Scott W. Ellison

Clients rely on Scott’s advice and experience for business, commercial and corporate law matters, and merger and acquisitions activity. Typical clients include small and medium sized privately held companies. He strives to understand the details of his clients’ business operations, so he can produce legal solutions that are practical and aligned with the clients’ concerns. The respected legal directory Chambers USA quotes clients who have said about Scott that he “is always prompt in his responses and creative in his solutions.” He strives to provide his clients with “win-win” solutions to help them achieve their business goals in a practical and cost-efficient manner. He takes a practical approach, and does not let legal principles eclipse the client’s business realties.

Almost every business strategy and transaction has tax implications. Scott also advises clients on such implications to help them make the best decisions for their business. Scott’s expertise in the tax area was gained by obtaining a Masters of Law degree in taxation.

Scott’s background in international commercial transactions and exporting allows him to help clients with their international business matters. Prior to law school, he served in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In the ITA, Scott worked with American companies to resolve obstacles they were encountering with export transactions. As a lawyer, Scott is able to combine his legal training and experience with this trade knowledge for the client’s benefit.

Scott serves on numerous boards of local nonprofits and charities, giving back to his community.

Honors and Distinctions:

Recipient of New Hampshire Business and Industry Association “Above and Beyond” award in May, 2008 for “contributions to help New Hampshire’s business community”

Recommended in Chambers USA™ for Corporate Law attorneys

Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (2015 and 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Manchester); Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Copyright Law; Tax Law; and Trademark Law.

Named as one of New Hampshire’s Top Attorneys in Corporate Law by New Hampshire Magazine’s Top Attorneys in New Hampshire

Selected by Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and The Union Leader newspaper as one of New Hampshire’s 40 Under Forty, a group of 40 men and women who were recognized for their “contribution of time and energy to the community.”

Named as of New Hampshire’s Legal Leaders: the Next Generation by New Hampshire Editions Magazine


University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. (Cum Laude), 1994

Boston University School of Law, Masters of Law in Taxation (Valedictorian), 2000

Dartmouth College, B.A., 1989


“Noncompetition Covenants in the Brave New World of Social Media”, NH Bar News, December 16, 2011

“The Devil is in the Details (Leasing is more than Just How Much Rent You Pay)”, Business NH, October 2011

“Getting Back to Business Basics”, NH Business Review, July 29-August 11, 2011

“Managing the Risks of Using Independent Contractors”, Dateline: NH, June 2011

“Preparing for the Death of a Business Owner”, NH Business Review, April 23-May 6, 2010

“Dealer Plates, Dictionaries, and Domiciles”, Dateline: NH (publication of the NH Automobile Dealers Association), April 2010

Practice Areas Matters

Represented the acquirers of Environmental Resource Return Corp., the ninth largest processor of construction and demolition waste in the United States, in the merger and in the related commercial and venture capital mezzanine financing, and later represented them in connection with the sale of such entity

Sale of small, closely held software company with outside passive investors in a stock deal to publicly traded software company for $7,000,000

Regularly represent purchasers and sellers of automobile dealerships and related franchises, including practice in front of NH Motor Vehicle Industry Board for subsequent manufacturer disputes

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