Ellen L. Arnold
Of Counsel, Administrative Law Department
100 Arboretum Drive
Suite 140
Newington, NH 03801

Ellen Arnold is an attorney with extensive experience in Land Use, Real Estate Development, Higher Education, Energy, and Environmental law. Most recently, Ellen was Director of Real Estate and lead in-house counsel for planning, and facilities at Dartmouth College. In that capacity, she was responsible for zoning, planning and permitting of all large complex projects, at the local, State, and federal level. She managed College environmental cases, including community engagement, and government negotiations. Her leadership of in-house and outside professionals contributed to the early identification of energy supply and efficiency initiatives, environmental benefits and obstacles, permitting strategy, and implementation of effective  management of energy and, environmental projects.

Prior to her work at Dartmouth, Ellen was a litigation Director at McLane Middleton where she chaired the firm’s Land Use Practice Group.

Ellen received a B.A. in government from Skidmore College and her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law.


  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio (inactive status)


  • Co-Author of the New Hampshire Environmental Handbook, 1st and 2nd editions
  • President of the New Hampshire Bar Association (2008-2009)
  • Member of New Hampshire Supreme Court Commission on the Status of the Legal Profession (2005-2007)
  • Member, New Hampshire Supreme Court Commission on the Status of the New Hampshire Bar Association in the 21st Century
  • Chair, City of Concord Economic Development Advisory Council (2001)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, New Hampshire Bar Foundation (2004-2006)
  • Member of New Hampshire Bar Association’s Environmental and Municipal Law Committees
  • New Hampshire Symphony, Board of Directors (2000)
  • Member of New Hampshire Professional Conduct Committee (2006-2007)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (2002- 2004)
  • Board of Directors, 20/20 Vision for the City of Concord
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Vital Communities (2013- 2016)
  • Board of Directors, Vital Communities (2011-2016)
  • Vital Communities Corporate Council [SG1] (2017-2019)
  • CASA New Hampshire, Governance Committee (2020-present)
  • CASA New Hampshire Member of the Board of Directors (2019)
  • Town of Plainfield Zoning Board of Adjustment Member (2003)

Representative Work

Dartmouth College Real Estate and Development

  • Managed legal issues related to Dartmouth College on and off campus real estate consisting of 610 acresundeveloped land, 631,300 square feet of commercial property, and 502 units of residential housing.
  • Responsibility for all zoning, planning, and permitting  approvals, at the local, State, and federal level. Directed internal strategy, permitting, and presentation of College projects.
  • Responsible for preparation of real estate transactional documents including sales, leasing, and licensing as well as contracts for professional services, construction, energy, and condominium governance and management.
  • Managed claims and litigation related to real estate development and facilities construction. Experience with construction contracting, and related insurance, and engineering.
  • Core team member for third party real estate housing development.

Environment and Energy

  • Assure compliance with local, State, and federal environmental laws, including wastewater treatment, hazardous waste management, internal compliance management systems, asbestos, PCBs, mold, wetlands, storm water management, recycling/composting, and air permitting.
  • Successfully managed remediation of a radioactive/hazardous waste site, including insurance cost recovery; and management of TCE contamination migration onto a College owned residential development and other abutting College property with the federal and State governments and the local community.
  • Successfully managed settlement of claims, insurance recovery, community relations, protection of property , and remediation of 1,4 dioxane contaminated site and related contaminant migration.

Higher Education Regulatory Compliance

  • Revised the Student Handbook; Clery Act; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); Higher Education Act; Drug Free Schools and Communities Act; Title IX; and research compliance.
  • Legal counsel in disciplinary matters, draft of policies, and internal training and investigation.

Private Practice Representative Clients

  • Land Use:  Representation of national development companies; national and regional oil companies; local and national retail chains, and private property owners.
  • Tax Abatement and Eminent Domain:  Representation of business and private property owners for compensation related to highway expansion and reconfiguration; representation of private lake front community land owners challenging waterfront property tax assessments; and permitting for municipal and energy clients regarding eminent domain.
  • Environmental: Representation of municipalities, water precincts, manufacturers, and lake front property developers to obtain permits for development and resolution of violations at the State and federal level.
  • Administrative, Energy and Health Care: State permitting for an Energy Facility and for energy company pipeline construction, representation of a continuing care facility for expansion, and extensive experience with State and federal agencies.