Michael J. Donahue


Michael J. Donahue

Since starting the firm with Charlie Tucker in 1985, Mike has focused his practice on land use, permitting and real estate development, representing both applicants and municipalities.  He prides himself on providing his clients with practical, results oriented counsel.

Mike 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 Long Beach, California and in Boston, Massachusetts.  Mike returned to New Hampshire in 1977 and associated with and quickly became a partner in an Exeter firm.

Mike’s current practice revolves around obtaining land use approvals on behalf of local and regional developers and the real estate transactions associated with those projects.  Mike is well known to local land use officials in the Seacoast area and has their respect and confidence.  Mike has also developed an expertise in environmental matters, representing landowners, businesses and municipalities in EPA Superfund proceedings and in Brownfields redevelopment projects.

Because of his broad experience in litigation and business matters, Mike also often serves a senior counselor to other lawyers in the firm and their clients.  Mike was selected as a Fellow of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, has been designated as a certified neutral for the New Hampshire Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and 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, together with that of Charlie Tucker sets the tone for the firm’s commitment.  Mike served as a Navy Reservist, retiring as a Captain after 28 years of service, including selection to command two New England JAG units.  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 and chaired their Economic Development Committee.  Mike currently serves as a Community Liason with the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Seacoast and is an active advocate for increasing housing opportunities in the Seacoast.  Mike resides with his wife, Diane, in Newington, N.H.  They are very proud of the achievements of their adult daughters, Sarah and Kerry.