It is most satisfying for me to assist companies and individuals in working through what can be a cumbersome and challenging process of obtaining the myriad approvals that are needed in order to proceed with new development. I have a special affinity for and substantial experience in addressing environmental permitting needs for our clients. I learned the ropes in this field as a member of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office for 14 years. Then, during my eight years as Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services, including the last two as Acting Commissioner, I refined my understanding of environmental issues and learned in detail about the permitting process and those in charge of it. That prior experience, coupled with now 13 years of practice in two large New Hampshire firms, has provided a great foundation for my work in environmental permitting, defending DES enforcement actions, and siting energy facilities and other land use development. I take pride in my ability to find solutions to challenging permitting and other environmental issues for our clients.  


I am honored to represent businesses of all sizes, individuals, and municipalities. Current cases involve permitting assistance for the largest energy infrastructure project currently under development in New Hampshire, advising companies on hazardous waste enforcement matters brought by the Department of Environmental Services, and advice to municipalities on wastewater and water infrastructure issues. Various wetlands regulatory issues remain a regular part of my practice, either working on permitting on the front end or assisting clients resolve disputes with DES and/or neighbors on shorefront and wetlands disputes. I am also honored to assist clients in the legislative arena and on administrative rules development.

It has been a privilege to serve on various non-profit boards in the years since I left state service. I recently stepped down as chair of the Board of Trustees for both Leadership New Hampshire and the NH Lakes Association. I have since joined the boards of NH Legal Assistance and the NH Legal Advice & Referral Center. I remain active with the NH Business & Industry Association and the NH Association of General Contractors, serving on both of those entities’ environmental committees, as well as the New Hampshire Bar Association Environmental Section.

Speaking Engagements

  • "New Developments in Water Law," NH Bar Association, 2014
  • "Adminitrative and Legislative Process and State Agency Adjudicative Hearings," NH Bar Association, April 9, 2014
  • "NH Water Laws and Regulations: Development of NH Water Laws," HalfMoon Education, Inc., March 6, 2013

Publications

  • "Environmental Enforcement: This Large Risk Still Lurks," NH Bar News, September 17, 2014
  • "Wetlands Mitigation: Changes on the Horizon," NH Bar News, September 20, 2013
  • "The Continuing Expansion of Stormwater Regulation," New Hampshire Business Review, September 10, 2010
  • "Ask the Expert - Statute of Limitations on Environmental Penalties," BIA Report, Summer 2009
  • "Environmental Performance: EPA and States Rely More and More On Measuring Environmental Results and Making Regulatory Innovation Work - Common Sense and Uncommon Initiative," New England's Environment Magazine, September/October, 2003 and January/February, 2004
  • "Fundamentals of Water Law in New Hampshire: Protecting Water Rights, Use and Quality," contributing author, National Business Institute, Inc., June, 2004 and June, 2005
  • "Water Rights, Allocation and Resource Management in Maine and New Hampshire," contributing author, Lorman Education Services, June, 2004
  • Law Lecture Series on "Water, Wetlands and the Role of Local Government," Co-author with former partner Mark Beliveau, New Hampshire Municipal Association, 2003

Community Involvement

  • NH Legal Assistance, Member, Board of Directors
  • NH Legal Advice and Referral Center, Member, Board of Directors
  • Leadership NH, Past Chair and member, Board of Trustees
  • 2004 graduate of Leadership NH
  • New Hampshire Lakes Association, Member and past Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Appointed by then-Attorney General Kelly Ayotte in 2007 to the Legislative Commission to Study the Consolidation and Centralization of State Legal Services
  • Governor's Save Our Shipyard Advisory Committee, Member, 2004
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer -- Gabon, Central Africa from 1974 to 1977
  • Concord Community Chorus, 2001 - 2013
  • NH Lawyers for Obama, 2008 and 2012 


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        Services & Industries

        Construction & Land Use Advocacy

        Energy & Regulated Industries

        Environmental

        Regulatory Compliance

        Regulatory Compliance for Businesses

        Tourism & Gaming

        Bar Admissions

        New Hampshire

        Education

        Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 1981

        Dartmouth College, AB in French Literature, magna cum laude1974

        Awards & Affiliations

        George Dana Bisbee Super Lawyers

        Dana Bisbee was selected to the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list.

        Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the fields of Environmental Law and Land Use and Zoning Law,

        Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the fields of Environmental Law and Land Use and Zoning Law,

        Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, 2005-2015

        Recognized as a New England Super Lawyer, Environmental Law, since 2010

        Recognized in Chambers USA, Environmental Law, 2010-2015

        Named "Top Attorney," Environmental Law by Business NH Magazine, 2010

        New Hampshire Magazine's list of NH's Top Lawyers for environmental law, since 2005

        2005 recipient of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association's "Above and Beyond" award

        Environmental Council of the States Founders Award in 2005 for work on environmental data management


        New Hampshire Bar Association, member and past chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section

        Environmental Council of the States Alumni Association

        NH Legal Assistance, Board of Directors

        Legal Advice and Referral Center, Board of Directors

        New Hampshire BIA, member and past vice- chair, Environmental Affairs Committee

        Associated General Contractors, Environmental Committee