Attorney Brenda Smith-Weiss is a lifelong native of New England and New Hampshire. She was raised in Hudson, graduating from Alvirne High School. At the University of New Hampshire, she majored in Drama and then attended the University of Maine School of Law. Between college and law school, Brenda enjoyed work as a real estate paralegal.
She has been practicing law in Maine and New Hampshire since the mid 1980s and is a member of the New Hampshire, Maine, and Nashua Bar Associations. Brenda is an owner of Smith-Weiss Shepard Kanakis & Spony, P.C. where she heads the estate planning and probate, and real estate divisions.
Brenda’s focus in practice is estate planning, probate administration, wills, and trusts. Her practice also includes commercial real estate transactions representing buyers, sellers and lenders.
Active in the community, Brenda is a former President of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Inc., a former Clerk of First Church of Nashua, and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Board of Trustees for The Hunt Community, and the Nashua West Rotary Club. She is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the Hills Farm Cemetery, Hudson, New Hampshire.
Brenda is an active member of First Church of Nashua, the Nauss Hall Players and enjoys vintage rug hooking.
Attorney Robert M. Shepard has long standing ties to New Hampshire. He graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire in 1976. Always active in sports, he continues to serve as the girls’ varsity coach for Pelham High School. After high school, Bob attended St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT and then the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Bob is the Managing Partner of Smith-Weiss Shepard Kanakis & Spony, P.C. He has been licensed to practice in New Hampshire, including the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, since 1983. He is a member of the New Hampshire and Nashua Bar Associations as well as the New Hampshire Association for Justice. Bob practices law before every Circuit and Superior Court in the State of New Hampshire.
With over thirty years of experience, Bob practices family law, civil litigation, business and corporate law, landlord and tenant law, real estate and zoning, estate planning, and personal injury law. He also represents several Cooperatives and Manufactured Housing Parks throughout the State of New Hampshire.
Always a supporter of the those in need, Bob participates in the Pro Bono Referral System for the New Hampshire Bar Association and legal counsel for Nashua Habitat for Humanity and the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. He also served as the Hillsborough County Representative for the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors, was the President of the Nashua Bar Association, and a former member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nashua, the Pelham Planning Board, the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Federal Credit Union, the Board of Directors for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua YMCA. In 2017 the Nashua Bar Association honored Bob with the Ted Jordan and Joe Gall Humanitarian Award. Bob has also taught paralegal courses at the New Hampshire Technical College and seminars on the Law of Cooperatives and Manufactured Housing Parks.
In his spare time, along with coaching basketball, and is an avid gardener and golfer.
Attorney Tanya L. Spony joined Smith-Weiss Shepard Kanakis & Spony, P.C. in 2012. Tanya is a partner at the firm. Tanya is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Tanya is licensed to practice law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and before the United States District Court for New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Tanya’s experience includes civil trials (bench and jury) before the Superior Court as well as litigation and dispute resolution before the Family, District and Probate Courts. In addition to practicing traditional litigation, Tanya is also trained as a collaborative practitioner. Tanya applies her skills in negotiation and dispute resolution to serve her clients through litigation, mediation and collaborative law. She specializes in litigation, family law and personal injury. She also handles appeals before the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Supreme Courts.
In addition to practicing law, Tanya is involved in many organizations and is an active member of the legal community. Tanya currently sits as a director on the Nashua Bar Association and former president of the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center. She is also a volunteer and mentor for the YMCA Youth & Government Program. Finally, Tanya is a member of several organizations including the New Hampshire Association for Justice and the Women’s Bar Association.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Tanya relocated to New England in 2007. In her free time, Tanya enjoys spending time with her family, her two daughters, friends and her beloved dog, Colby. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, swimming and softball.
Attorney Brittney M. White joined Smith-Weiss Shepard Kanakis & Spony, P.C. in 2020. Brittney is the newest associate of the firm. She graduated from Western New England University School of Law, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western New England University in Law and Society.
Brittney is licensed to practice in New Hampshire, and before the United States District Court for New Hampshire. Brittney specializes in criminal law, family law, abuse and neglect matters, probate administration, landlord-tenant law and she uses her persuasive writing skills to represent parties in appellate matters.
In law school, Brittney was a member of the Western New England Law Review and is experienced in drafting and reviewing documents in detail. She uses this training to advocate for her clients whether it be through litigation or appellate.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, it was clear to Brittney from the start that practicing law in New England was a passion of hers. Brittney is a member and on the public service committee for the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association. In her free time, Brittney enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also spends her time hiking, skiing, and playing soccer and softball in local clubs.
Attorney Nicholas A. Kanakis joined Smith-Weiss Shepard Kanakis & Spony, P.C. in 2021. A New Hampshire native, Nick was raised in Merrimack. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and graduated with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
While externing at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, He was able to provide pro bono bankruptcy assistance to low income clients at McGeorge’s Community Legal Services. Nick was also a Staff Writer, Managing Editor, and Primary Comment Editor University of the Pacific Law Review and worked at the Rwanda Development Board in Kigali, Rwanda. Prior to joining Smith-Weiss Shepard Kanakis & Spony, P.C. he was an associate at a local Nashua firm.
Licensed to practice law in New Hampshire, including the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire, Nick focuses his practice on loan workouts, collections, foreclosures, commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, and corporate law. Nick also participates as a volunteer attorney with the Nashua Consumer Debt Docket and serves on the Nashua Zoning Board.
Outside of practicing law, Nick enjoys cooking and is an avid curler and hiker, currently progressing through the NH48. He also enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and his dog, Visiliki, who spends her day lounging in his office.