A Regional Law Firm with a National and International Reach
Founded in 1965, with offices in Portland, Maine, and Portsmouth and Manchester, New Hampshire, Drummond Woodsum is known as a premier New England law firm with a national and international reach. Our attorneys and consultants provide a full spectrum of legal and consulting services for our clients throughout the United States. Our clients range from some of the nation's largest corporations to small start-up companies, financial institutions, Indian nations and tribal enterprises, municipalities, school districts, and individuals. No matter the size of the client, we take great pride in delivering superior legal and consulting services in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Learn more about Drummond Woodsum's areas of expertise.
Practicing Law Differently: A Personal Approach to Law
The main goal at Drummond Woodsum is to provide our clients with services that address their immediate legal needs while taking into account their long-term goals and objectives. We never forget that every client is unique; effective legal solutions are never one size fits all. By drawing upon the expertise of our attorneys and consultants within a range of service groups, we can efficiently and creatively respond to the unique needs of every single client. Our team-based approach means that clients are served by small groups of highly specialized attorneys and consultants.
Legal Practice Areas, Organized for Our Clients
Drummond Woodsum is organized into business, public sector and trial service groups and specialty subgroups dedicated to individual practice areas so that we can efficiently meet our clients' needs. When a client's legal needs require the expertise of several practice areas, we form a coordinated team with the appropriate mix of attorneys and specialists from each group to create the perfect fit for the client. This attention to organization ensures a thorough, detailed approach and a better overall experience for our clients.
Award Winning Law Firm: Public Service & Honors
Our attorneys and consultants have a strong record of public service – from serving on the boards of civic, educational, and charitable organizations, to serving on town councils and boards, to volunteering for an eclectic number of causes.
In 1995, Drummond Woodsum was the first recipient of the large firm Pro Bono Publico award from the Maine Bar Foundation, and in 2010 and again in 2011, the firm received the Pro Bono Publico Award from the Maine Bar and the Volunteer Lawyers Project for the "Most VLP Cases Accepted by a Law Firm." In 1998, we helped to establish the Coffin Fellows Program, which funds fellowships for two attorneys who work full-time representing indigent clients in domestic relations matters. Many attorneys at the firm provide pro bono legal services for the Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project . Drummond Woodsum received the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) award for “excellence in providing pro bono representation to asylum seekers and other noncitizens.” in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Drummond Woodsum is consistently recognized by clients, peers, and the most respected impartial surveys for exceptional client service and professional achievement. A summary of our most recent awards includes:
Chambers & Partners
19 lawyers from 8 practice areas are listed as leading individuals in their field in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
33 lawyers from 35 practice areas are listed in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
5 lawyers were named as 2019 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers.
26 practice areas received Tier 1 rankings in the 2018 edition of Best Law Firms, published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.
6 practice areas received Tier 2 rankings in the 2018 edition of Best Law Firms, published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.
4 practice areas received Tier 3 rankings in the 2018 edition of Best Law Firms, published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.
34 lawyers in 3 offices were selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers & Rising Stars for 2018.
25 of our attorneys rated by Martindale-Hubbell have received ratings of AV or BV.
Drummond Woodsum is ranked as Highly Recommended, with 4 attorneys named as local litigation stars in 10 practice areas.
Mellissa Hewey was named one of the 2018 Top 250 Women in Litigation and Adrianne Fouts was named to the 2018 40 & Under Hot List.
Worldwide Reach through Meritas
Drummond Woodsum is the only Maine member of Meritas, a worldwide organization that offers high-quality legal services through a peer reviewed group of full service law firms. Law firm membership in Meritas is by invitation only, with firms required to adhere to rigorous quality standards and a stringent code of ethics. Our membership in Meritas provides our clients access to legal services throughout the United States and around the world and strengthens Drummond Woodsum's global presence.