After successfully establishing her own law practice, Brenda E. Keith joined Attorney Edmund J. Boutin at Boutin & Associates in 2000. That firm became Boutin & Altieri, P.L.L.C. in 2006 and allowed Ms. Keith to continue to work closely with Attorney Boutin (now deceased) for over 18 years. In September 2018, Miss Keith left Boutin & Altieri, P.L.L.C. to form Boutin Law PLLC with Attorney Jonathan M. Boutin and Attorney Leigh S. Willey. At Boutin Law PLLC, Ms. Keith will continue to practice in the areas of municipal law, land use and zoning law, commercial litigation, estate planning and probate administration, and guardianship matters.

Miss Keith has extensive experience advising municipalities on a broad range of issues, including RSA 91-A, Right-To-Know requests and responses, tax assessment and collection, planning and zoning matters, employment issues, negotiating complex, high-value municipal contracts, including host community agreements for private solid waste facilities, drafting and adopting municipal ordinances and regulations, budgetary issues, real estate financing, acquisition and conveyancing, boundary and easement disputes, quiet title actions, and conservation easements. Miss Keith has appeared before the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the Waste Management Council on behalf of her municipal clients. She has served as litigation counsel for several New Hampshire towns and has appeared before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Miss Keith is also well-versed in New Hampshire’s home rule charter statutes. She has advised and drafted numerous revisions of and amendments to charters.

Miss Keith conducts an active estate planning practice. She counsels individuals on wealth transfer, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, business succession, and end-of-life planning, including guardianships. She also assists clients with administration of estates through New Hampshire Probate Courts.

Miss Keith is a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and has served on the boards of many community and professional organizations, including the Town of Derry Planning Board and the Derry Town Council. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Pinkerton Academy. After serving for many years as President of the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, she stepped down to accept a position as a member of the Board of the Miss America Organization.

Admissions:

State of New Hampshire
United States District Court, District of New Hampshire

Education

Juris Doctor, Boston University School of Law
Bachelor of Science, Franklin Pierce College (Business Administration),
Magna cum laude

Representative Matters

In Re Town of Bethlehem, 154 N.H. 314 (2006), 911 A.2d 1

HippoPress, LLC v. SMG (A Pennsylvania Partnership), 150 N.H. 304, 837 A.2d 347 (N.H., Dec. 8, 2003) (NO. 2002-786)

Weare Land Use Association v. Town of Weare, 153 N.H. 510, 899 A.2d 255 (N.H., May 2006)

Citizens of East Derry Fire Precinct v. Town of Derry, 148 N.H. 510, 810 A.2d 45 (2002)

No. Country Environmental Services, Inc. v. Town of Bethlehem, 150 N.H. 606, 843 A.2d 949 (N.H. 2004)

Gerald Handley v. Town of Hooksett, 147 N.H. 184 (2001), 785 A.2d 399

Professional Associations and Memberships

New Hampshire Bar Association
– Environmental Law Section
– Municipal Law Section

American Bar Association

Civic and Charitable Activities

Town of Derry Planning Board, Member, 1988-1991
Derry Town Council, Member 1988-1991/President 1990
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Member 1991-1992
Miss America Organization, Board of Trustees, Member, September 2018-Present
Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, President, Board of Directors, 2000-2018
Pinkerton Academy, Board of Trustees, Member, 2001-present

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