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Karyn P. Forbes

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A native of New Hampshire, Karyn conducts an active business and real estate development and litigation practice. She graduated from Rivier College in 1979 and received her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1983. She was admitted to the practice of law in 1983, and appears in both New Hampshire and Maine, state and federal courts.

Karyn currently works with expanding businesses, providing advice and counsel in forming commercial enterprises, addressing corporate governance and employment matters, and assisting with federal and state compliance issues. She supports proactive efforts, aiding businesses with succession planning and re-structuring closely-held businesses. She has represented clients in virtually all aspects of real estate transactions, including commercial lending, municipal board applications, litigation, lending regulation, mortgage banking and administrative regulation and adjudication.


  • Member of the Bar – New Hampshire
  • Member of the Bar – Maine
  • United States District Court for the State of New Hampshire
  • United States District Court for the State of Maine

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Presenter at Basic Zoning and Planning Seminar
  • Member of NH Municipal and Governmental Law Section
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Chairperson of the Barrington Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Member of the Rochester Opera House Board of Directors
  • Member of the New Hampshire Food Bank Advisory Committee
  • Former member of the Barrington School Foundation


  • B.A., Rivier College, 1979
  • J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law, 1983

Representative Cases

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Each case is different and case results referred to in this website are not intended to be, nor should they be understood as, a representation that equivalent results will be achieved in any given case.

Developer Sought to Purchase a 100-Plus Unit Development

A multi-state developer sought to purchase a 100-plus unit development but encountered numerous obstacles with the municipality, state and seller. Diligent work resulted in the award of necessary permits and finally, construction.

Complying with State and Federal Employment Laws

An expanding, multi-state human services agency needed assistance complying with state and federal employment laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act. Drafted non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements, revised employee handbooks, drafted personnel policies and procedures, and prepared employment contract to include sleep time provisions.

Mental Health Practitioner Received His License.

A qualified mental health practitioner was denied licensing by a state licensing board. Prepared in depth application, fully satisfying state board licensing requirements. Following hearing, mental health practitioner received his license.

Resolutions for Clients in Highly Regulated Industries

Several clients involved in highly regulated industries faced challenges posed by the New Hampshire Banking Department, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Legal and regulatory expertise combined with a thorough understanding of the technical, strategic and financial issues resulted in beneficial resolutions for clients.

Technology Ownership Dispute

A shareholder dispute involving ownership of sensitive source code. Our clients sought, obtained and enforced a protective order, after which experts analyzed and traced the development of the source The case was settled and ownership of the source code was maintained.

Client Accused of Occupational and Safety and Health Commission Violations

A manufacturing plant accused of eighty plus code violations before the federal Occupational and Safety and Health Commission. The case was resolved favorably.

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