Attorneys Sean M. Gorman

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of counsel | Hanover, NH

Sean joined the Firm in 2002, after 18 years in the General Counsel’s Office at Dartmouth College. Early in his career he worked as an associate at Foley Hoag in Boston. Sean formally retired at the beginning of 2019 but remains Of Counsel, and handles specific client matters from time to time.

Sean’s practice focuses on providing core legal services to for-profit and non-profit clients in New Hampshire and Vermont. His areas of expertise include real estate development – including land use permitting, financing, and conveyancing, employment, education, and business transactions. He works extensively with college and university clients in areas such as employment, intellectual property, student discipline, faculty promotion and tenure, Title IX, and technology transfer. He has worked with numerous clients in internal investigations of sensitive matters.

Key Cases

  • Successfully represented developer in permitting and development of large, multi-phase mixed use office/residential/commercial park, including financing, and planning, zoning, and environmental permits.
  • Designed structure and drafted organizational documents for business incubator; developed lease template for incubator tenants; worked with construction manager in 2-phase development of incubator building.
  • Worked with client in development and leasing of multiple broadcast towers, including local land use compliance and lease negotiations with cell phone providers.
  • Successfully opposed efforts to site competing cell phone towers in two municipalities.
  • Represented client in acquisition, financing, and permitting of site for large-scale recreational development.
  • Successfully defended court challenges to college disciplinary proceedings.
  • Frequently represents employers in the negotiated resolution of employment disputes and severance agreements.
  • Worked with non-profit developer and distributor of innovative medical school courseware


  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont

Civic Involvement

  • Crossroads Academy, Trustee and President of the Board, a private day school in Lyme, NH
  • The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, board since 2002, Trustee and past secretary
  • Hypertherm HOPE Foundation, board member and Secretary


  • Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth College
  • Winner, Karl Llewellyn Moot Court Competition, University of Chicago Law School