A high percentage of our attorneys continually receive recognition from peer review organizations for being among the best in their respective areas of practice. Here are some of the most recent awards and recognition.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings help buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand. Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell lawyers have received AV ratings and BV ratings — these peer-review ratings indicate the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

The Best Lawyers in America®

Best Lawyers NHBest Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Woodward/White, Inc. compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by state, conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® includes these New Hampshire attorneys from GCG.

Administrative /Regulatory Law:
Donald J. Pfundstein

Appellate Practice:
Samantha D. Elliott

Charles A. Bauer

Banking and Finance Law:
W. John Funk
Donald J. Pfundstein

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships):
Peter Cline
Dodd S. Griffith

Commercial Finance Law:
Peter Cline
Dodd S. Griffith

Commerical Litigation:
Samantha D. Elliott

Commerical Transactions/UCC Law:
Peter G. Cline

Corporate Law:
Dodd S. Griffith
Susan B. Hollinger
Michael D. Ruedig

Energy Law
Donald J. Pfundstein

Financial Services Regulation Law:
W. John Funk
Donald J. Pfundstein

Government Relations Practice:
Donald J. Pfundstein

Insurance Law:
Donald J. Pfundstein

Land Use and Zoning Law:
Ari B. Pollack

Land Use and Zoning Litigation:
Ari B. Pollack

Charles A. Bauer

Mergers and Acquisitions Law:
Susan B. Hollinger 

Real Estate Law:
Michael D. Ruedig
Ari B. Pollack

Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year"

Dodd S. Griffith - Concord Best Lawyers® Business Organizations "Lawyer of the Year" for 2020

Donald J. Pfundstein - Concord Best Lawyers® Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" for 2020 and 2017

Peter Cline - Concord Best Lawyers® Business Organizations "Lawyer of the Year" for 2019

Michael D. Ruedig - Concord Best Lawyers® Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" for 2019

Donald J. Pfundstein - Concord Best Lawyers® Government Relations Practice "Lawyer of the Year" for 2018, 2016 and 2013

Ari B. Pollack - Concord Best Lawyers® Land Use & Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017 and 2013

Ari B. Pollack - Concord Best Lawyers® Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015

Charles A. Bauer - Concord Best Lawyers® Mediation "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015

Michael D. Ruedig - Concord Best Lawyers® Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" for 2012

U.S. News — Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"

Best Law FirmsIn the fall of 2010, U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® began the Best Law Firms Rankings. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise. The rankings are in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area and showcase more than 14,000 firms in one or more of 146 practice areas. Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell has received Tier 1 Metropolitan Rankings for Concord, NH, in the following practice areas:

American College of Trial Lawyers

Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell attorney Charles Bauer is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Founded in 1950, the college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship. Membership in the college cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently 40 members in New Hampshire.


Super Lawyers® is a listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. GCG attorneys listed in the current edition are as follows.

Civil Rights: Charles Bauer
Business/Corporate Law: Dodd Griffith
Land Use /Zoning: Ari Pollack
Business/Corporate: Caroline Leonard*
Civil Litigation - Defense: Matthew Burrows*
Administrative Law: Robert Dietel*
Civil Litigation - Defense: Weston Sager*

* Named to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars®, recognizing up-and-coming attorneys in New England.

Chambers and Partners

Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. A team of researchers and editors identify and rank the world’s best lawyers according to the criteria most valued by clients — such as technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery, and value for money. The most recent edition features Charles P. Bauer in the practice areas of Litigation: General Commercial - New Hampshire and Litigation: Mediators - New Hampshire.

GCG attorney recognition
includes ranking by these respected attorney
Best Lawyers in America
Best Law Firms
Super Lawyers New Hampshire
Chambers & Partners
Martindale Hubbell