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Wilbur A. Glahn, III headshot
900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1469

Wilbur A. Glahn, III

Director, Litigation Department

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Biography

Bill has practiced at the firm for more than 35 years. In his nearly 45 years of litigation experience he has handled nearly all aspects of commercial and business litigation in the state and federal courts. He is an experienced appellate lawyer and has argued dozens of cases in the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In recent years his practice has focused on corporate litigation, including contract disputes, employment and trade secret litigation, corporate governance and shareholder disputes, and tax litigation.  Bill is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

As a former Assistant Attorney General in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, he also has extensive experience in constitutional and administrative litigation.

Bill received his J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law (1972) and his B.A., with honors, from Trinity College (1969), where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Before joining McLane, Bill was an Assistant Attorney General (1976-1981) and the Chief of the Civil Division (1978-1981) in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and an attorney at Herrick, Smith, Donald, Farley & Ketchum in Boston, Massachusetts (1972-1975).

Areas of Focus

  • Business Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation

 

Admissions

  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Districts of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the Districts of  Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Recognition

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers and State Chair 2014 - 2016
  • Chair, Committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 2012 - 2014
  • Federal Court Advisory Committee, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, 2001-2010, Local Rules Advisory Committee, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, 1995-present and Co-Chair of Committee 2014 - Present, Board of Directors, Treasurer and Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation (2004 - 2014)
  • Board of Directors, Treasurer and Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation (2004-2014)
  • Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America® (Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Securities Law)
  • Selected as Woodward/White's 2013 Best Lawyer for Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Selected as Woodward/White's 2012 and 2015 Best Lawyer for Appellate Law - Manchester, NH
  • New England Super Lawyers®. Recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in New England 2007-2014, 2016
  • Selected by Business N.H. Magazine as New Hampshire's leading trial lawyer 2011
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers (Litigation)
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

 

Involvement

Bill has served on numerous charitable boards including the Board of Trustees of The Derryfield School (1989-2001 and Chair 1992-1995), the Board of Trustees on New Hampshire Public Radio, and the Manchester Board of Child & Family Services.

  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Chair Concord Regional Advisory Board
  • New Hampshire Humanities, Board of Directors (term begins September, 2015)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, State Chair 2014 - 2016
  • New England Legal Foundation, Board of Directors 2001 - Present
  • City of Concord School Board; Member from 1983-1988 and 2005-2013

Representative Work

Bill has been recognized as one of the leading business trial lawyers in New Hampshire, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  Recent work includes:

  • Obtained reversal of an arbitration award involving federal preemption claims.  Finn v. Ballentine, 143 A.2d 859 (N.H. 2016).
  • Representing pharmaceutical company in challenge to investigation by the New Hampshire Attorney General.
  • Obtained dismissal of a suit against Eversource Energy by a Competitive Energy Supplier.
  • Represented Eversource Energy before the Public Utilities Commission in a proceeding relating to the prudent costs of $400 million in pollution control improvements to a power plant.
  • Represents a financial planning firm in a lengthy dispute with an owner now pending in the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
  • Represented a Canadian mining company in a wrongful discharge suit and a related securities suit filed in both the United States and Canada.
  • Successfully argued for the decertification of one of the largest class actions certified in New Hampshire.  Lawrence v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., 164 N.H. 93 (2012).
  • Successfully challenged the constitutionality of a Massachusetts statute retroactively reversing default rules in testamentary instruments.  Anderson v. BNY Mellon, 463 Mass. 299 (2012).
  • Representation of Public Service of New Hampshire in two separate NH Supreme Court appeals relating to a multi-million dollar construction project.  Appeal of Campaign for Ratepayers Rights, 162 N.H. 245 (2011); Appeal of Stonyfield Farms, 159 N.H. 227 (2009).
  • Representation of limited partnership and partners in a tax dispute involving the New Hampshire Interest & Dividends Tax, N.H.  Resident Limited Partners of The Lyme Timber Company v. Dept. Rev. Ad., 162 N.H. 98 (2011).
  • Representation of a business in lengthy arbitration proceeding concerning alleged breach of fiduciary duties and valuation issues.
  • Representation of Nike, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bauer Nike Hockey, Inc., in significant employment and contractual litigation in the New Hampshire Superior Court.  This lawsuit involved substantial litigation over electronic discovery.
  • Successful defense of David E. Kelley Productions and CBS Television in a suit for copyright infringement and to enjoin broadcast of a television series.
  • Successful representation of Bauer Nike Hockey in a trade secret case, obtaining a decision enjoining a former employee from working for a competitor based on the doctrine of "inevitable disclosure."
  • Representation of a United States subsidiary of a Canadian entertainment group in Federal Court on claims of invasion of privacy and defamation relating to statements published in Sports Illustrated magazine.
  • Successful representation through trial and several appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court a class of nearly 20,000 taxpayers challenging the constitutionality of the New Hampshire Interest and Dividends tax, resulting in a several million dollar refund.  Smith v. Department of Revenue Administration, 141 N.H. 681 (1997) and 148 N.H. 536 (2002).
  • Successful representation of a start-up high-tech company and its officers in connection with claims of breach of fiduciary duty by its founder and principal shareholder.

LECTURES / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Speaker on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure at the Spring 2016 National Meeting of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • "Leadership and Succession Planning" (September 2010). 
  • "The Changing Nature of Corporate Fiduciary Duties," New Hampshire Business Review (December 2005).
  • "The Cutting Edge of Trade Secrets-How Far Should The Law Go To Prevent Misappropriation By Memory and Inevitable Disclosure?" with Cameron Shilling, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Magazine (2003)

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