Scott H. Harris

Scott H. Harris: Attorney with McLane Middleton, Professional Association AV stamp icon
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Scott is a director in the firm's Litigation Department. He has tried cases in the state and federal courts in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and elsewhere for over fifteen years. His practice involves representing companies and executives in litigation and at trial in a range of commercial disputes including: tax matters, trade secret and restrictive employment covenant litigation, contract claims, shareholder rights, land use and other business disputes. Scott also represents both plaintiffs and professionals in professional malpractice and licensure litigation and has a substantial practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in significant personal injury matters.

Scott received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School (1988) and his A.B. from Franklin & Marshal College (Economics and Government) (1985).


•fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
•fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation
•fellow, American Bar Foundation
•Best Lawyers in America 2019 (Commercial Litigation)
Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers (Litigation)
•United States Department of Justice Tax Division's Outstanding Trial Attorney Award, 1994
•New Hampshire Trial Lawyer's Special Recognition Award, 2004
•Recognized as a New England Super Lawyers 2008, 2011-present
•New England's Best Lawyers, 2013 - present
•AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Articles & Presentations

•Nonprofits and Property Income: Renting to the wrong entity could result in a tax liability
•Accounting for Attorneys' Fees: Why the 'American rule' requires that each side in a case almost always pays its own
•Risk and the Corporate ‘Shield’
•Learn How to Grab the Next Branch
•Tackling Misleading Ads
•Umbrella Coverage, Come Rain or Shine: Explaining the concept of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
•When the courts are used to 'get even' - There are two types of claims where the civil legal process has been misused
•Where You Live May Not Be Where You're Domiciled
•Arbitration Has An Upside, But There Are Drawbacks
•Arbitration - Panacea or Pitfall?

American and New Hampshire Bar Foundation

(Also at Manchester, New Hampshire Office)

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Personal Injury
  • Trial Practice and Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Personal Representation
  • Secondary and Higher Education
  • Business Litigation
  • Labor & Employment Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Healthcare Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Land Use and Development Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
603 628 1459  Phone
781.904.2701  Fax
University Attended:
Franklin and Marshall College, A.B., 1985
Law School Attended:
Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1988
Year of First Admission:
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; 1989, New Hampshire; United States District Courts for the Districts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts; United States Tax Court; United States Court of Federal Claims; 1988, Massachusetts; 1989, Pennsylvania; New York; United States Supreme Court


•New Hampshire Bar Foundation, Treasurer
•New Hampshire Bar Association, President and past Vice President
•American Bar Association
•American Association for Justice
•Court Historical Society
•Board of Directors, Seacoast Science Center
•Leadership New Hampshire, Class of 2015
•Past President, New Hampshire Association for Justice
•Past President, Daniel Webster Chapter American Inn of Court
•fellow, American and New Hampshire Bar Foundations
•Litigation Counsel of America

Reported Cases:
Representative Work: Cardigan Mountain School vs. New Hampshire Insurance Company (No. 142182), May 27, 2015; Prosecuted claims of an internationally distributed consumer product against its marketing partners, including claims of breach of contract, fraud and unfair business practices, resulting in favorable reformation of distribution agreements.; Defended a chartered bank that had been defaulted on a $1 million plus claim for breach of contract and lender liability. Claim reduced after trial on damages to a small fraction of the claimed amount.; Successfully tried to a jury a medical professional's defamation and invasion of privacy claims with the substantial verdict sustained on appeal.; Prevailed in arbitration of subcontractor's claims against prime contractor for breach of contract and unfair business practices.; Settled a United States Court of Claims action against a large utility company in defense of government's claim to a $ 1 million refund, defeating the government's claim and securing full payment of client's counterclaim.; Won a substantial settlement in a lawsuit against company's former employees for their theft of trade secrets and violation of their non-competition agreements; Defeated a claim that client had violated her non-competition covenant with her former employer by demonstrating that the signed employment contract offered by the defendant was a forgery.; Succeeded after jury trial in prosecution of claims of a financial services practice against a departing principal for breach of fiduciary duty, violation of partnership agreement, and contravention of restrictive employment covenants.; Won a significant jury verdict in favor of the headmaster of a private school who was terminated from employment based on her claims of breach of contract and unjust dismissal.; Representation of a number of seriously injured individuals in their meritorious claims seeking reparation for their significant, life-altering injuries.; Representative Reported Cases; Sherman v. Graciano, 152 N.H. 119 (2005): Physician resigned from his medical practice and claimed the firm owed him a substantial buy-out payment. Parties disputed the existence and interpretation of a shareholder redemption agreement.; Miller v. Amica Mutual Ins., 156 N.H. 117 (2007). Client/decedent was thrown from his motorcycle and thereafter struck and killed by a hit-and-run motorist. The decedent's motorcycle was not insured. The decedent did, however, have insurance on his truck. We therefore sought coverage pursuant to truck's uninsured motorist coverage. The insurance company argued that the decedent was disqualified from coverage because, according to the insurance company, he was operating an uninsured motor vehicle at the time of injury.; Carleton v. Edgewood Heights, 156 N.H. 407 (2007): Condominium owners association made a special assessment for repairs to what it characterized as the limited common area. The owner of a number of units in the development objected and claimed the repairs should be paid for only by the unit owners affected by the problem. Court resolved the case on its interpretation of the governing condominium documents.; Verizon v. Rochester, 156 N.H. 624 (2007): The telephone company sought abatement of the tax imposed against it for the value of the real property it uses and occupies in the public ways. We argued that the tax was excessive and its imposition violated the company's right to equal protection under the law. New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the lower court's ruling that the proposed tax violated the company's right to equal protection compelled it to strike down the discriminatory levy.

Peer Reviews

4.4/5.0 (20 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Judge on 12/04/14 in Litigation

    Before retiring I presided over several cases that Scott tried and since retiring, I have mediated several cases with him. He is one of the best trial lawyers in NH, knowledgeable, professional, resourceful, articulate, and with the highest level of... Read more

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    Before retiring I presided over several cases that Scott tried and since retiring, I have mediated several cases with him. He is one of the best trial lawyers in NH, knowledgeable, professional, resourceful, articulate, and with the highest level of integrity. He is deserving of the very highest rating. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 12/04/14 in Personal Injury

    Scott is an extraordinary litigator. He is bright, creative, articulate, and has the highest work ethic. I have hired him and recommended him to others for his high level of expertise.

    Scott is an extraordinary litigator. He is bright, creative, articulate, and has the highest work ethic. I have hired him and recommended him to others for his high level of expertise. Read less

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