Adele M. Fulton is a leading municipal attorney in New Hampshire with substantial experience advising municipalities and village districts on ordinances, town meetings, board meetings, taxes, real estate, airports, contracts, land use, eminent domain, and investigations of potential misuse of town funds. Adele routinely represents municipalities before administrative tribunals and courts on a wide variety of matters. Adele practiced municipal law in New Hampshire for 25 years with the preeminent municipal law firm of Gardner Fulton & Waugh PLLC headquartered in Lebanon, NH which merged with Drummond Woodsum in 2019.
Adele has particular expertise in handling property tax issues and has represented municipalities in hundreds of property tax disputes involving commercial properties, including complex special purpose properties such as hospitality facilities, car dealerships, gas stations/convenience stores, biopharmaceutical facilities, airport properties, a sports arena, and a sawmill, as well as many industrial facilities and income-producing properties. Adele also regularly advises municipalities about organizations seeking tax exemptions, in addition to defending local decisions to tax real estate in court.
Adele has given seminars on tax and land use topics to municipal officials and attorneys, lectured at Vermont Law School and testified before legislative committees in Concord, New Hampshire regarding pending legislation on behalf of municipal clients.
An avid traveler and history buff, Adele enjoys any excuse to learn history or explore places unknown, back roads or towns off the beaten paths. She is a former violinist (who hopes to regain that skill), enjoys music and attending shows or concerts, in addition to reading biographies, history and mystery or spy thrillers. Committed to public service, Adele has served as a member of various local boards, including a local planning board, a committee that reviewed and developed new standards for real property assessing functions, and a committee working on the revitalization of a downtown area.
Westmont College, B.A., 1979
Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993