Sherilyn Burnett Young
Shareholder and President

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 serves on Eastern Bank Board of Trustees and the New Hampshire Advisory Board 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.  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.  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.

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Education and Bar Admissions

Education:

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1975

Bar Memberships/Court Admissions:

  • Member, United States District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • Member, United States Tax Court
  • Member, New Hampshire Supreme Court
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association
Representative Matters
  • Advising a municipality in the renewal of its wastewater treatment facility’s NPDES permit and on MS4 stormwater issues.
  • Assisting businesses in managing the environmental liability risks related to the acquisition of industrial plants with historic soil and groundwater contamination.
  • 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.
Awards and Recognitions
Community Involvement
  • Member, Board of Directors, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 2012 – present
  • 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 Governors, New Hampshire Public Television, 2003 – 2004
  • Member, Board of Directors, David’s House, 1998 – 2002
  • Member, Concord Hospital Board of Trustees, 1991 – 1997
  • Member and Former President, Concord Hospital Associates, 1991 – 1987
  • Director, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 1988 – 1991
  • Director, Concord Regional Development Corporation, 1988 – 1991
  • Directors, Concord New Hampshire Chapter of American Red Cross, 1988 – 1991
  • Director and Former Vice President, Concord American Little League, 1999 – 2002
  • Former Coach, Concord Youth Girls’ Basketball and Softball
Noteworthy
  • Included in Corporate Counsel Top Lawyers since 2010
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America since 2009
  • Included in Chambers and Partners USA since 2008
  • First woman Chair of the State Capital Group, an international association of independent law firms from around the globe, October 2000
  • 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 “NH’s 10 Most Powerful Women” June 1997, and one of “New Hampshire’s Lawyers’ Lawyers”, July 1994
  • Recipient of the 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, April 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
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1999
  • Included in Who’s Who in American Law since 1995