Mike, who established the Firm with Charlie Tucker in 1985, grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, and graduated cum laude in the honors program from the College of the Holy Cross in 1970. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1973. After being admitted to the New Hampshire Bar, he served on active duty with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps in California and in Boston. Mike returned to New Hampshire in 1977 and associated with and quickly became a partner in an Exeter firm.
Mike now serves as Senior Counsel to DTC. As he did in his active representation of clients for over 45 years of practice, Mike prides himself on providing practical, results oriented counsel to DTC. In working with the other lawyers in the firm and their clients, Mike relies upon his skill in land use and real estate development as well as environmental matters, including Brownfields redevelopment projects. His prior broad experience in all transactional matters aides the firm in anticipating and favorably resolving issues that can jeopardize client transactions, while consistently meeting their objectives in a timely manner.
Mike was designated as a Fellow of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and has served on a pro bono basis as a certified neutral for the New Hampshire Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program since its founding. He holds an AV (the highest) Martindale-Hubbell rating as determined by his peers in the New Hampshire legal community. He has served as a Director of the Municipal Law Section of the New Hampshire Bar, and is also a member of the Environmental Law Section and the New Hampshire Title Association.
Mike’s history of community service, like that of Charlie Tucker, set the tone for the firm’s commitment. Mike served as a Navy Reservist, retiring as a Captain after 28 years of service. He served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Seacoast United Way for six years, twice receiving the Presidential Service Award. Mike’s lifelong interest in history lead to a six year stint on the Board of Trustees and as Vice President and Secretary of the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth. Mike served on the Board of Directors of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, chaired their Economic Development Committee and he currently serves on the Town of Newington Economic Development Committee. As a Community Liason with the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Seacoast, Mike has been an active advocate for increasing housing opportunities in the Seacoast. Mike resides with his wife, Diane, in Newington. They are very proud of the achievements of their adult daughters, Sarah and Kerry.