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Terry Shumaker is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Practice Groups.
Terry has arbitrated, litigated, and mediated for three decades in the private and public sectors in a wide range of industries. He serves as a panel arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association, the U.S. District Court, the New Hampshire Superior Court, the NH Public Employee Labor Relations Board, and the NH Commission for Human Rights.
As an advocate, Terry has provided representation in many kinds of commercial and employment disputes. He has vast experience in collective bargaining and advising clients during union organizing campaigns as well as with the defense of OSHA, NLRB and Wage-Hour claims. He has handled many employment contract, and non-competition issues, and litigated numerous wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment suits. Terry is versed in employment matters in all types of business, educational and medical institutions as well as construction and professional service firms. He has represented both employees and employers in legal and labor relations matters involving partnerships, companies, unions, non-profits and governmental entities.
Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, Terry was Executive Director & General Counsel of the National Education Association of New Hampshire. He served as United States Ambassador to Trinidad from 1997-2001. Before his foreign service, Terry was a partner and president of a large New Hampshire law firm. In 2012, he was appointed by the Governor to the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission which decides election disputes.
Terry is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell and was the first New Hampshire attorney admitted to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is co- founder of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association. Terry is recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America and is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.
JD, Boston University School of Law, 1973
AB, Dartmouth College, 1970
Admitted to Practice:
States of New Hampshire and Massachusetts
United States District Courts for NH and Massachusetts
First Circuit, Second Circuit, and District of Columbia Court of Appeals
New Hampshire Bar Association, ADR and Labor Sections
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Council of American Ambassadors
National Association of Distinguished Neutrals