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900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: 603 628 1408

Daniel J. Norris

Director, Corporate Department

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Dan is a Director in the firm's Corporate Department as well as a member of the firm's Management Committee. Dan focuses his practice on merger and acquisition transactions, corporate finance transactions and contracts, representation of educational institutions and general business representation. Dan has specific industry experience in manufacturing, insurance, in renewable energy, and independent schools.

Dan received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law (1995) and his B.A. with distinction from Purdue University (1992). Dan also was a Law Clerk for the New Hampshire Superior Court and he was an Intern with the Civil Bureau of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

Areas of Focus

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Business Law
  • Educational Institutions
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewable Energy
  • Professional Services
  • Securities Law 
  • Technology



Dan is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Business Law Section, Salem (NH) Bar Association, American Bar Association, Business law Section.


  • Ranked in Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers 2021 (Corporate/Commercial) 
  • Best Lawyers in America 2020 (Corporate Law)
  • New England Super Lawyers (Business/Corporate)
  • Graduate of Leadership New Hampshire
  • Graduate of Leadership Greater Salem
  • Manchester Union Leader's 40 Under Forty
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem (NH) - 2007 President Award for outstanding board service
  • Granite United Way - Chairman's Award 2012 for his leadership in the Greater Salem area


  • Pentucket Bank, Board of Trustees
  • Central Catholic High School, Board of Directors
  • Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Veterans Count, Secretary of Statewide Executive Committee
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem (NH) Board of Directors (Past President)
  • Appointed by Governor John Lynch to serve on New Hampshire's Economic Strategic Committee
  • Holds office of Advocate for the Bishop Peterson Counsel of the Knights of Columbus
  • Saints Mary and Joseph Parish, Served on Finance Council
  • New England Legal Foundation New Hampshire Advisory Committee, Member
  • Town of Salem Charter Reform Committee, Served as Chair
  • Town of Salem (NH) Zoning Board of Adjustment, Vice Chair
  • Salem (NH) School District, Community Involvement Committee
  • Inspiring Futures, Inc., founding Board Member
  • Former Regional Advisory Board Member, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
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Speaking Engagements

  • Managing Contracting Risk (Program of Independent School Association of Northern New England)
  • Alpha Loft Business Incubator Presentation on Preparing Your Company for a Sale Transaction
  • Morgan Stanley Presentation on Selling Your Business
  • Capstone Partners and CBIZ Tofias Middle Market M&A: Turning Your Life’s Work into Personal Wealth Seminar
  • Best Practices in Facilities Contracting (Program of Independent School Association of Northern New England)
  • Choice of Entity in New Hampshire (NH Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program)
  • Risk Management at Independent Schools (Program of Independent School Association of Northern New England)

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Practice Areas

The strengths of our practice groups and the industries we serve make McLane Middleton one of the most diverse law firms in New England.

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.

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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.

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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.