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Sabrina C. Beavens

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After nearly 20 years in private practice, Sabrina is an accomplished and respected attorney who is well versed in a wide range of practice areas, including corporate and business law; commercial and residential real estate; banking and commercial transactions; bankruptcy; estate planning, probate, and trust administration; and personal injury.

As a result of her extensive experience, Sabrina builds long-term relationships with her client base, successfully representing them as their legal needs change over time.

Sabrina graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2002 and worked as a bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Sabrina relocated with her family to New Hampshire in 2006. She practiced on the Seacoast for several years before settling in Concord where she lives presently.

Throughout her career, Sabrina has advised business clients on matters regarding governance, contracts, finance, general corporate issues, dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions, creditors’ rights, real estate, evictions, and succession planning. She has represented local and national clients in bankruptcy matters throughout the United States and worked with banks, credit unions, and private lenders on significant commercial financing, workout, and foreclosure matters. Sabrina has also assisted municipal clients with a variety of issues, including tax matters.

In addition to transactional work, Sabrina is an experienced trial attorney. She has litigated complex business and real estate disputes in state and federal courts.

Before joining Shaheen & Gordon, Sabrina served as a partner at two respected New Hampshire law firms. She is recognized by peers as a leader in the legal community and has held leadership positions in many professional associations, including the American Bar Association and New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association. She is a member of the Leadership Greater Concord Class of 2018 and Leadership Seacoast Class of 2015.

Sabrina has achieved the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She has also been selected for the Best Lawyers in America 2022 list for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Litigation - Bankruptcy. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of Zebra Crossings, a non-profit organization that provides fun and engaging enrichment programs for youth with chronic medical conditions.

Admissions

  • New Hampshire Bar
  • Florida Bar
  • Massachusetts Bar
  • United States District Court, District of New Hampshire

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, 2002
    • Juris doctor
    • Cum laude
    • Moot Court Board
    • Judicial internship
       
  • Ursinus College, 1997
    • Bachelor of Arts, Politics (Minor in Accounting)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Zebra Crossings, Advisory Committee (Former Board Member)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Woman Advocate Committee (Co-Chair 2014 – 2017; Liaison to Corporate Counsel 2014; Regional Meeting Committee 2013 – 2014; Web Co-Editor 2011 – 2013; Chair Work/Life Balance Committee 2010 – 2011)
  • New Hampshire Bar Association (Gender Equality Committee 2011- 2012)
  • New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (Secretary 2012 – Jan. 2015; Fall Reception Chair 2012; Membership Committee 2012 – Jan. 2015; Out of State Liaison 2011 – 2012)

Recognition and Honors

  • Leadership Greater Concord Class of 2018
  • Leadership Seacoast Class of 2015
  • Leadership Fellow 2012-2014 – American Bar Association Section of Litigation
  • Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for the 2012-2013 Bar Year - American Bar Association Section of Litigation Woman Advocate Committee
  • Outstanding Webpage Award as Co-Editor of the American Bar Association Woman Advocate Committee’s webpage 2010-2011
  • 2013 and 2014 Rising Star New England Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America, 2022

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Lesson 3: Discovering Your Authentic Self, 50 Lessons for Women Lawyers from Women Lawyers, Berroco Canyon Publishing (2019)
  • Panelist, “Safe Proofing LLCs and Corporations: Avoiding Piercing the Corporate Veil”, American Bar Association Center for Professional Development and Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, Webinar, March 3, 2016
  • Panelist, “Gaining Access: How to Snag the Big Client as a Small, Diverse Firm”, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Diversity & Inclusion Committee Roundtable, December 7, 2015
  • A Strategic Road Map to Joining a Non-Profit Board, The Woman Advocate Newsletter, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Vol. 20, No. 3, Spring 2015
  • US Supreme Court Reverses Second Mortgage Cases That Had Given Hope to Struggling Homeowners, Bar News, New Hampshire Bar Association, July 25, 2015
  • Presenter, “Friending and Following: The Ethical Pitfalls of Using Social Media”, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, The Women of the Section of Litigation Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 7, 2014
  • Presenter and Program Co-Planner, “Mastering the Expert Trial Examination, American Bar Association”, Section of Litigation, Woman Advocate Trial Advocacy Regional CLE Workshop, San Diego, California, January 16, 2014
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice Trial Bar News (An Interview with Attorney General Foster, Volume 38, Winter 2013; 10 Mediation Tips for Young Lawyers, Volume 39, Summer 2013; An Interview with Chief Justice Linda S. Dalianis, Volume 33, Spring 2011; An Interview with Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr., Volume 33, Winter 2011)
  • Section 3, Chapter 13: Meet an Associate, Small Firms, Big Opportunity, How to Get Hired (and Succeed) in the New Legal Economy, Lawyer Avenue Press (2012)
  • The Recipe for a Successful Mentoring Relationship, The Woman Advocate Newsletter, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Vol. 17, No. 2, Winter 2012
  • No Foolin' – Real Estate Tax Collectors Should Pay Attention to Doolan, Bar News, New Hampshire Bar Association, May 31, 2011

Representative Cases

  • Chick v. C&F Enterprises, LLC, 938 A.2d 113 (N.H. 2007)
  • Member of legal team which represented an assisted living facility with the sale of its operations and real estate in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
  • Negotiated the purchase and sale of multiple small to mid-size businesses and related real estate assets.
  • Served as lender counsel for multiple large commercial development projects.
  • Obtained numerous eviction judgments on behalf of residential landlords based on nonpayment of rent and other non-monetary defaults.
  • Represented lenders on several residential and commercial foreclosures through the sale of the collateral at auction.
  • On behalf of a creditor/commercial landlord, developed testimony, evidence, and legal arguments for an emergency evidentiary hearing in bankruptcy court, which resulted in a finding of a bad faith Chapter 11 filing, the dismissal of the Chapter 11 case, and an award of sanctions against the debtor and the debtor’s attorney.
  • Worked with insurance co-counsel in a large real estate fraud bankruptcy case to file a declaratory judgment adversary proceeding seeking a finding that the insurer had no obligation to defend and no liability under the applicable insurance policies, which was the catalyst for a favorable settlement with the Chapter 7 trustee and non-debtor claimant’s attorney.
  • Successfully argued that an alleged “bad faith” claim against a national insurance company accrued prior to the debtors’ bankruptcy filing, and therefore, it was property of the bankruptcy estate. As a result, the bankruptcy court approved a settlement between the chapter 7 trustee and the insurance company.
  • Brought a fraudulent transfer suit in the Federal Court in New Hampshire on behalf of a lender with a judgment against a New Hampshire resident, which resulted in a settlement that the client found favorable.
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