Michael Delaney (lawyer)

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Michael A. Delaney
Attorney General of New Hampshire
In office
August 24, 2009 – May 15, 2013
Governor John Lynch
Maggie Hassan
Preceded by Kelly Ayotte
Succeeded by Joseph Foster
Personal details
Born (1969-07-19) July 19, 1969 (age 48)
Danvers, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s) Caroline Delaney
Children 3
Residence Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.
Alma mater College of the Holy Cross
Georgetown University

Michael A. Delaney (born July 19, 1969)[1] is an American lawyer and former Attorney General of New Hampshire. Delaney was appointed to the office of Attorney General by Governor John H. Lynch in August 2009. He decided not to seek reappointment by Governor Maggie Hassan at the end of his term in 2013, instead taking a position at the McLane Law Firm.[2]

Early life[edit]

Delaney grew up as the youngest of five children in a Roman Catholic family in Danvers, Massachusetts. His father, Arthur Delaney, was a probation officer. He graduated from St John's Preparatory School in 1987.[3]

Delaney graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, receiving a bachelor's degree in political science in 1991, and Georgetown University, where he received a law degree in 1994.[4]


Delaney joined the law firm of Wiggin & Nourie in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1994 after graduating from law school; there, he specialized in business litigation.[3]

He joined the New Hampshire Attorney General's office in 1999, initially serving as an Assistant Attorney General. Delaney then served as the Homicide Unit chief in the office until 2004, when he became Deputy Attorney General. During this time, Delaney successfully prosecuted infamous murderers such as Gary Lee Sampson, Joseph Whittey, and Robert Tulloch and James Parker.[4]

Delaney served as Deputy Attorney General until 2006, when he left that post to become Governor Lynch's legal counsel. Lynch appointed Delaney New Hampshire Attorney General in 2009 after accepting the resignation of Kelly Ayotte. Delaney was sworn in on August 24, 2009, upon being unanimously confirmed by the Executive Council.[4]

As Attorney General, Delaney set combating financial crimes as one of his top three priorities, telling the Concord Monitor, "It's a time in the state where the state really needs to commit its resources to combating any financial exploitation and fraud, particularly in the housing and mortgage [industries] and in the refinance markets."[citation needed]

Under Delaney, the Attorney General's office and the state banking department collaborated to create a new, state attorney-run fraud protection unit within the state's Consumer Protection Bureau.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Delaney resides in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife, Caroline, and their three children.[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ Leubsdorf, Ben (May 17, 2013). "Ex-AG Mike Delaney takes job at new AG Joe Foster's old law firm". Concord Monitor. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Forman, Ethan (September 1, 2009). "Danvers native becomes N.H.'s top legal eagle". The Salem News. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Press Release: Gov. Lynch Swears In Michael Delaney as Attorney General Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine., governor.nh.gov; August 24, 2009; accessed April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Consumer Protection Bureau profile, concordmonitor.com; accessed April 19, 2015.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Kelly Ayotte
Attorney General of New Hampshire
August 24, 2009 – May 15, 2013
Succeeded by
Joseph Foster