Harold Owen Beede

Harold Owen Beede

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Practice Areas:

  • Civil Lawsuits
  • Appeals
  • Car Accident / Other Personal Injuries
  • Employment Law
  • Land Rights / Title & Boundary Disputes
  • Landlord/Tenant Matters
  • Divorce / Parenting Plans
  • Private / Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Child Support / Alimony
  • Trust & Will Contests / Probate Lawsuits


Harold "Hal" Beede grew up in Reading, Massachusetts, and has lived in southeastern New Hampshire since 1992. He has been solving legal problems and "righting wrongs" for his clients in various civil law matters through

  • effectively advocating clients' claims to their adversaries;
  • constructing and asserting well-supported settlement demands and negotiation;
  • engaging productive mediation to the client's advantage; and
  • diligently pressing civil lawsuits and skillfully conducting trials in the courts, as well as winning appeals,

in Massachusetts since 1992 and in New Hampshire since 1997.

Attorney Beede joined Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel, PC, in 2003. Prior to this he was principal of the Law Office of Harold Owen Beede PC and a partner in the law firm of Arcos & Beede LLP, each with offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Attorney Beede has litigated for individuals, small businesses and large corporate clients at all levels of state and federal trial and appellate courts, including obtaining favorable published decisions in the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

Attorney Beede provides solid legal advice and strong representation for clients in a wide range of civil matters. Just some of the types of civil cases in which he has brought success to clients include:

  • job / employment issues including prosecuting or defending against wrongful termination and discrimination claims, reasonable accommodation, unpaid overtime claims; interpreting and enforcing severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation covenants;
  • private and commercial contract disputes;
  • car accidents, slip-and-falls, and other personal injury cases;
  • landlord - tenant actions (evictions, violations claims, writing and interpreting leases, etc.);
  • divorce, alimony, and child support cases;
  • Trust and Will contests, and
  • real property / land issues including appeals of denials of permits and variances, zoning violations; as well as resolving title defects ("quiet title actions"), adverse possession, prescriptive easements, and right-of-way and property line / boundary disputes.


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award - Commercial Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Study Abroad - European Univ Inst - Italy - 1990
    • Major: International / European Communities [EC] Law
  • Salem State College, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 05/1981
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: 1981 Creative Writing Award
    • Honors: 1981 Phi Kappa Phi Honors Essay Award
    • Major: Written Communications
    • Minor: Sociology
  • Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Public Ed Cert - 05/1985

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1992
  • New Hampshire, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Classes & Seminars

  • Faculty Presenter: MCLE Depositions Workshop, Mass. Cont. Legal Ed., 2000 to Present
  • Faculty Chair: Legal Ethics - Candor vs. Confidentiality, Mass. Cont. Legal Ed. [MCLE], 2010

Published Works

  • "EEC Rules-Of-Origin Games-Can Non-Members Play?", Suffolk International Law Journal

Representative Cases

  • McDermot v. Nagle et al, 80 Mass.App.Ct. 1112 , 2011, Mass. Appeals Court
  • Carter v. Lachance, 146 N.H. 11; 766 A.2d 717, 2001, NH Supreme Court
  • Jackson v. Int'l Brotherhood of Teamsters, et al (represented Jackson), 933 F.Supp. 1124 , 1996, US Dist Ct Mass
  • Pearson v. John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., 979 F.2d 254, 1992, US First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Birmingham v. City of Peabody, 39 Mass.App.Ct. 1109, 1995, Mass. Appeals Court
  • McDermot v. Nagle, Belisle and Morris (Trial Verdict), 2009 WL 1580263, 2009, Mass. Land Court
  • McDermot v. Belisle and Morris (Summary Judgment), 2007 WL 1848686, 2007, Mass. Land Court
  • Foster v. Melendy, Inc. et al , Superior Court Jury Trial, 2006, Middlesex Superior Court, MICV2002-05024-L2
  • Hill v. YMCA et al, MCAD 09BEM03238, 2012, MCAD, MCAD 09BEM03238
  • Williams v. YMCA et al, MCAD 07-BEM-02027, 2007, MCAD, 07-BEM-02027
  • Smith v. NEMH, 1996, MCAD
  • Beyer v. YMCA, 1996, MCAD

Professional Associations

  • Hampstead (New Hampshire) Lions Club, President; "Lion of the Year" - 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Past Positions

  • Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office in Providence, RI, Intern
  • Hon. Ernest C. Torres, US District Court Judge for the District of Rhode Island, Intern
  • Law Office of Harold Owen Beede PC, Principal
  • Arcos & Beede LLP, Partner