Passion for wildlife a big part of Sheridan Brown’s law practice

Union Leader Correspondent

January 26, 2014

GRANTHAM – Passionate protector of native wildlife, Sheridan Brown, 39, grew up in Dover where he gained an appreciation for nature.

Most recently Brown led a successful effort with the Loon Preservation Committee and N.H. Lakes Association to pass legislation to protect loons from toxic lead fishing sinkers and jigs. He also worked to successfully defeat a bill that would have allowed the taking of wild owls for falconry reasons.

Brown said he logged a lot of pro bono hours on both efforts but was thrilled to put his attorney and policy-writing skills to work for causes he is so passionate about as well as to be part of the efforts of so many other passionate volunteers.

“I was lucky I grew up in a household where my grandmother lived in the house for her later years, and she and my mother always made sure I got pushed out of the house to play outside,” Brown said. “I’ve always since I was a kid had an interest in wildlife and nature, particularly in bugs and birds.”

And through day trips with his mother to state parks and beach and horse barns across the state, Brown gained a deep appreciation for the Granite State.

After attending Southeastern New Hampshire Christian Academy in Somersworth, Brown went on to earn a B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Before starting his own law practice, he worked for U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu from 1999 to 2009 first as a constituent services specialist and then as projects assistant.

Along with his private practice, Brown also works as a government relations consultant.

Two years ago Brown and his wife, Debra, moved from Concord to Grantham where Brown has taken numerous opportunities to get involved in his new community. He serves on the Grantham Conservation Commission and Grantham Zoning Board of Adjustment and is president of the Newport Rotary.

He volunteers as a member of the policy committee and bald eagle monitor for the N.H. Audubon. He is also an outreach committee member for the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust.