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New Hampshire, Nashua, Martin, Lord & Osman, P.a.

New Hampshire, Nashua, Martin, Lord & Osman, P.a.

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Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A. has its origins in the early 1900s in Laconia, New Hampshire with the practice of Oscar Young. After practicing alone for several years, in 1920 Oscar Young hired Thomas P. Cheney as his associate, and they practiced in the "Baldi Building" at 644 Main Street. Eventually the firm name became Young & Cheney. In 1925 Oscar Young was appointed to the New Hampshire Superior Court and eventually he became its Chief Justice in 1941. The Law Office of Thomas P. Cheney moved in 1927 to the former Laconia Savings Bank Building which was located on the site of the present Laconia downtown mall. The firm remained there for many years. William S. Lord (1906-1996) became an associate of Thomas Cheney in the 1930s. In 1935 Thomas Cheney was appointed by the Governor to be the New Hampshire Attorney General. In 1936 Arthur H. Nighswander and William S. Lord became partners and the firm's name became Cheney, Nighswander & Lord and then Nighswander & Lord in 1946, after the death of Thomas Cheney. In 1949 Hugh H. Bownes joined the firm as an associate and became a partner in 1952 and the firm name became Nighswander, Lord & Bownes. Hugh Bownes was appointed by the Governor to the New Hampshire Superior Court in 1966, and eventually appointed by President Johnson to the United States District Court for the State of New Hampshire in 1968. In October 1977 he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Upon his retirement from the United States State Department, General Conrad E. Snow became of counsel to the firm from 1958 until he died in 1975. Willard G. Martin, Jr. was hired as an associate in 1964 and became a partner in 1968. Attorneys David Osman, Margaret Demos, Benette Pizzimenti, Melissa Martin and Paul Pike are also shareholders of Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A. David KillKelley and Mitchell B. Jean, both former partners, became of counsel to the firm in 2002. The changes in our name reflect the evolution of our firm. In 1973 there was a historic change and modernization when the firm moved to its current home in the newly renovated historic Busiel Mill, now known as One Mill Plaza, which is listed in the United States Register of Historic Buildings. Martin, Lord & Osman has long recognized the benefit of its lawyers concentrating their practices by functions; and, to this day the firm retains a litigation practice management group, a real estate practice management group, business, estate planning and probate practice management groups, with attorneys and legal assistants in each department focusing their practice in those areas while working together on behalf of our clients. The firm uses modern technology consistent with today's fast paced environment. These changes allow us to communicate more effectively with our clients, our state wide offices, other law offices and provide us with a broad legal research database. Martin, Lord & Osman handles all types of real estate matters, both commercial and residential, performing transactions for sellers or purchasers, including negotiation and preparation of contracts and conveyancing documents. The firm's real estate attorneys are licensed agents for major title insurance companies and are experienced in the formation of condominiums and other forms of land development and represent condominium and homeowners associations. Our attorneys advise clients on boundary and right of way problems, leasing of real estate and foreclosure of mortgages. We have published a treatise entitled "New Hampshire Land Use Law" which has been well received by local officials and other attorneys. Our attorneys represent clients in all aspects of business law including corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships, as well as general business litigation, debtor/creditor relations, bankruptcy and corporate and individual taxes. The firm's healthcare group advises local hospitals with regard to many aspects of hospital administration, including medical staff privileges and bylaws, personnel, third party reimbursement, certificate of need applications, bonding, and contracts with third parties. Martin, Lord & Osman provides advice and expertise in every facet of estate planning, probate and tax law, including basic and complex estate planning and administration. Attorneys with an experienced and concentrated practice in civil litigation handle a wide variety of matters including personal injury matters, complex business disputes, divorce, professional negligence, construction disputes and many other types of civil issues, various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including neutral evaluation, mediation, arbitration, marital mediation and collaborative law, especially in the area of marital matters. Several members of the firm donate services to the New Hampshire Superior Court by serving as arbitrators, mediators and neutral evaluators on a volunteer basis under the auspices of the New Hampshire Superior Court Rule 170 Program, as well as serving as mediators, arbitrators and neutral evaluators on a private basis. Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A., through its network of office locations in Laconia, Lebanon, Lancaster, Wolfeboro, Concord and Dover, provides high quality personal service by its attorneys, legal assistants and support staff. Martin, Lord & Osman is moving forward into the second one hundred years of helping people resolve problems, contributing to the legal profession and the communities we serve. Our clients often enjoy long-standing relationships with the firm. We look forward to serving many future generations with the same personal attention our clients have enjoyed for the past century.

One Mill Plaza, Laconia, NH 03246

Fax: (603) 528-3635

Telephone: (800) 439-5999 / (603) 524-4121

New Hampshire, Nashua


Estate Planning, Family Law, Business / Real Estate, Personal Injury and Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Collaborative Law

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