocacy standards. Bruce’s commitment to excellence is further highlighted by his recognition in Chambers USA, where he holds the esteemed Band 1 ranking for Litigation: General Commercial. In addition, his inclusion in Best Lawyers in America encompasses four distinct litigation practice areas.

Bruce’s current practice encompasses a wide array of complex commercial disputes, ranging from employment matters, environmental cases, product liability class action defense, corporate governance, and contract disputes. He is equally adept at representing clients in substantial personal injury and medical malpractice cases, demonstrating his versatility as a trial lawyer.

Bruce is the author of the highly regarded American Bar Association publication, “Preparing for Trial — 60 Days and Counting,” a handbook offering invaluable insights into trial preparation methodologies, evidence organization, and witness preparation.

Bruce can be reached in the firm’s Manchester office at or 603-628-1448.