Drummond Woodsum

Portland Office

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Managing Director: Benjamin E Marcus
Number of attorneys: 90
Number of consultants: 7

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1965, Drummond Woodsum has grown into one of the most respected law firms in Northern New England. From ots offices in Portland, Maine, and Portsmouth, Lebanon and Manchester, New Hampshire, the firm provides a full spectrum of legal and consulting services for clients across the country. The firm serves some of the nations’ largest corporations, small start-up companies, financial institutions, Indian nations and tribal enterprises, municipalities, school districts and individuals. No matter the size of the client, the firm’s attorneys take great pride in delivering superior legal advice in a timely and costefficient manner. Their goal is to provide clients with services that address the clients’ immediate legal needs while taking into account their long-term needs and objectives. The firm’s attorneys and consultants never forget that every client is different, and effective legal solutions are never one size fits all. By drawing upon the expertise of individual attorneys and consultants within the firm’s service groups, Drummond Woodsum efficiently and creatively responds to the unique needs of every client.

Main Areas of Practice:
The business group handles a full range of corporate, commercial, corporate finance and securities matters, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate tax planning and financing, multi-state financings, venture capital and private placements, and international trade. Attorneys in the firm are approved ‘Red Book’ bond counsel and have extensive experience in public utility law, franchising, executive compensation and bankruptcy, as well as other areas of corporate and business law. The firm also has extensive experience in the area of low income housing tax credits, representing both lenders and developers in these matters.
Contact: Michael E High
Email: [email protected]

Labor & Employment:
The employment group is a team of attorneys and highly skilled consultants who counsel private and public employers on the full range of employment issues and manage employment-related risks. The practice includes substantial litigation in federal and state courts, and representation before federal and state agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board and the Maine Labor Relations Board, Human Rights Commissions and other administrative bodies.
Contact: Daniel J Rose
Email: [email protected]

The firm is involved in every type of civil litigation in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the United States Supreme Court. Recent cases fall into a broad range of areas including business and commercial litigation, employment, securities, intellectual property, antitrust, real estate and land use, construction disputes, product liability, white-collar criminal defense, bankruptcy and Native American tribal rights.
Contact: David S Sherman
Email: [email protected]

Indian Law:
The nationally recognized Indian law group provides the highest quality legal services to Indian nations, their enterprises and financial institutions, investors and companies that do business with tribes across the country. The Indian law attorneys work with clients to address their immediate concerns in ways that are consistent with their long-term economic and governmental objectives. With this flexibility, the firm is able to provide tailored legal services to meet the particular needs of all their tribal clients.
Contact: Kaighn Smith Jr
Email: [email protected]

The immigration group, represents businesses, individuals and families on all aspects of immigration law and procedures throughout New England and the country. The immigration attorneys assist businesses with H-1B visas, labor certification, permanent residence status for key alien employees, and employment compliance including I-9 compliance reviews, trainings and defense in ICE enforcement matters. The group also has experience in the complex area of export control licensing and its interaction with immigration law – an area of heightened scrutiny by the federal government. In addition, the Drummond Woodsum immigration attorneys represent scores of individuals and families seeking marriage-based permanent residence, naturalization or family reunification.
Contact: Mona Movafaghi
Email: [email protected]

School & Local Government:
The firm offers expertise in municipal and school law in areas including labor relations, employment matters, special education, finance, construction, employee benefits and litigation, and has litigated numerous precedent-setting cases on behalf of public sector clients. The school practice is the largest on the east coast and is widely recognized as preeminent in Maine with a growing presence in New Hampshire. The firm’s school law website (www. schoollaw.com) is nationally known.
Contact: Peter C. Felmly
Email: [email protected]

Clients include some of the nation’s largest corporations, start-up companies, financial institutions, colleges and universities, Indian nations and tribal enterprises, municipalities, school districts and individuals.