McLane Middleton offers multidisciplinary depth and knowledge in all facets of education law.  The firm’s education law practice group represents K-12 independent schools and colleges in New England, and provides consultation and training services to schools and school associations nationwide and internationally. We have extensive experience in understanding and mitigating against all risks facing educational institutions. We thrive when  responding to legal and compliance challenges, always with a school’s own mission and culture in the mix as we partner to problem-solve with our clients.

Risk Management and Counseling

We provide day-to-day counseling assistance on every aspect of school operations affecting both students and employees.

Please explore our Risk Management and Counseling practice.

Crisis Response

McLane Middleton is experienced at dealing with virtually every kind of crisis a school might face, including natural disasters and pandemics, to serious misconduct toward students and employees, including alumni reports of sexual abuse that surface in the current day.

Please explore our Crisis Response practice.

Consulting and Investigations

We understand that the quality of an investigation will enhance our clients’ efforts to provide a safe and supportive environment and can reduce the expenses of litigation and reputational harm posed by inadequate responses to allegations of harassment, discrimination, sexual and other misconduct.

Please explore our Consulting and Investigations practice.


Our education group provides risk management training for administrators, faculty and staff, health center staff and counselors, and students to help prepare them to address the myriad issues that arise during the daily routines at day and boarding schools. 

Please explore our Training practice.

Expert Witness

Our attorneys serve as expert witnesses in numerous lawsuits involving the duty of care for child safeguarding applicable to youth-serving organizations, including schools, athletic clubs, and religious institutions. 

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Our attorneys counsel educational institutions on governance matters, including updating bylaws, ensuring compliance with state and federal non-profit regulations and filings, and establishing gift acceptance, conflict of interest, document retention, and whistleblower policies.

Please explore our Governance practice.

Corporate, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, Tax

Schools are mission-driven organizations but are also businesses, and our corporate, real estate, trust and estates, and tax attorneys counsel educational institutions on all of the issues overseen by the business office. From issuing bonds, to managing endowments, to handling property acquisition and development, to analyzing deferred compensation plans for senior administrators, McLane’s lawyers are poised to offer strategic advice.

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Privacy and Information Security

McLane Middleton’s Privacy and Information Security Group helps schools manage and address the risks inherent in our digital world. Technology is ingrained in every aspect of our lives. Society can hardly move fast enough to adopt today’s newest technologies before tomorrow’s arrive in our schools, and into the hands of our students and educators. Remote learning and its challenges—in some form—may be with us to stay. Along with such tremendous new developments come significant new risks and our team is available to assist schools with auditing their current practices and anticipating new challenges.

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Intellectual Property

We routinely assist schools with intellectual property matters, such as how to best protect their valuable intellectual property rights as well as how to avoid infringing on the rights of others. In the area of trademark protection, we secure U.S. protection/registration of school names and crests/logos (service marks). In addition , we advise and assist schools with expanding trademark protection to various school publications, clothing and other merchandise (trademarks). We also advise schools on copyright matters, including securing copyright ownership and infringement.

Please explore our Intellectual Property practice.

Trial Practice and Litigation

McLane Middleton is a regional leader in litigation involving education institutions. We handle all types of litigation against schools and their employees, including employment, environmental, criminal, construction, and insurance litigation.

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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.

Meet Our People

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.

The Firm

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.