James A. O'Shaughnessy


603.716.2895 Ext. 223
603.716.2899 Fax


1001 Elm Street, Suite 303
Manchester, NH 03101-1845

Assistant: Darnell Filleul


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Hamilton College, B.A.


  • New Hampshire


  • New Hampshire Bar Association Labor & Employment and Municipal Sections
  • New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • The Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys


  • New Hampshire Bar Journal Advisory Board
  • New Hampshire Bar Legislation Committee
  • Kimball Jenkins Estate, Paint the Town Committee
  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation & New Hampshire Bar Association, Civics in Action
  • Daniel Webster Scholar Selection Committee

Jim O'Shaughnessy focuses his practice on the representation of public school districts and school boards, and other educational institutions, including charter schools and child care centers, in all aspects of school law, including employment and labor law, and special education.

Jim’s practice involves all aspects school law, including board representation and governance, school district organization and finance, policy development and implementation, special education and student disabilities, and student discipline. Jim frequently advises schools boards and superintendents regarding New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law, crisis management and student and school safety, constitutional rights of students and school employees, and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. He conducts seminars and trainings on a variety of topics, including school district organization and board governance, effective teacher evaluations, staff misconduct investigations, employees’ and students’ rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments, collective bargaining, bullying and cyberbullying, and Section 504 and the IDEA.

Jim represents public employers at the bargaining table, in grievance arbitration proceedings and mediation, in state and federal court proceedings, and before administrative agencies, including the Public Employee Labor Relations Board and the Department of Education.

Jim was a presenter at the 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 Bradley F. Kidder Education Law Conference as well as the 2015 New Hampshire School Board's Association Training on the Board's Role in Personnel Actions, Hearings, and Decisions, and the 2012 New Hampshire School Administrators Association Collective Bargaining Retreat. Jim also serves as an instructor for the all day Current Legal Issues in Special Education workshop offered by the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. Jim authored the New Hampshire Bar Journal Article: Is Cyber-Bullying the Next “Columbine”: Can New Hampshire Schools Prevent Cyber-Bullying and Avoid Liability?

Jim graduated from Hamilton College and in the top ten percent of his class from the University of New Hampshire School Of Law. While in law school, he participated in the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, a rigorous two-year honors program.


  • Baer v. N.H. Dep't of Educ.
  • Avery v. N.H. Dep’t of Educ
  • Appeal of Michael Silverstein


  • Author, "Is Cyber-Bullying the Next "Columbine": Can New Hamsphire Schools Prevent Cyber-Bullying and Avoid Liability?" New Hampshire Bar Journal