Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.
Ned takes and wins tough cases. As a litigator and a trusted advisor, Ned has guided his clients through their most complicated and difficult problems. He has won at trial. He has gotten cases dismissed on the papers. He has pierced the corporate veil to collect debts. And, he has made new law at the New Hampshire Supreme Court in order to protect his clients.
Ned’s areas of expertise include:
Trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation
Ned has litigated “soft IP” disputes in state and federal district courts throughout the country, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He frequently protects the rights of local brand owners and he has also defended infringement actions on behalf of large corporate clients. In addition, Ned has litigated matters involving trade secret theft on behalf of both large businesses and closely held corporations, as well as other complex business litigation matters.
Some of Ned’s recent work on trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation include:
Automotive dealer representation
Ned has represented auto dealers and other equipment franchisees in the New Hampshire and Massachusetts courts, and before the New Hampshire Motor Vehicle Industry Board. He has represented dealers in termination protests, consumer litigation, products liability litigation, and regulatory matters. Ned has also assisted dealers with difficult business disputes arising amongst partners.
Some of Ned’s recent work representing automotive dealers includes:
Non-competition agreements and other commercial litigation
Ned has frequently litigated matters arising from non-competition and non-solicitation agreements in the New Hampshire Courts, including the Business and Commercial Dispute Docket, colloquially known as the “Business Court.” He has represented both businesses seeking to enforce their rights and executives and former business owners accused of breaching their agreements.
Ned’s recent commercial litigation work includes:
Ned is regularly asked to speak and publish thought leadership in the areas of intellectual property and commercial litigation, including recent publications in New Hampshire Business Review on NFTs and the Trademark Modernization Act, and presentations on behalf of the New Hampshire Bar Association on business litigation.
Ned maintains an active pro bono practice.
He is presently representing New Hampshire’s only inmate on death row in post-conviction proceedings seeking to vacate his capital sentence. Ned is also partnering on matters with the New England Innocence Project and the Human Rights Defense Center, which publishes the Prison Legal News.