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
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
ILAP, Pro Bono Panel
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