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McDowell, Joseph F. III Esq.
Joseph F. McDowell, III

Joseph F. McDowell, III

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Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims

Biography

Joe McDowell is a third generation Manchester, NH native who has been practicing law in his home town since 1971.

Since 1978, he has dedicated his legal career to the representation of individual plaintiffs in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice, workers compensation, uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist claims.

Joe graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in 1964, Providence College in 1968, and Suffolk University Law School in 1971, cum laude.

At Suffolk University Law School, Joe was an editor on the Suffolk University Law Review (1970-1971.)  Author:  “Right to Trial by Jury,” Suffolk University Law Review (1970); “Capital Punishment,” Suffolk University Law Review (1971).  Joe is currently a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Character & Fitness.

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Bishop Bradley High School
    • Providence College

      Bar Admission

      • New Hampshire, 1971
      • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 1971
      • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1973
      • United States Supreme Court, 1976
      • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1987
      • Massachusetts, 1999
      • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2001

      Representative Cases

      • Luc v. Wyndham Management Corp., 496 F.3d 85 (1st Cir. 2007)
      • Rakes v. U.S., 442 F.3d 7 (1st Cir. 2006)
      • Connelly v. Hyundai Motor Co., F.3d 535 (1st Cir. 2003)
      • McLaughlin v. Fisher Engineering, 150 N.H. 195 (2003)
      • In re: A. H. Robins, Inc., 880 F.2d 694 (4th Cir.) cert denied, 493 U.S. 959 (1989)(Dalkon Shield Bankruptcy)
      • In re: A. H. Robins, Inc., 880 F.2d 709 (4th Cir.) cert denied, 493 U.S. 959 (1989)
      • In re: A. H. Robins, Inc., Oberg v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., 828 F.2d 1023 (4th Cir.) cert denied, 108 S. Ct. 1246 (1988)
      • Gagnon v. G. D. Searle & Co., 889 F.2d 340 (1st Cir. 1989)
      • Gorman v. National Grange Mutual Insurance Co., 144 N.H. 157 (1999)
      • Mason v. Smith, 672 A.2d 705 140 NH 696 (S. Ct. 1996) 38 A.2d 1276
      • Lorette v. Peter-Sam Inv. Properties, 665 A.2d 341 140 N.H. 208 (S. Ct. 1995)
      • In re: Petition of Jean, 653 A.2d 1089, 139 N.H. 333 (S. Ct. 1995)
      • Ferren v. Delco Battery, 628 A.2d 265, 137 N.H. 423 (S. Ct. 1993)
      • Raudonis v. Insurance Co. of N. Am., 623 A.2d 746, 137 N.H. 57 (S. Ct. 1993)
      • Fitz v. Coutinho, 622 A.2d 1220, 136 N.H. 721 (S.Ct. 1993)
      • Marston v. U.S. Fid & Guar. Co., 609 A.2d 745, 135 N.H. 706 (S. Ct. 1992)
      • Coltey v. New Eng. Tel. & Tel. Co., 600 A.2d 940, 135 N.H. 223 (S. Ct. 1991)
      • In re: Petition of L’Heureux, 567 A.2d 186, 132 N.H. 498, (S. Ct. 1988)
      • Thone v Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., 549 A.2d 778, 130 N.H. 702 (S. Ct. 1988)
      • Amica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Zinck, 540 A.2d 1227, 130 N.H. 357 (S.Ct. 1988)
      • Thone v. Cairo, 536 A.2d 182, 130 N.H. 157 (S. Ct. 1987)
      • Mailloux v. Dickey, 523 A.2d 66, 129 N.H. (S.Ct. 1986)
      • Pskowski v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 522 A.2d 987, 128 N.H. 781 (S. Ct. 1986)
      • Sciaudone v. Steuk, 512 A.2d 1108, 128 N.H. 261 (S.Ct. 1986)
      • Autobody Specialists, Inc. v. Vallee, 500 A.2d 372, 127 N.H. 382 (S.Ct. 1985)
      • Wright v. Clark Equip. Co., 480 A.2d 146, 125 N.H. 299 (S. Ct. 1984)
      • Antoniou v. Kenick, 474 A.2d 566, 124 N.H. 606 (S.Ct. 1984)
      • New Hampshire Ins. Co. v. Bisson, 449 A.2d 1226, 122 N.H. 747 (S.Ct. 1982)
      • Burley v. Kenneth Hudson, Inc., 448 A.2d 375, 122 N.H. 560 (S. Ct. 1982)
      • Shake v. Shaka, 424 A.2d 802, 120 N.H. 780 (S. Ct. 1980)
      • Connolly v. Galvin, 412 A.2d 428, 120 N.H. 219 (S. Ct. 1980)
      • Manchester Airport Auth. v. Romano, 412 A.2d 1020, 120 N.H. 166 (S. Ct. 1980)
      • State v. Provencher, 407 A.2d 369, 119 N.H. 756 (S. Ct. 1979)
      • Auclair v. Allstate Ins. Co., 392 A.2d 1197, 118 N.H. 626 (S. Ct. 1978)
      • Manchester Hous. Auth. v. Zyla, 385 A.2d 225, 118 N.H. 268 (S. Ct. 1978)
      • Healey v. Healey, 376 A.2d 140, 117 N.H. 618 (S. Ct. 1977)
      • Russell v. Hixon, 369 A.2d 192, 117 N.H. 35 (S. Ct. 1977)
      • Soule v. Stuyvesant Ins. Co., 364 A.2d 883, 116 N.H. 595 (S. Ct. 1976)
      • State v. Handfield, 348 A.2d 352, 115 N.H. 628 (S. Ct. 1975)
      • Desrochers v. Desrochers, 347 A.2d 150, 115 N.H. 591 (S. Ct. 1975)
      • Bothwick v. LaBelle, 339 A.2d 29, 115 N.H. 279 (S. Ct. 1975)
      • Manchester Hous. Auth. v. Arms Textile Mfg. Co., 320 A.2d 640, 114 N.H. 346 (S. Ct. 1974)
      • Bartage, Inc. v. Manchester Hous. Auth., 318 A.2d 152, 114 N.H. 203 (S. Ct. 1974)
      • Piecuch v. City of Manchester, 314 A.2d 642, 114 N.H. 8 (S. Ct. 1974)

      Honors

      • American College of Trial Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Best Lawyers in America

      Professional Associations

      • New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, Member
      • New Hampshire Bar Association , Member: Professional Conduct Committee, 1997 to 2000
      • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member: Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1978 to 1981
      • New Hampshire Bar Association, Chairman: Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1978 to 1980
      • New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Character & Fitness , Member, 2007 to 2017
      • New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Character & Fitness , Chair, 2017 to Present
      • Massachusetts Bar Association , Member, 1999 to Present
      • American College of Trial Lawyers , Member, 1992 to Present
      • Co-National Lead Counsel for Objectors in the Dalkon Shield Bankruptcy