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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

For Immediate Release:
November 28, 2016

Dempsey Named General Counsel for Judicial Branch

CONCORD, NH – Chief Justice Linda S. Dalianis today announced that Attorney Mary Ann Dempsey of Merrimack has been named the new general counsel for the Judicial Branch. She joins the court on November 28 having recently served as the legal counsel for Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Chief Justice Dalianis said, “Mary Ann brings tremendous legal talents, as well as a deep understanding of state government to her new role as general counsel. I will be counting on her leadership and insight when it comes to dealing with everything from employment issues, vendor contracts and NH e-Court, to increasing the transparency of the Judicial Branch and answering Right-to-Know questions. She will be an excellent addition to our senior staff.”

“I am honored to have been selected for this position and look forward to working with all members of the Judicial Branch,” said Dempsey. “I have profound respect for the work our courts perform for the citizens of New Hampshire and I am privileged to provide guidance to the court system in my role as general counsel.”

From 2012-2015, Dempsey has served as the Civil Bureau Chief in the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office. During that time, she was responsible for a team of attorneys who represented the 115 state agencies and boards on all legal matters, led in complex civil litigation, and acted as a liaison to the Governor's Office and the Legislature.

Prior to her service in the Attorney General's Office, Dempsey worked at the private firm Wiggin & Nourie, P.A. in Manchester for 12 years, with a focus on insurance coverage, insurance defense, appellate, and commercial litigation. She was also the lead trial attorney in civil jury trials and arbitrations. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School in 1997, and she is a former senior law clerk for the New Hampshire Superior Court.

Dempsey served as President of the Manchester Bar Association from 2010-2011. In 2006, the New Hampshire Bar Association awarded her the prestigious Robert E. Kirby Award given to an attorney under age 40 who best demonstrates the traits of civility, courtesy and excellence in advocacy. In 2007, the Defense Research Institute, an international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation, awarded Dempsey its "Outstanding State Representative Award."



Carole Alfano
Public Information Officer
603-271-2646 ext 0243