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11 South Main Street
Suite 500
Concord, NH 03301
900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 230 4407

Barry Needleman

Managing Director and Director, Administrative Law Department

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Barry is the firm'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.

Barry received his B.A. from Clark University (1987), his J.D. cum laude from Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law (1992) and his LL.M (Environmental) with highest honors from George Washington University Law School (1993).

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Areas of Focus

  • Energy Project Siting and Development
  • Environmental Law and Litigation


  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • United States District Court, District of New Hampshire and First Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL)
  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation
  • Best Lawyers in America 2020 (Energy Law, Environmental Law)
  • 2020 Best Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law)
  • Top Attorney in Environmental Law, Business NH Magazine 2012
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers 2021 (Environment)
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • New England Super Lawyer
  • 1993 Randolph C. Shaw graduate fellow in Environmental Law at George Washington University, National Law Center


  • American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL), Member
  • Board Chair, North Country Camps Foundation
  • Former Board Chair, Hopkinton LibraryTrustees
  • Former Board member, Adirondack Mountain Club
  • Past chair, Environmental Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Barry writes and speaks frequently on a wide variety of environmental topics; has taught environmental courses at Vermont Law School, Boston University School of Law, and University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).
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The strengths of our practice groups and the industries we serve make McLane Middleton one of the most diverse law firms in New England.

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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.