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900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
100 Arboretum Drive
Suite 140
Newington, NH 03801
Tel: 603 628 1268

Kara E. Dougherty

Director, Corporate Department

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Kara is director in the corporate department and provides counsel to clients regarding the formation, growth, and sale of businesses, including the formation of new corporate entities and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private security offerings, negotiation of complex contracts, and general corporate governance.  Kara works with entrepreneurs and clients in high technology, financial services, and manufacturing.  Prior to joining McLane Middleton, Kara practiced in Chicago and New York, focusing on the structuring and formation of, and investment in, real estate investment funds, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures and other pass-through entities and real estate investment trusts. 

Kara received her A.B. from Princeton University and J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. 

Areas of Focus

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Business Law
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Securities Law
  • Technology


  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Illinois


  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017, 2018)


  • Child & Family Services of New Hampshire, Board of Trustees
  • Hoffman-Haas Fellow, 2017
  • New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Corporation, Banking & Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association


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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.

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.