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Martha Van Oot


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Martha Van Oot


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.

Marty 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

  • Benchmark Litigation (Recognized in Commercial Litigation and Top 250 Women in Litigation)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employment Law - Management," "Labor Law - Management" and "Litigation - Labor and Employment" (1995-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Lawyer of the Year: Civil Rights Law" (2017), "Lawyer of the Year: Labor Law - Management" (2021)
  • Chambers USA, “Labor & Employment” (2013-2021)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (1998-present)
  • New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, Marilla Ricker Award
  • New Hampshire Super Lawyers® (2007-present)
  • Thomson Reuters, “Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer – Independently Rated Lawyers”

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