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Paul H. MacDonald

  • Director and Shareholder

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Biography

A former Managing Director of the firm, Paul is a seasoned real estate and land use attorney who concentrates his practice on real estate, land conservation law, and estate planning for clients in both New Hampshire and Vermont.
Paul has nearly 30 years of experience representing and advising individual and institutional clients in real estate transactions, land use, and conservation law matters. He also provides estate planning advice and services.

Paul was born in Concord, Massachusetts and grew up in Underhill, Vermont. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1985 with an A.B. in English. While at Dartmouth, Paul played baseball, was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and was an active player behind the scenes in the College’s theater community. After a short stint at Boston University's graduate school of English, Paul received his J.D. in 1991 from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. He was admitted to practice in New Hampshire in 1991, and in Vermont in 2004.

Paul lives with his family in Hopkinton, New Hampshire along with a number of Labrador Retrievers and cats. A long-time fly fisherman and fly tier, Paul is active in conservation issues, and is a regular presenter at the Land Trust Alliance's National Rallies and at the "Saving Special Places" conferences of the New Hampshire Center for Land Conservation Assistance. In addition, Paul is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, a land trust dedicated to preserving open space in Concord and its surroundings. Paul is also a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Capital Region Food Program and continues to participate in the program's Holiday Food Basket Program.

Education

  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1991
  • Dartmouth College
    • A.B. - 1985
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Member, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
    • Major: English Literature

Bar Admission

  • New Hampshire, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • Vermont, 2004

Published Works

  • Waterfront Property Sales and Site Assessment Studies

Classes & Seminars

  • Presenter, Land Trust Alliance’s National Rallies and at the "Saving Special Places" conferences of the New Hampshire Center for Land Conservation Assistance

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Five Rivers Conservation Trust
  • Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Capital Region Food Program