About

DTC is a full-service Law Firm offering you personalized representation, whether you are an individual, small business owner, large institutional manager or municipality.  We can advise you on a wide range of issues, including general business and commercial law, land use and development matters, municipal law topics, real estate transactions and title issues, telecommunications, water, utility and internet law, employment and labor mattersenvironmental regulation and permitting, brownfields development, State and Federal Court litigation, appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals, creditor bankruptcy representation, wills, trusts, estate planning and elder law and probate matters.

Our attorneys provide you with affordable, quality representation and personal attention to detail whether in our role as your general counsel or as special counsel for more limited issues.  We strive to be your trusted counselor and advisor as well as your advocate throughout New Hampshire and New England.  Whether you are a native, a long-time local, or new to the area via a relocation, DTC wants to be your lawyer.

Our History

In 1977, Mike Donahue left active duty with the Navy JAG Corps to join Kearns and Colliander on High Street in Exeter at what became Kearns, Colliander & Donahue in 1980.  Two years later, Charlie Tucker, the former Director of the Rockingham Regional Planning Agency, brought his practice from the String Bridge and the Firm became Kearns, Colliander, Donahue & Tucker.  In 1985, Mike and Charlie took the opportunity to open their own Firm with two other Exeter lawyers.  Rob Ciandella joined in 1989 and the members of the Firm acquired their Water Street office building.  The Firm became Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella in 1994 and a period of steady growth ensued.  Beth MacDonald (1999) and John Ratigan (2000) became partners and the breadth and depth of services that mark the statewide presence of the Firm today began to take shape.   Denise Poulos joined the Firm in 2001,  opened the Firm’s Portsmouth office and became a partner in 2002.  The Firm received the ultimate compliment when Bob Donovan, who headed its major competitor, joined the Firm in 2002 to continue his estate planning practice and brought with him his very experienced paralegal support staff.  Over the last nine years, Bob Battles (2005 – deceased 2010), Bob Derosier (2005), Chris Boldt (2007), Sharon Somers (2008), Doug Mansfield (2012) and Kate Miller (2014)  have each become partners, and the Firm has extended its client base throughout New Hampshire and into Massachusetts and Maine.

Since 2006, the Firm has used the trade name DTCLawyers to be consistent with its internet presence and to be better identified with its multifaceted expertise which has been institutionalized in the lawyers, paralegals and administration and support staff who assist clients through the New Hampshire, Eastern Massachusetts and Southern Maine.