McLane Middleton Announces Annual Award Winners

The law firm of McLane Middleton is pleased to announce its annual award winners – Ramey D. Sylvester (Jack B. Middleton Pro Bono Award), Kimberly A. Kramer and Patrick C. Closson (John A. Graf Client Service Award), and Ashley LaPointe (John R. McLane Jr. Community Service Award).

The awards were presented at the firm’s recent Colleague Recognition Reception.

Ramey Sylvester was the recipient of the 16th annual Jack B. Middleton Pro Bono Legal Services Award for her outstanding commitment to serving citizens in need.  McLane Middleton created the award in support of its efforts to help ensure that all New Hampshire residents, regardless of resources, have access to the justice system.  Since the firm’s inception over a century ago, McLane Middleton has been a consistent leader in supporting the state’s most vulnerable constituents.  The award is named after Jack Middleton, who has worked tirelessly for over 65 years giving back to those most in need.  As the firm has grown into Massachusetts, its pro bono commitment has grown too, and now serves citizens of both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Ramey is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group.  She can be reached in the firm’s Manchester office at (603) 628-1355 or

Kim Kramer and Pat Closson were the recipients of the firm’s annual John A. Graf Client Service Award.  The award is named in honor of a former partner in the firm who was relentlessly focused on solving his clients’ problems.  The award is provided annually to the McLane Middleton attorney, paralegal, or administrative colleague(s) who exemplifies the highest level of client responsiveness and excellence in service based on colleague observations, peer reviews, and client recommendations.  Kim is a director and member of the firm’s Corporate Department.  Pat is a director and chair of the firm’s Corporate Department.  Throughout 2020, Kim and Pat provided practical knowledge to the business community during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering free webinars, presentations, and articles on the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act.  Kim can be reached in the firm’s Boston office at (857) 305-1964 or  Pat can be reached in the firm’s Manchester and Portsmouth offices at (603) 628-1457 or

Ashley LaPointe was the recipient of the firm’s John R. McLane, Jr. Community Service Award.  This annual award is given to the McLane Middleton attorney, paralegal, or administrative colleague who exemplifies the highest commitment to the community based on colleague observations and peer reviews.  The award is named after former partner, John R. McLane, Jr., who had a long history serving the community.  Ashley is a legal administrative assistant in the firm’s Trusts & Estates Department, and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Community Service Committee.