Meet the Attorneys

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KIMBERLY A. WEIBRECHT, ESQ.

With 17 years of legal experience in the New Hampshire Seacoast Area, including Dover, Rochester, and Portsmouth, I have tried and negotiated hundreds of civil and criminal cases. My work has spanned District, Juvenile, and Superior courts and includes dozens of jury trials and bench trials, including high-stakes, complex felony jury trials. I have held several positions in the NH Judicial Branch and with Strafford County, and have worked as a national justice systems consultant and facilitator. My experience has given me varied perspectives of the legal system and has provided me with deep ties to the local Seacoast legal community and justice system. My long history of working within and representing clients through the justice system has led me to the conclusion that it is not the best forum within which to achieve many client goals. Fortunately, there are alternatives to conventional dispute resolution (or “litigation”) through the judicial system. I have dedicated the second half of my career to learning about and seeking training in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques of Mediation and Collaborative Law.

In addition to my legal experience, I have a strong dedication to leadership in my legal/mediation community. My recent roles have included: Board Member and Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire, Co-Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association – Section of Dispute Resolution, Chair of the Seacoast Collaborative Divorce Professionals, President of the Strafford County Bar Association, Board Member of the Charles C. Doe Inns of Court, Board Member of the New Hampshire Public Defender.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trial Attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender in Strafford County
  • Attorney and Justice System advisor for Strafford County
  • Judicial Law Clerk and Deputy Clerk of Court for Strafford County Superior Court
  • Judicial Law Clerk for Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau at the New Hampshire Supreme Court
  • National Consultant on Justice System Policy
  • Author and Contributor to several nationally disseminated justice system publications
  • Faculty Member, National Judicial College as an expert on judicial policy
  • Trained in variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, including:
    • Mediation for Lawyers by the Harvard School of Law’s Program on Negotiation
    • Advanced training in Collaborative Divorce Law
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association, since 1998, including Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law practice sections. Member, Charles C. Doe Inns of Court for 13 years
  • Graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, 1998, and University of New Hampshire, 1993, Magna Cum Laude.

 

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JESSICA L. ECKER, ESQ.

I joined Weibrecht Law, PLLC after spending close to eight years working at a larger firm where I focused on family law but also handled real estate matters, probate litigation, guardianships, and commercial transactions. Spending time working in other practice areas has made me into a well-rounded family law practitioner and mediator, as family law often intersects with bankruptcy, business law, estate planning, and other areas of the law. I am a Certified Marital Mediator and trained collaborative law practitioner and am licensed to practice law in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. My experience also includes complicated divorce and parenting cases involving multiple day trials and family business division.

While I believe settlement through mediation or collaborative law is always preferable, I understand that there are times when, for one reason or another, it is not an option.  In those cases I am ready, willing, and able to aggressively litigate. I have lived in and worked in the Seacoast, New Hampshire area since I graduated law school and I enjoy giving back. I have served as President of the Rockingham County Bar Association and continue as a board member, I am a member of the New Hampshire Collaborative Law Alliance, and I also volunteer with the Seacoast Kiwanis Club, a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. I also currently serve as a board member of the New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private practice attorney
  • Certified Marital Mediator
  • Certified Collaborative Law Practitioner
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Maine Bar
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar
  • Awarded Superlawyers “Rising Star,” 2013 and 2014
  • Awarded New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono Rising Star, 2012
  • Graduated from Albany Law School in 2006 and University of New Hampshire in 2002, Magna Cum Laude.

 

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CHRISTINE B. CHASSE, ESQ.

I began the practice of law in New Hampshire after having graduated cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 2004. I practiced at Mulvey Professional Association in Portsmouth in the field of civil litigation representing both plaintiff and defendants in personal injury, insurance defense, real estate transactions, will preparation and estate administration. I also spent a year practicing immigration law in Manchester. I have worked exclusively in Family Law since 2012 and currently represent family law clients seeking unbundled representation, probate administrations (estate and guardianships), quitclaim deed preparation, and assist as co-counsel in complex divorce litigation cases.

Prior to attending law school, I received a B.A. with distinction in Political Science in 1991 and an A.S. with highest distinction in Legal Technology in 1989 from the University of Maine at Orono. I worked as a paralegal for Ebitz & Thornton, PA in Bangor, Maine and Mulvey Professional Association in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for almost 10 years. I also spent 3 years in Heidelberg, Germany working as the executive secretary to the U.S. Army Commander of the Europe Regional Dental Command.

My vast array of legal experience has given me valuable insight into all aspects of client representation and efficient law firm operations. I have negotiated settlements, prepared complex medical and employment record analysis, conducted in-depth discovery and case investigations to include depositions of party and legal/medical experts. I have extensive project management skills and IT knowledge and have implemented two new case management and docket systems (Prolaw and Practice Master). I have also been responsible for conducting employee training on those new systems as well as training of new paralegals and interns. I also served as Operations Manger for Weibrecht Law, PLLC and managed their office move and expansion. I have been a member of the New Hampshire Bar since 2004 and am admitted to the state court and federal court in the State of New Hampshire. I grew up in Maine and have been a New Hampshire resident since 2000. I currently live in Greenland with my husband, two children and two Siberian huskies.

 

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KELLY M. THOM, ESQ.

Originally from the Seacoast area, I joined Weibrecht Law, PLLC, after spending close to four years practicing law in Michigan. I am licensed in both Michigan and New Hampshire; and believe that my experience working in criminal defense, civil litigation, real estate, elder abuse, will preparation, and probate matters has given me a unique perspective of the legal system.

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2008, and taking a year off, I moved to Michigan to attend law school. I received my J.D. from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2012. During my practice in Michigan, I participated in the Innocence Project where I evaluated post-conviction cases under Michigan’s DNA statute for inmates claiming actual innocence. I also represented indigent defendants, charged with felony offenses, during the preliminary examination stage, under the direct supervision of the First Assistant Public Defender, pursuant to Michigan’s Student Practice Rule. I am certified in both legal and professional research, having worked for one of the leading legal research companies throughout law school.

I am excited to be back on the Seacoast and look forward to becoming more involved in the community. Currently, I represent family law clients seeking representation in mediation, probate matters, child support, litigated divorce, and/or parenting cases. My goal is to work with clients to reach the most favorable outcome during a very difficult and trying time in their lives. Whether this is accomplished through settlement negotiations, mediation, or litigation, I strive to provide thoughtful and professional representation.