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Martha Van Oot

Principal
Portsmouth

P 603-559-2735
F 603-559-2701
Martha.VanOot@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

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

USA Chambers 2018 - Martha Van Oot
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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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May 3, 2018
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Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2018

May 3, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 3, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 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

January 17, 2018
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Daniel Schwarz, Martha Van Oot, Erik Winton and Colin Thakkar Author "Three States May Restrict Use of Employment Noncompete Agreements"

January 17, 2018

Daniel Schwarz, Martha Van Oot, Erik Winton and Colin Thakkar author "Three States May Restrict Use of Employment Noncompete Agreements" published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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

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June 7, 2018

Vermont Adds Crime Victims to Its List of Protected Classes with New Law

June 7, 2018

The categories of individuals protected under Vermont’s anti-discrimination statute (21 V.S.A. §495) has been expanded to include crime victims. H.B. 711, signed by Governor Phil Scott on May 28, 2018, adds crime victims to the list of protected classes in the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act, making retaliation and... Read More

May 15, 2018

Vermont Bans Inquiries into Job Applicants’ Salary and Benefit History

May 15, 2018

Beginning July 1, 2018, employers in Vermont will be prohibited from requiring a prospective employee to disclose his or her salary and benefit history under legislation (H.B. 294) signed by Governor Phil Scott on May 11, 2018. The new law also bars employers from seeking an applicant’s salary history without his or her authorization... Read More

January 9, 2018

New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont May Restrict Use of Non-Compete Agreements in Employment

January 9, 2018

Proposals to restrict the use of non-compete agreements in employment have been introduced in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. This appears to be the continuation of a trend that started nearly a year ago. On January 23, 2017, the Massachusetts Legislature introduced six separate bills seeking to curb employers’ use of non-... Read More

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The Trend Continues: New Non-Compete Bills Introduced In Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont
January 10, 2018

In the final month of 2017 we discussed efforts by the Massachusetts and New Jersey legislatures to limit the use of employment non-compete agreements. By the start of 2018, the spike in activity had become a trend, with Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont introducing non-compete legislation of their own. Read More