Andrea Q. Labonte

Associate

alabonte@shaheengordon.com
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After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, Andrea decided to remain in New Hampshire and attend law school. Andrea attended Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law) and received her J.D. in 1997.

Following law school Andrea began working for a small general practice Goffstown law firm and then practiced in Concord and Berlin, New Hampshire with the Crisp & Associates law firm (and its successors) from 2000 until that firm joined the Wiggin & Nourie law firm in Manchester in 2008. Andrea remained with the Wiggin & Nourie firm until joining Shaheen & Gordon in 2012.

Throughout her career, Andrea has handled a wide variety of legal matters for clients in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, including divorce and family law matters, business and real estate disputes, probate litigation, workers compensation and personal injury matters. In recent years, Andrea has concentrated primarily on divorce, parenting, child support and other family law matters.

Andrea is an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, currently serving on the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, is a frequent volunteer for the New Hampshire Pro Bono Program, regularly accepting pro bono cases and assisting with pro bono case reviews, and has been on the faculty of several continuing legal education programs on family law, including Basic Family Law in 2010 and Divorce Camp in 2011.


Associations

  • New Hampshire Collaborative Law Alliance
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Admissions

  • Member of the New Hampshire bar
  • Member of the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire

Education

  • B.A. University of New Hampshire, 1991
  • J.D. Franklin Pierce Law Center, 1997

Representative Cases

  • Appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court of an Interstate Child Support Case

    Successful appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court of an interstate child support case involving significant child support arrearages owed by a New Hampshire resident to a former spouse.

  • Successfully Represented Father in Relocation Case

    Client's ex-girlfriend was given permission on a temporary basis to relocate from New Hampshire with his two minor children to North Carolina. After a two day final hearing, the Family Division Court found that the mother's relocation was not for a reasonable purpose and ordered her to relocate back to New Hampshire so that client could have frequent parenting time with his children.

  • Represented Father in Child Custody and Relocation Case

    Client had joint parenting responsibility with his ex-wife following their divorce. Due to declining economy client was forced to relocate from New Hampshire to California for an employment opportunity. Client was awarded primary parenting rights and was allowed to relocate with his child to California on both a temporary and final basis.

  • Co-Counsel in a Successful Bench Trial

    Co-counsel in a successful bench trial which resulted in client's rights to an easement to his property being restored after being blocked by the construction of a supermarket on the property over which his easement ran. Client was also awarded over $100,000 in attorney's fees and costs for having to bring suit to enforce his easement rights. Opposing side then appealed the award of attorney's fees to the N.H. Supreme Court. The attorney's fee award was ultimately upheld.

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