ROCKPORT - Attorney Bill Maddox was recently elevated to be President of the Knox County Bar Association.  Bill primarily focuses on appellate work.  He has won cases at every state and federal court level from judge trials in Knox County District Court and jury trials in Knox County Superior Court, to the United States Supreme Court.  His victory at the United States Supreme Court concerned a question of federal criminal jury instructions.  His most recent victory at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court concerned a successful defense of a divorce matter where he had won primary residence of children for his client at the trial level.  Bill has traveled to over 44 countries on five continents.  He sat in on appellate cases in Edinburgh Scotland and Sydney Australia.  Bill has a Masters in History from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  His thesis on President Eisenhower's decision to not intervene in Vietnam at Dien Bien Phu in May 1954, was going to form the basis of the first chapter on presidential decision making by George Stephanopoulos and Todd Brewster.  Bill was a member of the Washing & Lee University Law Review, where he published an article on the legality of economic sanctions under principles of international law.  Writing is in his blood as he is a cousin of George Plimpton, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Edwin Ginn founder of Ginn & Co. Book publishers.  Bill's great-great-grand uncle was Otis Ingraham, who was Captain of the ship Pentagoet which was lost during the Gale of '98 while carrying toys for the children of Rockland, Maine from New York City.  Bill was a triple major at Colby College where he was manager of the Colby Hockey Team.  Bill grew up in Dover, Massachusetts and graduated from the Roxbury Latin School in Boston.

During Governor Baldacci's trade mission to France, Bill conducted a meeting with the curator of the Marmottan Museum in Paris.  Bill negotiated a lending of paintings from the Marmottan to Maine, but no Maine museum could afford the insurance.  Bill has lectured on his cousin General Adelbert Ames, as well as on French Impressionism and Magna Carta.  Bill continues to practice state and federal criminal law, divorce and personal injury law from his office overlooking Rockport Harbor.  If not practicing law or writing, Bill would like to have played left field for the Boston Red Sox or worked for the front office of the New England Patriots.

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CAMDEN - Camden attorney William H. ("Sandy") Welte has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Admiralty and Maritime Law.

Attorney Welte has been a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States since 1982 and currently serves on several of its standing committees.  He is an Associate Editor of American Maritime Cases, an official Court Reporter, and has practiced admiralty and maritime law throughout New England during his career.  Mr. Welte's practice includes a wide-range of marine matters including the Jones Act, vessel collisions, salvage, cargo claims, vessel construction contracts and vessel financing.  In addition to representing marine underwriters, vessel owners, banks, boatyards and individuals in both the State and Federal Courts, Mr. Welte has represented clients before international arbitration tribunals and has served on a number of marine arbitration panels himself as either arbitrator or panel chairman.  Attorney Welte has been retained to serve as an expert witness in maritime and admiralty law and has been a frequent speaker before both regional and national marine industry organizations.

For more than three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded - by both the profession and the public - as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

Selection to Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 4 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.  Because lawyers are not required or allowed to a fee to be included, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Their annual, advertisement-free publication has been described by The American Lawyer as "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

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VillageSoup, 11/27/13

PORTLAND - Three Camden women have earned the right to practice law in the state of Maine after passing the legal bar examination in October.

Katherine Dickey, Marina Sideris and Karinna Russo successfully passed the examination at the end of July and were sworn in by Maine Supreme Court Justice Joseph Jabar at the end of October.

"We were surprised to see these three local girls admitted to the bar on the same day," said David Dickey, father of Katherine Dickey.  "The best part of the story is that they are all going to stay and work in the area."

Each applicant for the examination was sponsored by an active member of the Maine bar.

Dickey was sponsored by Waldo County District Attorney Eric Walker, Sideris was sponsored by Joseph Steinberger, Esq. of Rockland and Russo was sponsored by her mother, Carolyn Russo, Esq. 

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LINCOLN COUNTY, July 2013 - Andrew "Andy" Zulieve is pleased to take over as the new president of the Lincoln County Bar Association.  He has over twenty years of experience in all non-patent areas of intellectual property and business law with a concentration in the areas of copyright, trademark, and trade secret.  He also handles real estate & construction law matters.  In May of 2011 he opened his own solo practice, ZulieveLaw in Waldoboro after many years of commuting to a firm in central Maine.

He has family ties to Maine but grew up in the Washington, D.C., area.  Each year his family would vacation in Maine during which time, he fell in love with the state and particularly its coast.  During his tenure in law school, Andy was a law clerk for Finnegan Henderson, one of the world's largest intellectual property firms headquartered in Washington, D.C.  After passing the Maine Bar and before moving to Maine some twenty years ago, he was a trademark examining attorney for the United States Trademark Office where he successfully argued appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  He lives in mid-coast Maine with his wife Holly and their two pugs, Briggs and Lily.  He enjoys presenting lectures and seminars, and has had articles published on various topics of copyright, trademark and trade secret matters.  Andy is a member of the Intellectual Property, Corporations and Real Estate divisions of the Maine Bar Association, and actively participates in local community business groups.  He received his B.A. degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Juris Doctorate from The Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C.

Moving his practice to Waldoboro has provided a number of very meaningful benefits, both personally and professionally.  The move has provided opportunities to become part of and contribute to his town, and to reunite and collaborate with his outstanding fellow attorneys in the area.  Andy is eager and dedicated to his position as president of the LCBA.  He is dedicated to "doing my best to uphold the dignified tradition of the Lincoln County Bar Association and the extremely high level of ethics, professionalism and client services of its members."

Andrew can be reached at ZulieveLaw by calling 207-790-2185.

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Mark comes to Elliott & MacLean after recently graduating from the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.  While at the University of Maine School of Law he participated in an externship with Connecticut General Assembly, Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, and the Maine Human Rights Commission.  During his last year of law school Mark interned with Elliott & MacLean, LLP, working under the guidance of Christopher MacLean, Esq., where he mainly assisted with the murder case of State v. Arnold Diana.  Prior to law school, Mark obtained his Bachelor of Science in Leadership & Organizational Studies from the University of Southern Maine.

Mark grew up in southern New England, and has lived in Maine for the last 20 years.  He has been involved in several civic organizations over the years, including Rotary, United Way, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and the American Cancer Society.

Mark is admitted to practice law in Maine, and concentrates his practice on criminal law, employment law, and human resource law.  He is a member of the Knox County Bar Association.

In his free time, Mark enjoys photography and spending time with his two sons.

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As social media continues to work its way into the marketing budgets of small businesses, professionals are finding that they can no longer ignore its ability to reach today's customers, interact with and expand their professional networks, and greatly enhance their marketing efforts.

Presenting to the Knox County Bar Association on Wednesday, March 20, Dream Local Digital's Shannon Kinney will introduce the group of attorneys to strategies and specific steps they can take to incorporate social media into their practice and show them how to use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to increase revenue and enhance their reputation online.  Her presentation will cover the following key topics, each tailored for this unique group:

Content Planning - What should they share online?  How often?

Expediting Reach - How do they reach new clients on social media and search engines?

Paid Advertising - How much of their marketing budget should be shifted to online marketing and search engines?

Professional Networking - How can they use social media and online marketing to enhance their professional reputation and build their network?

Client Services - How can they use social media and online marketing to help existing clients and reach out to potential clients?

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Andrew J. Zulieve of ZulieveLaw in Waldoboro will participate in the upcoming National Business Institute or NBI seminar, Title Workshop: From Examination to Commitment.

The event will be held Monday, April 1 at Doubletree Hotel in South Portland.  His lecture will address title searches and land surveys, and ethical considerations affecting attorneys in real estate transactions.  The NBI offers a series of specialized training courses and materials to lawyers and professions through live, online, telephonic and written media.

Zulieve has more than 20 years of experience in business, real estate, construction, contract negotiations, with special focus on intellectual property and e-commerce law.

During law school, he was a law clerk for the D.C. headquarters of Finnegan Henderson, one of the world's largest intellectual property firms.  During his tenure at the United States Trademark Office, he successfully argued cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Today, from his office ZulieveLaw in Midcoast Maine, Zulieve serves clients both nationally and internationally.

He actively participates in the real estate, intellectual property and corporate law divisions of the Maine Bar Association and various community business groups.  In addition, he regularly presents lectures and seminars, and publishes articles and columns on a variety of subjects focusing on current issues of copyright, trademark, trade secret and e-commerce law, and related best-business practices.  He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Miami University in Ohio and his juris doctorate degree from the Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C.

Fore more information, Zulieve can be reached at 790-2185 or by e-mail at ajzlaw@roadrunner.com.

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The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will be offering the course "The Legal Environment of Business" taught by local attorney, businessman, and active community member Lee Woodward, Jr.  Topics to be covered include the American legal system, employment law, business organization, critical issues facing businesses, and how to keep informed about current business and legal issues.  This course is perfect for local business owners, as well as business degree students or advanced year high school students interested in business or law.

This dynamic and interactive "live" course meets on Monday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm starting on January 14, 2013 and ending on May 3, 2013.  For more information or to register, contact Jose Cordero at 338-8020 or visit http://www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.

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Local nurse attorney Alison Wholey was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of New Hope for Women, located in Rockland.  New Hope for Women offers support to people in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo Counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and provides educational resources to assist communities in creating a safer and healthier future.  Services are offered to assist women, men, their children, friends, family and all people affected by domestic and dating violence, along with such help as a 24-hour domestic abuse hotline, emergency shelter, support groups and other resources.

New Hope for Women also provides aid in educating the community, providing awareness and preventing domestic and dating violence through a variety of programs.

Alison has participated in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of patients and their families, drawing on her experience as a Registered Nurse.

Alison Wholey has been practicing law since 1986.  She is a partner with the statewide law firm of Briggs & Wholey, LLC.  Ms. Wholey is a member of the Board of Governors for the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Joseph Halpern Inns of Court, American Association for Justice, Maine State Bar Association, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and the Knox County Bar Association.  Alison also serves as a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem on occasion.  Ms. Wholey lives in Tenants Harbor and is the mother of Daniel and Anna.  She has a large immediate family in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

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VillageSoup, 10/30/12

ROCKPORT - Knox County attorneys Don Briggs and William Welte attended the recent U.S. District Court Judicial Conference held at the Samoset Resort on Oct. 25 and 26.  Don Briggs practices law at the law firm of Briggs & Wholey, LLC in Rockport.  William Welte practices law at the law firm of Welte & Welte, P.A. in Camden.

Every two years the United States District Court for the District of Maine holds a conference for invited attorneys who practice in the federal court in Maine.  The conference serves as an opportunity for continuing legal education as well as to promote interchanges between the judges and attorneys.

This year's conference featured sessions devoted to civil practice, criminal practice and bankruptcy practice as well as a presentation by the president of Bowdoin College, Barry Mills, who spoke about the role of education in creating opportunities for graduates to become important participants in the Maine economy, community and society.  Other presentations included a panel discussion about Farming, Fishing, Forestry: The Past, Present and Future of Maine's Traditional Economic Engine.  Maine author and journalist, Colin Woodward, gave a presentation on The Lobster Coast: The Past, Present and Future of Coastal Maine in which he discussed how history shapes the debates on today's pressing issues.

In an effort to support Maine's farms, fisheries and businesses, locally-grown vegetables, fruit, chicken and seafood were served at the conference.

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