Charles B. Doleac

Charles B. Doleac

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Reflecting our commitment to the community, Charles Doleac, one of the senior partners in the firm, was awarded the Government of Japan’s Imperial Decoration, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, 2011.  He was also named the 2005 Citizen of the Year by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and received the Japanese Foreign Minister's Citation in 2005 for outstanding contributions to furthering mutual understanding between Japan and the United States and the promotion of friendship between Japan and other foreign countries.


Areas of Practice

  • Business Formation and Governance
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Litigation
  • Non-Profit Formation and Governance
  • Professional Ethics
  • Probate and Estate Planning
  • Superior Court Appointed Mediator
  • International Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • New Hampshire, 1972
  • Massachusetts, 1972
  • Maine, 1973


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1971
  • University of New Hampshire
    • B.A. cum laude - 1968
  • National College of Advocacy
  • Antrim High School, Antrim, New Hampshire - 1964
  • St. Mary’s International School, Tokyo, Japan - 1961

Published Works

  • Articles, New Hampshire Bar Journal and New Hampshire Trial Bar News
  • Seminars on Legal Ethics and Professionalism for All Sectors of the Justice System
  • Seminars on Public Service Ethics for Local, State and National Public Officers and Officials
  • Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forums, Editor
  • The Portsmouth Peace Treaty, "An Uncommon Commitment to Peace 2005" (Co-Author)
  • Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail (Co-Author), 2005
  • Creator of website Portsmouth Peace Treaty of 1713 on Indian Treaty, 2010-present


  • Creator and Teacher, NH Local Government Center Course on Public Service Ethics, Concord, NH
  • Creator and Lecturer, Course on Police Ethics, Southwest Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas
  • Creator, Continuing Legal Education Special Seminars on Legal Ethics and Professionalism for Judges, Lawyers, Mediators, Clerks of Court and Justice System Officials
  • Creator and Lecturer, Special Seminars on Public Service Ethics for Municipal Officials, Firemen and Police
  • NH Humanities Council Lecturer, Teddy Roosevelt's 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for the Portsmouth Peace Treaty
  • Moderator of Seminars, Business Ethics, Executive Leadership and Eastern/Western Traditions Aspen, CO and Wye, MD, Aspen Institute
  • Creator and Teacher of Continuing Legal Education Seminars on Ethics for Lawyers, Mediators, Judges and Court Personnel
  • Creator & teacher of Ethics course at the Annual National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks, 1999-2000 and co-developed Asian seminar, Aspen Institute, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded the Government of Japan’s Imperial Decoration, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, 2011
  • Official guest of the Foreign Ministry of Japan, Tokyo, 1998
  • Recipient, National Endowment for Humanities Professional Fellowship to Study Role of Lawyers in American Society
  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Portsmouth Volunteer Citizen of the Year, 1991
  • Japan Society of Boston John E. Thayer III Award for Exemplary Work of Creating and Moderating Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forums that Provide Understanding, Awareness and Friendship between Japan and the United States, 2004
  • Portsmouth Citizen of the Year for Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee Co-Chairmanship, 2005
  • Foreign Minister of Japan's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Further Mutual Understanding between Japan and The United States of America and the Promotion of Friendship between Japan and Foreign Countries, 2005
  • Moderator, 100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Award of President Theodore Roosevelt's 1906 Nobel Peace Prize, December 10, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Daniel Webster Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Co-Founder and Master, 1993
  • Charles C. Doe Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Co-Founder and Master, 1994
  • China-US Joint Session on Trade Investments and Economic Law in Beijing, 1987
  • Chinese Ministry of Justice for its First American Legal Delegation to Tour of the Chinese Legal System, Guest, 1982
  • New Hampshire Superior Court, Mediator
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Maine Bar Association
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Ethics Committee
  • Code of Professional Responsibilities Revision Committee
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Chair, Citizen's Rights Committee
  • Aging Community Oriented Service Network for University of New Hampshire, Organized Senior Citizens Groups, New Hampshire including the Community Council of Senior Citizens in Portsmouth, Director, 1972
  • Portsmouth Building Board of Appeals, Chairman, 1976 - 1977
  • Portsmouth Community Development Program, Member, 1976 - 1977
  • Seacoast United Way, President, 1976
  • Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Trustee, 1980 - 1984
  • Strawbery Banke Museum, Trustee and President, Board of Trustees, 1984 - 1990
  • Japan America Society of New Hampshire, Founder and President, 1988 - Present
  • Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forums, Founder and Moderator, 1994 - Present
  • Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee, Founder and Co-Chair, 2004 - Present
  • Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Project Grant on the Portsmouth Peace Treaty, Project Originator, Leader and Contributor, 2004 - 2005
  • Portsmouth Peace Treaty Legacy Project, Founder, 2006 - Present
  • Great Bay Masters, Non-profit Masters Swim Team, Incorporator and Director, 2005 - Present
  • The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Incorporator
  • Portsmouth Athenaeum, Proprietor
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Seacoast United Way, Director
  • New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Hampshire Council on World Affairs, 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Senator Thomas McIntyre of New Hampshire, United States Senate Intern, 1970
  • Justice Grimes, New Hampshire Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1972 - 1973
  • Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, Partner, 1973 - Present
  • New Hampshire Superior Court, Mediator
  • Academy of American and International Law of the Institute for International Comparative Law, Center of American International Law, Dallas, Texas, Ethics Faculty Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Founder and Editor, Website
  • Founder, Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail, 2005
  • TV and Radio Commentator on Legal Ethics and Professionalism - Public Radio and Public TV
  • TV and Radio Commentator on Public Service Ethics - Public Radio and Public TV
  • TV and Radio Commentator on Portsmouth Peace Treaty - Public Radio and Public TV
  • AV LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Top-Listed in Best Lawyers The World's Premier Guide