Special Recognitions are given periodically to attorneys in New Hampshire who, in the course of zealously representing their clients, pursue and help achieve substantive changes in the law of the state which improve our civil justice system, enhance the rights of citizens' access to the courts, preserve the right of trial by jury or enhance the right of everyone to attain full, fair and timely remedies for civil wrongs.
David M. Gottesman and Co-Counsel Anna Barbara Hantz of Gottesman & Hollis in Nashua are recipients of this year's Special Recognition award for their work on Estate of Amy Lynn Boyer v. Docusearch, Inc., d/b/a Docusearch.com.
Amy Lynn Boyer was a young woman who was stalked and killed by a man who obtained most of the information which led him to her via the internet. The Supreme Court in this case created new rights of privacy and security for New Hampshire citizens, adopting the appropriation tort for New Hampshire and holding that pretext calling violates the state's consumer protection laws; holding that information brokers and private investigators can be liable for the foreseeable harms that may occur from the sale of personal information (i.e. stalking), and that obtaining a SSN from a credit reporting agency could constitute intrusion upon seclusion. For more information about this case, please see the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association Amicus page on its website at www.nhlta.org.
Attorney Gottesman has been an active volunteer with the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, serving as President in 1997-1998, as Co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee in 1993-1994, and as Chair of the Legislative Committee in 1995-1996. He formerly chaired the golf tournament and was awarded the Board of Governors Award for 1999 and the President's Award in 2002. He served as President of the Nashua Bar Association in 1993-1994 and is a member of the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and American Bar Association. Attorney Gottesman is a sustaining member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and has been an ATLA State Delegate since 1999; he is also a Trustee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Civil Justice Foundation. Attorney Gottesman received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1973.
Attorney Hantz is an active member of the New Hampshire and Maine Trial Lawyers Associations and serves on the NH Trial Lawyers Amicus Committee. She currently serves as the Chair of the Marilla Ricker Awards Committee for the New Hampshire Women's Bar Association. Her practice includes business, domestic, and civil litigation.
Attorney Hantz serves as a Director on the Board of the Nashua Children's Association. She is a former Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee and was a delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention.
Attorney Hantz is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts and before the United States District Courts in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. She has also been admitted before the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her B.A., with honors, from the University of New Hampshire in 1977 and her J.D. from the Chicago Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1992. She is a member of the Order of the Coif.
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