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News Release

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2011

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Mary Ann Dempsey Appointed to Serve as Bureau Chief of Civil Law Bureau

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that Mary Ann Dempsey has been appointed to serve as the new Bureau Chief of the Civil Law Bureau at the Attorney General's Office. The Civil Law Bureau provides legal advice to the 115 executive branch agencies, boards, commissions and councils in state government. The Civil Law Bureau also represents the State of New Hampshire and state officials in civil lawsuits filed in state and federal courts. As Bureau Chief, Dempsey will oversee the civil litigation and client counseling functions at the Attorney General's Office.

Prior to this appointment, Dempsey has been a partner at the law firm of Wiggin & Nourie in Manchester. She has 12 years experience as a civil defense and appellate attorney. She serves as the 2010-2011 President of the Manchester Bar Association. In 2006, the New Hampshire Bar Association awarded Dempsey the prestigious Robert E. Kirby Award given to an attorney under age 40 who best demonstrates the traits of civility, courtesy and excellence in advocacy. In 2007, the Defense Research Institute, an international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation, awarded Dempsey its "Outstanding State Representative Award." Dempsey is a certified mediator in civil litigation. She is a regular panelist at trial practice and insurance defense seminars, and she has authored more than 35 Supreme Court briefs. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School in 1997, and she is a former senior law clerk for the New Hampshire Superior Court.

Attorney General Delaney stated, "I am grateful to Governor Lynch and the Executive Council for their support and unanimous approval of the appointment of Mary Ann Dempsey as Civil Law Bureau Chief. Mary Ann Dempsey is an experienced and talented civil defense attorney, and she is uniquely qualified to oversee the State's civil litigation and client counseling functions."


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