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A brief history of the firm and what we offer.

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2015 | Uncategorized

Welcome to the website and “blog” of Associated Attorneys of New England. For our first post, I want to introduce you to the firm, how it came to be, and what we can do for you.

In The Beginning:
Several years ago, I started Skinner Law PLLC serving the needs of New Hampshire and Massachusetts by practicing mainly foreclosure defense, but also, family law, criminal defense, personal injury, and Federal consumer protection litigation, as well as litigating other civil disputes that routinely arise between businesses and neighbors. Eventually, Skinner Law transitioned to Skinner Rivard when we joined forces with former Fish & Game Officer- Atty. Patrick Rivard.

Skinner Rivard:
At Skinner Rivard we hired on an associate and support staff and expanded our practice to include more family law, criminal defense, landlord tenant matters, and employment and disability discrimination cases. I continued to practice mainly foreclosure defense and Federal civil litigation while training our associates in other areas.

Skinner, Rivard & Siekmann:
Inspired by this success, Atty. Jenny Milana Siekmann of Milana Legal in Derry, NH joined our team and I purchased the elegant Victorian Home at 587 Union Street, in Manchester, NH that now serves as the headquarters for Associated Attorneys. The new firm was dubbed “Skinner, Rivard & Siekmann” and now, in additional to all the good work we had been doing for our clients over the years, we also offered Trust & Estate planning services with Jenny and her staff.

Working closely together, Attys. Rivard & Siekmann were shot by cupid’s arrow and decided to form their own partnership by joining forces personally to be married. Not wanting to compete with that union, we decided to remain “associated” so that our clients could continue to enjoy the full range of services we had offered at Skinner, Rivard & Siekmann, and Attys. Rivard & Siekmann changed their role from partner, to “Of Counsel” as I took over the firm.

Title Insurance, Settlement, Escrow, and Closing Services:
With a strong background in real estate investing, litigation, and foreclosure work-outs and modifications, I decided it would make sense to offer Title Insurance, and loan closing, escrow, and settlement services for our clients. Not only because I believe we can offer true value in this area, and get the job done right, and on time (if not early), but also so we don’t have to send our clients away who might not qualify for a mortgage modification or would prefer to do a short-sale instead of endure foreclosure. Thus, Associated Attorneys of New England was born.

Associated Attorneys of New England:
We are associated with attorneys, realtors, mortgage brokers, bankers, and insurance agents so that we can provide the highest quality service to you- the client, our customer. Our hard working attorneys and I are licensed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine and we continue to provide the highest quality, responsive, and respectful legal services in the industry for family law, criminal defense, personal injury, and all manner of civil litigation.

I have always focused on a strong work ethic, and customer service- something that is often overlooked in the world of professional services. I will continue this tradition, and instill these values of hard work and respect for our clients as we forge ahead with the new Associated name and continue to grow.

If you have any questions at all about any legal issue, or the firm, please do not hesitate to email me directly at: [email protected]. I am happy to help if I can, or point you in the right direction if we can’t.


Atty. John F. Skinner, III