Katharine Phinney

Katherine phinney

Attorney Katharine Phinney is an experienced litigation attorney, focusing primarily on family and estate law. After years of working for the people of Rockingham and Strafford counties prosecuting felony level crimes, she transitioned back to the private sector to work with families and help individuals with their own legal matters.

Attorney Phinney has a track record of success. She graduated summa cum laude, attaining the rank of 2nd in her law school class, and then began her career on the Seacoast at a family law firm. During her first several years of practice, she enjoyed working on complex divorce cases, including arguing a case before the New Hampshire Supreme Court on behalf of her client. Enticed by this litigation experience, Attorney Phinney became a felony level prosecutor where she handled hundreds of felony crimes and spent years in the courtroom.  After winning numerous jury trials for the State of New Hampshire, Attorney Phinney chose to work on a more personal level with individuals and families, and joined the team at Russman Law.

One thing is certain when you meet with Attorney Phinney – her astute attention to details coupled with her confidence to resolve your legal matters, sets her apart from the others.  In a world where negotiation and mediation are encouraged and omnipresent, Attorney Phinney recognizes that your best interests may mean resolving your case out of the courtroom to preserve relationships and save you money.  Rest assured however, if all else fails, she will be prepared to go to court and fight for you.

Education and Honors

  • University of Vermont, B.S. in Political Science
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004
  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009
  • Top Honors: Torts; Business Associations; Pretrial Skills; Legal Drafting General Practice; Legal Drafting Local Government; Remedies Law; Uniform Commercial Code: Sales and Commercial Paper

Professional Associations and Achievements

  • Rockingham County Bar Association:
    • President, 2013 – 2014
    • Vice President, 2012 – 2013
    • Member 2011 – present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association:
    • Member 2009 – present
  • Family Law Section:
    • Member
  • Trust and Estate Law Section:
    • Member
  • Charles C. Doe American Inn of Court:
    • Member 2010 – 2011
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Brief and Oral Argument on October 19, 2011; 
  • Slip Opinion February 10, 2012 – Manchester Family Division No. 2010-842
  • Granite State College
    • Adjunct Professor, Spring 2015
  • Law and Society Class