Brad is head of the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate, Government Relations and Not-for-Profit, Charitable and Religious Institutions Practice Groups. He is a past President of the firm and has practiced with Sheehan Phinney since 1973.
Brad represents many colleges and schools, religious organizations throughout New England, and hospital, nursing home and other charitable and other not-for-profit clients, and practices general corporate law. He writes a regular column, “Cook on Concord,” which appears in the New Hampshire Business Review.
As head of the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate Department, Brad counsels clients on drafting estate plans, planning for management of their affairs during retirement, senior living arrangements, and avoiding or minimizing the need for probate. He supervises the other attorneys and paralegals who handle Estate Planning and trust administration and probate of decedents’ estates from all of the firm’s offices. He is a member of the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council.
· Representing religious groups before the New Hampshire legislature in all matters of concern to them.
· Negotiating labor agreements between faculty/staff and university administration of a private university.
· Advising clients on complex estate planning matters and the appropriate probate or probate avoidance techniques and trust administration.
· Providing general counsel advice to rural hospital board of trustees and coordinating legal representation of the hospital.
· Supervising real estate acquisition, sale and construction matters for large charitable multi-state entity.
· Negotiating executive compensation agreements for executives of large institutions.
· Forming and providing on-going representation to small to medium sized businesses.
· Assisting not-for-profit clients with fundraising efforts including negotiating gifts and drafting various kinds of philanthropic giving instruments.
· Providing training to staff of clients on risk management and liability avoidance techniques.
Brad is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire and before the Federal Courts, and is a member of the New Hampshire and American Bar Associations, the Diocesan Attorneys Association of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Lawyers Association.
Brad is former President of the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association and Manchester Bar Association, has chaired the board of Easter Seals New Hampshire, the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, Easter Seals Telethon and UNH Fund, is secretary of the Board of Trustees of Southern New Hampshire University, former secretary of the Manchester Airport Authority, former member of the Manchester School Board and chair of its Finance Committee, secretary of the board of the Little Sunapee Protective Association, board member and member of the executive committee of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA), former chairman of the board of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Leadership Manchester Steering Committee, graduate of the first class of both Leadership Manchester and Leadership New Hampshire, and a former member of the board of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. He was elected to serve on Manchester Charter Commissions in 1996 and 2003, and has been active in many political campaigns. He was a delegate to the National Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2003. He writes a column, “Cook on Concord” which appears in New Hampshire Business Review.
'Lifetime Achievement Award' from the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, 2015
Business NH Magazine's "2012 Influencer Index," as a "Political and Nonprofit Maestro
”Good Samaritan Award, Pastoral Counseling Services, 2011
New Hampshire Business and Industry Association's Above and Beyond Award, 2008
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, 2001
Eugene M. Van Loan III Leadership Award, Easter Seals New Hampshire, 2001
National Easter Seals “Volunteer of the Year.”, 2012
UNH Alumni Meritorious Service Award, University of New Hampshire, 1980