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Christine Marie Hanisco

Family Attorney at Concord, NH

4.8   5 reviews

also known as Chrissy

  • State Years
    New Hampshire - NH 21 years
    Massachusetts - MA 23 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christine

Learn Christine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Surrogacy, egg/sperm/embryo donation, clinic consent forms, embryo disposition. Private termination of parental rights leading to adoption.

    10 years

  2. Adoption
    Chrissy's adoption practice includes confirmatory adoptions, stepparent adoptions, and domestic adoptions. She has represented birth mothers and adoptive parents, and also has experience in private termination of parental rights cases.

    8 years

  3. Estate planning
    Limited to New Hampshire.

    4 years

Licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Attorney Hanisco's practice focuses on building legally sound families, through Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law (ART law). With 1 in 6 couples experiencing fertility issues, thousands are turning to assisted reproductive technology to build their families. Chrissy utilizes her legal experience and decades of negotiation skills to help her clients achieve their dream of being parents.

Chrissy can assist with all the legal aspects of gestational surrogacy, gamete donation, embryo donation, embryo disposition and parentage orders. She represents intended parents, as well as egg and sperm donors and surrogates (gestational carriers). Due to the contractual nature of ART law Chrissy loves the ability to work with colleagues and clients from around the globe!

Chrissy's adoption practice includes representing Adoptive Parents and Birth Mothers, as well as same-sex couples who may need the non-biological parent to adopt their child. 

Chrissy's background includes both civil and criminal litigation. She prosecuted abuse and neglect cases in the Worcester (MA) Juvenile court, spent several years representing children and adults with disabilities in all areas of civil litigation, and for over 11 years as a member of the New Hampshire Public Defender, the state’s largest law firm, she successfully represented indigent defendants and juveniles.

At the NH Public Defender Chrissy handled thousands of cases in both Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties. She is practical in her approach, a skilled negotiator and is never afraid to proceed to trial when desired by her client. Chrissy achieves the best outcome for her clients.



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Chair, Grievance Committee


Life Stages Law, PLLC
20 Foundry Street
Second Floor
Concord, NH, 03301


4.8 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Angelina | January 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Surrogacy Attorney
I worked with Christine Hanisco on my surrogacy contract. She was incredible knowledgeable and helpful during the time we were negotiating my contract. She always availed herself when I had a question whether it was by email or phone. I appreciate her caring empathic ear while I had many questions and concerns while going through this process. I recommend Christine Hanisco for all of your legal needs due to surrrogracy. She also has a wide knowledge of other ‘s in and out of her field that can help with many different avenues when planning to become a surrogate such as but not limited to financial planning, employment attorneys and so forth. She practices in New Hampshire and is well versed in many other New England state’s laws. I live in Massachusetts and had no concerns at all about her knowledge of my state laws verses New Hampshire.
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Response from Christine Hanisco January 7, 2018
Thank you for the nice review Angelina! It was a pleasure working with you. Just so anyone else reading is aware, I am licensed in New Hampshire AND Massachusetts! ART law often does cross state borders too, so I do make sure to stay informed of the laws in all states.
Posted by Caitlin | December 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Egg Donor
Chrissy drafted my contract as an egg donor. She was extremely thorough, helpful and friendly.
Response from Christine Hanisco January 7, 2018
Thank you!
Posted by Wendy | November 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Hanisco was simply amazing through my entire ordeal. No matter how small or how big my questions were she always took the time to make sure that I totally understood her answers. I never felt that if I said to her I don't understand she would be upset having to explain it all over again. She stayed right on top of my case the entire time. I was always contacted each and every time there was any information or movement for my case. Once may "day in court" arrived I was very very nervous. Again, she was able to keep me calm by saying we were not leaving that conference room until I was completely calm and I understood everything. Once we were called, I knew I had hired the right attorney. She was calm but yet spoke with authority and confidence. At one point I thought I was going to faint. She was right there asking the court for a moment. She made me feel like I was the only one in that court room at that moment. I was her #1 priority before, during and after. I would recommend her to anyone who need an attorney. God forbid I every need an attorney again but if I do I will be going directly to Attorney Christine Hanisco.
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Response from Christine Hanisco January 7, 2018
It was my pleasure to assist you through this difficult time.
Posted by Judy | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Christine is a Lawyer who really cares. She doesn't miss a thing and keeps her clients very well informed. Christine has an amazing talent for communicating with all involved. Anyone who hires Christine can be sure they will get the best legal advise, she doesn't take the easy route, she takes the route best for her client!!
Posted by Glenn | February 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job well done.
I was happy to have Chrissy on my side. she answered all my questions with quick response and was easy to communicate with as well the rest of staff. she helped with weighing the pros and cons of possible outcome of my case. she went the extra step to help find personal outside her office I needed for a positive outcome in my case. Thanks Chrissy. Glenn L.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Board of Directors
  • RESOLVE New England
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Stein Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • NH Technical Institute
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • New Hampshire Public Defender Office
  • 2004 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Disabilities Rights Center
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Assistant Regional Counsel
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Department of Social Services
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Juvenile Court
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Legal Intern
  • Mental Hygiene Legal Services
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • NY City Law Department
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • JRI Health Law Institute
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Legal Intern
  • South Middlesex Legal Services, Inc.
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Legal Intern
  • Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Paralegal
  • NH Department of Justice
  • 1996 - 1997
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  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • New Hampshire Technical Institute
  • Certificate
  • 1996
  • Saint Anselm College
  • BA
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Bailey
  • Not Guilty
  • IMO Minor
  • Termination of parental rights and subsequent adoption granted
  • IMO Minor
  • Adoption granted.
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  • Resolve New England
  • Vice President
  • 2021 - Present
  • SEEDS- Grievance Committee
  • Chair
  • 2020 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Board of Governors
  • Governor at Large
  • 2019 - Present
  • SEEDS - Grievance Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • RESOLVE New England
  • Professional Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Capital Region Mothers of Multiples
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA)
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • RESOLVE New England
  • Secretary, Executive Committee
  • 2017 - 2021
  • NHBA - Legislation Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Capital Region Mothers of Multiples
  • Executive Board
  • 2014 - 2016
  • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Journal of Human Rights Award
  • NY Law School
  • 2000
  • Prof Lombardo Award for Excellence in Admin. of Criminal Justice
  • NY Law School
  • 2000
  • Joseph P Soloman Public Service Fellow
  • NY Law School
  • 1999
  • Joseph P Soloman Public Service Fellow
  • NY Law School
  • 1998
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  • New York Law School Journal of Human Rights
  • Acknowledging the Hypocrisy: Granting Minors the Right to Choose Their Medical Treatment
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (18)
Endorse Christine
Adoption Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I HIGHLY endorse this lawyer. In addition to having total command of adoption and fertility law and how to navigate the system, Chrissy is kind, efficient and committed."
Adoption Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Ms. Hanisco are consistently accurate, full of analysis, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities every client would look for when hiring a lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Christine. She is intelligent, respectful, and creative in her diverse practice areas. She is well-respected by her clients and other attorneys. I always respected her advocacy and work ethic during our time together at the Public Defender."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Hanisco without reservation. She's a caring, experienced and responsive attorney. She would be an asset to anyone dealing with issues related to assisted reproductive law."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole-heartedly endorse this lawyer. She is well respected by her peers and her clients. She clearly works hard for them evidenced by their reviews. She contributes to the AVVO forum to assist the public which is commendable."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Ms. Hanisco is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the U.S. With her extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, she is bound to invest her time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each case, regardless of its level of complexity."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Hanisco is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chrissy is someone who cares about her clients and is willing to help other attorney’s do a more effective job with theirs. Just out of law school, I got a probation client who was in trouble. When I reached out for information on the local probation system and the people I had to deal with, Chrissy, not knowing me from Joe the Plumber (who I would also like to have as a client), responded to me with invaluable insight as she had worked with these people. In spite of prison almost looking inevitable several times, my client remained in the community and continues rehabilitation. Chrissy’s insights and experience played no small part."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine is a great lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with her at the public defenders office. She takes great care with her cases, is very thorough and does not back down from a challenge. Because of that, her clients receive excellent representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Hanisco and I were opposing counsel on a number of cases when we were both relatively new, so I've known her for over a decade. She has always zealously advocated for her clients, and often looked for creative solutions to seemingly impossible situations. She is prompt, knowledgeable, and very personable. Negotiations were always courteous, even when we reached impasses. I have referred people to her in private practice and will continue to do so!"
Adoption Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chrissy and I worked on a matter together at the public defender in 2016. Recently, I consulted with her on an adoption matter. She is a very efficient and effective advocate for her clients. What sets Chrissy apart from other attorneys is her mastery of the law combined with her responsiveness. Chrissy is a very client-centered lawyer and I recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine provides thoughtful and accurate legal advice to her clients. She is passionate about criminal defense and aggressively defends her clients on a daily basis."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Chrissy at the NH Public Defenders office and she was the go to person in our office on changes to DWI and motor vehicle laws. She is also very knowledgeable about search and seizure cases and has successfully litigated numerous motions to suppress evidence."
Family Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chrissy is a passionate and compassionate attorney. Her understanding of complex and emotional situations makes for successful and well handled matters"
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hanisco and I work together in the field of assisted family building providing services to egg donors, embryo donors, known sperm donors, surrogates and intended parents. I know her to be a serious and well-informed practitioner bringing to this work not only her expertise but also her compassion."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Like Chrissy, I am a litigator in Concord, NH. For years, I have watched Chrissy Hanisco represent clients in courts all around the area and have been continually impressed with her professionalism, poise and self-confidence, and loyalty and dedication to her clients. For these reasons, I endorse Chrissy Hanisco."
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