Linda S. Johnson - McLane Middleton Professional Association
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Linda S. Johnson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 603-628-1267

Linda Johnson is a director with McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association which has offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  She has over 25 years of experience litigating cases in state and federal agencies and courts, and in representing the interests of management in all aspects of labor and employment law.  In addition to serving as the firm's lead labor and employment lawyer, Linda served as the chair of the firm’s Employment Law and Education Law Groups for over 15 years until 2010 when she was appointed to co-chair the firm’s Litigation Department.  Linda continues to help lead the firm’s employment law services and to assist companies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for all their employment law needs.  She also continues to co-chair the Education Law Group and represents the interests of numerous independent elementary, high schools and colleges.      In the area of employment law, Linda represents employers and high level executives on a variety of issues including defense of employment claims including harassment, discrimination, noncompetition agreements, wrongful termination, wage and hour and breach of contract.  She also works with companies regarding the development of employee handbooks, policies, contracts, and noncompetition agreements; state and federal law compliance;  harassment investigations and internal complaints; employee discipline and terminations; union organizing campaigns; information management and security;  reductions in force; wage and hour issues; medical and other leaves of absence; and workplace privacy issues.   For five years, Linda served on the Employment Committee of the Society for Human Resource Management, and has served as a President, board member and legislative liaison of a local Human Resource Association.   In the school law area, Linda assists schools in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of a school from start-up school issues to governance, faculty and student concerns.  She assists with staff training, reporting obligations, state and federal compliance for schools, board of trustee training, and regarding faculty, staff and student matters unique to the private school setting.  Linda has developed trainings in the areas of harassment, hazing, bullying, safe school zone, abuse reporting obligations and maintaining safe boundaries with students.  She has addressed thousands of school administrators, teachers, students, coaches, athletic directors, and parents in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and nationwide. She has helped schools and school districts to develop written policies and district-wide programs. She has assisted in, or conducted, harassment investigations for public and private schools, and also provides one-on-one sessions to teachers, coaches or students who have violated school harassment policies and need help in understanding the bounds of acceptable behavior.   Linda conducts sexual harassment investigations, sexual harassment trainings, personnel practices audits, wage and hour audits, and management workshops on such issues as hiring practices, harassment committee roles and responsibilities, managing within the law, performance management, record keeping for New Hampshire employers and conducting lawful terminations.  She is also a frequent speaker on leadership development for employees, school administrators, students and athletes.  Linda has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, serves as a private mediator and as a trained mediator for the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights.  She has also served on, and assisted, numerous nonprofit organizations in all aspects of operations and legal compliance.   Linda is well regarded by her peers and has been named as a leading labor and employment law attorney in a survey of the legal profession conducted by Business New Hampshire Magazine.  She is also listed in Woodward's Best Lawyers in America for both employment and education law, in New England SuperLawyers, and in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers in Business where it is stated that her clients have commented that they "appreciate her responsiveness and ability to blend the legal and practical perspective;" and ““If I really had a crisis, I could call Linda personally and know that she would sort it out immediately.”    Linda was selected an Outstanding Business Woman of New Hampshire by N.H. Business Review in 2006,  was awarded the Philip Holman Gender Equality Award in 2006, and was a recipient of the Jon Meyer Civil Rights Award in 2002  and  Marilla Ricker woman lawyer of the year award in 2002. She is a past New Hampshire School Administrators Champion for Children award recipient, and was the first women officer of the New Hampshire Bar Association when she became its treasurer in 1988.  Linda currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Rivier College and as a member of Rivier College’s Institutional Research Review Board.  She is also a member of the New Hampshire Nonpublic School Advisory Council. She previously served as a Commissioner for the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women where she was chair of its Gender Equity in Education Task Force, and on the Safety Review Board of Bishop Guertin High School where she was also chairperson.  In 2008, she was selected as the firm’s Client Service Employee of the Year.   Linda earned her Juris Doctorate in 1984 from Boston University School of Law.   Linda can be reached at (603) 628-1267 or at

Rivier CollegeBS 1981Boston University School of LawJ.D. 1984
NAISISANNENH Nonpublic School Advisory CouncilSHRM

Office Location

City Hall Plaza
900 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
United States

Practice Areas

Education Law (Labor and Employment, Litigation, Private Schools)
Employment Law - Management

Other Information

Gender: Female