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900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1248

Michael A. Delaney

Director, Litigation Department

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Michael A. Delaney served as Attorney General of New Hampshire from 2009 to 2013. As chief law enforcement officer and chief legal counselor of the State, he handled a broad range of complex litigation cases and regulatory matters, including multi-state cases, fraud investigations, corporate compliance issues, financial service regulation, health and hospitals litigation, environmental litigation and energy matters, construction and contract disputes, labor and employment, not-for-profit organizations, criminal law, antitrust, real estate and consumer issues.

Prior to serving as Attorney General, Michael served as legal counsel to Governor John H. Lynch from 2006-2009. He first joined the Attorney General's Office in 1999 as a prosecutor. In 2003, he was appointed as the Chief of Homicide Prosecution Unit, and he served as deputy attorney general from 2004 to 2006. Before his public service, Delaney started his career in private practice, where he specialized in complex business litigation and federal litigation.

Michael received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center (1994) and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, cum laude (1991). 

Areas of Focus

  • Criminal Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Investigations and Compliance
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation


New Hampshire and Massachusetts, United States District Court of the District of New Hampshire, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Supreme Court of the United States



  • Best Lawyers of America 2019 (Commercial Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law)
  • 2013 Recipient of the Honorable William A. Paine Award, Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • 2012 "Community Award" Recognition, Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire
  • 2012 Recipient of the Hands of Hope Leadership Award, Granite State Children's Alliance
  • 2010 Century Council Leadership Honoree
  • 2005 Manchester Union Leader Forty Under 40 Recipient
  • 2004 New Hampshire Magazine "Ideal Attorneys" Rising Star
  • 2001 Commendation, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Hanover Homicide Task Force
  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation


  • Member, Manchester Boys & Girls Club
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Bean Foundation, 2017-present
  • Executive Committee, National Association of Attorneys General, 2011-2012
  • Chair, Eastern Region of Attorneys General, 2011-2012
  • NAAG Delegate, ABA Criminal Justice Section, 2012-2013
  • Council of State Government's (CSG) Justice Center, National Board of Directors, 2011-2013
  • Chair, Governor's Commission Against Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking, 2011-2013
  • Member, Police Standards and Training Council, 2009-2013
  • Member, Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment, 2009-2013
  • New Hampshire Bar Assocition, Ethics Committee, 2004-2006
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, 2004-2006
  • Honorary Member, Granite State Children's Alliance, New Hampshire's Network of Child Advocacy Centers, 2009-2013
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Webster House, Manchester, New Hampshire, 2009- Present
  • Coach, Manchester North Little League, 2009-2013
  • Coach, Manchester Girl's Softball League, 2006-2009

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