By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Elected vice president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, attorney Ed Philpot Jr. has reached the first rung on the ladder leading to the presidency of the organization. A native of New Jersey, after graduating from Rutgers University, Philpot followed his cousins Bill and Jeff Philpot, both local attorneys, to New Hampshire where he acquired his legal education at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
"Jeff and Bill were both very helpful to me," he said.
Philpot worked his way through college as a bricklayer and recalls that while seeking work to pay for law school, "I followed a concrete truck." The truck led him to a job site at what was then the campus of Chubb Life in Concord.
He said he saw the job trailer shaking and heard a ruckus inside then the door opened. A man flew out, jumped in his truck and drove off abruptly. A second stepped into the doorway, recognized Philpot right away and asked "Have you got your tools? I just fired the mason."
Philpot had known Artie McCarthy for years and worked for him in New Jersey. Although a trial attorney with a general practice that includes personal injury and business law Philpot, ever the bricklayer, considers construction law his strong suit. He has offered instruction in construction law as well as testified before the Legislature about legislation bearing on the industry.
Philpot has been active citizen of the Lakes Region. He served on the Laconia School Board from 1997 to 2003, chairing the board for two years, and oversaw the renovation of the three elementary schools. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the lone Democrat and dominant member on the Belknap County Commission, whose term closed amid bitter conflict between the commission and delegation that has persisted beyond his tenure. He has also served as a director of the Lakes Region Day Care Center, Project Extra, Lake Winnipesaukee Skating Club and Laconia Youth Soccer League and as Commodore of Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association.
Philpot and his wife, Dianne, live in Laconia where they raised their three children — Graham, serving with the Merchant Marine; Rosalie, a chemical engineer; and Madeline, a registered nurse — whom he proudly called "all graduates of Laconia High School."
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