Serving the State of New Hampshire Since 1908
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Barton L. Mayer

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Bart Mayer is highly recognized for his expertise in serving the special needs of New Hampshire’s cities and towns. He is listed annually in Woodward and White’s directory of The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of municipal law, and was listed in the 2010 - 2012 issues of New England Super Lawyers in the areas of government/cities/municipalities.

Attorney Mayer counsels municipalities in all areas of related law, including:

  • Land use development

  • Real estate taxation

  • Government administration

  • Municipal highways

  • Civil litigation

  • Eminent domain

  • Municipal trusts

  • Town meetings

  • Finance

Currently representing 25 municipalities in New Hampshire, Bart has appeared before the New Hampshire Supreme Court more than 35 times, with over 30 reported cases.

Bart was the former legal counsel for the New Hampshire Municipal Association (1981-1986) and was a member of the Legislative Committee for the Recodification of Zoning and Planning Statutes (1983). He is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association, Governor’s Office on Energy and Planning, and the Local Government Center.

Bart is the author of New Hampshire Roads and Highways Manual, published by the New Hampshire Municipal Association. He served as law clerk to the New Hampshire Superior Court in 1979 and 1980. He has a Martindale Hubbell BV rating.

Assistant: Celeste Blais

Education
  • JD University of New Hampshire School of Law - Graduate School
  • BS Boston University - University
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Representative Matters

  • Commercial Litigation Neville v. Highfields Farm, Inc.

    Supreme Court of New Hampshire, December 13, 1999, Decided. Russell F. Hilliard and Barton L. Mayer for defendants.

  • Zoning & Land Use Law Forster v. Town of Henniker 167 N.H. 745 (2015)

    The Supreme Court upheld the Town’s position that a wedding center was not accessory to an agricultural use.

  • Municipal Real Estate Dow v. Town of Effingham, 148 N.H. 121 (2002)

    Successfully enforced the Town's ordinance and procedures for implementing the ordinance over objection of a racetrack owner. The decision clarified the Town's authority to enact ordinances regardless of motivation and to inspect a permitee's premises.

  • Municipal Real Estate Doyle v. Town Gilmanton, 155 N.H. 733 (2007)

    Established authority of planning board to establish a buildable area separate and apart from the zoning ordinance.

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