Leigh S. Willey

Leigh S. Willey is an associate with the firm and focuses her practice on general litigation, including business and commercial disputes, probate litigation and land use and development matters. Leigh also has extensive experience in defending New Hampshire ski areas against personal injury claims. She has appeared before the New Hampshire Superior Courts and the United States District Court for the District of New and has argued before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Ms. Willey received her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws (LL.M) in Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2003. Before joining Boutin & Altieri, P.L.L.C., she was an associate at Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A. in Manchester, New Hampshire. While in law school, she was a legal extern with The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. in New York, New York, where she assisted in-house counsel in managing and enforcing the company's extensive trademark portfolio. She also served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau, New Hampshire Supreme Court in 2002.

Education

Admissions

Past Employment Positions

  • Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A.
  • Wescott Law, P.A.

Affiliations

Reported Decisions

  • Martin v. Pat's Peak, Inc., 158 N.H. 735 (N.H. 2009)
  • Fog Motorsports No. 3, Inc. v. Arctic Cat Sales, Inc., 159 N.H. 266 (N.H. 2009)
  • McGrath v. SNH Development, Inc., 158 N.H. 540 (N.H. 2009)
  • Digaetano v. Digaetano, 163 N.H. 588 (N.H. 2012)
  • Camire v. Gunstock Area Commission, 166 N.H. 374 (N.H. 2014)
  • Hogan v. Pat's Peak, Inc., 121 A.3d 827 (N.H. 2015)

Representative Matters

  • Member of a team of lawyers who represented a commercial landlord in a breach of contract action against one of its tenants. Following a week long bench trial, the District of New Hampshire awarded the landlord more than $3 million dollars in unpaid rent.
  • Obtained dismissal of the plaintiff's negligence claims against a prominent New Hampshire ski area based on the New Hampshire Ski Statute, RSA 225-A, which provides that collisions with other skiers is an inherent risk in the sport of skiing that the plaintiff assumed as a matter of law.
  • Represented four inmates at the women's prison in conjunction with New Hampshire Legal Assistance in a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections that challenged the disparity between the programs available to female inmates with those available to male inmates.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a Lakes Region ski area based on a liability release agreement.
  • Successfully defended two insurance company employees against defamation claims.
  • Represented trademark owner in cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Fashion Design & IP" N.H.B.J., Vol. 55, Nov. 1, 2014
  • Intellectual Property Law: Settlement in Cariou v. Prince Addresses Fair Use, New Hampshire Bar News, June 18, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, "What Every Artist Should Know About Intellectual Property Law," New Hampshire Institute of Art, November 2014.
  • Speaker, "Fuel Your Leadership Talents Through Intellectual Property," New England Women's Leadership Institute 7th Annual Women's Leadership Summit, June 2014.

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