Brenda E. Keith
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. At Boutin Law PLLC, Ms. Keith continues 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 served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Pinkerton Academy from 2001 – 2021 and upon her retirement from the Board was selected to receive Emeritus status. She has served as a volunteer board member for the Miss America Organization for 35 years, including stints as Board President at the local and state level, and for more than two years at the national level. She currently serves as President of the state organization.
State of New Hampshire
United States District Court, District of New Hampshire
Juris Doctor, Boston University School of Law
Bachelor of Science, Franklin Pierce College (Business Administration),
Magna cum laude
Gerald Handley v. Town of Hooksett, 147 N.H. 184 (2001), 785 A.2d 399
Citizens of East Derry Fire Precinct v. Town of Derry, 148 N.H. 510, 810 A.2d 45 (2002)
HippoPress, LLC v. SMG (A Pennsylvania Partnership), 150 N.H. 304, 837 A.2d 347 (N.H., Dec. 8, 2003) (NO. 2002-786)
No. Country Environmental Services, Inc. v. Town of Bethlehem, 150 N.H. 606, 843 A.2d 949 (N.H. 2004)
Weare Land Use Association v. Town of Weare, 153 N.H. 510, 899 A.2d 255 (N.H., May 2006)
In Re Town of Bethlehem, 154 N.H. 314 (2006), 911 A.2d 1
Professional Associations and Memberships
New Hampshire Bar Association
– Environmental Law Section
– Municipal Law Section
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
Founding President, Miss Derry Scholarship Program, Inc. 1986-2000
Miss America Organization, Board of Trustees, Member & Vice-Chair, September 2018 to December 2020
Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, Inc. President, Board of Directors, 2000-2018, and 2021-present.
Pinkerton Academy, Board of Trustees, Member, 2001-2021