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McLane Middleton Professional Association

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Managing Director 2019: Barry Needleman
Number of partners: 46 Number of other lawyers: 56
Languages: Armenian, Chinese, Danish, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
With over 100 attorneys, McLane Middleton provides legal advice to domestic and international clients. McLane Middleton attorneys are admitted to practice in all New England states (including 66 attorneys in MA) as well as 17 additional states. The firm’s office in Woburn has been an important part of the firm’s growth and has expanded to 26 attorneys with an emphasis on business, tax, employment, energy, real estate and intellectual property law as well as trust and estate matters. The firm is a member of TerraLex, a worldwide network of independent law firms, and attorneys are annually recognized by Woodward & White’s Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. Additionally, McLane Middleton counts among its attorneys, Regents and Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, real estate lawyers, environmental lawyers, Tax Counsel, and Trust and Estate Counsel.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate:
The firm’s corporate department advises clients on merger and acquisition transactions and securities matters, including public and private offerings of equity securities, as well as entity formation, governance, commercial matters and all aspects of corporate finance. The department has industry focus areas in the energy, health care, advanced manufacturing, technology, education and financial services industries. Representative transactions for publicly and privately held clients range from $10 million to $1 billion.
Contacts: Daniel J. Norris, Patrick C. Closson

Environmental:
The environmental practice covers administrative law and litigation under all of the major federal environmental laws and their state program analogues. The firm’s lawyers have extensive experience in Superfund and state hazardous waste cases, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Wetlands, TSCA, EPCRA, NEPA, energy facility siting, and natural resources law, in both permitting and enforcement cases. The firm has handled cases throughout New England, New York, Georgia, South Carolina and California.
Contact: Gregory H. Smith

Commercial Litigation:
Commercial litigation is a major focus of the firm’s work. The firm received top New Hampshire honors in this practice area in Chambers USA from the first edition to the present. McLane Middleton trial lawyers appear extensively in state and federal courts, and increasingly in jurisdictions beyond New England. Experience spans product liability defense, employment disputes, and reflects a national reputation in environmental litigation. McLane Middleton attorneys also handle a wide range of contract disputes, intellectual property claims, unfair competition and antitrust cases and corporate governance claims.
Contact: Jennifer L. Parent

Energy & Utility:
McLane Middleton has been providing legal services to energy clients for more than 80 years. Its attorneys have a wide range of skills and experience relevant to the energy industry. The firm addresses its clients’ needs using an inter-disciplinary approach across a spectrum of areas including utility regulation, energy facility siting and permitting, corporate and transactional work, project finance, contracting and construction, environmental compliance and administrative litigation before various state agencies.
Contact: Barry Needleman

Employment:
Representation includes defending and prosecuting claims, workplace audits, managerial and workforce training programs, development of personnel policies and practices, and consultation and advice on the challenges employers face every day, including internal employee complaints, responding to government investigations or resolving disability, compensation, benefits, misconduct, and termination issues.
Contact: Charla Bizios Stevens

Real Estate:
The firm’s real estate practice assists clients in sales, acquisitions, financings, land use matters, leasings, titles and other aspects of commercial real estate throughout New England. The firm recently obtained all permits for an electric generating station producing competitive-cost power. Representation included the acquisition of all real estate, easements for transmission lines and all environmental and regulatory aspects for the new 16-mile, interstate gas transmission pipeline.
Contact: Rolf E. Goodwin

Tax:
McLane Middleton’s tax department represents individuals and businesses in all areas, including federal and state tax planning, benefits and compensation, and estate and gift tax planning. McLane Middleton represents clients before the IRS and state revenue agencies, handling audit, collection, appeals, abatement requests and dispute resolution. Litigators with tax experience assist in all litigated tax disputes.
Contact: John E. Rich, Jr

Intellectual Property:
The firm’s intellectual property practice represents clients on a wide range of US and international intellectual property matters. In litigated matters, the group has helped large software companies protect their copyright ownership in software against piracy and counterfeiting. The intellectual property group handles all aspects of intellectual property protection, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, licensing and e-commerce law.
Contact: Mark A. Wright

Health Care:
The firm’s experienced health care lawyers help their clients navigate the complexities of the health care industry. The firm has a broad range of expertise in representing medical practices and physician groups, licensed health professionals, health insurers, medical product manufacturers, senior housing and care communities, and other health care facilities. In addition, the firm is experienced in dealing with regulatory matters involving state and federal officials.
Contact: Patrick C. Closson

Trusts & Estates:
The group consists of attorneys who are experienced in trust and estate planning, Medicaid planning, business entity selection and formation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and family law matters. The firm has combined these areas of law because asset protection strategies and solutions vary greatly depending on each client’s personal and business circumstances, as well as the nature of the assets to be protected.
Contact: William VA Zorn