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Steve Camerino Joins McLane Middleton as CEO

The law firm of McLane Middleton is pleased to announce that Steven Camerino has joined the firm as its Chief Executive Officer. 

As CEO of McLane Middleton, Steve will be responsible for overseeing the operational, financial, marketing and human resource functions of the firm. Steve succeeds Cathy Schmidt, who retires at the end of the week. 

Before coming to McLane Middleton, Steve served for 6 years as President/CEO of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), a consumer-owned electric utility that provides service in 118 communities throughout New Hampshire where Steve oversaw all operations of New Hampshire’s second largest electric utility.  During his time at NHEC, Steve also led the development and implementation of the Cooperative’s strategic planning process, which focused on transforming NHEC’s revenue model, service delivery model and organizational culture to meet the rapidly changing needs of electric consumers.

Prior to joining NHEC in 2015, Steve was a shareholder and director with McLane Middleton, focusing his legal practice on corporate and energy matters for more than 30 years, representing major New Hampshire and regional energy and utility clients and other companies with interests in the energy industry.  He was responsible for numerous regulatory and transactional matters for a broad range of clients, including mergers and acquisitions, gas and electric industry restructuring issues, rate proceedings, financings, gas and electric supply issues, and other significant issues affecting the industry.

“We are excited to welcome Steve back to McLane Middleton as CEO,” said Barry Needleman, McLane Middleton’s Managing Director.  “He brings significant executive management experience from his time as CEO at NHEC as well as a familiarity with the firm and the legal industry.  We are incredibly grateful to Cathy Schmidt for her leadership.  She led the firm during a time of growth and with a strong commitment to clients, community service and colleagues. We wish her the very best in her retirement.”

“The opportunity to serve as CEO of a major regional law firm like McLane Middleton is incredibly exciting.  I look forward to working with the firm’s legal and business professionals to build upon the firm’s history of delivering exceptional legal services and contributing to the communities where our employees work and live,” said Camerino. 

Steve can be reached in the firm’s Manchester office at (603) 628-1414 or [email protected].

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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.

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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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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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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.