Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

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



MELISSA A. HEWEY

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207.253.0528 Phone
207.772.3627 Fax

Email

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


Assistant: Tricia King




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Higher Education
Litigation
Attorney Discipline Business & Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Litigation Employment Litigation Insurance Defense Securities Enforcement & Litigation
Maritime Law
School & Education
Disability Law

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987

Wesleyan University, B.A., 1980


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

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

MEMBERSHIPS

Trial Law Institute
Member


College of School Attorneys

Litigation Counsel of America

American College of Trial Lawyers

Maine State Bar Association

Maine Bar Foundation
Fellow


New Hampshire Bar Association

Maine Trial Lawyers Association


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

ILAP, Pro Bono Panel
  Member




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Higher Education
Litigation
Attorney Discipline Business & Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Litigation Employment Litigation Insurance Defense Securities Enforcement & Litigation
Maritime Law
School & Education
Disability Law

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987

Wesleyan University, B.A., 1980


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

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

MEMBERSHIPS

Trial Law Institute
Member


College of School Attorneys

Litigation Counsel of America

American College of Trial Lawyers

Maine State Bar Association

Maine Bar Foundation
Fellow


New Hampshire Bar Association

Maine Trial Lawyers Association


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

ILAP, Pro Bono Panel
  Member




Melissa Hewey is 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 100 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.


REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Doe v. Regional School Unit 26

  • Bailey v. State of Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices

  • Godin v. Machiasport School Department

  • Board of Overseers v. Warren

  • Smith v. Maine School Administrative District No. 6, et al.

  • Cookson v. Brewer School Department

  • Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. v. Portland School Committee

  • Berry v. City of South Portland

  • Cyr v. Madawaska School District

  • Kropp v. Maine School Administrative District #44

  • Ms. K v. City of South Portland

  • McCarthy v. Town of Kennebunkport

  • Millien v. Colby College, et al.

  • Fitzpatrick v. Town of Falmouth, et al.

  • Town of Charleston v. Sch. Admin. Dist. No. 68

  • Forrest Associates v. Passamaquoddy Tribe

  • Lewiston Sun Journal v. MSAD No. 43

  • Taliento v. Portland West Neighborhood Ass'n

  • Hasenfus v. LaJeunesse

  • Woodhouse v. Maine Com'n on Govermental Ethics and Election Practices

  • AWARDS

    • Top 100 (Awarded by New England Super Lawyers
    • Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) 2012, 2016, 2018
    • Top 50 Women (Awarded by New England Super Lawyers) 2007-2016
    • Education Law Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers)
    • New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, General Litigation, Schools & Education 2007-2017
    • Best Lawyers USA
    • Benchmark Litigation
    • Chambers USA, Maine
    • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
    • Katahdin Counsel, Honoring Pro Bono Legal Services in Maine 2012-2015
    • American College of Trial Attorneys, Awarded Fellow
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Awarded Fellow
    PUBLICATIONS

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


    Melissa Hewey is 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 100 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.


    REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Doe v. Regional School Unit 26

  • Bailey v. State of Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices

  • Godin v. Machiasport School Department

  • Board of Overseers v. Warren

  • Smith v. Maine School Administrative District No. 6, et al.

  • Cookson v. Brewer School Department

  • Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. v. Portland School Committee

  • Berry v. City of South Portland

  • Cyr v. Madawaska School District

  • Kropp v. Maine School Administrative District #44

  • Ms. K v. City of South Portland

  • McCarthy v. Town of Kennebunkport

  • Millien v. Colby College, et al.

  • Fitzpatrick v. Town of Falmouth, et al.

  • Town of Charleston v. Sch. Admin. Dist. No. 68

  • Forrest Associates v. Passamaquoddy Tribe

  • Lewiston Sun Journal v. MSAD No. 43

  • Taliento v. Portland West Neighborhood Ass'n

  • Hasenfus v. LaJeunesse

  • Woodhouse v. Maine Com'n on Govermental Ethics and Election Practices


  • AWARDS

    • Top 100 (Awarded by New England Super Lawyers
    • Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) 2012, 2016, 2018
    • Top 50 Women (Awarded by New England Super Lawyers) 2007-2016
    • Education Law Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers)
    • New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, General Litigation, Schools & Education 2007-2017
    • Best Lawyers USA
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation (2015-2016)
      • Employment Law-Management (2011-2016)
      • Litigation-Labor and Employment (2011-2016)
      • Litigation-Municipal (2011-2016)
      • Commercial Litigation (2008-2016)
      • Education Law (2008-2016)
    • Benchmark Litigation
      • Local Litigation Star - General Commercial, Insurance, Labor and Employment, Securities (2013-2017)
      • Top 250 Women in Litigation (2012-2014)
    • Chambers USA, Maine
      • Labor & Employment
      • Litigation: General Commercial
    • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
    • Katahdin Counsel, Honoring Pro Bono Legal Services in Maine 2012-2015
    • American College of Trial Attorneys, Awarded Fellow
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Awarded Fellow
    PUBLICATIONS



    NEWS

    Six Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Named 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
    May 7, 2018

    Superior Court issues final Ruling on Goose Rocks Beach Case
    April 23, 2018

    Drummond Woodsum Represents Maine Champion Poet Who Canít Compete Nationally Because of His Immigration Status
    April 13, 2018

    Superior Court Issues Final Ruling in Goose Rocks Beach Case
    April 7, 2018


    ARTICLES

    Equal Treatment of the Sexes in Interscholastic Athletics: Getting a Handle on TItle IX Compliance Before You are Hit With an Audit
    Spring 2014

    How Municipalities in Maine Should Address the Maine Supreme Court's Recent Decision on Transgender Access to Sex Separated Facilities
    March 28,†2014

    Transgender Youth in Schools: The Maine Supreme Court Weighs in on the Issue of Communal Bathroom Access
    Winter 2014

    Title IX Audits: What Schools Need to Know to Get Ready for When OCR Comes Knocking
    Spring 2013

    PRESENTATIONS

    Affirmative Action and Beyond: What School Administrators Need to Know to Investigate and Address Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying
    September 21, 2017


    NEWS

    Six Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Named 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
    May 7, 2018

    Superior Court issues final Ruling on Goose Rocks Beach Case
    April 23, 2018

    Drummond Woodsum Represents Maine Champion Poet Who Canít Compete Nationally Because of His Immigration Status
    April 13, 2018

    Superior Court Issues Final Ruling in Goose Rocks Beach Case
    April 7, 2018


    ARTICLES

    Equal Treatment of the Sexes in Interscholastic Athletics: Getting a Handle on TItle IX Compliance Before You are Hit With an Audit
    Spring 2014

    How Municipalities in Maine Should Address the Maine Supreme Court's Recent Decision on Transgender Access to Sex Separated Facilities
    March 28,†2014

    Transgender Youth in Schools: The Maine Supreme Court Weighs in on the Issue of Communal Bathroom Access
    Winter 2014

    Title IX Audits: What Schools Need to Know to Get Ready for When OCR Comes Knocking
    Spring 2013


    PRESENTATIONS

    Affirmative Action and Beyond: What School Administrators Need to Know to Investigate and Address Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying
    September 21, 2017





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