Melissa A. Hewey

Attorney

Melissa Hewey is Drummond Woodsum’s Practice Group Leader for School and Local Government, and is a member of the Trial Services Group, focusing her practice on insurance defense, school law, higher education law, employment matters and general commercial litigation. She appears regularly before state and federal courts in Maine and New Hampshire as well as administrative agencies such as the Maine Human Rights Commission and New Hampshire Department of Labor. Melissa provides training to public and private entities throughout Maine and New Hampshire on a wide range of topics including sexual harassment, affirmative action, diversity and investigation technologies.

Melissa has been elected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America's Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. She has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for over ten years in the categories of Employment Law-Management, Education Law, Labor and Employment Litigation, Municipal Litigation and Commercial Litigation. In 2014, Melissa was named Maine's Education Lawyer of the Year and in 2012 she was named Maine’s Best Lawyer of the Year in the category of Employment Law-Management. Melissa has also been selected by New England Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 female lawyers and Benchmark Litigation has recognized Melissa as a Litigation Star in Maine as well as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation nationwide. She has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition in the Labor and Employment Law category. In addition, she is listed in Chambers USA, an independent guide to the top lawyers in the U.S., under the categories of Employment Defense and Commercial Litigation. She is also the first woman in the State of Maine to be inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1980

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maine, 1987
  • New Hampshire, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Passamaquoddy Tribal Court

Representative Clients and Matters

  • Smith v. Maine School Administrative District No. 6, et al., USDC Civil Action No. 00-00284-GC, (Defendants) - disability discrimination case; verdict for defendant
  • Cole v. Maine School Administrative District No. 1, USDC, Civil Action No. 03-205-B-W, (Defendants) – First Amendment and civil rights claim brought by teacher regarding social studies curriculum; verdict for defendants
  • Cyr v. Madawaska School District, 2007 ME 28, 916 A.2d 967 - Freedom of Access lawsuit
  • Berry v. City of South Portland, 525 F. Supp. 2s 214 (D. Me. 2007) - Sexual discrimination case brought by female deputy police chief against City; summary judgment for defendant
  • Kropp v. Maine School Administrative District #44, 471 F. Supp. 2d 175 (2007) - Disability discrimination claims asserted by student with multiple chemical sensitivities; summary judgment for defendant
  • Ms. K v. City of South Portland, 407 F. Supp. 2d 290 (D. Me. 2006) - Disability discrimination and tort claims brought by student against ; summary judgment for defendant
  • McCarthy v. Town of Kennebunkport, 366 F. Supp. 2d 165 (D. Me. 2005) (Defendants) – Section 1983 selective enforcement and tort claims; judgment for defendant
  • Millien v. Colby College, et al., 2005 ME 66, 874 A.2d 397 (Defendant) – contract claim involving student disciplinary process; judgment for defendant
  • Fitzpatrick v. Town of Falmouth, et al., 2005 ME 97, 879 A.2d 21 – (Defendants) - public accommodations and disability discrimination claim brought be home schooled student relating to use of school playground; judgment for defendants
  • Town of Charleston v. Sch. Admin. Dist. No. 68, 2002 ME 95, 798 A.2d 102, (Defendant) – claim for injunctive relief as a result of school closing; judgment for defendant
  • Forrest Associates v. Passamaquoddy Tribe, 760 A.2d 1041 (Me. 2000) (Defendant)
  • Lewiston Sun Journal v. MSAD No. 43, 1999 WL826120 (Defendant) – Freedom of Access claim; judgment for defendant
  • Taliento v. Portland West Neighborhood Ass’n, 1999 ME 194, 705 A.2d 696 (Defendant) – employment at will case; judgment for defendant
  • Hasenfus v. LaJeunesse, 175 F.3d 68, No. 98-2149 (1st Cir. 1999) (Defendant) – Section 1983 claim regarding student suicide; judgment for defendant

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association

Awards

  • Best Lawyers, Bet-the-Company Litigation (2015)
  • Best Lawyers, Litigation - Municipal (2011)
  • Best Lawyers, Litigation - Labor and Employment (2011)
  • Best Lawyers, Employment Law - Management (2011)
  • Best Lawyers, Education Law (2008)
  • Best Lawyers, Commercial Litigation (2008)
  • Super Lawyers-Employment & Labor, General Litigation, Schools & Education, Top 50 Women (2007-2013)
  • Fellow, America's Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Chambers USA-Labor & Employment, Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation - Litigation Star; Top 250 Women in Litigation nationwide (2014)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers; First Maine Woman inducted

Publications

  • Co-author Maine School Law, 4th Edition (2012)

Presentations

  • Schoollaw.com: MPA School Law Institute (July 22 - 25, 2014)
  • Schoollaw.com Webinar: MPA Sports, Booster Clubs (May 20, 2014)
  • Schoollaw.com Webinar: Transgender Supreme Court Decision (February 27, 2014)
  • Schoollaw.com: Maine AAO 1/2 Day Seminars (3)

Community/Public Service

  • ILAP, Pro Bono Panel
    Member