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Upcoming Shows


APR 26
Commissioner Jeanne Paquette and
Dir. of Communications
Julie Rabinowitz

Me. Dept. of Labor
DOL Update

May 3
Nancy Kosik
Academy of Int'l
Protocol & Etiquette
How to Make a Positive
First Impression in Business

Carol Malysz
New Directions
Teeing up for Success

MAY 10
Peter Lowe
Brann & Isaacson
Locker Room Antics

MAY 17
Naomi Butterfield
and Kai McGintee

Bernstein Shur
Investment Strategy
and Title IX


MAY 24
Matt Rixx
The Science of Getting to Yes.. Without Negotiating


The Jerk At Work – Replay

Saturday, April 19, 2014 @ 10am

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Debra Weiss FordDebra Weiss Ford
Office Managing Shareholder
Litigation Manager

Jackson Lewis LLP

The Jerk at Work -

Debra Weiss Ford is Managing Partner and Litigation Manager of the Portsmouth, NH office. Ms. Ford has over 30 years of experience representing employers in litigation matters before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Ford also represents employers before the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Massachusetts Department of Employment Training.

Ms. Ford also lectures frequently at seminars in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on issues related to employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, reductions in force, termination issues, personnel issues, and contractual issues. She regularly advises clients on employment-related matters.

Ms. Ford received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Drew University in 1979 and her J.D. from Temple University of School of Law in 1982. She is an approved federal and state mediator. She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Massachusetts Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, American Bar Association, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, American Arbitration Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

She is admitted to practice in the State of New Hampshire, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of Maine, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, United States District Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States Claims Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Ford was a member of the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners from 1993 to 2005. She was appointed by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to serve on the Merit Selection Panel to consider the reappointment of the incumbent magistrate. In 2003, she was appointed to serve on the Federal Court Advisory Committee. Ms. Ford is listed by Chambers as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She is the author of the New Hampshire chapter of Workplace Privacy, a legal reference book for managers and human resource professionals, published by the Thompson Publishing Group, a division of West Publications. Ms. Ford was elected as a Fellow to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in June 2006.

She is named as New Hampshire’s Best Labor and Employment Lawyer by Business NH Magazine. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc., and has been recognized by New England Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in New England and one of the top 100 lawyers in New England. She is listed in Top NH Lawyers in Labor and Employment in New Hampshire Magazine and has consistently been named the Best Lawyers’ Manchester Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year. She is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Ford was named one of the “Leaders in their Field” in the 2012 Chambers USA Legal Guide. Ms. Ford serves as a board member for the Portsmouth Music Hall, Family Service, Inc., and Seacoast Human Resources Association, and she is an emeritus board member of the New Hampshire SPCA.

Ms. Ford was rated as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer” by Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

  • Named Best Labor and Employment attorney in New Hampshire, Business New Hampshire Magazine
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Labor &; Employment Law)
  • Listed in Top New Hampshire Lawyers in Labor and Employment, New Hampshire Magazine
  • Elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers (Top 100 attorneys in New England)
  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers (Top 50 Women in New England, Employment &; Labor)
  • Listed in Chambers USA as one of the top Lawyers in Labor and Employment artindale-Hubbell, AV Rating
  • Voluntary Action, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1984)
  • Ballet New England (Board of Directors, 1987-1988)
  • Pro Portsmouth, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1988-Present)
  • First Night/Portsmouth (Vice President, 1991-1992)
  • NHSPCA (Board of Directors, 2004-Present) * 1st Tee (Board of Directors, 2005-2006; Honorary Board Member, 2005-2008)
  • Rockingham County Action (Board of Directors, 2009-Present)
  • Selected for inclusion in 2010 New England Super Lawyers practices
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Disability, Leave and Health Management
  • Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Management Education
  • Public Sector Representation
  • Reductions in Force, WARN Act
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Wage and Hour Compliance


  • Temple University J.D., 1982 Dean;s List
  • Drew University B.A., 1979 magna cum laude

Admitted to practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court 1992
  • 1st Circuit Court of Appeals 1984
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims 1991
  • Massachusetts – D. Mass. 2002
  • New Hampshire – D. N.H. 1982
  • Maine 2010 * Massachusetts 2000
  • New Hampshire 1982

Bar & professional association memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

Locker Room Antics

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Peter LoweX
Peter Lowe. Atty.
Brann & Isaacson

Locker Room Antics –

Peter Lowe is a partner who provides advice and counsel on labor and employment law and education and municipal law. Peter serves as lead labor counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean, Inc. The focus of his employment practice is working closely with clients to find practical solutions to tricky personnel issues and to work proactively with clients to manager the legal risk while still achieving business goals. Peter’s approach is to provide clients with thoughtful and strategic legal advice that is plain spoken and not shrouded in legalese. The goal is always to advance the client’s business interest while guiding the client through the minefield that often surrounds tough personnel decisions. Peter has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® (2013 – 2014) (Employment – Management). He also serves on the firm’s Management Committee.

EDUCATION – University of Birmingham, England (L.L.B., high honors, 1983); College of Law, Chester, England (1984).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS -Solicitor of Law, Radcliffes & Co, London (1984 – 1987); Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Washington, D.C. (1988 – 1990).

BAR ADMISSIONS & MEMBERSHIPS -England and Wales (1985); Maine (1989); United States Court of appeals, First and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Court, District of Maine. Androscoggin County, Maine State, and American (Labor and employment Law Section) Bar Associations; Society for Human Resource Management. Member of Employer’s Counsel Network; National Council of School Board Attorneys’ Maine Council of School Board Attorneys (Past President).

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS – Peter presents frequently to business, human resource and safety groups throughout Maine and also to national audiences.

Peter is the editor of the Maine Employment Law Letter, a monthly newsletter published by BLR (


• Defending employers in race, age, disability and gender discrimination claims before the Maine Human Rights Commission.
• Resolving a pregnancy discrimination claim filed with the EEOC.
• Representing a city school district in collective bargaining negotiations.
• Representing a manufacturer in defense of a class action filed under the WARN Act by laid off employees.
• Advising a physicians’ practice on a major personnel reorganization.
• Drafting social media, drug and alcohol, and safety policies for employers.

Affordable Care Act Update

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Steve Gerlach


Steve Gerlach. Atty.
Bernstein Shur

Affordable Care Act Update –

Steve represents businesses, nonprofits and individual clients in matters of executive compensation, employee benefits, ERISA, tax planning and federal and state tax controversies. He advises employers in ME and NH regarding the effects of healthcare reform on health plans, employee benefits and the bottom line. Steve has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2013 and 2014 for his work in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.


Do You Hear What I Hear

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Nancy AnshelesNancy Ansheles
Catalyst & Company

Do You Hear What I Hear –

Nancy sparks learning for leaders and employees on workplace communication skills to help her clients achieve results, build relationships, and increase engagement. Her passion and expertise covers such topics as delivering powerful presentations, leading effective meetings, managing difficult conversations, and providing spectacular customer service.

Nancy has a vast and always expanding mix of education and experience that has made her valuable to more than 175 businesses, state agencies, and nonprofits for more than 20 years.

Catalyst & Company offers customized program development based on careful data gathering, research, and an investment in ensuring the specific needs of each client are met. Programs are developed for lasting impact – creatively designed to engage each group and resonate with the company culture.

Nancy’s education includes: a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from James Madison University, and a Masters of Human Resource Education from Boston University. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator instructor

Nancy loves what she does and brings her natural enthusiasm and compassion to all her work.

Her clients call her “human and humorous”, “authentic”, “knowledgeable”, and a “most trusted resource.”