Joseph A. Foster Named Manchester’s Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

McLane’s Bankruptcy Department Also Top-Listed in New Hampshire

The law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association, with offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Concord, New Hampshire, and Woburn, Massachusetts, is pleased to announce that Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® has named Joseph A. Foster as Manchester’s Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor-debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law for 2013.

Best Lawyers® compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 19th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2013) is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

A Director with the firm for more than twenty years, Joe serves as Chair of McLane’s Bankruptcy Practice Group. He represents creditors ranging from small private lenders to nationally recognized banks and finance companies in out of court restructurings and chapter 11 reorganizations. He works with business and individuals in all aspects of bankruptcy matters from prosecuting and defending litigation arising in bankruptcy court to counseling buyers of assets from businesses in bankruptcy. Joe also assists financially troubled businesses and individuals in loan restructurings and workouts.

Joe also works with the firm’s Government Relations Group. and its Commercial Finance Group.
In addition to this recognition by Best Lawyers, Joe is regularly listed in Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy.  He has also been singled out in New England Super Lawyers® Joe is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association.
In addition to his private practice, Joe served as a New Hampshire Senate Senator from 2004-2008, as Senate majority leader from 2007-2008, chairman of the Judiciary Committee from 2004-2008, and was a member of the Banks and Insurance and Education Committees. Prior to holding his Senate seat, he was a member of the New Hampshire House from 1995-1998.

Joe received his J.D. from George Washington University in 1984 and a B.A. from Tufts University in 1981.

He lives in Nashua with his wife, Marissa Baltus, and can be reached at McLane’s Manchester office at (603) 628-1175 or at

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Joseph Foster on being selected as Manchester’s ‘Best Lawyers Bankruptcy and Creditor-debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year’ for 2013.”

Beyond Foster’s individual recognition, as a firm, McLane’s Bankruptcy Department topped the state ranking as well. In addition to Foster, five other McLane lawyers were also singled out as 2013 Lawyers of the Year – Alexandra Breed, recognized as Concord’s Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Law; Barry Needleman, recognized as Concord’s Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Law; William V.A. Zorn, recognized as Manchester’s Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law; David Wolowitz, recognized as Manchester’s Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Jack B. Middleton, recognized as Manchester’s Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation.

In all, 37 McLane lawyers were named to the Best Lawyers list.

About the McLane Law Firm

Founded in 1919, the McLane Law Firm is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, as well as Woburn, Massachusetts. Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.