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SHERILYN BURNETT YOUNG
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One Capital Plaza
Concord, New Hampshire 03302

Tel: 603-226-2600
Fax: 603-226-2700

PRACTICE AREAS
EDUCATION
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1975
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • New Hampshire
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Sherry Young is a founder and President of the firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C.  She heads the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, and assists clients on federal and state environmental matters, real estate transactions, and business and finance transactions.

Sherry focuses her practice on environmental law and environmental litigation, including environmental compliance, permits and approvals, and real estate transactions involving contaminated properties.  She has extensive experience in litigation with state and federal regulators, and has achieved numerous successful settlements for industrial, commercial and municipal clients in a variety of cases.  Sherry also has considerable experience in general corporate law, public and private financing, and estates and trusts.  She is general counsel for a large, non-profit health care foundation, and advises a number of non-profits.

Sherry served on the 2009-2010 Death Penalty Study Commission as an appointee of Governor Lynch.  She served as legislative counsel to then-Governor Judd Gregg in his 1988 administration.  Sherry serves on the Centrix Bank Board of Directors as well as the Board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Advisory Board of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society.  She was the first woman to chair the State Capital Legal Group, a network of independent law firms in all U.S. State capitals and in business markets and financial centers worldwide.

Representative Matters
  • Advising a municipality in the renewal of its wastewater treatment facility's NPDES permit and on MS4 stormwater issues.
  • Assisting developers in managing the environmental liability risks related to construction of a 35 megawatt wood burning biomass plant at a Superfund Site.
  • Advising operators of an electric generating facility on green house gas emissions monitoring requirements and Acid Rain Program compliance.
  • Defending a Fortune 100 company in multi-party toxic tort litigation involving claims of personal injury and property damage.
Professional Activities
  • Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2014-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Centrix Bank, 2009-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 2012-Present
  • Founding Board Member and current President, The New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, 2008-Present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2010-Present
  • Member, Advisory Board, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2004-2013
  • Member, Board of Directors, New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, 2003–2012
  • Member and Former Chair, Board of Directors, State Capital Group, 1997–2003
  • Member, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honor Society, 2009-Present
  • Member and Former Vice-Chair and Legal Advisor, University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees, 1991-1998
  • Member and Former Secretary, Horizon Bank Board of Directors, 1988–1995
  • Member, Advisory Council to the New England Legal Foundation, 1991-1996
  • Member, New England Council 1989–Present
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Business and Industry Association, New England Council, New Hampshire Bar Association and other professional associations
Community Commitments
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Kimball Jenkins Trust and School of Art, 2009-present
  • Member and Former Chair, Board of Trustees, New Hampshire Historical Society, 2001-2007
  • Member, Board of Directors, David’s House, 1998-2002
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Concord Hospital, 1991-1997
  • President, Concord Hospital Associates, 1991–1997
  • Coach, Concord Youth Girls’ Basketball and Softball
Noteworthy
  • Included in Chambers and Partners USA since 2008.
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, 2009.
  • Included in The Best Lawyers In America since 1994.
  • Included in Who’s Who in American Law since 1995.
  • Included in International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers since 2006.
  • Superlawyers Magazine - Highlighted as one of the "Superlawyers" in environmental law.
  • New Hampshire Magazine - Named as one of the top environmental lawyers in New Hampshire.
  • New Hampshire Editions – Included as one of “New Hampshire’s Lawyers’ Lawyers.”
  • First woman Chair of the State Capital Group, an international association of independent law firms from around the globe, October 2000.
  • Recipient of Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award 2007, for women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence or paved the way for other women lawyers.
  • Recipient of Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Athena Award 2001, presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in her business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential.
  • Merrimack County Lawyer of the Year, 1997.
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