ABOUT Barry Needleman

Barry is the firm's Managing Director and has 25 years of experience handling environmental and energy matters for regional and national clients. He does a substantial amount of energy facility siting work, primarily before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, on numerous types of projects ranging from fossil and renewable generation, to electric and gas transmission. He has experience litigating a variety of environmental cases in state and federal courts such as insurance and third-party cost recovery claims at former manufactured gas plants and the defense of State-wide MTBE contamination claims. He also litigates administrative matters before state appellate councils regarding permit appeals under various environmental programs. He regularly represents clients in environmental matters involving permitting, compliance counseling, and defense of administrative and judicial enforcement actions. Barry chairs McLane Middleton's Energy Practice Group.

Barry received his B.A. from Clark University (1987), his J.D. cum laude from Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law (1992) and his LL.M (Environmental) with highest honors from George Washington University Law School (1993).


•fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL)
•fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation
•Best Lawyers in America 2020 (Energy Law, Environmental Law)
•2020 Best Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law)
•Top Attorney in Environmental Law, Business NH Magazine 2012
Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers 2019 (Environment)
•AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
•New England Super Lawyer
•1993 Randolph C. Shaw graduate fellow in Environmental Law at George Washington University, National Law Center

Articles & Presentations

•SB 245 Changes SEC Composition and Procedures
•Siting For Success: Using a Trial-Based Approach to Improve a Project's Chances Before State Siting Boards
•Planning Ahead To Address Environmental Issues In Your Community
•Finding CERCLA Potentially Responsible Parties: Going Beyond The Basics
•Obtaining Insurance Coverage For Environmental Liabilities
•Self-Reporting Environmental Violations: When And How To Do It
•Every Drop of Water Does Count
•Enforcement: Advantages to Self-Reporting
•Regulatory Update: New Federal Regulations Require Amendments of Your SPCC Plans
•Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions

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