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Best Attorneys in Maine

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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in Maine, including both civil law and criminal defense law.

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide shortlist of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
 
Benjamin Gideon
Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Portland, ME
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Richard L Hartley
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Bangor, ME
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Thomas Douglas
Personal Injury Lawyer
Westbrook, ME
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Matthew Nichols
DUI / DWI Lawyer
Portland, ME
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Christopher R. Causey
Divorce and Personal Injury Lawyer
Sanford, ME
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George A Hess
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Auburn, ME
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Tina Heather Nadeau
Criminal Defense and Appellate Lawyer
Portland, ME
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Joseph Goodman
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Portland, ME
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Susan M. Schultz
Family Law and Child Custody / Visitation Lawyer
Portland, ME
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Elizabeth J Scheffee
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
Gorham, ME
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Benjamin Gideon
Personal Injury Lawyer
New Gloucester, ME
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Taylor Asen
Personal Injury Lawyer
Bangor, ME
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Maine Legal Resources

Maine Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

Maine State Bar Association - Incorporated in 1891 by the Maine Legislature, the Maine State Bar Association is the voluntary bar for Maine lawyers. The association has over 3,000 members and is guided by the three pillars of its mission: liberty, equality, and justice. The MSBA's goal is to provide outstanding services to enhance and enrich its members' experiences in the legal profession. This includes a focus on continuing legal education and pro bono legal services.
MTLA - Maine Trial Lawyers Association - The MTLA is a nonprofit professional association of attorneys who represent plaintiffs in personal injury and other civil cases throughout Maine. The organization provides networking opportunities and educational resources to its members including Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events. The Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) advocates for fair access to the civil justice system in Maine and the Constitutional right to a civil jury trial.
MACDL - Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) was established in 1992 to increase the fair administration of criminal justice and defense of individuals accused of criminal acts. The MACDL provides training to members and criminal defense attorneys in the Maine criminal justice system. Members must be Maine criminal defense attorneys actively engaged in the fair administration of criminal justice and the defense of individuals accused of criminal acts.
Legal Associations in Maine - Legal organizations in Maine create a vibrant network for legal professionals to connect, learn, and grow. Covering diverse practice areas, these associations offer valuable resources, networking events, and educational opportunities. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, they contribute significantly to the development of legal expertise, professional relationships, and the overall advancement of the legal field in Maine.


Law Schools in Maine

University of Maine School of Law - Maine Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Portland, Maine. Founded in 1961, University of Maine School of Law is a Public school with approximately 253 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.

Maine Government and Court Resources

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services - The Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services (MCILS) is responsible for ensuring legal representation for individuals who cannot afford their own attorneys. It was established to offer defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges. MCILS assigns counsel, sets quality standards, and collaborates with attorneys to ensure fair access to justice. By promoting competent representation, MCILS plays a key role in safeguarding the rights of indigent individuals.

Maine Department of Labor

Maine Department of Labor - The Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) manages a variety of responsibilities aimed at supporting the state's workforce, enforcing labor laws, and ensuring workplace safety. Its primary duties include administering unemployment insurance benefits, enforcing wage and hour laws, providing workforce development programs, and conducting workplace safety inspections. MDOL administers unemployment benefits, offering financial assistance to eligible individuals during periods of joblessness. The department also enforces labor laws related to minimum wage, overtime, and fair employment practices to safeguard workers' rights.

Maine Judicial Branch

Maine Judicial Branch - The Maine Judicial Branch is charged with the vital responsibility of administering justice in the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. Maine's judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal issues unique to the state, including matters related to its coastal communities and natural resources.

Maine Office of Child and Family Services

Maine Office of Child and Family Services - The Maine Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) is responsible for overseeing and safeguarding the welfare of children and families across the state. OCFS manages various child welfare programs, including child protective services, foster care, and adoption services, striving to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in need of care. The office conducts investigations into reports of child abuse or neglect, provides supportive services to families, and facilitates placements for children in safe and nurturing environments when necessary.

Maine State Legislature

Maine State Legislature - The Maine State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Maine Senate and the Maine House of Representatives. The Senate has 35 members serving two-year terms, while the House comprises 151 members also serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and environmental regulations.

Maine Supreme Court

Maine Supreme Court - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court acts as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Maine. Additionally, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

Office of the Maine Attorney General

Office of the Maine Attorney General - The Office of the Maine Attorney General, headed by the Attorney General, who is appointed by the Governor, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. The office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Maine in legal matters, both civil and criminal. The Attorney General's duties encompass prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and overseeing the enforcement of laws. Additionally, the office addresses a range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

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