Andru’s Story

Andru Volinsky is a New Hampshire father, husband, lawyer, and advocate running for re-election to the Executive Council in District Two, which spans from Keene to Concord to Dover/Rochester.

Activist Lawyer

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 1986, he successfully argued before the U. S. Supreme Court in the death penalty case Gray v. Mississippi.  For the last 14 years, Andru has been a senior member of Bernstein Shur, a 100-lawyer regional law firm, leading the firm’s Manchester office. In addition to acting as general counsel to the firm and serving on its Board of Directors for many years, Andru's  practice focuses on commercial, employment, and trade secret litigation. 

As part of Andru’s legal work, he’s represented school children and communities fighting to protect public funding for schools  in the landmark Claremont School Funding suit. 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.

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 and recently welcomed Josh and his wife, Lauren's new son, Josey.   The couple strongly believes public service is a family value. Andru served as the strategic planning chair of the Manchester Community Health Center until his election to the Executive Council.

Andru and Amy are proud their children have followed their lead with respect to public service. Josh is a 7th grade public school science teacher in Denver and his wife, Lauren Dunn, is Deputy Chief of Staff 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 having recently sold her interest in a unionized printing cooperative , is now working towards her MBA at Indiana University.

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-five  years ago. They also have climbed all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers.