Michele E. Kenney

Michele Kenney is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Portsmouth, NH, office and a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She enjoys a diverse commercial litigation practice, and appears regularly in federal and state courts in New Hampshire. Michele represents multinational corporations, medium and smaller-size businesses, individuals, and national and regional financial institutions in a wide range of disputes, involving, for example, issues of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, business torts, unfair trade practices, competition, trade secrets, as well as employment claims and claims under New Hampshire's Consumer Protection Act. Michele's litigation practice also includes probate matters and land use appeals.

Before joining Pierce Atwood, Michele was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, in New York City, where her practice focused on complex commercial and appellate litigation in federal courts. 

After law school, Michele served as law clerk to the Honorable Theodore H. Katz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then as law clerk to the Honorable Max Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Michele is a member of the Federal Court Advisory Committee and the Local Rules Subcommitee for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. She has also served as Chairperson of the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation (2019 - present)
Professional Activities
  • Member, Federal Court Advisory Committee and Local Rules Subcommittee
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation

Practice Areas

Representative Experience
  • Won lawsuit, after trial in N.H. federal court, on claims of breach of contract, fraud, and violation of NH Consumer Protection Act, resulting in award of treble damages and attorney's fees for business investor
  • Prevailed on summary judgment to defeat business competitor's claims of tortious interference with economic relationships, conversion, and violation of NH Consumer Protection Act 
  • Won dismissal of negligence, contract, and U.C.C. claims against national bank
  • Obtained probate court orders compelling trust accounting on behalf of beneficiary
  • Won dismissal of employment discrimination claims against a hotel operator
  • Representation of lenders and loan servicers in proceedings before the New Hampshire Banking Department