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Three McLane Middleton Attorneys Named 2021 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by Best Lawyers in America

The law firm of McLane Middleton congratulates attorneys Linda S. Johnson (Education Law), Barry Needleman (Energy Law), and Gregory H. Smith (Environmental Law) for being named a 2021 Lawyer of the Year in their respective field by The Best Lawyers in America©.

Best Lawyers is a respected peer review publication within 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, its publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Linda Johnson is Co-Chair of McLane Middleton’s Education Law Group, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  In addition to employment law services to an array of clients, she focuses her practice on understanding and serving the needs of K-12 independent schools. She serves as outside legal counsel and a consultant to many of the country’s top independent day and boarding schools. She also provides counseling services, policy development and review, and trainings to public schools especially in the area of safe schools and employment law.  She works closely with heads of schools, deans, financial officers, trustees, and others.  She advises her clients on all aspects of school operations including employment law, student discipline, contracts, fiduciary and tort law, leadership development, investigations, compliance audits,  risk management, crisis response and student safety.  She trains her clients on how to operate safely, how to recognize and address signs of inappropriate behavior, and how to respond to allegations of misconduct.  Linda is nationally recognized as an authority on student and campus safety issues, boundary awareness, risk avoidance, crisis response, employment law and independent school law issues.  Linda can be reached in the firm’s Manchester office at (603) 628-1267 or [email protected]

Barry Needleman is McLane Middleton’s Managing Director and has more than 25 years of experience handling environmental and energy matters for regional and national clients.  He does a substantial amount of energy facility siting work, primarily before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, on numerous types of projects ranging from fossil and renewable generation, to electric and gas transmission.  He has experience litigating a variety of environmental cases in state and federal courts such as insurance and third-party cost recovery claims at former manufactured gas plants and the defense of State-wide MTBE contamination claims.  He also litigates administrative matters before state appellate councils regarding permit appeals under various environmental programs.  He regularly represents clients in environmental matters involving permitting, compliance counseling, and defense of administrative and judicial enforcement actions.  Barry chairs McLane Middleton's Energy Practice Group.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.  Barry can be reached in the firm’s Manchester and Concord offices at (603) 230-4407 or [email protected]

Greg Smith is Chair of McLane Middleton’s Administrative Law Department and is the Founder and Chair of its Environmental Practice.. He has over 40 years’ experience in environmental and regulatory law and litigation involving State, federal and local governments. He regularly represents clients in environmental matters involving permitting, compliance counseling, and defense of administrative and judicial enforcement actions.  He was the New Hampshire Attorney General following service as a homicide prosecutor in that office. He has led the firm's environmental, regulatory and government relations practice since leaving the position of Attorney General.  Greg is the editor and author of the NH Environmental Handbook, and is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, since 2008.  He can be reached in the firm’s Concord office at (603) 226-0400 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.