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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©.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, their publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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.