The Gardner Law Firm

Patricia S. Gardner, Esq., LLC Curriculum Vitae:



Present:  The Gardner Law Firm (NH):


GARDNER LAW FIRM, 1 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 125, Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, 
NH 03801; Ph: 1-603-766-4933, Fax: 1-603-292-5207; Email: ;


Visit our blog at which is “New Hampshire’s Bankruptcy and Business Law Blog”, for updates in business and bankruptcy law;

  • “The Gardner Law Firm, Patricia S. Gardner, Esq., LLC” is a New Hampshire Limited Liability Corporation;

  • Offices in Portsmouth and Newmarket;

Gardner Law Firm focuses on (1) Business and Commercial cases, (2) Personal and Business Litigation, (3) Mediation, and (4) Bankruptcy:  Debtor and Creditor’s rights in business and personal reorganizations in the Bankruptcy Court as well as the initiation or defense of adversary proceedings; single asset real estate cases, small business bankruptcies, representation in Chapter 7 (liquidation), Chapter 13 (consumer/homeowner’s cases), Chapter 11 (business and personal reorganization), small business reorganization, single and multiple asset real estate reorganizations, and Chapter 12 (family farmer or fisherman reorganization cases) bankruptcies;

  • Litigation before the New Hampshire State and Federal Courts;

  • Litigation before the New Hampshire Business Court;


    Contracts; Contract Litigation;

    Corporate Counsel projects and projects assignments;


    Business, Civil and Commercial Litigation; Business Incorporation;

    Condominium Boards and Community Associations representation;

Admitted in New Hampshire (2009), Massachusetts (2002), New Jersey (1989), Pennsylvania (1989)(inactive), and First Circuit Court of Appeals, and Third Circuit Court of Appeals; Member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and Federal Bar Association.


2000 - 2010:
Corporate Counsel & Executive Vice-President,
Sullivan Paper Company, Inc. (MA):

  • Member of Executive Management Team for corporation comprised of 200+ employees, retail to USA, Canada and Europe with manufacturing facilities in three cities;

  • Supervise/participate in all legal corporate matters with outside counsel;

  • Audit function/accounting department & personnel department;

  • Oversee/litigate matters such as human resource related cases, DUA, commercial cases, contract disputes, labor law;

Author of  Human Resource Department policies and procedures, employee agreements,  employer policies and policy changes, and union agreements;

  • Negotiate/draft/review all corporate contracts;

  • Environmental litigation;

  • Negotiate commercial contracts and mortgages with financial institutions;

  • Trademark registration, copyright registration & defense of corporate copyrights;

  • Negotiate/draft/review personnel agreements, collective bargaining agreements for company with union, vendor agreements;

  • Represent corporation in Personnel Arbitration with union;

  • Draft/circulate annual corporate harassment policy, and workplace policies; corporate representation MCAD hearings;

  • Workers compensation litigation & settlements from employer perspective;

  • Corporate articles and incorporation instruments;

  • Corporate Clerk/member Board of Directors for Company and Affiliates.


1997 - 2000:
Partner, Thatcher & Lanza (South Plainfield and Flemington, NJ):

  • Managed South Plainfield Office;

  • Supervised/trained paralegals and associates;

  • Partner handling all Commercial Law & Bankruptcy e.g. litigated/filed Chapter 11 cases including In re Stephen Lawrence (filed initially as an involuntary Chapter 7 representing the largest creditor in the case, which later converted to Chapter 11) which was resolved in eight months; and,  In re Win-Ray, representing the debtor, having filed one of the first Small Business cases (voluntary) that successfully reorganized/confirmed within one year;

  • Chapter 13 cases and Chapter 7 (voluntary or involuntary);

Represented City of South Amboy with the firm e.g. (a) Municipal Prosecutor for Code Enforcement; (b) Litigation: Successfully litigated to establish City’s waterfront redevelopment program, phasing out existent dredge-spoils facility to allow for recreational/small/business & residential waterfront programs with ferry link to NYC; (c) oversight for PILOT tax programs (commercial development incentives), substituted for the City’s Law Director as needed [John Lanza, Esq.];

  • Commercial and business representations, related litigation.


1990 - 1997:
Creditor’s Rights Team, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer (NJ):

  • Supervised/lead counsel in cases on team comprised of eleven attorneys and three paralegals in a 160 member+ law firm headquartered in Woodbridge, NJ (offices in NYC, PA and NJ), representing businesses and individuals throughout the country in corporate, bankruptcy, banking and insolvency areas;

  • Represented financial institutions; foreclosures and rent receiverships; sales pendent lite;

  • Represented Chapter 11 Creditors Committees;

  • Represented Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 Trustees;

Represented Assignee in State Assignment proceedings;

  • Represented a wide range of clients such as the former Ambassador to France [Pamela Harriman, in the In re Seasons Resorts case], major financial institutions [First Union Bank, National State Bank, United Jersey Bank, Corestates Bank]; Creditor’s Committees throughout the country in Chapter 11 cases, such as In re Hibbard Brown (NYC), In re Dreis & Krump (Chicago), Committee Chair in In re House of Fabrics (Los Angeles), and In re Statewide Bancorp. (NJ);

  • Successfully litigated complex commercial and insolvency matters which resulted in published legal decisions i.e. Princeton-N.Y. Investors, Inc., and Seasons Resorts, Inc., v. First Fidelity Bank, 199 B.R. 285 (Bankr. D.N.J. 1996)[represented the Ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman, the Harriman Trusts, and Tandem Associates, L.P.];  In re Claremont Towers, 175 B.R. 157 (Bankr. D.N.J.
    1994)[represented Chapter 11 Debtor]; In re Hibbard Brown, 217 B.R. 41 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 1998)[represented Unsecured Creditors Committee].



1989 - 90: Federal Judicial Law Clerk, to the Honorable G. Donald Haneke, United States Magistrate for the District of NJ, Senior Magistrate Judge [Newark Vicinage] serving District Judges Alfred M. Wolin and Honorable John W. Bissell.

1988 - 89: Federal Judicial Intern, to the Honorable William H. Gindin, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of NJ [Trenton Vicinage].



Juris Doctorate, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, NJ, 1989:

  • Graduated Cum Laude, top 15% of Class;

  • Deans List, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89;

  • Received American Jurisprudence Award, Advance Bankruptcy Studies;

  • Achieved Highest Honors in: Bankruptcy Law (A+), Computer Law (A+), Secured Transactions (A+), Housing and Urban Development (A+), and Advanced Bankruptcy Studies (A+).

Bachelor of Science, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA, 1974:
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List.



  • Admitted to practice  NJ and PA Bar 1989, MA Bar in 2002, NH in 2009;

  • Editor/Author W, G & S Creditor’s Rights Newsletter 1990-1997;

  • Author, NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education Impact of the 1994 Amendments on Bankruptcy Practice: September 1996 Manual;

  • Co-Author with Honorable Novalyn M. Winfield and panelists, Environmental Law and the Interface with Bankruptcy, 1997 Bench/Bar Conference N.J.;

  • Author lead article for The New Jersey Law Journal annual magazine on Statewide Bankruptcy Practice [supplement to newspaper] 1990’s – 2000.

  • N.J./1990’s: NJ State Bar Association, NJ Debtor/Creditor Section; Middlesex County Bar Association; Hunterdon County Bar Association; National Turnaround Management Association and American Bankruptcy Institute;

  • 2005, participant Rotary Leadership Institute, Elms College (MA);

  • 2007, Rotary International President Elect Training, Nashua, NH; first women president West Springfield Chapter; Rotary member 2000 to present;

  • Adjunct professor “Basics of the Law” - Bay Path College (Evening Program) Legal Studies 2005;

  • 2005 to 2010, Sustaining Member Hampden County Bar Association (MA);

  • 2009 to present - Member Federal  Bar Association;

  • Summary Circuit Writer (1rst Circuit) for Federal Bar Association, weekly publication with national circulation;

  • 2010 to present – Member, New Hampshire Bar Association;

  • 2009-2012: President or Member of Board of Directors of  Moody Point Community Association, Inc.;

  • 2010 – 2013:  Appointment Town of Newmarket Personnel Advisory Board;

  • 2010 received Certificate for training, Rule 170 Mediation Program;

2010 - 2011 Volunteer attorney, NH Bar for “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State Level Competition”, Finals;
Author “New Hampshire’s Bankruptcy and Business Law Blog”, 2010 to present;

Member Community Associations Institute (CAI - NH Chapter).


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