Practice Areas

Employment & Labor

McLane Middleton's Employment and Labor Group is committed to meeting its clients' unique needs when it comes to employment law and managing their workplace.

Our risk management approach and client-focused responsiveness helps to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and prevent personnel problems before they arise. When lawsuits occur, our highly knowledgeable employment litigators work collaboratively with the firm’s other practice groups to provide comprehensive representation in defending their clients’ organizations. Our primary goal is to help resolve disputes successfully and in a cost-efficient way for our clients.

McLane Middleton’s Labor & Employment attorneys strive to know their clients’ organizations to deliver specialized services targeted to meet their business and financial goals. We take pride in establishing lasting client partnerships.

For a timely resource that addresses some of the most troublesome employment law issues for business owners, human resource professionals, other legal professionals, policy makers, and the media, visit our group’s blog – Employment Law Business Guide.

The firm’s attorneys are heavily involved in professional organizations in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and often provide guidance to members of these organizations.  The firm recently contributed to the 2020 AIM Employment Law Guide.  To download a copy of this resource, click here.

Workplace Management

McLane Middleton handles complicated employment law compliance matters for a wide variety of manufacturing, health care, service, educational, and technology businesses. Our experience areas include:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Disability
  • Internal investigations
  • Data privacy & security
  • Family and medical leave
  • Military leave
  • Drug testing
  • OSHA
  • Wage and hour
  • Reductions in force
  • Immigration
  • Non-compete and employment agreements
  • Records management


For additional information, contact Margaret "Peg" O'Brien, chair of the firm's Employment Group.

Risk Management

McLane Middleton’s approach to risk management minimizes our clients’ legal costs because we understand each individual workforce, business, and industry.

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Employee Benefits

Even prior to recent health care reform legislation, agencies such as the IRS and DOL increased the pace of regulatory guidance for health and other welfare plans. We provide our clients with timely advice taking into account the latest guidance affecting their welfare benefit arrangements.

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Cybersecurity and Privacy

McLane Middleton's Cybersecurity and Privacy Group can help your business manage and address the risks inherent in our digital world. Technology is ingrained in every aspect of our business and personal lives. Society can hardly move fast enough to adopt today's newest technologies before tomorrow's arrive in our workplaces, homes, cars and the palms of our hands. Along with such tremendous new developments come significant new risks.

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Employment Litigation

McLane Middleton operates one of the largest and most sophisticated business law practices in northern New England. Employment litigation is an important part of that practice. Our focused and experienced attorneys strive to understand their clients’ business, and participate in seminars and trainings for management, in-house counsel, and human resource professionals.

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McLane Middleton's Immigration Practice Group specializes in immigration and nationality law, with emphasis on business and employment immigration. Because of the federal nature of immigration practice, we have the flexibility to represent clients in New Hampshire, throughout New England and the United States, and around the world. Our firm assists corporate and individual clients, whether inside or outside the United States.

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Wage and Hour Claims

The employment litigation attorneys at McLane Middleton have significant experience in handling wage and hour disputes for employers in a variety of industries throughout New England and beyond. In every wage and hour case, we apply our core philosophy of understanding your business and add our expertise and perspective to the issues at hand.

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Discrimination and Harassment

Regardless of how carefully a company may manage personnel risks, at McLane Middleton we recognize that employment lawsuits still occur, and that claims often involve discrimination and harassment issues.

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Wrongful Termination

McLane Middleton’s employment litigation team efficiently defends companies embroiled in wrongful termination claims.

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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.

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Practice Area Members

Margaret "Peg" O'Brien
Director, Litigation Department and Chair, Employment Law Group
Adam M. Hamel Photo
Adam M. Hamel
Director, Litigation Department and Vice Chair, Employment Practice Group
Wilbur A. Glahn, III Photo
Wilbur A. Glahn, III
Director, Litigation Department
Bruce W. Felmly Photo
Bruce W. Felmly
Director, Litigation Department
Thomas W. Hildreth Photo
Thomas W. Hildreth
Of Counsel, Corporate Department
Linda S. Johnson Photo
Linda S. Johnson
Director, Litigation Department and Vice Chair of Education Law Group
Shiva Karimi Photo
Shiva Karimi
Director, Corporate Department, and Chair, Immigration Practice Group, and Managing Director Boston Office
Jennifer L. Parent Photo
Jennifer L. Parent
Director, Litigation Department & Chair Business Litigation Practice Group
John E. Rich, Jr. Photo
John E. Rich, Jr.
Director & Chair, Tax Department
Cameron G. Shilling Photo
Cameron G. Shilling
Director, Litigation Department & Chair of Cybersecurity and Privacy Group
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David Wolowitz
Of Counsel, Education Law Group