Description of Practice
Terri L. Pastori’s employment practice involves counseling and representing employees and employers in the full spectrum of employment matters. She advises clients on employment and severance agreements, employee discipline, compliance with employment laws, (including wage and hour matters), terminations, investigation of complaints, governmental audits, drafting and implementing policies and practices, training, in-house dispute resolution, and claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, and breach of employment and collective bargaining agreements. Terri also advises clients on protecting intellectual property, including the negotiation and enforcement of non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.
She has represented employers in federal and state courts, the state administrative agencies in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island, and before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) Certified Train-the-Trainer Programs for Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace and Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigations, and is on the MCAD approved list of trainers for remediation.
Over the years, Terri has also represented clients in complex, high stakes litigation matters, including business, probate, and real estate disputes. She has represented clients in partnership and shareholder disputes, including claims for breaches of fiduciary duties. She has defended lawyers, insurance brokers, and other professionals against claims of malpractice in both the state and federal courts.
Terri has also represented sureties, developers, and contractors in construction disputes and bond claims (including surety and fidelity bonds) and has represented the Surety & Fidelity Association of America as an amicus curiae in matters in the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
In 2012, Terri started her own law firm in her home town of Derry, New Hampshire after 15 years of working at leading, large firms in Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire. Immediately prior to launching her own firm, she was a partner at Peabody & Arnold LLP, Boston’s oldest law firm. Prior to joining Peabody & Arnold in 2000, she was an associate at New Hampshire’s largest law firm, McLane Graf Raulerston & Middleton, P.A. (now McLane Middleton) in Manchester, New Hampshire. She also had the privilege of serving as a law clerk to Justice W. Stephen Thayer of the New Hampshire Supreme Court after graduation from law school, prior to joining McLane.
Terri earned her B.S. from UMass Lowell magna cum laude in 1993 where she was active on the residence life and campus guide staffs. She received her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School summa cum laude in 1996, graduating first in her class. She is admitted to practice in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Terri was named Best Lawyers’ Concord Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021. Terri was also named Best Lawyers’ Concord Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020. She has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell® based upon peer reviews for the highest level of professional excellence.
Terri is a frequent presenter and contributor on Massachusetts and New Hampshire employment law topics, and is often called upon by the media for comment on important employment law issues. She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Society for Human Resources Management, and the Human Resources Association of Greater Concord. She teaches employment law as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire.
Honors and Awards:
Best Lawyers’ Concord Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021
Best Lawyers’ Concord Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020
Inclusion in New England Super Lawyers (since 2019)
Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2019 for Employment Law – Management
Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2021 for Employment Law – Individuals and Labor & Employment Litigation
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating (since 2017)
Rising Star Super Lawyer Award from the Massachusetts Super Lawyers® Magazine and Boston Magazine (awarded top 2.5% of lawyers in Massachusetts under 40 years old) (2005-2009)
Pacesetter for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (2002-2006)
Leadership and Service:
New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners (2018-present)
University of New Hampshire School of Law, Adjunct Faculty Member – Employment Law (Spring 2019-Present)
Derry Homegrown Farm & Artisan Market, Founding Board Member (2016-present)
Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI)
East Derry Memorial Elementary School PTA (2013-present)
Federal Bar Association, New Hampshire Chapter, Founding Member and Past President
New Hampshire Board of Hearing Care Providers (appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Executive Council) (2015-2018)
Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Past Chairperson of the New England Steering Committee
Town of Derry, Economic Development Advisory Committee (appointed by Town Council), Past Chairperson
University of Massachusetts Club, Founding Member
Terri’s News & Events
- Attorney Pastori Named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©
- Pastori | Krans Attorneys Named Best Lawyers
- Attorneys Deragon, Krans, and Pastori Selected to 2020 New England Super Lawyers List
- Attorney Pastori Interviewed for NH Business Review Article on Navigating Workplace Rights and Obligations As Businesses Reopen
- Pastori Krans Employment Law Attorneys Featured in NH Bar News
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Information
- Q & A with Attorney Pastori and Attorney Deragon Regarding COVID-19
- NH Stay-At-Home Order and What it Means to You?
- Attorney Pastori Re-Appointed to the Adjunct Faculty at UNH School of Law
- Attorneys Pastori and Deragon to Present at NBI Seminar