Coleen Penacho devotes her practice to business litigation. She has handled cases in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. These include cases in employment matters including wage and pension claims, distribution agreements, lease agreements, non-competition agreements, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secrets, corporate governance, partnership disputes, regulatory matters including eminent domain and tax abatement proceedings, lender liability and contract actions. Coleen has experience in trial and appellate courts including motion hearings, and has helped clients negotiate favorable settlements in mediations. Coleen helps educate business owners and human resource professionals by publishing articles and giving presentations regarding matters affecting businesses including discrimination issues.


Boston College (J.D., magna cum laude)

University of Chicago (M.B.A.)

Yale University (B.S.)

Professional Affiliations:

Admitted to New Hampshire Bar

Admitted to United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire

Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

New Hampshire Bar Association – Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section

Board Member and Governance Committee Chair, Optima Bank & Trust

Practice Area Matters:

Successful defense of lender in lender liability action including breach of contract, fraud, and Truth In Lending Act (“TILA”) claims

Successful defense of employer in action involving pension claims including defense of appeal to New Hampshire Supreme Court

Successful representation of client company in trade secret misappropriation claim

Successful defense of lender in foreclosure action

Successful defense of appeal of tax abatement proceeding

Successful negotiation of settlement in partnership dispute