Neil Nicholson

Neil NicholsonNeil is a tireless litigator for injured victims and their families, concentrating on matters involving serious injuries, traumatic brain injury, and wrongful death. Neil also regularly represents executors, trustees, beneficiaries, heirs and other interested parties in matters involving New Hampshire estates and trusts. His law firm handles a wide variety of litigation needs, including criminal defense and business or real estate disputes, and provides advice and counsel to a variety of non-profit organizations.

Neil has tried cases to judge and jury and favorably settled scores of other matters to his client’s satisfaction. Neil developed his trial skills while serving as a law clerk with the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office and as an attorney at McLane Middleton, New Hampshire’s largest law firm. At McLane Middleton, Neil was mentored for six years by New England’s premier trial attorneys. In 2013, Neil became a founding member of McCandless & Nicholson, PLLC.

Neil believes in community commitments. As a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, he serves on the Public Protection Fund Committee. This fund is designed to provide reimbursement to victims who have lost money or property because of theft or misappropriation during the course of a client-attorney or fiduciary relationship between the attorney and the client. Neil serves on the Board of Governors for the New Hampshire Association for Justice, a trial lawyers’ group dedicated to fight for the principles of justice. For several years, Neil was a youth hockey coach and member of the Board of Directors for Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association. He is also currently a member of the American Association for Justice, New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Christian Legal Society, Manchester Bar Association, and serves in leadership capacities at Manchester Christian Church.

Neil attended Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated magna cum laude. He received several awards from Suffolk University Law School. He earned the school’s Best Oral Advocate Award in his first year, and Jurisprudence awards in Property Law and Environmental Law. He was also selected as a representative from Suffolk University Law School to participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Prior to law school, Neil was educated at Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. At Liberty University, Neil received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government, cum laude, and participated on the school’s hockey team, serving as team captain in his last two years. Upon graduation from Liberty University, Neil gathered unique professional experience as a police officer in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Neil’s professionalism has been recognized within the legal community. In 2016, he was inducted into the New Hampshire Union Leader’s Forty Under Forty. Neil retains the Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. For the past three years he has been recognized in SuperLawyers as a New England Rising Star. He has testified at the New Hampshire legislature a number of times on matters pertaining to civil justice and access to the courts.

With the police department, Neil earned several awards including Officer of the Year, the Chief’s Exemplary Service Award, and the Lifesaving Award. Neil continued to develop leadership skills as a Field Training Officer and his investigation talents were polished as a Detective in the department. Neil also served his fellow police officers as the President of the patrol officer’s union, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Local #371. In addition, Neil was elected as President of the Goffstown Police Association, a non-profit organization designed primarily to promote safety.

Neil lives in Northwood, New Hampshire, with his wife, son, daughter, cat, chickens, and bunny. He remains an avid hockey player and enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing and camping with his family.

Education
Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude
Liberty University, Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice, cum laude
National Institute for Trial Advocacy – Advanced Trial Skills Graduate
120th Police Academy, New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, Top 3
Word of Life Bible Institute
Trinity High School

Bar Admissions
New Hampshire
Massachusetts
United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Recognition
Union Leader’s Forty Under Forty, Class of 2016
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards; 2017, 2016, 2015
SuperLawyers, New England Rising Stars, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, recipient
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Recognition
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Suffolk University Law School Jurisprudence Award: Property Law
Suffolk University Law School Jurisprudence Award: Environmental Law
Suffolk University Law School Best Oral Advocate Award
Goffstown Police Department: Lifesaving Award
Goffstown Police Department: Chief’s Exemplary Service Award
Goffstown Police Department: Officer of the Year Award

Professional Memberships & Community Involvement
New Hampshire Association for Justice, Board of Governors (President, 2017-2018)
NH Pro Bono Referral Program Annual Hockey Game (Founding Member, co-chair)
New Hampshire Bar Association Public Protection Fund Committee (2011-current)
Manchester Bar Association, (member, Executive Committee, 2012-2014)
Manchester Christian Church Administrative Leadership Team (2014-current)
American Association for Justice (member)
New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (member)
Christian Legal Society (member)
New Hampshire Bar Association (member)
Trinity High School Advisory Board, (Member, 2014-2016)
Pinkerton Academy Law Advisory Committee (former member)
Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association (Director, 2010-2014)
New Hampshire Amateur Hockey Association (Director, 2012-2013)
International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Local #371 (President, 2003-2005)
Goffstown Police Association (President, 2002-2005)

Articles and Opinion Pieces

  • May, 2018: Campground Bill Erodes Constitutional Rights, Concord Monitor, Seacoast Online
  • May, 2018: President’s Message, NHAJ Trial Bar News
  • February, 2018: President’s Message, NHAJ Trial Bar News
  • September, 2017: President’s Message, NHAJ Trial Bar News
  • January, 2016: Unveiling the Mysteries of Med Pay Coverage, NHAJ Trial Bar News
  • December, 2014: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Replacement Litigation, NHAJ Trial Bar News
  • October, 2014: NCAA Concussion Litigation, NHAJ Trial Bar News
  • July, 2013: Multidistrict Litigation Briefing, New Hampshire Bar Association Bar News
  • April, 2013: Litigating Transfer Issues in MDL, New Hampshire Association for Justice Trial Bar News
  • December, 2012: Protect Your Customers’ and Employees’ Personal Information – Top 10 data security guide for 2013, Portsmouth Herald – Seacoast Online
  • June, 2012: Guarding Patient’s Personal Information: You’re the Sentry, Portsmouth Herald – Seacoast Online
  • April, 2011: Can I ask a potential employee to take a lie detector test to evaluate the accuracy of his or her application? New Hampshire’s Union Leader
  • April, 2011: Right to Work Act could change N.H.’s labor landscape, Portsmouth Herald – Seacoast Online
  • January, 2011: Red Flag Rules Legal Update, New Hampshire Business Review
  • December, 2010: Complying with the Red Flags Rule, New Hampshire Business Review
  • October, 2010: Does my company need to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s Red Flags Rule? New Hampshire Union Leader
  • June, 2010: What types of wages can be withheld from the employee? New Hampshire Union Leader
  • April, 2010: Deductions From Wages, New Hampshire Union Leader
  • August, 2009: Data Security: No Longer Someone Else’s Problem, New Hampshire Business Review

Presentations & Lectures

  • June, 2018: NHAJ Annual Dinner and Award Banquet, Master of Ceremonies and President’s Remarks
  • April, 2017: End Distracted Driving Program, PACE Career Academy
  • November, 2016: Protecting the Flock (& the Shepherds): DOL, IRS, Liability
  • October, 2015: NH Driver’s Education Teachers Association: Liabilities for student teachers
  • September, 2015: Protecting the Flock (& the Shepherds): Mandatory reporting laws primer
  • June, 2015; December, 2014; March, 2013: New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council: “Cross-Examination”
  • June, 2013: National Business Institute: Effective Use of Technology and Exhibits in Courtroom; Manchester and Portsmouth, NH
  • March, 2013: New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council: Cross-Examination
  • May, 2012: National Business Institute: Effective Use of Technology and Exhibits in Courtroom
  • May, 2011: Keynote speaker: Data Security: Portsmouth, NH
  • October, 2010: Data Security presentation to New Hampshire Society of CPAs on Red Flags Rule and Data Security; Manchester, NH
  • October, 2010: Co-keynote speaker to School Administrators Association on FERPA and Data Security
  • September, 2010: Presenter: Navigate a Criminal Case through the NH Courts; Woburn, MA
  • February, 2010: Data Security Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association meeting in North Andover, MA
  • December, 2009: Panelist at Private School Update in Manchester, NH discussing risk management for administration confronting criminal issues surrounding cell phone use
  • December, 2009: Keynote presenter on Massachusetts Data Security Regulations as a CPE seminar for New Hampshire Society of CPAs in Manchester, NH
  • November, 2009 – Co-presenter on data security laws at 100 Club in Portsmouth, NH
  • October, 2009 – Co-presenter on data security at Seacoast HR Association in Portsmouth, NH
  • June, 2009 – Keynote presenter on Massachusetts Data Security Regulations to CPAs in Woburn, MA