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. He is currently representing a class of over 28,000 retired state employees and public school teachers in their constitutional challenge to cutbacks to their pension benefits, as well as defendants in a major securities fraud case.

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.


  • 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, 1976
  • 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
  • Maine Audubon Society, Trustee and Past President
  • Advisory Committee of Providence, Chair
  • Justice Action Group, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Community/Public Service

  • Justice Action Group
  • Advisory Committee of 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


  • Best Lawyers, Natural Resources Law (1995-96)
  • Best Lawyers, Environmental Law (2008)
  • Best Lawyers, Commercial Litigation (2007)
  • Benchmark Litigation Star (2013)
  • Chambers USA -Environment and Litigation
  • Martindale Hubbel AV Rating
  • Super Lawyers-Business Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Antitrust Litigation (2007-2013); Top 100 (2008)