Nancy L. Ball

Of Counsel

nball@Shaheengordon.com
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Nancy focuses her practice on divorce and family law. She began private practice in 1986, after completing a clerkship for the New Hampshire Superior Court. Nancy entered practice with a concentration in divorce, family law, personal injury and civil litigation, and expanded her practice to serve for many years as a Guardian ad Litem in family and criminal cases and to represent juveniles in abuse and neglect, CHINS and delinquency cases.

Since joining Shaheen and Gordon in 2002, Nancy has successfully represented clients statewide in high net worth divorces, high conflict parenting disputes, guardianships, domestic violence and child support cases, as well as post-divorce modifications of parenting, child support and alimony, and relocation matters. She has been successful in both representing clients in mediating disputes and as a mediator, and participates in the collaborative resolution of divorces, in which counsel and parties commit to settlement from the outset of the case.

Nancy received the 2009 New Hampshire Bar Association Family Law Civility and Courtesy Award in recognition by her peers and colleagues of her compassionate representation of and advocacy for her clients, knowledge of the law and professionalism in working with opposing counsel and parties to resolve difficult family law matters.

Nancy has been active in non-profit organizations throughout her career, serving on the boards of New Futures, which is dedicated to reducing alcohol and drug problems in New Hampshire, Girls, Inc., New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the New Hampshire Women’s Lobby and the Concord Community Music School. She has served as a consultant to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, was a founding member of New Beginnings, A Women’s Crisis Center and has served as a panel member for the Youth Services Program, a juvenile court diversion project.


Admissions

  • Member of the New Hampshire Bar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire
  • New Futures – board member
  • New Hampshire Girls, Inc. – former board member
  • New Hampshire Legal Assistance – former board member
  • Youth Services Program, Lakes Region – former panel member
  • New Hampshire Women’s Lobby – former board member
  • Concord Community Music School – former board member
  • N.H. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence – consultant
  • New Beginnings, A Women’s Crisis Center – founding member
  • New Hampshire Collaborative Law Alliance
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Recognitions

  • 2009 New Hampshire Bar Association Family Law Civility and Courtesy Award

Career

  • B.A. University of Pittsburgh, 1974
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh, 1977
  • J.D. University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), 1985
  • Associate, Martin, Lord and Osman, 1986-1989
  • Associate, Wescott, Millham and Dyer, 1989-1993
  • Solo practitioner and Guardian ad Litem, 1993-2000
  • Of Counsel, Stein, Volinsky and Callahan, 2000-2002

Representative Cases:

  • Nancy represented a client in a divorce, in which both parties agreed from the outset to work with their counsel with the goal of avoiding acrimonious litigation. The parties had been married for thirty years, raised four children, and owned significant real estate, family antiques, and retirement and trust assets. Through a cooperative discovery and negotiation process involving the exchange of information and proposals, consultation with accountants and estate planners, and several 4-way meetings, the parties were able to share financial information and reach agreement, which met the long-term financial goals of both parties. Family assets were preserved for each party and their adult children. The real estate was both awarded and sold so that one party maintained a home and the other was able to relocate and resume a delayed career near extended family. Assets were allocated such that both parties could realize financial security in the future, taking their work and health histories into account. The parties agreed to the terms to support their youngest child’s college aspirations. The matter was resolved through counsel, and the parties then filed a joint petition for divorce.
  • The parents in a high conflict divorce agreed to equal or approximately equal parenting time with their two young children. Two years post-divorce, Mom lost her job in New Hampshire and, after an extensive job search, relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, taking the children with her a temporary basis. Nancy prevailed at the trial, and the children were returned to Dad’s primary residential care in New Hampshire.
  • Client is a stay-at-home Mom, whose husband left his employment to start a business. Client was very involved in the business also, until she learned that husband was having an affair with the children’s baby-sitter. On the eve of trial, the case was resolved with Mom remaining in the home with the young children, Dad paying child support and meeting Mom’s alimony request until the youngest child begins elementary school when client will seek employment. Based on client’s business appraisal, parties agree to a delayed payment plan whereby husband is awarded the business and pays client’s equitable interest in the business over time by paying the mortgage on the home within three years.

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