Melissa A. Hewey


Melissa A. Hewey


Phone: 207.772.1941 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email:

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

Assistant: Tricia King Email:


Melissa Hewey is an accomplished litigator with substantial experience across a broad range of practice areas including insurance defense, school law, higher education law, employment matters, and complex commercial litigation. Melissa has represented a diverse set of clients such as insurance companies, schools, colleges and universities, municipalities, law firms, hospitals, individuals, and businesses in a variety of industries.

Melissa has tried a wide range of cases, and argued significant appeals, in state and federal courts in Maine and New Hampshire. She also regularly represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Maine Human Rights Commission and New Hampshire Department of Labor. Melissa has the expertise, preparation, and commitment to her clients to take their cases from inception to verdict or judgment, if trial is required.

Melissa is frequently invited to provide customized 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.

In 2020, Melissa was recognized as a Top Five Maine Lawyer by Super Lawyers. Benchmark Litigation lists her as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation nationwide. For over ten years, Melissa has been named in Best Lawyers in America in employment, education, municipal and commercial law categories. She is the first woman in Maine to be inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was elected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America’s Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.  Melissa also serves on the pro bono panel for the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program in Portland, Maine.


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

Wesleyan University, B.A., 1980


Super Lawyers, Top 5 Maine Lawyers 2020

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) 2007-2018

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

New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, General Litigation, Schools & Education 2007-2021

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


Co-Author, Maine School Law (4th ed. 2012)


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

Community/Public Service

ILAP, Pro Bono Panel

Past Presentations

From August 26, 2020 9:00 am

The New Era of Title IX

From September 7, 2018 9:00 am

Guarding the Gates: Keeping Your Schools Safe from Violence and Harassment

From January 31, 2018 12:00 pm

Supporting Transgender Students in Maine Schools