Attorney Joseph D. Becher Appointed Vice-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section for the New Hampshire Bar Association (Sept. 2022)

Bernard & Merrill congratulates Attorney Becher on his appointment of vice-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section for the New Hampshire Bar Association. Membership in one or more of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s sections provides an opportunity for improving knowledge and skills in a particular practice area. The Workers’ Compensation Section usually meets quarterly to update members on changes and recent developments in this area of the law.


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4/1/2021 Bernard & Merrill, PLLC Announces New Partner

Michelle A. Broadhurst
Michelle A. Broadhurst

Bernard & Merrill, PLLC  is pleased to announce Michelle A. Broadhurst as the firm’s newest partner.  Michelle has been an associate at Bernard & Merrill, PLLC since 2017 and is a 1991 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1997 graduate of Suffolk University Law School. Ms. Broadhurst joined Bernard & Merrill after practicing in private firms and as in-house counsel for a large insurance company, where she specialized in insurance defense and complex workers’ compensation matters.  Michelle continuously provides exceptional service and value to our clients and we look forward to her contributions as a partner of Bernard & Merrill, PLLC.

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12/31/2020 Eric P. Bernard, the founding member of Bernard & Merrill, PLLC, retired

Eric P. Bernard
Eric P. Bernard

Eric P. Bernard, the founding member of Bernard & Merrill, PLLC, retired in December 2020, after 38 years of practice.  Eric’s contributions to the firm, and the workers’ compensation community at large, cannot be overstated.  Eric had a well-earned reputation as one of the premier workers’ compensation defense attorneys in New Hampshire. Together, he and his original partner, Andy Merrill, built Bernard & Merrill to become New Hampshire’s largest workers’ compensation defense firm.

Eric graduated from College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1975), attended Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School (1976) and Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1982), where he received  the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Criminal Law. 

Serving his community, Eric was Past Chair, Bedford, NH, Zoning Board of Adjustment, 2007-2016; Defense Member-New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Appeals Advisory Board; Fellow-ABA College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers; a New Hampshire Human Rights Commissioner, Mediator; and the Director of the Granite State Senior Games, Inc.

We at Bernard & Merrill proudly continue Eric and Andy’s dedication to workers’ compensation law and commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct.

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Margaret P. Sack, Partner

Bernard & Merrill is pleased to announce that Margaret P. Sack, Esq., has become a partner of the firm. Meg will continue her dedication to workers’ compensation law, representing self-insured employers, third-party administrators and workers’ compensation insurance carriers.

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Michelle A. Broadhurst joins Bernard & Merrill PLLC

Bernard & Merrill welcomes Michelle A. Broadhurst to its team of attorneys. Michelle joins the firm after practicing as in-house counsel for a large insurance company and is former chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section. Michelle has extensive experience counseling employers and insurance carriers in complex workers’ compensation and insurance matters.

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Attorney Kevin W. Stuart Appointed to NHBA’s Legislative Committee

Bernard & Merrill once again congratulates Attorney Stuart on his appointment to the Bar Association’s Legislative Committee for the 2017-2018 Association Year. The Legislation Committee reviews legislation pending before the New Hampshire Legislature to determine if the proposal affects the administration of justice, the composition and operation of the courts, the practice of law or the legal profession.
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Announcement: 2017 NWCDN to Host Fall Conference in Atlanta

The National Workers Compensation Defense Network is hosting its 2017 Fall Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 19, 2017. The NWCDN event is open to all NWCDN member firms and their invited guests, and attendees are never charged. The all-day conference will be conducted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead located at 3434 Peachtree Rd NE.

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