Andru Volinsky is a New Hampshire father, husband, lawyer, and advocate running for the Executive council in District Two, which spans from Keene to Concord to Dover/Rochester.
As a lawyer, Andru’s experience is diverse. He taught at the University of Tennessee School of Law before joining the New Hampshire Public Defender Program in 1982. In 1985 he transitioned to private practice first with Schapira and Green and then with Shaheen, Cappiello, Stein and Gordon. For the last 12 years, Andru has been a senior shareholder at Bernstein Shur, a 100-lawyer regional law firm, leading the firm’s Manchester office. In addition to acting as general counsel to the firm, his practice focuses on commercial, employment, and trade secret litigation. Andru also served on the law firm’s board for six years.
As part of Andru’s legal work, he’s represented communities fighting to protect public funding for schools including in the Claremont School Funding suit and he currently represents the City of Dover and the Dover School District in their fight for fair school funding. Andru represented the New Hampshire Secretary of State in the effort to regulate insurance risk pools, which led to the return of over $100 million to property tax payers since 2012. The New Hampshire Retirement Security Coalition is another client Andru works with in an effort to protect public workers’ pensions. Finally, Andru has defended death penalty cases in the South and before the US Supreme Court.
Awards and Recognitions
- NEA-NH Friend of Education
- NH Civil Liberties Union Bill of Rights Award
- Merrimack County Attorney of the Year
- New Hampshire Association for Justice President’s Award
- Concord Monitor, One Hundred People Who Shaped the New Hampshire Century
- NHPR’s 25 Most Influential People in the last 25 Years
- Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2002
- Israel Bernstein Public Service Award
- “Best Lawyer” Recognition in Business Litigation, Employment Law, Criminal Law
Public Service is a Family Value
Andru and his wife, Amy, live on five acres in East Concord. They have three grown children—Josh, Mollie, and Bekah. The couple strongly believes public service is a family value. The five members of the Volinsky family have staffed the Concord Armory’s food basket program every Christmas for many years. Andru serves as the strategic planning chair of the Manchester Community Health Center whose mission is to eliminate health disparities by providing exceptional healthcare that is accessible to all. His role on this board has given him an understanding of the importance of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion.
Andru and Amy are proud their children have followed their lead with respect to public service. Josh is a 5th grade public school science teacher in Denver and his wife, Lauren Dunn, works for the Denver Superintendent of Schools. Mollie is a social worker in New York who has worked in school settings and with foster children and Bekah is a member of a worker-owned, unionized printing cooperative in Brooklyn.
When not working, Andru and Amy raise chickens, pigs, alpacas, and angora rabbits. In the spring, Andru sugars with a neighbor in a sugar house they built twenty years ago. They also have climbed all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers.