Matthew H. Upton


Matthew H. Upton


Phone: 603.792.7413 Fax: 603.716.2899 Email:

670 N. Commercial Street, Suite 207 Manchester, NH 03101

Assistant: Darnell Filleul Email:


For nearly 30 years, Matthew Upton has served the legal needs of New Hampshire school districts and municipalities on a broad range of labor, employment, municipal and education law matters. Matthew enjoys helping his clients navigate complex legal issues, negotiating effectively with unions, and representing his clients before administrative bodies and state and federal courts.

Matthew’s considerable municipal law experience is a tremendous asset for his clients. Matthew has counseled communities on implementing large scale developments including a recent project involving the development of a 650,000 square foot outlet mall in southern New Hampshire, where he obtained significant financial considerations for his client. Matthew has also handled numerous zoning and planning matters with excellent results. In 1994, Matthew was appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court to serve as chair of the New Hampshire Board of Claims, a position he held for sixteen years. He also represents both the City of Manchester and the Manchester School District.

Matthew has been a driving force behind developing Drummond Woodsum’s best-in-class education law practice in New Hampshire. He was drawn to school law at the outset of his legal career, when he served as a law clerk for the New Hampshire Supreme Court where he was directly involved in two significant school law decisions. As an attorney, he was instrumental in successfully defending a school district in a “guns in the yearbook” case which drew national attention. In addition, Matthew has successfully handled establishment clause cases involving the interaction between religion and schools.

A sought-out leader in the industry, Matthew has presented at numerous conferences on topics like conducting investigations of employee misconduct, right to know law, and collective bargaining.

In his free time, Matthew is an avid fly fisherman and sporting clays competitor, and actively advocates to influence natural resource protection policy. Service to the community runs in Matthew’s family: his father, the late Richard F. Upton, was regarded by many as New Hampshire’s original school/municipal lawyer and as the “Father of the Presidential Primary,” and inspired Matthew’s passion for politics and community involvement.


Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D., 1989

Franklin Pierce College, B.S., magna cum laude, 1986

Judicial Clerkship

New Hampshire Supreme Court

Representative Clients & Matters

In re Matthew Kennedy


Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished


New Hampshire Bar Association

New Hampshire Bar Foundation

National Council of School Attorneys

New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys

New Hampshire Board of Claims
Chairman, 1994-2009

Past Presentations

From December 7, 2023 12:00 pm

Annual Legal Year in Review – Time to Look Back at What Has Changed, and Forward to What to Expect (New Hampshire)

From October 4, 2023 8:00 am

2023 Bradley F. Kidder Law Conference

From September 7, 2023 12:00 pm

Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace (New Hampshire)

From June 8, 2023 12:00 pm

Don’t “Just Say No”: How to Respond to Today’s Accommodation Requests (New Hampshire)

From March 9, 2023 12:00 pm

Getting Pay Right (New Hampshire)

From December 9, 2022 12:00 pm

Annual Legal Year in Review Time to Look Back At What Has Changed, And Forward At What to Expect (New Hampshire)

From October 12, 2022 9:00 am

2022 Bradley F. Kidder Law Conference

From September 8, 2022 12:00 pm

Unpacking Today’s Complicated Leave Issues (New Hampshire)

From June 17, 2022 12:00 pm

Employee Evaluations: Are they worth the hassle? (New Hampshire)

From March 10, 2022 12:00 pm

Dealing with Employee Misconduct/Performance During the Pandemic: What is Fair Now? (New Hampshire)

From December 9, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 HR Year in Review and a Look Ahead at 2021

From August 10, 2020 9:00 am

Nuts and Bolts of Processing Employee Requests Related to School Reopening Amidst COVID-19

From June 10, 2020 8:30 am

HR in the Time of COVID-19

From March 11, 2020 9:00 am

Assessing and Resolving Workplace Conflict and Allegations

From December 5, 2019 12:00 pm

Effective Employee Evaluations

From September 12, 2019 12:00 am

Update on New Employment Laws

From June 5, 2019 8:00 am

Hiring the Best Seamlessly and Without Incident: Attracting the Right Applicants, Interviewing, Onboarding, and I-9s

From March 20, 2019 8:00 am

Dealing with Reasonable Accommodation: What to do when an Employee Needs or Requests an Accommodation

From December 5, 2018 8:00 am

Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

From October 3, 2018 9:00 am

2018 Bradley F. Kidder Educational Law Conference

From September 12, 2018 12:00 pm

Workplace Investigations: Handling Employee Complaints

From June 6, 2018 8:00 am

Violence in the Workplace: Handling Threats, Identifying Risks, and Recommended Policies

From March 14, 2018 12:00 pm

Employer Rights when Employees Speak Out: How to Handle Employee Speech and Association Issues Inside and Outside the Workplace

From September 7, 2017 12:00 am

Three Laws Employers Frequently Violate Without Knowing It