Michael J. Ortlieb, Esquire
I began the practice of law in New Hampshire after having graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 2006. While in law school I received several academic awards, including the Distinguished Oral Advocate Award. While in school, I worked full-time as a paralegal for Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, one of New Hampshire’s oldest law firms.
After receiving my juris doctor, I worked as a contract attorney in Boston before joining John Anthony Simmons, PLLC in 2008. I became a partner in the firm in 2012.
The breadth of my legal experience has given me valuable insight into all aspects of client representation and efficient law firm operations.
I pride myself on speaking plainly with my clients, explaining the legal issues facing them in English, not legalese, so they can understand their choices and make informed decisions, including them in every step along the way. I provide my clients with an honest analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of their case, even when it is difficult for them to hear. I make myself available to my clients as much as possible.
I am persistent and fight zealously for my clients, particularly those who have been wronged by big business or chewed up by the system. As a litigator, I enjoy passionately advocating for my clients’ rights, whether to a judge, jury or administrative panel. While litigation is sometimes necessary, I also know when mediation or arbitration is the correct path to victory for my clients.
My core practice areas include civil litigation (including personal injury), family law (divorce, child support and alimony, custody and parental rights cases, adoption, guardianships), landlord-tenant, estate planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney), criminal record annulments (clears criminal record).
I am admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. I am a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Bar Associations. In 2013, I was chosen to participate in the New Hampshire Bar Leadership Academy, a select group chosen by the Bar to promote and encourage leadership and professionalism by identifying present and future leaders of the New Hampshire Bar. Prior to attending law school, I received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A in Behavioral Science, both with High Honors from Cedarville University in 1992, and was included in the 1992 Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.
I grew up outside of Milwaukee and have been a New Hampshire resident since 1993. I currently live in Dover with my wife, five children and Bernese Mountain Dog.