Benjamin F. Gayman
With more than 30 years of experience as a corporate attorney representing business, political, environmental, and charitable institutions throughout New England, I advise the boards and senior executives of organizations on issues of strategic planning, corporate governance, public policy, and crisis management. Clients value my advice because I am well informed about the marketplace and intuitive about changes that affect the environment in which they do business.

I am general counsel for large regional and New Hampshire businesses, family offices, major non-profit organizations, and am personal counsel to individuals. My practice is focused in the areas of business, non­profits, real estate, trusts, and estate planning. I also serve on boards of several charitable organizations.

Buyers and sellers in business acquisitions, financings, and commercial real estate transactions often seek my legal assistance. I have represented healthcare and educational institutions in multi-million dollar tax exempt financings, a nationally circulated children’s magazine in its sale to Viacom, a software company’s sale to a British investment group, and an educational publishing company in its sale to an investment company.

My spouse, Carol, and I live in Manchester, hometown for our four grown children. When not attending birthday parties of our children, their spouses, and our 11 grandchildren, we enjoy the great outdoors of New England using whatever sporting equipment is appropriate for the season.

Representative Matters

  • Represent Northeast regional wholesale distribution cooperative.
  • Counsel to numerous family business corporations in manufacturing, distribution and food industries.
  • Counsel to private family foundations in conservation and social service areas.
  • Counsel to several New Hampshire schools and colleges.
  • Represent hospital school in $30 million tax exempt financing.
  • Represented nationally circulated children’s magazine in sale to Viacom, Inc.
  • Counsel to software company specializing in expediting international shipping and sale to British investment group.
  • Represented educational publishing company in sale to publicly held investment company.
  • Frequent representation in business acquisitions, financings, and commercial real estate transactions, including buyers, sellers, and developers.

Community Involvement

  • Appalachian Mountain Club, National Board of Advisors, 2003-2018
  • Crotched Mountain Foundation, Director, Secretary & Past Chair
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Tillotson Fund Advisory Board, Chair
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center , Member, Partners in Health
  • New Hampshire Institute of Art, Board of Trustees
  • Hoffman-Haas Fellowship Program - cohort mentor, 2014
  • Girl Scout Movement, Lifetime Member
  • Harry Gregg Foundation, Trustee & Secretary
  • Manchester Boys & Girls Club, Trustee & Past President
  • Manchester Regional Community Foundation, Incorporator
  • Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Trustee & Chair (1993-2002)
  • Trust for New Hampshire Lands, Trustee & Vice Chair (1986-1993)
  • United Way of Greater Manchester, Campaign Cabinet Member & Solicitor
  • U.S. Army, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 1st Lt. Infantry (1968-1971)

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            Services & Industries

            Business Succession

            Business Taxation

            Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations

            Consumer Products & Manufacturing

            Corporate Law

            Mergers & Acquisitions

            Probate & Trust Administration

            Real Estate

            Real Estate Development

            Real Estate for Businesses

            Wholesale Distributors

            Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

            Bar Admissions

            New Hampshire

            New Hampshire Supreme Court

            United States District Court, District of New Hampshire

            United States Tax Court


            Boston University School of Law, LLM

            Georgetown University Law Center, JD

            Dickinson College, BA

            Awards & Affiliations

            New England Super Lawyers - Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney, 2007 - 2008, 2013 - 2014, 2017 - 2020

            Received the Best Lawyers® 2017 Nonprofit / Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year” award in Manchester

            Received the Best Lawyers® 2015 Nonprofit / Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year” award in Manchester

            Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Corporate Law since 2006, Non-Profit/Charities Law since 2015, and Real Estate Law since 2016

            Recognized by Best Lawyers® since 2003

            AV® “Preeminent” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

            Member, New Hampshire Bar Association

            Member, American Bar Association (Business Law Section)

            Life Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation

            Member, Manchester Bar Association

            Best Lawyers Award Badge