Our Mission

At McLane Middleton, our collaborative team of professionals provide the most comprehensive legal services.  Our attorneys maintain integrity and expertise to earn long-term, trusting relationships with our clients and the communities in which we live and work. 

With over 105 attorneys and 25 paralegals, our progressive approach and team enables us to work with all types of clients, and to deliver customized, cost-effective solutions.  Our organization, hiring practices, training, and use of technology give our professional team the ability to provide deep legal expertise in a wide breadth of areas.

McLane Middleton is the largest, most diverse law firm in New Hampshire, and has been steadily growing since 1919.  In 2008, our New Hampshire law firm expanded into Massachusetts to accommodate clients’ growing legal needs throughout New England.

McLane Middleton holds the respected honor of being listed as one of America's leading law firms in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers.  In addition, The Best Lawyers in America® publication recently endorsed 55 of our attorneys; nearly all of whom have been listed multiple times. Our firm and select attorneys also carry the highest legal ability rating in Martindale-Hubbell

In 2019, McLane Middleton celebrated its Centennial.  To learn more about this milestone, click here.

McLane Middleton is proud member of TerraLex, a worldwide network of quality law firms that meet high professional standards.

Client Service Lifetime Achievement Award Winners:

2018 - Bruce W. Felmly 

John A. Graf Client Service Award Winners:

2020 - Patrick C. Closson and Kimberly A. Kramer
2019 - Janis E. Byrd
2018 - Michelle D. Abruzzese
2017 - Anikó Bouley
2016 - Dawn Gagnon
2015 - Carol Flaherty
2014 - Debra Ruo
2013 - John Weaver
2012 - Shannon Laurendeau
2011 - Joel Emlen
2010 - Donna Schesser
2009 - Lori Sullivan
2008 - Linda S. Johnson
2007 - Nancy Dorr
2006 - Kathryn Mulhearn
2005 - Connie Bryant and Denise Kassapis
2004 - Ron Langely


McLane Middleton is guided by the principle that attorneys should be active participants in community and professional organizations. Our colleagues are deeply involved in various groups, and also regularly volunteer their time for community service work. We are driven by a sense of purpose that it's essential to do what we can to improve our communities.

John R. McLane, Jr. Community Service Award Winners:

2020: Ashley Lapointe
2019: Deborah L. Locker
2018: Ashley B. Campbell
2017: Lori Sullivan
2016: Michael C. McLean
2015: Brenda Beer
2014: Ann Routos

Leadership New Hampshire Graduates:

Patrick Closson
Adam Dumville
Steve Dutton
Scott Harris
John Hughes
Linda Johnson
Daniel Norris
Charla Stevens
Jeremy Walker

To learn more about Leadership New Hampshire, please click here.

McLane Middleton's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee focuses on increasing diversity and inclusion at all levels, monitoring firm progress and recommending actions to be taken to meet the goal of developing and maintaining an equitable and diverse workplace.

Linda Johnson,
Chair of McLane Middleton's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Diversity and Inclusion

We continue to seek out, attract and retain qualified women and individuals of color, and very much value the ethnic, religious, sexual, age, physical challenge and economic diversity that exists among our attorneys and professional colleagues.  McLane Middleton's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee focuses on increasing diversity and inclusion at all levels, monitoring firm progress and recommending actions to be taken to meet the goal of developing and maintaining an equitable and diverse workplace.  The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is chaired by Linda Johnson, a partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Education Law Group.  Linda is also a member of the board of directors for the Diversity Workforce Coalition, an organization committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in New Hampshire workplaces.

Promotion of a more diverse employee population continues to be at the forefront of the firm's strategic plan.  This effort begins at the top with the firm's Management Committee and Executive Director, and extends to the Hiring Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. 

New Hampshire's geographic location in northern New England can make meeting some diversity goals challenging, but fuels our motivation to continue our efforts.

The firm also has a long history of giving back to the communities in which we live and work.  This includes sponsoring events with organizations that serve diverse populations in order to benefit the community and raise our profile with potential applicants for employment.  These organizations include: The Latino Summit; Girls Inc.; NH Women's Leadership Conference; NH Women's Foundation; Vote Hispana; and The Armenian Milk Fund.

One of the firm’s ongoing initiatives is a “What’s Her Story?” Women in Business series of events where successful women business leaders in New Hampshire share tips on what has made them successful.  As part of the “story” theme, McLane Middleton donates one book for every attendee to a non-profit organization selected by the speaker.  Past speakers include:

Hon. Carol Ann Conboy, NH Supreme Court (5/16/2018)
Betsy Gardella, NH Public Radio (3/22/2018)
Kathleen McQuiggan, Artemis Financial Advisors (11/15/2017)
Maria Ryan, Cottage Hospital (5/11/2017)
Joe Keefe, Pax World Management (10/4/2016)
Emeran Langmaid, A&E Custom Coffee Roastery (5/3/2016)
Amanda Grappone Osmer, Grappone Automotive (3/2/2016)
Keri Laman, Tidewater Catering (12/2/2015)
Maureen Beauregard, Families in Transition (3/4/2015)
Renee Plummer, Two International Group (9/17/2014)
Sharron McCarthy, McLean Communications (4/3/2014)
Lisa Guertin, Anthem (6/5/2013)
Amy LaBelle, LaBelle Winery (2/21/2013)
Tiffany Eddy, FocusFirst Communications (10/18/2012) 

For more information, please contact Linda Johnson, Chair of McLane Middleton's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at (603) 628-1267.

Pro Bono Work

Working with pro bono clients and assisting them through a maze of legal complications they could not maneuver without you can be among the most challenging and rewarding work an attorney does.  It leaves you with the feeling that you are giving a person or a family help they never would have otherwise received.

Dennis J. Haley, Jr., Director and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee

Since its inception, McLane Middleton has expected and encouraged pro bono work by all of its attorneys. From John McLane to Jack Middleton to the firm's newest associates today, individual attorneys at the firm take their pro bono responsibilities very seriously. McLane Middleton has a proud heritage of providing legal services to the poor and underprivileged citizens of New Hampshire, and more recently Massachusetts. As a firm, we regularly look for opportunities to further enhance our efforts.

McLane Middleton was a recipient of the New Hampshire Bar Association's 2008 Pro Bono Award for distinguished pro bono service.

McLane Middleton's Pro Bono Policy encourages all our attorneys to annually perform 30 to 50 hours of pro bono service for the underprivileged citizens of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Many of our attorneys exceed that goal.

Our Pro Bono Policy

The firm recognizes and affirms its continuing commitment to undertake pro bono work. The work affords attorneys an opportunity to perform an enormously needed and worthwhile service. The range of pro bono work is broad and includes opportunities for attorneys of all disciplines.

We take our pro bono commitment seriously. Pro bono work undertaken by the firm is subject to the same standards of attention and professional performance as any other work undertaken by the firm. All McLane Middleton lawyers working on pro bono matters are able to seek advice and assistance from lawyers working in the various specialty areas that may be relevant to the matter in question.

Jack B. Middleton
Pro Bono Award

McLane appreciates the substantial time devoted to pro bono work by its attorneys. In 2004, the firm established the annual Jack B. Middleton Pro Bono Award. This award is given to an individual attorney who has demonstrated commitment to providing legal services to New Hampshire's poor and underprivileged citizens.

Pro Bono Award Recipients
  • 2020 Recipient: Ramey D. Sylvester
  • 2019 Recipient: Alexandra S. Cote
  • 2018 Recipient: Mark C. Rouvalis
  • 2017 Recipient: Adam M. Hamel
  • 2016 Recipient: Andrew R. Hamilton
  • 2015 Recipient: Dianne E. Ricardo
  • 2014 Recipient: Beth L. Fowler
  • 2013 Recipient: Steven J. Dutton
  • 2012 Recipient: John F. Weaver
  • 2011 Recipient: Patricia Pancioccio
  • 2010 Recipient: Michael Kenison
  • 2009 Recipient: Thomas Hildreth
  • 2008 Recipient: Charla B. Stevens
  • 2007 Recipient: Christopher M. Dube
  • 2006 Recipient: Jeremy Walker
  • 2005 Recipient: Margaret R. Kerouac

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.

Meet Our People

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.

Practice Areas

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.

The Firm

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.