August 18, 2011

Attorney Cairns Speaks on Strengths of Professional Memberships, Diversity and Mentoring

CONCORD, NH — R. Matthew Cairns, litigation defense attorney with Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell and 2011 president of DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar, recently presented on the benefits of bar association and professional memberships, diversity and mentoring. Cairns was an invited panelist at the summer meeting of the New York State Bar Association’s Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section held August 14th-17th. Drawing on his own personal experiences, Cairns spoke on developing leaders within law firms and legal organizations such as DRI.

Attorney Cairns represents the interests of individuals, insurers, manufacturers, transportation and other companies in diverse commercial, complex and traditional litigation matters in all state and federal courts and state agencies. Cairns serves as general counsel to several closely held businesses in New Hampshire and is also experienced in general corporate and municipal representation, and risk management training. Matt has been named a "Super Lawyer" for products liability defense for the past 3 years.

Since 1996, Cairns has been an active member, award recipient, and leader of DRI. Before becoming DRI’s president, Mattserved a one-year term as DRI’s President-Elect, and previously was DRI’s First Vice President. Prior to that, he was the Northeast Regional Director overseeing DRI initiatives in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Cairns was also the DRI State Representative for New Hampshire and received the organization’s State Leadership Award. From 2006-2008, Matt served as the First Circuit editor for DRI's Daubert On-Line newsletter.

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