Attorney Mike Donahue Prepares for Retirement from DTC

Photo Credit: Paul Briand

After 45 years as a lawyer, Mike Donahue has transitioned to Senior Counsel at DTC, handing over day to day responsibilities to his colleagues at the Firm. In a long planned evolution, Mike will formally retire next summer. Between now and then he will be available to assist clients in transition and as a resource for DTC lawyers and paralegals in matters where his experience will be useful for our clients. In a letter to his clients announcing the transition Mike wrote:

“This long planned transition has been well facilitated by the Firm. We have been able to develop an excellent group of experienced partners and younger attorneys, backed by an experienced and dedicated support staff, who are fully able to maintain and improve upon the high quality work which has characterized this Firm over the years. For clients, this transition should be seamless. For our attorneys who stand ready to help you, it will mean an opportunity to enhance existing client relationships. For me, it will mean more leisure time with Diane and my daughters, and an opportunity to pursue some volunteer interests and other activities.”

“It is difficult for me to fully express how much I have enjoyed working with you over these many years. I would be remiss if I did not close by conveying my appreciation to you, my clients and friends, whom I have been honored to serve. I’ve learned much more than I’ve taught. I’ve been truly fortunate to have had so many positive and interesting relationships with my clients and other dedicated professionals with whom I’ve worked. I look forward to maintaining those relationships in a different context, confident that your legal needs will continue to be met by DTC, a Firm I’ll always be proud I had a hand in creating.”

The Firm hosted a Celebration attended by many of Mike’s clients, municipal officials and land use and other professionals with whom he worked over the years, recognizing Mike’s service to his clients and contributions to DTC, which he co-founded with Charlie Tucker in 1985. In recognition of Mike and his long standing commitment to work force housing, land use planning and other community projects, the firm is proud to support the production of a film project entitled “Communities and Consequences II—Solutions for a State at Risk”. This will be a multi-platform exploration of ideas designed to ensure that New Hampshire communities continue to prosper for future generations.

The Celebration and Mike’s 45 year career was chronicled in part in an article published in the Seacoast Sunday Business Section on October 28, 2018 available at: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20181028/case-closed-45-year-lawyer-michael-donahue-calls-it-career

Please join all of us in wishing Mike and his wife Diane, the best in his transition and many years of a well-earned retirement ahead.

DTC Attorneys Austin Mikolaities and Katherine Miller to Give Presentation on Wireless Facilities

Austin Mikolaities and Katherine Miller will be giving a presentation on “Small Cell Wireless Facilities, DAS, and Requirements for Allowing Wireless Facilities in Public Rights of Way” at the New Hampshire Municipal Association conference in Manchester, NH on Wednesday, November 14th. Click here to read the article they have submitted on this topic.

For more information on the New Hampshire Municipal Association, click here.

DTC to Participate in Exeter Hospital’s United in Wellness Cancer Walk & Trick or Treat Trot 5K

DTC Lawyers will be participating as a team in the Exeter Hospital’s United in Wellness Cancer Walk & Trick or Treat Trot 5K on Sunday, October 28th to support the Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital and their patients. Come join us for a morning of Halloween fun and fitness! This 5K is geared towards all fitness levels and they are encouraging participants to embrace the spirit of Halloween by dressing in costume. There will be prizes to top fundraisers, both individual and team, as well as 5K division winners and best costume. After the race there will be snacks, face painting, and more!

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DTC is Pleased to Welcome Brendan O’Donnell

Brendan became an associate at DTC in September of 2018.  Before joining the firm, Brendan worked as a judicial law clerk for two years for the Honorable Robert J. Lynn, Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Currently, Brendan is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the Daniel Webster-Batchelder American Inn of Court, and he volunteers with the Friends Program out of Concord.  He is excited to be a part of the DTC Team and hopes to continue its tradition of excellence, dedication, and public service. Click here for more information on Brendan O’Donnell.

DTC Attorney John Ratigan to Give Lectures on Solar Power & Land Use

DTC Attorney John Ratigan will be presenting a lecture on Solar Power & Land Use for the 2018 Municipal Law Lecture Series. These lectures are geared towards municipal officials who hold interest or responsibility in any aspect of municipal land use regulation, including members of planning and zoning boards, planners, land use administrators, select boards, town and city councilors, building inspectors, code enforcement officers, and public works personnel.

Attorney Ratigan’s lectures will focus on Model Solar Ordinance & Guidance and will be as followed: Wednesday, September 26th 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Stratham Municipal Center, Wednesday, October 3rd 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Derry Municipal Center, and Wednesday, October 10th 7:00pm –9:00 pm at Cheshire County Hall in Keene.

For more information on the New Hampshire Municipal Association, click here.

DTC is Proud to Sponsor TEDxPortsmouth “That Was Then”

DTC is proud to sponsor the 6th annual TEDx event, scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2018 at Portsmouth’s historic Music Hall. TEDx focuses on spreading ideas and bringing people together through local, self-organized events. This year’s theme, “That Was Then,” will include fifteen exciting and inspiring speakers as well as several performing acts who will explore big ideas and challenges affecting our community. They will be reflecting on how things were, how things are now, and then begin an exploration of how things will be. Topics will include the environment and planet, community challenges, and ways to revolutionize our businesses and improve our towns.

People who are unable to attend can access a free, online live stream of the event. For more information, click here.

DTC Paralegal Judges Junior Oratorical Contest at the NH Institute for Politics on the Campus of St. Anselm College

On Saturday, April 7, Paralegal Stephanie Carty, volunteered as a judge for the American Legion, Department of New Hampshire, Junior Oratorical Contest at the NH Institute for Politics on the Campus of St. Anselm College. Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship. The Junior contest, children in 6th through 8th grade, is a pathway to the High School Oratorical Contest. The program is designed to create interest, foster appreciation and gain a better understanding of the United States. A single main speech topic related the United States Constitution is required with a length of 3 to 5 minutes, as well as an “Assigned Topic” that must consume 2 to 4 minutes of the presenter’s delivery. Stephanie is an active member of R.A. Mitchell Unit 51 American Legion Auxiliary. The American Legion family is the nation’s largest veterans service organization. For more information about the American Legion’s mission and programs please go to https://www.legion.org/

DTC Sponsors Portsmouth Historical Society’s “Gertude Fiske: American Master with companion exhibitions”

What began as the rediscovery of one woman’s incredible paintings has blossomed into five kindred exhibitions opening in Portsmouth. Perfectly timed, spring 2018 kicks off a year filled with vibrant artwork by talented women in the galleries of the Portsmouth Historical Society at Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House Museum.

Gertrude Fiske: American Master opens April 6 and runs through September 30 in the historic Academy Gallery at 10 Middle Street. A student of top American Impressionists, including Edmund C. Tarbell in Boston and Charles Woodbury in Ogunquit, Maine, Fiske developed a unique way of seeing the world. Curated by Lainey McCartney, this diverse collection of 66 works, some unseen by the public, reveals a mastery of the painter’s craft being fully recognized again for the first time since her zenith in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Gertrude Fiske (1879-1961) dedicated her entire life to her art. Critics in her era recognized Fiske as adventurous, technically superb, bold, and marked “with a power and depth that very few artists, male or female, had ever achieved.”

For more information about the Portsmouth Historical Society and to purchase tickets, click here.

Attorney Sharon Cuddy Somers Assists Riverwoods Durham in Obtaining Conditional Approval from the Town of Durham

Riverwoods Durham obtained conditional approval from the Durham Planning Board on January 10, 2018 to construct a continuing care retirement community on Stone Quarry Drive in Durham. The community campus is designed for people 62 and over and will consist of 150 independent living apartments and include a 72 bed health center providing assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. The campus will occupy approximately 11 acres and will contain many of the program elements and amenities found at the hugely successful campus at Riverwoods Exeter. Sharon Cuddy Somers serves as land use counsel for the project and, following a review process which began in May 2017, obtained approvals from the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Conservation Commission and Planning Board. Other local members of the development team include Jeff Clifford of Altus Engineering and Robbi Woodburn of Woodburn & Company. Justine Vogel, CEO of Riverwoods Durham says the community is beginning to take deposits from prospective residents now and anticipates construction beginning in June 2018 with an estimated opening of early 2020.

Click here for more information from the article in the Portsmouth Herald.

For more information on Riverwoods Durham click here.

For more information on Woodburn & Company click here.