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Dan’s practice is focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on construction matters. He advises owners, contractors, and developers in various phases of the construction process, including negotiation and arbitration of contract disputes and contract development. Dan has successfully litigated cases for construction and commercial clients in state and federal court, as well as before numerous administrative agencies. Dan also regularly handles litigation cases involving real estate and land use matters.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2011-Present)
    • Associate (2005-2010)
  • McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A.
    • Litigation Associate (2001-2005)
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
    • Judicial Intern (Summer 2000)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2020-2021) Recognized for Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Litigation—Construction
    • Lawyer of the Year 2021 (Litigation-Construction)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, New England (2010-2013)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire, Inc., Member, Environmental Committee
  • Hesser College, Paralegal Advisory Board
  • Sure Shot Scholarships, Inc., Board of Directors

Bar Memberships

  • New Hampshire, 2001
  • United States District Court, District of New Hampshire, 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • HalfMoon Education Inc.: Law Defects and Failures, Manchester, NH, September 7, 2012
  • Half Moon Seminars, New Hampshire Construction Law, November 2011
  • Local Government Center Annual Conference: Shedding Light on Performance Bonds and Other Types of Security, November 2010
  • Hinckley Allen: The New Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act: How New Hampshire Contractors Will be Affected, and, An Update on New Hampshire Legislation Impacting New Hampshire’s Construction Industry, Client seminar series in Concord office, October 2010
  • Hinckley Allen: Protecting Your Company and Preparing for Change in Challenging Economic Times (Part II), Client seminar series in Concord office, October 2009
  • Hinckley Allen: Protecting Your Company and Preparing for Change in Challenging Economic Times (Part I), Client seminar series in Concord office, June 2009
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT: Project Documentation from Bid to Closeout, Randolph, VT, May 2009
  • Half Moon Seminars: Construction Law for Architects, Engineers and Contractors, Manchester, NH, September 2008
  • Hinckley Allen: AIA v. ConsensusDOCS: Let the Battle Begin, Client Seminars in Concord office, April 2008

News & Insight


Doing Business North of the Border

June 1, 2011

The economy’s impact on the construction industry has caused companies to evaluate if geographic expansion is an option to offset a slow building environment. When making such an evaluation, one must first decide how significant the geographic expansion …


Bid, Performance and Payment Bonds

February 1, 2011

We have all heard the stories regarding construction projects that have run well over budget, did not finish on time and caused municipalities great grief, anxiety and expense. Now more than ever, municipalities are on tight budgets with their resources st…


Doing Business North of the Border

May 1, 2010
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Firm News

59 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2021

August 20, 2020

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 59 attorneys in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including 12 “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® has also recognized 10 Hinckley Allen attorneys in their inau…

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56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compi…

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Deschenes, Lewis, Mealey Named Partners

January 26, 2011

Boston, MA – Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce that three new partners have been appointed; Daniel M. Deschenes, Christina L. Lewis and Andrea J. Mealey.Daniel M. Deschenes has been named Partner in the Firm’s Construction & P…

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Case Study

Hinckley Allen helps Law Warehouses Inc. reach $2.5 million settlement

Hinckley Allen attorneys Christopher H.M. Carter and Daniel M. Deschenes represented Law Warehouses, Inc. (LWI) in a lawsuit against the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission (NHSLC), which agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement to LWI. This settlement is…


Past Event

Understanding Complex AIA Contract Provisions

October 31, 2014

This seminar is designed to help you better understand the complexities of AIA contract provisions. Learn how to avoid pitfalls such as delays, cost issues, payment disputes and more.

Past Event

HalfMoon Education Inc. - Law of Construction Defects and Failures

September 7, 2012

failures.defects and failures.negligence. You'll discuss strategies for reducing defects and failures. You'll learn to identify risk and discuss developing a risk management plan.

Past Event

HalfMoon Seminars - New Hampshire Construction Law

November 16, 2011

Ron Ciotti along with Dan Deschenes will discuss: working in traditional and alternative project delivery systems, entering into construction contracts and subcontracts, resolving disputes, and understanding bonding and insurance issues in construction.The…

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