Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
800.727.1941




BRUCE W. SMITH

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207.253.0538 Phone
207.772.3627 Fax

Email

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480


Assistant: Kate Romasco




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Collective Bargaining
School & Education
School Computer & Technology School Employment School Policy Analysis

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1984

Middlebury College, B.A., cum laude, 1976


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine

MEMBERSHIPS

Maine State Bar Association

Maine Council of School Board Attorneys

National Council of School Board Attorneys


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Preble Street Resource Center
  Pro bono Legal Counsel and Former Board Member




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Collective Bargaining
School & Education
School Computer & Technology School Employment School Policy Analysis

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1984

Middlebury College, B.A., cum laude, 1976


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine

MEMBERSHIPS

Maine State Bar Association

Maine Council of School Board Attorneys

National Council of School Board Attorneys


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Preble Street Resource Center
  Pro bono Legal Counsel and Former Board Member




Bruce Smith works with school districts, public entities and private employers throughout the State of Maine. Since joining the firm in 1985, he has advised and advocated for schools in collective bargaining, teacher nonrenewals and dismissals, student disciplinary matters and a wide variety of other school law matters.

Bruce has represented schools in numerous labor arbitrations, court cases, and Maine Human Rights Commission proceedings. He serves as counsel to Maine School Management Association on school board policy development. His focus on employment and labor law enables him to serve private sector clients in these matters as well.

Bruce has stayed on the cutting edge of legal aspects of technology development in the schools, publishing articles and policies on the subject. His materials on family and medical leave are used by school districts throughout the State of Maine. Bruce is listed in Best Lawyers in America, a guide to leading lawyers in the country, in the category of Education Law. In addition, he is included in Chambers USA, an independent guide to the top lawyers in the U.S., in the category of Employment Law.

Bruce is an instructor in school law to graduate students, current school administrators and aspiring administrators in the University of Southern Maine Graduate School of Education. He is a co-author of the book, Maine School Law (Fourth Edition 2012). He speaks frequently at seminars in Maine and nationally.

Before joining the firm, Bruce served as clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Gene Carter.


AWARDS

  • Education Law Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) 2017

  • Best Lawyers USA, Education Law 2008-2018

  • Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished


Bruce Smith works with school districts, public entities and private employers throughout the State of Maine. Since joining the firm in 1985, he has advised and advocated for schools in collective bargaining, teacher nonrenewals and dismissals, student disciplinary matters and a wide variety of other school law matters.

Bruce has represented schools in numerous labor arbitrations, court cases, and Maine Human Rights Commission proceedings. He serves as counsel to Maine School Management Association on school board policy development. His focus on employment and labor law enables him to serve private sector clients in these matters as well.

Bruce has stayed on the cutting edge of legal aspects of technology development in the schools, publishing articles and policies on the subject. His materials on family and medical leave are used by school districts throughout the State of Maine. Bruce is listed in Best Lawyers in America, a guide to leading lawyers in the country, in the category of Education Law. In addition, he is included in Chambers USA, an independent guide to the top lawyers in the U.S., in the category of Employment Law.

Bruce is an instructor in school law to graduate students, current school administrators and aspiring administrators in the University of Southern Maine Graduate School of Education. He is a co-author of the book, Maine School Law (Fourth Edition 2012). He speaks frequently at seminars in Maine and nationally.

Before joining the firm, Bruce served as clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Gene Carter.


AWARDS

  • Education Law Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) 2017

  • Best Lawyers USA, Education Law 2008-2018

  • Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished


NEWS

Seven Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lawyer of the Year
January 3, 2017

PRESENTATIONS

A New Take on School Consolidation: The Budget Bill Reforms and Other Critical Developments in School Law
September 8, 2017


Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Don't Drop the Ball!
March 22, 2017


NEWS

Seven Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lawyer of the Year
January 3, 2017

PRESENTATIONS

A New Take on School Consolidation: The Budget Bill Reforms and Other Critical Developments in School Law
September 8, 2017


Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Don't Drop the Ball!
March 22, 2017





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