NP Profiles

Our monthly series profiling members of our 2018 partner class.

What made you decide to become a lawyer? Was there a defining moment for you?
In high school, I job-shadowed an attorney who split his time as a lobbyist and his legal work. He was the kind of person who knew everyone, and I enjoyed being mentored by him. From that point forward, each professional experience I sought out was related to the law and public policy.

What do you love about Nixon Peabody? What do you think makes Nixon Peabody stand out?
I love our depth of legal knowledge, extensive network and collaborative firm culture.

What is your most memorable moment/proudest accomplishment as a lawyer?
While I was an intern at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office Environmental Protection Bureau, I helped prosecute the head of the local Hells Angels Motorcycle Club for illegally filling in wetlands and other environmental crimes. During the course of the trial, in addition to alleged death threats made against the police, many of the club’s members lined the hallways to intimidate us. In spite of this, we successfully obtained a verdict that included jail time, which was very uncommon in New Hampshire at that time.

What was your first job?
I was a carpenter’s helper and did ground maintenance at the Hopkinton State Fair and mowed the grass at Gould Hill Apple Orchard in Hopkinton, New Hampshire.

What are you passionate about outside of your legal practice. Are you active in any organizations/causes?
I serve on the board of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. The programs and services we sponsor make clear that businesses that treat their employees well, strive to enrich the community and are respectful of the natural environment will also see tangible benefits to their business bottom line.

What or who inspires you and why?
My son and wife inspire me each and every day. At five-months old, my son was diagnosed with pediatric cancer and has gone through many medical procedures. He’s now two-and-a-half and the strongest person I know—mostly because of the superhuman care my wife has given him since his diagnosis.

What is your favorite movie and why?
Good Will Hunting. I appreciate the way the movie portrays interaction across social classes, as well as great loyalty among old friends, even through tough times.

What is your favorite travel destination and why?
Squam Lake, Holderness, NH. It is my zen place. My parents have been going there for over 50 years and we all still go every summer. It’s also where my son is now learning how to swim.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I like woodworking and especially building/fixing, restoring and refinishing antique Windsor chairs.

Photos of Mark Beaudoin

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