Municipal Law

Attorneys in Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell's Municipal Law practice are recognized by the Courts and their peers as leaders in the field and have played a significant role shaping legislation affecting municipal law in New Hampshire.

best law firms rankingThe firm was awarded metropolitan first-tier rankings in the 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings, including first-tier rankings in commercial litigation and land use and zoning law.


We represent individuals, businesses, utilities, associations, school districts and municipalities in all areas of municipal law including:

  • Planning and zoning regulation and enforcement
  • Shoreland development permitting
  • Property tax assessment and abatement
  • Environmental and conservation regulation
  • Building and construction
  • Municipal contracts
  • Highway law
  • Eminent domain
  • Municipal bonding and finance
  • Elections
  • Public employment practices
  • Education and special education law
  • Local law enforcement.

We also serve as defense counsel to the New Hampshire Municipal Association Property/Liability Trust, Inc. regarding claims against member municipalities. Our municipal law attorneys advise school districts, counties and other public entities on a wide range of legal issues.

Real Estate Development

With a demonstrated expertise in Real Estate Development, the firm specializes in complex issues of statutory and regulatory jurisdiction including:

  • Large-scale developments - Major commercial retail shopping centers and industrial parks and major housing projects.
  • Sand and gravel excavation - Earth excavation, reclamation and taxation of excavation sites.
  • Condominium and time-share development - Residential, commercial and industrial development in unit ownership and their ongoing management by unit owners.

The firm also represents clients in the formation or enlargement of village districts.