James T. Kilbreth


James Kilbreth focuses his practice on complex commercial and regulatory litigation, including antitrust, securities, officer and director liability, class actions, bid award challenges, insurance coverage disputes, environmental and energy matters, and higher education issues. Jamie was the lead lawyer for the State of Maine in its litigation against the tobacco industry, securing a $1.5 billion recovery, the largest in State history.

Jamie previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of Maine, where he supervised all major civil and criminal actions of the office and personally handled several major cases. Before that he was the Deputy Attorney General in charge of all the state’s civil litigation. Prior to his work at the Attorney General’s office, he worked at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, Jamie has been recognized by a number of independent attorney rating publications: Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under Environment and Litigation: General Commercial; New England Super Lawyers in the category of Business Litigation, where he was named among “The Top 100” attorneys (2008); and as a 2013 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.

Representative Clients and Matters

  • Duke Engineering v. Adams, et al., USDC, Civil Action No. 2:00-cv-00122 – employment

  • Casco Bay Vending, LLC et al. v. Bacon Whitney LLC, et al., USDC, Civil Action No. 2:09-cv-00126 – fraud

  • Technology Capital LLC et al. v. Qualtech Networks, Inc. et al., USDC, Civil Action No. 2:06-cv-00051
  • Mockler v. Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, LLC, USDC, Civil Action No. 2:06-cv-00008 – fraud

  • Brunswick Technologies, Inc. v. Vetrotex Certainteed Corp., USDC, Civil Action No. 2:00-cv-00124; 2:00-cv-00162 – proxy fight

  • Gorman, et al. v. Coogan, et al. USDC, Civil Action No. 2:03-cv-00173 – proxy fight

  • Bezio v. Draeger, et al., 2014 WL 1571910
  • Executive Risk Indemnity, Inc. v. Speltz & Weis, LLC, 2009 WL 3032015 – fraud, breach of fiduciary duty
  • Neely v. Bar Harbor Bankshares, 270 F.Supp. 2d 44 (D. Me. 2003) – fraud, mismanagement, fiduciary duty
  • The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of New York, et al. v. Speltz & Weis, LLC a/k/a Wellspring Management Services, LLC, et al., 2007 WL 6999167 – fiduciary duty

  • Jackson Brook Institute v. Maine Ins. Guar. Ass’n, 2004 861 A.2d 652 – fiduciary duty

  • Goldenson v. Steffens (D. Me. 2013) – Madoff, securities fraud, fiduciary duty

  • Woodhouse v. Maine Com’n on Govermental Ethics and Election Practices, 2014 WL 4198381 – Constitutional challenge to Maine’s contribution limits to independent candidates.


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1976
  • Northeastern University, M.A., 1974
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 1970

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Maine Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners Legal Panel
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Member

Community/Public Service

  • Advisory Committee of Legal Aid Providers
  • Maine Audubon Society
    Past Trustee and Past President
  • Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award
    Selection Committee
  • Business and Consumer Docket Advisory Committee
  • Governor’s Judicial Selection Committee
    Former Member (2003-2009)
  • Maine Bar Foundation
    Former Director


  • Top 100 (Awarded by New England Super Lawyers) (2008)
  • New England Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2007-2015)
  • Best Lawyers USA
    • Environmental Law (2008-2016)
    • Commercial Litigation (2007-2016)
    • Natural Resources Law (1995-2016)
    • Local Litigation Star (2013-2015)
  • Chambers USA, Maine
    • Environment
    • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent