Five McLane Middleton Attorneys Named 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

The law firm of McLane Middleton congratulates attorneys Steven M. Burke (Tax Law), Thomas B. Getz (Energy Law), Rolf E. Goodwin (Nonprofit/Charities Law), John E. Hughes (Trusts and Estates), and Michael J. Quinn (Environmental Law) for being named a 2019 Lawyer of the Year in their respective field by Best Lawyers in America©.

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Steve is a shareholder and director of the firm where he has been a member of its Tax, Trusts & Estates and Corporate Departments for over 25 years.  Using his expertise as a licensed CPA as well as an attorney, Steve advises high net worth individuals, families and fiduciaries on estate and income tax planning and administration, and wealth preservation strategies.  Steve also serves as Trustee of many significant family trusts; working closely with beneficiaries, family offices, and advisors regarding fiduciary, legal, tax and trust administration issues.  Steve can be reached in the firm’s Manchester, Woburn, Boston, and Portsmouth offices at (603) 628-1454 or

Tom has over 30 years of experience in energy and public utility matters in New Hampshire, New York, New England, Washington D.C., and Canada, including a decade as Chairman of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, where he served as administrative head of the agency and presided over Commission proceedings concerning electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities. He also served as Chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Finance Committee (responsible for the Seabrook decommissioning fund), and Vice Chair of the Site Evaluation Committee (presiding over the Lempster, Granite Reliable and Groton wind farm cases).  Tom can be reached in the firm’s Concord office at (603) 230-4403 or

As a member of the Real Estate/Commercial Lending and Corporate Departments, Rolf brings a practical, focused approach to financing, sales and acquisition, and titles of real estate. He has extensive experience in commercial financing, including bank, SBA, bond, and asset-based loan structure and documentation, and has assisted lenders and borrowers through many workouts and foreclosures. Rolf has represented title insurance companies and insureds alike in the generation of, review of, and claims on title insurance policies. He works with owners and lenders in working through issues of land use regulation such as zoning, easements, growth regulation, condominium establishment and registration, and subdivision approval and registration.  Rolf can be reached in the firm’s Manchester office at (603) 628-1176 or

John is a partner who concentrates his practice in tax, business and estate planning. He focuses on estate planning for family owned businesses and has authored several articles on this subject. A long-time native of New Hampshire, John is the grandson of Irish immigrants who worked in the mills of Manchester. He earned his High School Degree from Manchester West High School, his Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, in Business Administration from Saint Anselm College, his Law Degree, with honors, from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and his graduate law degree in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He is also a graduate of New Hampshire’s premiere leadership training program, Leadership New Hampshire.  John can be reached in the firm’s Manchester office at (603) 628-1347 or

Mike is a member of the firm’s Administrative Law and Litigation Departments.  He is also the managing director of the firm’s Portsmouth office.  Mike’s practice focuses on cases in state and federal courts, as well as on administrative appeals. In addition, he represents businesses, municipalities, and individuals in a broad array of environmental matters including Wetlands and the Clean Water Act, Superfund, hazardous and solid waste permitting and compliance. He has extensive experience in litigation, cost recovery and insurance claims arising from former operation of manufactured gas plants.  Mike can be reached in the firm’s Portsmouth office at (603) 334-6925 or