OCtober 27, 2008

Matthew Cairns Named First Vice President of DRI—the Voice of the Defense Bar

NH Litigation Attorney in Line to Lead Nation’s Largest Organization of Civil Defense Lawyers

CHICAGO (October 27, 2008) – R. Matthew Cairns, director and shareholder at the law firm Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, has been named first vice president of DRI — the Voice of the Defense Bar.

Mr. Cairns was named to his new DRI post at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the 23,000-member organization. A veteran New Hampshire attorney with more than 20 years of litigation experience, he will serve a one-year term and ultimately become president of DRI in 2010 at its annual meeting in San Diego.

A member of the firm’s litigation group, Mr. Cairns currently focuses on product liability, commercial litigation, defense of sexual torts, and general litigation including trucking and construction. He has represented individuals, businesses, and insurers in civil litigation matters in all New Hampshire state and federal courts. He is also general counsel to several small corporations.

"I look forward to helping DRI continue expanding its mission as the primary resource and network for attorneys defending the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation. DRI is at the forefront of the complex issues challenging defense lawyers and the business community we serve," said Cairns.

Mr. Cairns was previously DRI’s second vice president and, prior to that, northeast regional director, overseeing the organization’s initiatives in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. He was also the DRI state representative for New Hampshire and received the organization’s State Leadership Award. Mr. Cairns earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School.

"Matt has shown tremendous dedication and leadership during his time as second vice president,” said John Kouris, executive director of DRI. “In his current position, I have no doubt that his leadership will continue to be a vital part of DRI’s ongoing growth."

About Gallagher Callahan & Gartrell
Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell is a leading multidisciplinary law firm with the experience, connectivity and analytical capabilities to tackle the most sophisticated issues confronting business in today's global economy. It represents local, national and multinational clients with markets in New Hampshire who rely on the firm’s in-depth knowledge and innovative guidance when their organizations must interact with state and local government agencies, legislative bodies, and state and federal courts. By combining legal, legislative, economic, compliance, human resources and communications specialists Gallagher Callahan & Gartrell helps its clients design evolving strategies for success in a complex business environment and increasingly complex litigation arena. Learn more at

About DRI
DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar is the national organization of more than 22,750 defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel. DRI provides numerous educational and informational resources to members and offers many opportunities for liaison among defense trial lawyers, Corporate America, and state and local legal defense organizations. DRI also has an international presence, seeking to enhance understanding of the law among members of the defense community who have reason to be concerned with the expanding globalization of litigation defense. Learn more at

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