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Martha Van Oot


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Martha Van Oot is a Principal in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. A former prosecutor in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, she has extensive trial experience in state and federal court with an emphasis on employment and commercial litigation, including the defense of discrimination, wage and hour and wrongful termination claims, the enforcement of non-competition and trade secret agreements, and business tort litigation.

Ms. Van Oot has argued numerous cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She frequently serves as a panelist on employment, trial practice and ethics for continuing legal education programs, and as a mediator for the federal district court and the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights. She is a former adjunct professor at Vermont Law School and the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Honors and Recognitions

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Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow; Chair, State Committee (2004-2006)
  • American Law Institute
  • Federal District Court Mediation Panel Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation, Fellow; Former Vice-Chair and Member of Board of Directors
  • New Hampshire State Bar Association, Former President and Member of Board of Governors
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Professional Conduct Committee, Member
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Professional Conduct Screening Committee, Former Member; Former Chair
  • United States Courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Advisory Committee Member
  • Vermont State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Campaign for Legal Services Leadership Council
  • Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Former Chair and Board of Directors Member
  • Granite United Way, Former Vice-Chair and Board of Directors Member
  • New Hampshire Endowment for Health, Former Board of Directors Member
  • New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, Volunteer Mediator

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October 5, 2017
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Benchmark Names Jackson Lewis Principals Victoria Woodin Chavey and Martha Van Oot Among Top 250 Women in Litigation

October 5, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (October 5, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Principals Victoria Woodin Chavey and Martha Van Oot have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation’s 2017 Edition of Top 250 Women in Litigation. This publication is dedicated to honoring the achievements of... Read More

August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

May 26, 2017
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2017 Edition

May 26, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 26, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 68 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. The firm... Read More

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July 5, 2017

Reminder: Vermont ‘Ban the Box’

July 5, 2017

Vermont’s Ban the Box law became effective on July 1, 2017, more than a year after Governor Peter Shumlin signed H. 261. The law prohibits an employer from requesting “criminal history record information,” including arrests, convictions, or sentences, on the initial employment application form, unless the individual is applying for a... Read More

May 6, 2016

Vermont Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation; Connecticut Governor Expected to Sign Such Law

May 6, 2016

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has made the Green Mountain State the most recent state in the nation to implement statewide “ban the box” legislation. Connecticut may soon follow, once Governor Dannel Malloy signs legislation passed by the state legislature on May 4, 2016. The laws restrict employers in the states from... Read More

February 22, 2016

Vermont Governor to Sign Paid Sick Leave Bill

February 22, 2016

Vermont is close to becoming the fifth state, after Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon, to mandate that employers provide their employees sick leave benefits. Under H. 187, passed by the Vermont Legislature on February 17, 2016, employers must provide employees in the Green Mountain State at least 24 hours (or three... Read More