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Appellate

An essential part of our trial practice is either upholding favorable rulings from trial courts and administrative agencies, or overturning those decisions where legal error has occurred.  McLane Middleton’s trial lawyers are recognized throughout New England as also accomplished appellate advocates who routinely represent clients in appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and have successfully argued in the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Appellate Division for the State of New York.  Two of our lawyers have argued cases in the Supreme Court of the United States.  

Our appellate team includes Bruce Felmly and Bill Glahn (Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and each of whom have been recognized for many years in Best Lawyers in America for their appellate advocacy) Mike Delaney (a former New Hampshire Attorney General who has also argued multiple appeals), Mark Rouvalis, Scott Harris, Andrew Botti, Jeremy Walker and Jennifer Parent.   

Our appellate work encompasses many substantive areas including appeals in  commercial cases, product liability, administrative and constitutional matters, energy, employment, environmental law and medical malpractice.   

Recent appellate cases include: 

  • Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Town of Hanover, et al. __N.H.__ (2018) (awaiting argument).  Appeal from Superior Court decision upholding planning board denial of building permit for major college sports facility in a properly zoned athletic complex.
  • Appeal of Mary Allen et. al._ N.H._ (May 2018). Successful representation of Antrim Wind Energy, LLC in an appeal challenging the grant of a Certificate of Site and Facility by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee permitting the construction of a wind project. 
  • Petition for Approval of Gas Infrastructure Project With Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC_N.H._(May 2018).  Successful representation of Eversource Energy d/b/a Public Service Company of New Hampshire in an appeal from an order of the Public Utilities Commission denying the application of PSNH to enter into a contract to purchase gas pipeline capacity from Algonquin.  Also argued on behalf of Algonquin. 
  • Petition of Reddam 170 N. H. 590 ( 2018).  Appeal concerning whether the New Hampshire Banking Department had jurisdiction over a corporate officer based on his “control person” status. 
  • State of New Hampshire v. Actavis Pharma et al. 170 N.H. 211 (2017), cert. denied, __U.S.__(2018). Represented Endo Pharmaceuticals in an appeal challenging the ability of the State to retain contingency fee counsel in an investigation into marketing practices by pharmaceutical companies.
  • Liberty Utilities v. City of Concord and City of Manchester, New Hampshire, Supreme Court 2017. Memoranda decision (unpublished) affirming claims of the Cities, which had imposed a cost system on utility companies for street excavations/repairs.
  • Sullivan v. KeySpan, 155 A.D.3d 804, 64 N.Y.S.3d 82 (N.Y. App. Div. 2017). Represented KeySpan in affirming dimissal on statute of limitations grounds of approximately 80 property owners alleging subsurface contamination for former manufactured gas plant.
  • City of Rochester v. Marcel Payeur, Inc., 169 N.H. 502 (2016).  Successfully affirmed trial court's grant of motion to dismiss from litigation based on statute of limitations.  On issue of first impression, Supreme Court held that doctrine of Nullum Tempus Occurrit Regi ("time does not run against the king") does not apply to municipalities in contract actions.
  • Finn v. Ballentine Partners, LLC., 169 N.H. 128 (2016).  Represented Ballentine Partners in sustaining a Superior Court order overturning an arbitration award and against an argument of preemption under the Federal Arbitration Act. 
  • Deere and Company v. State 168 N.H. 460 (2015). Served as appellate counsel for Husqvarna Group, an equipment manufacturer challenging statutory modifications to New Hampshire’s Dealer Bill of Rights Statute governing the relationship between national equipment manufacturers and local equipment distributors.
  • Elizabeth Jewell v. National Grid, New Hampshire Supreme Court (2015). Memoranda decision (unpublished).  Represented National Grid affirming Trial Court dismissal of claimant alleging personal injury in power line pole training class. 
  • Cardigan Mountain School v. N.H. Insurance Co.,  787 F. 3d. 82 (1st Cir. 2015) Representation of the Cardigan Mountain School in an appeal establishing that the School could seek to prove and enforce the terms of an insurance policy issued fifty years earlier in the absence of the policy itself.  
  • American Federation of Teachers v. State, 167 N.H. 294, (2014) Served as appellate counsel for the New Hampshire Retirement System regarding a Contracts Clause challenge to legislative changes to the calculation of retirement benefits of members of the retirement system.  
  • Lawrence v. Philip Morris USA, 162 N.H. 93 (2012).  Successfully reversed trial court decision certifying a class consisting of “all individuals who purchased Marlboro Lights Cigarettes in New Hampshire” after 1997. 
  • Anderson v. BNY Mellon, 463 Mass. 299 (Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts 2012) Successful constitutional challenge to a Massachusetts statute retroactively redefining the meaning of “child” for purposes of instruments of inheritance. 

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 105 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.

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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.