Melissa A. Hewey


207.253.0528 Direct
207.772.3627 Fax

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

Assistant: Tricia King


  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1980


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


  • Trial Law Institute
  • College of School Attorneys
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Bar Foundation
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association


  • ILAP, Pro Bono Panel

Melissa Hewey is Drummond Woodsum’s Practice Group Leader for School and Local Government, and 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 50 female 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.


  • 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
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  • Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) (2016 and 2012)
  • Education Law Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) (2014)
  • Top 50 Women (Awarded by New England Super Lawyers) (2007-2014)
  • New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2007-2015)
  • 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 (2013-2015)
    • 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


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


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