Nancy Richards-Stower was inducted into the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2003 and is a former member and chair of the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights from 1979 to 1985, during which time she was an associate, then partner, of Robert H. Rines, founder of Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law). In 2015 Nancy received the Granite State Advocate Award from the N.H. Association of Justice. This award is given periodically to attorneys in New Hampshire, who, in the course of zealously representing their clients, pursue and help achieve substantive changes in the law which improve the Civil Justice system, enhance the rights of citizens' access to the courts, preserve the right of trial by jury and enhance the right of everyone to attain full, fair and timely remedies for civil wrongs.
Nancy has operated her plaintiffs’ employment law practice in Merrimack, NH since 1989, and litigates before the State and Federal Courts and agencies in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. A frequent panelist at employment law seminars, including the annual advanced Annual Employment Law Update of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the author of numerous articles on employment law, Nancy founded the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and served as its president from 1993 to 1995. She has co-chaired and presented at national and regional NELA conventions. From 1998 to 2002, she hosted a weekly radio program, “The Law Show” on WSMN AM-1590. In July 1994, she was recognized in New Hampshire Editions magazine as one of NH’s leading plaintiffs’ employment lawyers.
Nancy graduated from The George Washington University in 1973 and was in the first graduating class of Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1976, now, The University of New Hampshire School of Law. Nancy is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, as well as the NHBA's Labor and Employment Law Section and is also a member of the Massachusetts and Virginia bars. She is married to Rev. Richard Stower, who was the minister of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Scituate, Massachusetts, 1992-2011, and served as the interim minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Medfield, Massachusetts 2011-2013. Nancy and Richard have an adult son, Jonathan. Nancy's passion is political advocacy (click on Politics and Legislative Advocacy button). Her hobbies are skiing, gardening, her cat, and, until the heartache of his passing, her Bernese Mountain dog, Gimli (below).