Attorney Ecker, who has been an Associate with Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella since 2006 has been chosen by the New Hampshire Bar Association as one of 2012’s Pro Bono Rising Stars, and was honored at the Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting on March 7th. Attorney Ecker is one of only three young attorneys in the state chosen for this honor. These awards are presented to attorneys who are relatively new to the practice of law who have made commitments and demonstrated early excellence in Pro Bono representation and service. For more information on the Pro Bono Rising Star award recipients, as well as other service awards to be presented at the Midyear Meeting, click here: http://nhbar.org/about-the-bar/ProBonoAwards.asp
DTC is pleased to have worked with Felder Kuehl Properties, LLC, 6 Meeting Place Drive Exeter Limited Partnership, NH Housing Finance Authority, TD Bank, N.A., Community Development Finance Authority (Rockingham County) and the Town of Exeter to facilitate the land use permitting and financing for the construction of Phase II of The Meeting Place project on Epping Road in Exeter, NH. Phase II consists of 26 units of low income elderly and handicapped housing. Construction is expected to be complete by Summer 2012.
In the case of Brandt Development Co. of New Hampshire, LLC v. City of Somersworth, decided October 12, 2011, Attorney Chris Boldt successfully argued before the N.H. Supreme Court that the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment was required to hear and decide the merits of his client’s variance application under Fisher v. Dover analysis. The ZBA had rejected the variance application on the basis that a similar application was submitted 15 years prior. The Supreme Court held that the various changes in the Court’s interpretation of the variance standard over the last 15 years constituted a material change warranting a review of the 2009 application. On remand, the Court noted that the prior Boccia standard for unnecessary hardship would apply to the area variance issues in question.
Attorney Chris Boldt also prevailed on behalf of the City of Berlin in the tax abatement action concerning the Burgess Mill property entitled North American Dismantling Corp. v. City of Berlin, decided September 15, 2011. Attorney Boldt argued that the trial court properly affirmed the City’s valuation of the plaintiff’s property and denied the plaintiff’s tax abatement request following a multi-day bench trial. The Supreme Court agreed and decided the case based on the briefs without the need for oral argument.