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Heather Sekella

Divorce and separation Attorney at Manchester, NH

4.8   24 reviews

Licensed for 23 years

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Heather M. Sekella is the founding member and managing partner of Sekella Law in Manchester NH and has over 20 years of experience in divorce and family law.   Prior to founding the law firm, Attorney Sekella practiced family law as a partner in a growing firm with four other attorneys and seven support staff, at Clark & Sekella.  Attorney Sekella decided to "get back to basics" and opened SekellaLaw in 2007 with a goal of providing quality family law legal services in a boutique office setting focusing primarily on family law cases.  SekellaLaw provides its clients with quality legal representation in all aspects of family law including complex divorce matters for those with business interests, multiple properties, alimony, contested parenting issues, relocation matters, child support, contempts and modifications of prior orders.

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Licensed for 23 years
State NH
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 07/08/2016

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Sekella Law, PLLC

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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Jason | June 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Heather was great
The only regret I have is that I did not go with Sekella Law sooner. I used another attorney first time around and it was night and day once I signed on with Heather. As a father I felt my side was not taken seriously with the first ruling, but that all changed with Heather. My son is with me which is what he has been wanting for over three years.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2020
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Knowledgeable, responsive, and empathetic.
I reached out to Heather regarding a fairly complicated post-divorce, post-alimony dispute related to health insurance coverage for my ex-spouse. After an initial consultation where she educated me as to the uniqueness of my situation, she described a path forward that would provide closure. Though the issue took over a year to resolve (due mostly to the pandemic) I felt that Heather was attentive to my needs and generally cost-conscious in her approach. In the end things went against me financially which, while unfortunate, was always a possibility. However she did achieve my primary goal of finality without having to go through a trial, so overall I was satisfied which the approach Heather took.
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Posted by Nina | October 20, 2018
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Absolutely Amazing
I had to get a family lawyer on very short notice, heather and I were only able to discuss my case for a max 1.5 hours before my hearing. She quickly obtained all necessary facts and was able to represent me very honestly! She did amazing I highly recommend her!
Posted by Sarah and Eric | October 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the BEST!!!!
I want to start by saying Heather Sekella and her team, are simply the best. My child custody and name change case was one that had many ups and downs, and unexpected twists and turns that lasted over 2 years. My case meant the world to my family and Heather treated it like that every day during the two year period. If I counted them all, I am sure I emailed Heather thousands of times with concerns and questions, many of which were out of worry. Each time Heather along with her paralegal Amanda Gillman responded quickly, providing clarification and knowledge all while alleviating my worry. The most important thing to me was the way Heather personally handled my case. We weren't just some client to her, we were important and each meeting we had, including appearances in front of the judge were handled with the same personal care and professionalism. Also, she had such a positive reputation with the court and others in her field that even the judge in our case expressed feelings of wanting to work with Heather more often. I can say that when I was looking for a lawyer I was lost and not sure what to look for. What drew me to Sekella Law was a review I read about Heather's professionalism and personal touch. I could not thank the person that wrote that review enough because it led me to Heather. I hope that this review helps others to have the same confidence in choosing a lawyer as I did when choosing Heather. Heather will give you the professionalism, expertise and unbelievable amount knowledge to handle any kind of case. The hard work she put into my case made all the difference in the world. My family and I will forever be grateful!
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Posted by Lynn | September 9, 2018
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The best divorce lawyer in NH. No kidding.
Heather is our family hero. My parents were happily married for 39 years. Sadly, our mother died and out of loneliness our father re-married the wrong women in his 70s, realized his mistake after 5 years of marriage, and needed a divorce. We looked throughout NH for the best divorce lawyer we could find. After interviewing many divorce lawyers, we picked Heather Sekella. Thank goodness. Heather handled all of our father's legal work quickly and produced a surprisingly good settlement in a very short time for our father. The communication between Heather (and her staff) and our father was excellent. We will never forget Heather and the many ways she made a (very) difficult situation much better through her thorough command of divorce law, her communication skills, and her desire to always do her best for her clients. If you need an experienced divorce lawyer, we can't recommend Heather more highly.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2018
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Caring and responsive
Heather is a compassionate and caring attorney who does everything she can to help her clients. She’s incredibly experienced in family law and her solid expertise is why we put our trust in her.
Posted by Chad | August 1, 2018
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Knowledgable and professional...
I hired Sekella Law Firm for my divorce case and was VERY happy. Heather was on time, communicative and was not afraid to fight for me. She never sugar coated anything but explained the facts. She made me feel like my case was the only one that mattered. Whenever I sent an email I had a response within 48 hours. She arrived early for all my court appearances and her court room performances were both confident and aggressive. I would recommend her to anyone who had a divorce that is either simple, cut and dry or complicated, involved and volatile. She can handle it all.
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Posted by Marleen | August 1, 2018
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excellent service
Attorney Sekella handled my divorce proceedings. I was very impressed by how organized she was, how well she communicated everything to me and helped me to make the right decisions for myself. she also handled a contempt hearing after the divorce. Both times I was very satisfied with her services and I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Eric | August 1, 2018
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I could not of asked for a better or more experienced lawyer
Heather did an outstanding job in our extended court case. It lasted over 5 years and became case law. She worked hard through the tough times of 3 changing lawyers on my ex-wife’s side. Her office was very helpful with anything that came up no matter how crazy the request was from the other side and was a godsend for me with my work schedule. I highly recommend Heather Sekella she is the best.
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Posted by Don | July 31, 2018
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NH Lawyers agree she is the best.
I come from a family of NH lawyers, so when I needed a divorce lawyer, they recommended her. She was well worth it. She was very good at keeping costs low, while having to deal with a good amount of complexity. Please do yourself a huge favor and make an appointment for a free consultation. From the moment I met her I knew that I was in good hands. She was either the fifth or sixth consultation that I had, and I knew that I was in the right place when I got there. She made my divorce go as smoothly as possible.
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Posted by Elizabeth | July 31, 2018
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A happy customer
Heather and her law office handled my divorce and custody case. The case was complicated and dragged on for a lengthy amount of time. Her staff was always available to me as questions arose. She was fair, extremely knowledgeable about the laws that affected me and my family and helped me to negotiate the legal system. She worked hand in hand with our family therapist and GAL to provide actions that were best for my children. She was timely and a consummate professional. I was highly satisfied and recommend her to many people for her legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2018
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Excellent
I was a client of Heather Sekella for divorce from marriage. Attorney Sekella was fearless, highly capable and competent during the proceeding. She operated with integrity and is trustworthy. The legal system and other attorneys seem to know this. She will stand up for the truth. She saw the bigger picture and worked collaboratively towards a successful mediation. When a reasonable agreement could not be made on critical issues, she was a fierce defender for justice at the trial. I have come to respect her professionalism, competency, courage, and integrity. Attorney Sekella and her paralegal Amanda Gilman were thorough in their work.
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Posted by Carol | July 31, 2018
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Professional and Personal
Attorney Sekella has been very helpful with the current case for our family. She has been very attentive to our questions and her attention to every detail is impeccable. She makes herself available to accommodate our schedule if we need to have a meeting before a court appearance . To sum it up - Attorney Sekella and her staff are professional, knowledgeable and accommodating all with a personal touch.
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Posted by Michael | July 31, 2018
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AMAZING SERVICE!!
I don’t know if I can find the right words to describe the service I received from Heather and her entire team! From the day I met her for my initial consultation I felt like I was a part of a family, not business. I went through a not so easy custody battle, and Heather did so much to help me and my daughter which we have an outstanding relationship with the time I get to have with her thanks to the hard work and dedication Heather did for me! Not only did she do an amazing job what I found wonderful is how she randomly reaches out to see how things are going! Between personal and business I work with a lot of lawyers (not all bad reasons hahaha) and Sekella Law has a very special place in my heart. Owning my own family business it is important not to treat your customers like they are just a number but to treat them like family! You won’t be disappointed by hiring this heartwarming, family oriented business!
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Posted by Brian | July 31, 2018
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Took the time!
Attorney Sekella helped me with a very, very messy child support case after I was told by another attorney that it was what it was and the court would not work with me. I went to Sekella Law and sat down with Attorney Sekella for almost two hours and she took the time to listen to everything that I had to say and didn't just assume my situation was the same as everyone else's. Amanda was great and kept me in the loop on everything that was going on from start to finish. In the end Attorney Sekella was able to explain why my situation was different and presented all the evidence to make the courts agree. I would HIGHLY recommend her and the team at Sekella Law to anyone.
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Posted by Stacy | July 29, 2018
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Highly dedicated and honest.
I have been using Heather Sekella for years for all of my family law matters and will never go anywhere else. My situation was very unique and trying and she dove into it and took charge like i needed her to and made sure I understood every step and option. My family is whole because of her expertise. Have sent family and friends to her and will keep doing so.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2018
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Attorney Heather Sekella - Professional and Trustworthy
Attorney Heather Sekella represented me and my wife on obtaining temporary guardianship for our grandchildren. It was trying times for us a couple of years ago and we needed a most trustworthy attorney to assist in providing us guidance through the maze of the legal system. Attorney Sekella was there in helping us try to obtain a most secure and better quality of life for our grandchildren. Attorney Sekella was most professional and offered the very best advice in those stressful times. She was there every step of the way for us. We could always reach out to her at anytime during the day. We totally trusted her knowledge and the professional advice she had for us. She told us going in that it would be an uphill battle. We did not want to hear that but she told us the truth. That's what we liked! We did not win the case but it wasn't for her effort. She was thorough in her preparation and articulate in making our case at trial. We will always consider her our attorney and now a friend. The best decision we made was to retain the services of Attorney Heather Sekella.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2018
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Professional and Personable
My family and I have hired Sekella Law on numerous occasions and have always been extremely pleased with their results, from child support / custody issues to a rather complicated divorce. I've gotten to know Heather and her team more closely over the past several months and they are very personable and easy to work with. Always a pleasure to do business with!
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
I was involved in a contentious divorce with complicated child custody issues. Heather and her team were incredible throughout the process. She was extremely well organized, and she always out-prepared and out-argued the opposing side's (significantly more expensive) counsel. As a father dealing with an ex-spouse who frequently did not tell the truth, I had significant concerns about the future custody of my children. Heather's diligence ensured the truth was accurately presented, and I was granted primary custody. I recommend her, and her staff, in the highest possible terms.
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Posted by Kimberly | July 13, 2018
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Compassionate, Honest and Dedicated
While facing the most trying time of my life, Heather’s name was brought to me. It was stated, “As long as she is on your side, you’re all set. If you are on the opposing side, I’d be concerned for you. She is damn good.” I decided to sit down with her and share my story. She listened intently and took notes. She didn’t sugar coat the situation for me, but was honest stating that she couldn’t guarantee the outcome but she would do her best to help me gain custody of my children. I didn’t need someone to tell me what I wanted to hear, but someone that would be honest, compassionate and determined to help us and that is exactly how she was. Throughout the time we spent together on my case, she was not only my attorney, but became my confidant and friend that I could vent to and truly make a difference in the situation. I will never forget the day she received the documentation from the court granting me custody because she called me immediately, read the orders aloud and sat on the phone while I cried the happiest tears I’ve ever shed, and I think she shed a few too! I highly recommend Heather to everyone I encounter that is going through family legal matters. My children and I owe it all to her.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • SekellaLaw, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Clark & Sekella`
  • 2000 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Tower, Crocker & Mullins
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Kathleen A. Sternenberg, Esq.
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Paralegal
  • Gauthier & Associates
  • 1992 - 1994
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Education

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Norte Dame College
  • Bachelor's Paralegal Studies
  • 1992
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Associates in Business Management
  • 1990

Associations

  • American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Accredited Business
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Family Law Section (NH Bar Association)
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Manchester Bar Association
  • Memeber
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Memeber
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Business Network International
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Family Law Association
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Excellence and Deduction to Family Law
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been opposing counsel on several family law cases with Heather. She has always been professional, courteous, and responsive to requests. I especially appreciate that she tries to resolve the issue at hand considering what is best for the family and children, as opposed to running up costs."
Family Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is a great advocate for her clients and really cares about helping get them through their cases in the best possible position. It is always a pleasure to work with an attorney with integrity like Heather."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Sekella conducts her business and represents her clients with professionalism, compassion. She has vast experience in Family Law matters and brings this to every matter in which she becomes involved. I have had cases against her and also conducted mediations with her over the past 15+ years. In every matter, she has advocated her client's cause with knowledge, civility and skill. I highly recommend her as a trusted attorney in New Hampshire. Peter D. Goldsmith, Esquire"
Divorce and separation