Since our firm’s founder, Robert W. Upton, began practicing law in 1908, Upton and Hatfield has been a dedicated member of the New Hampshire communities we serve, providing legal services to the people, businesses and municipalities of the Granite State.
Our reputation is the product of our attorneys’ hard work, community service, knowledge of the law, and focus on solving our clients’ problems. To that end, our mission is the same as it was a century ago—to offer the best representation possible for our clients.
Upton & Hatfield, LLP grew out of the law practice founded by Robert W. Upton (1884–1972), whose office opened in Concord in 1908. In his early years, Upton practiced in association with a number of lawyers. By the 1930’s, his reputation for rigorous preparation of cases had established Upton as one of the State’s outstanding trial lawyers excelling in the fields of torts, contract law, and constitutional law.
In 1952, Robert Upton formed a firm with his sons Richard and Frederic and colleague John H. Sanders, (1908–1987), known as Upton, Sanders and Upton. Until his death in 1972, Robert Upton remained active in his legal practice and in other political and community affairs. A highlight of Upton’s public service career was his appointment by the Governor to fill a vacancy in the office of the United States Senate in 1953 and 1954.
The name of the firm was changed to Upton, Sanders & Smith and in 1970, the firm moved to its present location, a Federal-style building dating from the early 1800s with an attached carriage house built around 1860.
In 2001, Upton, Sanders & Smith merged with Hatfield, Moran & Barry, P.A. in Hillsborough and the firm assumed the name of Upton & Hatfield, LLP. In December of 2005, the firm opened an office in Portsmouth.
As Upton & Hatfield has grown, its leadership position in the litigation and commercial fields has stayed firmly in place. Members of the firm remain committed to the same rigorous standards and dedication that distinguished its founder—to meet the legal needs of the firm’s clients with innovative, timely, and responsible counsel.
Businesses & Nonprofits
Formation, Licensing, & Contracts
Banking & Commercial Transactions
Governance & Fiduciary Duties
Human Resource Management
Commercial Real Estate
Mediation & Arbitration
Environmental & Regulatory Advocacy
Individuals & Families
Personal Injury & Accidents
Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
Domestic Relations, Divorce, & Family Law
Residential Real Estate
Municipalities & School Districts
Zoning & Land Use
Municipal and School Labor and Employment
School Boards & School Districts
General Counsel - Town
Municipal Real Estate
What sets Upton & Hatfield apart for a law firm of our size is the diversity of our state-wide New Hampshire legal practice. As a general practice law firm, we've developed, client by client, a reputation for outstanding representation in a wide range of practice areas including employment and labor law, medical malpractice, civil litigation, divorce and family law, environmental, regulatory and appellate advocacy, real estate, commercial and municipal law, business law and estate planning.
From offices in Concord, Hillsborough, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, our attorneys possess an earnest enthusiasm to help clients in the best way possible. We listen intently to our clients before providing a full suite of possible legal options. We do more than just represent clients; we also dispense legal counsel and advice related to the case being tackled. We commit to take good care of our clients and keep them aware of their situation as we settle all legal procedures.
Feel free to consult with us about any legal concern; we will do our best to afford invaluable legal information that can help you. Upton & Hatfield, LLP provides legal services to clients in New Hampshire areas such as Portsmouth, Concord, Manchester, and the Monadnock region. For inquiries regarding our legal services, visit our Contact page or call us at 603.224.7791.