Kevin Dugan

Experience and Accolades

  • Practicing 30 years
  • AV rated – Preeminent – Martindale Hubbell
  • New England Super Lawyer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • New Hampshire Top Attorneys 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Top Rated Medical Malpractice Lawyer by Boston.com
  • Best of US.Com – Best Lawyer in Personal Injury Law
  • Power List 2003 – Bartlett Report – PoliticsNH.com
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice
    • Past President (1999-2000)
    • Board of Governors 1995-present
    • Board of Governor's Award 1997 & 2011
    • President's Award 2003
    • Former Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee
    • Former Chair, Legislative Committee
  • Florida Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Manchester and New Hampshire Bar Associations
  • Author and co-author of numerous journal articles and presenter/organizer of numerous legal education seminars on medical malpractice law and procedure.

Question & Answer

Q: You grew up in Florida and attended college and law school there. What made you come to New Hampshire in 1990?

A: In 1990, I met my law partner, Mark Abramson, through an unlikely but fortuitous turn of events. We had a lot in common personally and professionally, and my wife and I fell in love with New England and decided to put down roots here.

Q: You've been politically active in NH. As a trial lawyer, how have you influenced the political landscape in NH?

A: I happened to take over as legislative chairman for the NH Trial Lawyers Association several years ago at a time when the political and legislative landscape was very pro-business and anti-consumer. As a result, I became involved in many legislative battles involving civil rights and the civil justice system. We were fortunate to develop relationships with a few key people in the legislature who believed in the constitution and the civil rights of our citizens.

Q: Besides politics and the law, what other interests do you have?

A: I really enjoy the work I do and the people I work with. I am pretty content with the work I have and taking care of my family.

Q: You've been representing victims in medical malpractice cases for 25 years now. What have been the most significant shifts in the public's perception of these cases in that span of time?

A: The biggest thing I have noticed is that more people now recognize that we do not have a medical malpractice litigation crisis. What we have is a medical malpractice crisis. That is, there are far too many avoidable medical errors occurring. The solution is to reduce the rate of medical errors, not limit the rights of people hurt by those mistakes.

Q: How do you measure success?

A: My kids seem to like me for the most part. I think that's a good start.

Membership

The Florida Bar; New Hampshire Bar Association; The Florida Justice Association; The American Association for Justice (Sustaining Member, Professional Negligence Section, Birth Trauma Litigation Group); New Hampshire Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 1995-present; Secretary, 1996-1997; Treasurer, 1997-1998; President-Elect, 1998-1999; President, 1999-2000; Chairman, CLE Committee, 1996-1999; Chairman, Legislative Committee, 2000-2011; Recipient, President's Award, 2003; Board of Governors, Award, 1997 and 2011); Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; NHAJ Political Action Committee

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice; Plaintiff's Personal Injury

Admissions

1985, Florida; 1986, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court; 1991, New Hampshire and U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire

Publications