Drummond Woodsum, one of northern New England’s premiere law firms, is pleased to announce that it has promoted five of its associate attorneys to shareholders of the firm and elevated an educational consultant to the status of Senior Consultant. Congratulations to attorneys Greg Im, Erin Feltes, Hannah King, Elek Miller and Jim O’Shaughnessy as well as Special Education consultant, Michael Opuda.
The firm’s shareholders offer shareholder status to those associate attorneys who have distinguished themselves through their legal accomplishments, community involvement, collegiality and teamwork. “This is a memorable milestone in a legal career. As much as this is important to each of them, it is equally important to the Drummond Woodsum. These lawyers and others who joined as shareholders recently and others who will soon join them are the future of our firm. The future looks bright indeed,” commented Benjamin Marcus, Managing Director.
Greg Im has been with the firm for 4 years after serving as an Assistant Attorney General in Maine and is a member of the firm’s School and Local Government Group. He represents public schools and municipalities on budgetary, contractual, and finance matters. He is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for Cleaves Law Library.
Hannah King has been with the firm for 4 years after serving with the Alaska Public Defender Agency and is a member of the School and Local Government Group and the Regulated Substances Practice Group. Hannah’s school law practice includes special education, employment and labor, and general school law, with a concentration in special education and disability rights law, and legal issues involving student rights. As a member of the Regulated Substances Practice Group, her unmatched understanding of the local and national status of cannabis legalization gives her clients an advantage in a dynamic and rapidly changing industry. Hannah advises local municipalities, medical dispensaries, and entrepreneurs on medical and adult use marijuana regulatory and licensing issues. Hannah is an advisory board member of Maine Professionals for Regulating Marijuana, and has been involved in drafting proposed legislative changes to Maine's Marijuana Legalization Act and the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program. As a member of The ArcView selection committee, Hannah vets investment opportunities in the cannabis industry for consideration by ArcView members.
Elek Miller has been with the firm for 7 years and focuses his practices in the areas of intellectual property and technology, labor & employment, and general school law. He works with public and private sector organizations to find efficient, effective, and creative solutions to legal issues in these areas. Elek is a frequent presenter at conferences and events related to privacy and data security, labor and employment, and school law. Since 2013, he has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine, teaching a course on school law for future school administrators.
James O’Shaughnessy has been with the firm for 4 years and has been representing school districts in New Hampshire for several years. His practice focuses on the representation of public school districts and school boards, and other educational institutions, including charter schools and child care centers, in all aspects of school law. Jim has frequently presented and published on topics of interest to schools and has been an integral part of expanding Drummond Woodsum’s School Law practice in New Hampshire.
Erin Feltes has been with the firm for 6 years and is a member of the firm’s School and Local Government Group, whose practice is primarily in New Hampshire. Erin’s practice includes all aspects school law, including special education, Section 504, student discipline, student rights, policy development and implementation, investigations, and annual school district meetings. Erin is regularly published and frequently presents on school law topics helping clients better understand the law.
Michael Opuda was elevated to Senior Consultant status by unanimous vote of the shareholders. Mike’s elevation reflects the shareholders’ acknowledgement of his long term contributions to the firm and our clients. Mike has assisted Drummond Woodsum’s school clients for over 15 years. He primarily advises special education directors with respect to special education regulations, programs, services and dispute resolution.