Earl S. Carrel joined Upton & Hatfield, LLP as of counsel effective October 1, 2019. Before coming to Upton & Hatfield, he was a partner at Backus, Meyer & Branch, in Manchester for over 19 years. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds a Master of Arts in Social Science degree from Rivier University in New Hampshire.
Upon graduation from law school in 1973, Earl was employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He served in the Buffalo, Manchester, and Boston regional offices, as well as the VA central office in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a staff attorney in the VA's Compensation and Pension Service. After leaving the VA at the end of 1985, Earl entered the private sector developing an extensive practice in the real estate, probate, and small business areas, and for over 30 years has also been deeply involved in mental health law representing individuals and community mental health agencies in involuntary admissions, IEA's, guardianships, and related matters.
Prior to moving to the Monadnock Region in 2017, Earl and his wife, Patty, resided in Goffstown for 33 years where he participated in town affairs as a Trustee of Town Trust Funds and as a member of the Goffstown Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Committee. During this time, Earl also served as adjunct faculty at Southern NH University teaching real estate and business law. He was a long-time member of Temple Israel in Manchester having served two terms as board president. Earl was very involved with foreign student exchange programs having hosted students from Panama, Brazil, Spain, and Belgium, as well as participating as a NH foster parent.