Christopher R. Burns is the principal attorney of Burns Legal Services and is engaged in the general practice of law with experience handling a variety of cases, both civil and criminal, in a number of courts including the New Hampshire Supreme Court. A former member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the New Hampshire Bar Journal, Attorney Burns’ practice areas include all areas of family law, civil litigation, landlord/tenant issues, as well as misdemeanor and felony charges.
Attorney Burns was born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Attorney Burns graduated from Portsmouth High School and went on to attended the University of New Hampshire, where he received a dual degree in political science and international affairs with a minor in Russian language and literature.
Prior to attending law school, Attorney Burns lived and worked in Moscow, Russia teaching English to native Russians matriculated in a UNESCO funded language program. Attorney Burns also taught English as a second language in Seoul, South Korea.
Attorney Burns attended Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he served as an editor for the Poverty Law Journal and ultimately graduated with a Juris Doctor in civil law and certificates in common and international law.
Following graduation from law school, Attorney Burns returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where his family as lived for several generations. Attorney Burns is licensed to practice law in the states of New Hampshire and Louisiana and is admitted to both the First Circuit and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Attorney Burns is also admitted and licensed to practice as an attorney and counselor-at-law in the United States Court of International Trade.
Nancy R. Blais graduated from Phillips Andover Academy and went on to attend the University of Vermont. She graduated from UVM with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a dual major in English Education and Special Education. She attended the University of New Hampshire and received her Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling.
Ms. Blais was a counselor for the Rochester School Department serving three elementary schools and the Pittsfield High school class for students coded emotionally disturbed. Prior to that, she was a counselor at Pinkerton Academy for all special needs students, providing individual and group counseling, as well as crisis counseling. She has been the Out of District Coordinator for the Rochester School for approximately 18 years, managing a caseload of special education students with varying disabilities placed in residential and day programs throughout the state.
Trained in crisis intervention, she was the Intervention Team Leader for the Rochester School Department for approximately 5 years. This was a voluntary position with a team of more than 20 trained members and comprised of administrators, guidance personnel and nurses who responded to incidents including; suicide, murder, or any major traumatic event affecting adults and children.
She is certified as a Guardian ad Litem since 2005, serving in divorce and guardian cases, as well abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights cases in Strafford and Rockingham County. Nancy is the co owner and founder of The Parenting Support Center.