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Cathleen A. Schmidt headshot
900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1414

Cathleen A. Schmidt

Executive Director and CEO

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Biography

As the Executive Director, Cathy is responsible for overseeing the operational, financial, marketing and human resource functions of the firm, and works closely with the firm's management team on day to day operations and strategic planning. She is a member of the firm's management committee and is an integral player in the implementation of McLane Middleton's strategic plan. Cathy joins the firm after spending over five years as President and CEO at Citizens Bank, where she was responsible for overseeing the success of 108 branches and 1,200 employees in New Hampshire and Vermont. Prior to that, she worked as the Executive Vice President and Retail Banking Director for Citizens Bank in Massachusetts. She is able to bring her business experience to assist in practical business solutions for clients.

Cathy is a resident of Bedford, New Hampshire and is very involved in the community. She has served on the Boards of New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Manchester Economic Development Corporation, and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. She is a past Chair of the Granite United Way Board and currently serves as a Director.  She is also on the Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Board of Overseers for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Cathy also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Nackey Loeb School of Communications and is on the Capital Campaign Committee for CATCH - a non profit housing organization.

Cathy holds a B.S. in economics and psychology from Boston College.

Recognition

  • New Hampshire Business Review - 2017 Outstanding Woman in Business

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Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.

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Integrity and trust

At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

Strength in numbers

McLane Middleton is made up of more than 90 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

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Commitment and collaboration

McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

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A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

The Firm

Intelligence paired with action

Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.