August 10, 2011

Attorney Cairns Elected to Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

CONCORD, NH — R. Matthew Cairns, litigation defense attorney with Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell has been elected as a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Prospective members undergo a rigorous selection and review process through which only a small percentage of nominees are approved for membership. The FDCC is an elite group of civil defense lawyers throughout the country and around the world. Its members are recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction.

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 three years.

Since 1996, Cairns has been an active member, award recipient, and leader of DRI. Before becoming DRI’s president, Matt served 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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