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900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1379

Steven J. Dutton

Director, Litigation Department

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Steve is a director in the Litigation Department and a member of the firm's Business Litigation and Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor's Rights Practice Groups. Steve concentrates his practice on all forms of business disputes, including contract claims, real estate issues, commercial evictions, tax matters, and creditor/debtor matters.

Steve has extensive experience representing large and small companies in all stages of litigation before administrative agencies, the New Hampshire Superior Court, the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States Federal District Court.

Steve received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (2005) and B.A. in Mathematics from Bates College (2000). While in law school, Steve also served as a Student Law Clerk with the Honorable Carol B. Amon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2004).

Areas of Focus

  • Business Litigation
  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor's Rights
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Land Use and Development Litigation



  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • Member of the New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member of the Manchester Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers in America 2020 and 2019 (Commercial Litigation)
  • Benchmark Litigation (Appellate, General Commercial)- 40 & Under Hot List - 2017, 2018
  • Jack B. Middleton Pro Bono Legal Services Award - 2013
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star - 2014, 2015
  • Union Leader's 40 Under Forty Class of 2015
  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation


  • Manchester Bar Association, President
  • Leadership New Hampshire, Member of Class of 2019
  • Goffstown Industrial Corporation, Director and Secretary
  • SAU 19 School Board, Vice Chair
  • Goffstown School Board, Chair
  • Goffstown School Board, Vice Chair (2014)
  • Goffstown Planning Board (2007 - 2012)
  • YMCA Allard Center, Board Development Committee and Former Chair 
  • Bates Boston Business Network, Member
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