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Mark S. Gearreald, Esq.
Town Attorney

Mark Gearreald has served as Hampton’s first in-house legal counsel since January of 2003. Attorney Gearreald has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar since 1978. He is admitted to practice in the State of New Hampshire, United States District Court of New Hampshire, First Circuit of Appeals and the United State Supreme Court. Attorney Gearreald has participated in 29 reported appellate cases in his 33 year career. The Legal Department is supported by a 20 hour per week secretary who assists the Town Attorney in administrative matters.


The Legal Department provides cost effective legal services to the Town through the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, Department Heads, Town Officials, Boards and Commissions in the form of legal advice, opinions and document and contract review. The Legal Department also advises Department Heads on a daily basis on legal questions that arise in their Departments, in a proactive effort to avoid litigation expenses for the Town through early intervention. The issues in which the in-house Legal Department is involved cover a broad range of areas of expertise and arise in an often fast-paced context.

While a lot of our work goes on behind the scenes, the litigation matters handled by the Legal Department serve as visible examples of what is being accomplished for the Town. The Legal Department handles most of the litigation matters that are brought by and against the Town. The Town itself initiates very few cases in court, and these cases are undertaken at the direction of the Board of Selectmen.